Amaretti and Rum Tiramisu: a “RESTRICTED” dessert!

You already know that I am a mom of three who loves cooking, so my recipes are mostly fast, easy, and made to make people of any age happy- kiddos included.

But this time I’m sharing with you the recipe of a dessert JUST FOR ADULTS since it contains alcohol.  This one could be served for a special date, where your “cherry on top of the cake” after a romantic dinner will be an alcoholic dessert.

I’m certain you will love it, and it will make your “adults only night” unforgettable!!!

INGREDIENTS for a 7” diameter bowl

1/4 cup espresso coffee   – 1 tazzina di caffe espresso

1/4 cup Rum    – 1 tazzina di Rum

8 oz. (1 container) mascarpone cheese – 200 gr. mascarpone

3 yolks – 3 tuorli

2 egg whites – 2 albumi

about 6.5 oz. Amaretti cookies – 180 gr. circa di Amaretti

5 tbs. sugar – cinque cucchiai di zucchero

1 tsp. vanilla extract – 1 cucchiaino di aroma alla vaniglia

cocoa for dusting – cacao per spolverizzare


To make a real “Italian Style Espresso” click here.

Mix the cooled espresso coffee with the Rum in a soup bowl.

Dip the Amaretti into the coffee and Rum mixture for about 10-15 seconds and lay them on the bottom of a glass bowl.  (I prefer to use a glass bowl in order to obtain a more beautiful effect where all the layers are visible.)

Next, make the Mascarpone cream.  The steps you follow are the same as the Tiramisu cream, but with the quantities specified here.  But to help keep things simple, I have described the steps again here.   Whip the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl, combine the yolks with the sugar and vanilla flavoring, and whip them, too.  The reason for whipping the yolks with sugar is to allow them to incorporate air, and obtain a more fluffy mascarpone cream.

Gently fold the Mascarpone cheese into the whipped yolks.  Then fold in the whipped whites, being careful not to make the cream turn to liquid.

Next, spoon a bit of the cream mixture over the Amaretti,  not too much, just enough to cover the cookies.

Then make another layer of Amaretti dipped in the alcohol mix and cover with some of the cream.  Again, use just enough cream to hide the cookies.

Then make the third layer of Amaretti dipped in alcohol mix.  This time the cream layer on top will be thick-using all the remaining cream to fill every free spot between the Amaretti, even along the edges down to the lower layers.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours.


Before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder.



Tips: – You can freeze the Tiramisu and thaw it a couple of hours before serving it, but since the quantity is pretty small, I suggest you make it fresh the day you’ll enjoy it.

– Usually they sell Amaretti cookies in 7 oz. containers. With the leftover cookies, you can make BACI DI DAMA.

– If you have leftovers (good luck with that!)  it will be good for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

– Although this contains alcohol, if you intend to get drunk by eating this dessert, you will at least have to eat it all. 🙂


I really hope you like this recipe, and please, if you do, share it, like it, and support my blog!

Much thanks,




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