Friday, July 19, 2013

Tiramisu Parfaits

     I really need to start posting more dessert recipes. Dessert is the final challenge of the meal! For my father-in-law's birthday, the wife and I cooked him Italian pinwheel rolls, linguine with white clam sauce, escalope of chicken, and zucchini boats. He made a herculean effort to get through dinner, finishing off a big helping of everything. Then came dessert. Like a champ, he powered through it, leaving nothing but a napkin stuffed into the glass. It's subtle signs like that which let you know a recipe is a good one! This particular recipe is another winner from Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals. As always, notes and changes are in blue.

Tiramisu Parfaits
via Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups cold fat-free milk (2% for me, same as always)
  • 2 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, split and cubed (could not find the soft kind ANYWHERE. We used half a package of the cookie-style ladyfingers. It was about 3.5 ounces.)
  • 2 cups fat-free whipped topping (we used an entire tub of Cool-Whip. That's like 2 cups, right?)
  • 2 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips (not only were the chips not mini, I didn't measure them either. I just sprinkled them completely at will)
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa (again, I didn't measure. I just eyeballed it)
  1. Dissolve coffee in boiling water; cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth (you're also going to want to make sure the cream cheese isn't cold. It needs to be a bit soft for this to work) Gradually fold in the pudding. (this recipe doesn't mention that the cream cheese does not easily incorporate into the pudding. It sort of breaks up into little balls. I had to put this all in the Kitchenaid with the whisk attachment and whisk the crap out of it for 2-3 minutes. It eventually blended smoothly)
  4. Place ladyfinger cubes in a bowl; add coffee and toss to coat evenly. Let stand for 5 minutes. Divide half of the ladyfinger cubes among five (may vary depending on size of glasses) parfait glasses or serving dishes. Top with half of the pudding mixture, 1 cup of whipped topping and 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. Repeat layers.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving, dust with cocoa.
Good times!


  1. G'day Tiramisu is one of my all time fave desserts, true! Yours looks YUM; viewing as part of Foodie Friends Friday Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. I'm glad you found me and glad you're enjoying the recipes! Have a great day! :)

  2. I love Tiramisu and these parfaits look divine! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday this week!