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Light Tiramisu

light tiramisu
  • (1/2 cup) water
  • (1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp.) granulated sugar
  • (2 Tbsp.) instant espresso granules
  • (4 Tbsp.) KahlĂșa coffee-flavored liqueur, divided
  • (8 oz. block) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • (3.5 oz. carton) mascarpone cheese
  • (1/4 cup) packed brown sugar
  • (24) cakelike ladyfingers (2 [3-oz.] packages), halved lengthwise
  • (1 1/2 tsp.) unsweetened cocoa
  • (1/2 oz.) bittersweet chocolate, grated

Light Tiramisu

A lightened version of the traditional Italian layered dessert.

Preparation Time
About 15 minutes (plus 2 hrs chilling)
Cook Time
About 5 minutes


  1. 1Place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water, 2 Tbsp. sugar and espresso granules. Bring to a boil, stir 1 minute, then take off the heat and add 2 Tbsp. coffee liqueur. Set aside to cool.

  2. 2Use an electric mixer on medium to beat together cheeses until smooth. Beat in 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar and other 2 Tbsp. coffee liqueur.
  3. 3Place 24 cookie halves into an even layer in an 8x8 in. baking dish. Top with half of espresso sauce and half of cream cheese, then another layer of cookies, rest of espresso sauce and cream cheese.

  4. 4In a small bowl, combine unsweetened cocoa and grated chocolate, sprinkle on top, cover and chill 2 hours.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/8 of dish

Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 260
  • Total Fat 8 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 38.4 g
  • Protein 7.1 g
  • Cholesterol 55 mg
  • Sodium 317 mg
  • Fiber 0.5 g

Additional Information

Recipe Category: Dessert

Recipe Subcategory: Cakes and Cupcakes

Recipe Ethnicity: Italian

Dietetic Info:
  • Glycemic Index:
  • Gluten Free: No

Vegetarian/Allergen Info: Contains Dairy

NOTE: Glycemic Index Scale: Low=0-55, Medium=56-69, High=70 or greater.