By: Chloë Sibley Writer & Journalist | Specialist Food & Arts

Tiramisu is arguably Italy's most famous dessert. Renowned for its indulgence in mascarpone and sweet coffee flavour, Tiramisu has been popular at the dinner table since the 1960s. To achieve a treat that doesn't overindulge, sometimes what a dessert needs is a bite-size upgrade. Follow our recipe for Tiramisu Truffles to compact your favourite Italian dessert within tempting chocolate balls. 

Aside from the espresso, the mascarpone is the key to any Tiramisu-based dessert. Mascarpone originated southwest of Milan, during the middle ages, and is favoured in Italian cooking as a velvety upgrade to regular cream cheese. Here the mascarpone acts as a soother to the strong espresso, its creamy texture contrasted by the airy ladyfingers. When all of this is bound into a truffle, every bite releases absolute Italian decadence.

Kitchen recipes

Tiramisu Truffles

Makes around 30 truffles - Cook in 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to chill in the freezer


- 250g mascarpone
- 160g ladyfingers (savoiardi) or Pavesini
- 80g of espresso or strong coffee, room temperature
- 60g powdered sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Nutella or any spread such as pistachio or white chocolate for filling (optional)


Step 1

Place the ladyfingers in a food processor and pulse until completely crushed. Add the mascarpone, coffee (room temperature) and powdered sugar into a bowl, stirring with a spatula until you have a homogeneous mixture. Add the crushed ladyfingers and mix until the dough is compact.

Step 2

Spoon tablespoon-size mounds of the dough and roll into balls using your hands. Roll in cocoa powder and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. For that extra sweet tooth: spoon tablespoon-size mounds of the dough, flatten and add Nutella (or your choice of spread) in the middle, close and shape into a ball and roll in cocoa powder. 

Step 3

If you want to serve them immediately, freeze for approximately 25-30 minutes. Otherwise, place them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Buon Appetito!

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