No Bake Tiramisu Parfaits

No-Bake Tiramisu

My drop dead, all time favorite dessert of life is Tiramisu.  Coffee, chocolate, and creamy layers of mousse.  It’s an Italian classic and the final dish in our Italian Dinner Party Series.  This No Bake Tiramisu is a light way to cap off a meal of Caesar Salad and Rolled Pizza Lasagna.

No-Bake Tiramisu

Join me in the kitchen as I walk through how to make this easy No Bake Tiramisu dessert with a few helpful kitchen hacks along the way.  Oh, and there are antics…#anticsalways

No Bake Tiramisu Parfaits

Having now made these no bake tiramisu parfaits a half a dozen times, I can confirm that it’s waaaay better if you use real whipped cream vs. Cool Whip.  The real cream firms up beautifully in the refrigerator giving the coffee mousse a slightly denser texture, which I love.  As always, you do you, but me…I do real whipped…cream…what were you thinking?

No Bake Tiramisu

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No-Bake Tiramisu

No-Bake Tiramisu Parfaits

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


An easy no-bake version of Tiramisu in individual serving cups with coffee mousse, chocolate and sweet ladyfingers.



  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tbs confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 Tbs confectioners sugar
  • 12 lady fingers
  • 2 oz mini chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder for garnish


  1. Prepare coffee (brew it extra strong if possible) and allow to cool to room temperature or refrigerate.
  2. Combine Softened cream cheese with 1 Tbs confectioners sugars.
  3. Add 2 Tbs of the prepared coffee to the cream cheese and beat until smooth.
  4. Make whipped cream with the whipping cream and the 2 Tbs confectioners sugar.
  5. Combine the whipped cream and the coffee cream cheese mix and put into a large piping bag.
  6. Cut one lady finger down the middle in half and dunk into remaining coffee to soak into the cookie. Then place in the bottom of your serving cups. Repeat until 6 jars are filled.
  7. Pipe half of the cream cheese mixture over all of the lady fingers, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, then top with more halved lady fingers, dunked in coffee and top with remaining cream cheese mix. Garnish the tops with more chocolate chips and cocoa powder.
  8. Place in the fridge at least an hour to allow the moisture to absorb into the lady fingers and for the mousse to firm.
  9. Serve cold.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian

*Original recipe by Joanie Simon (

Joanie Simon

Joanie is a professional food photographer and recipe developer. She creates drool worthy recipes and images for national brands and her work has been featured on TODAY, the Food Network, Shutterstock, Arizona Foothills Magazine and Food52, among others. You can also find her sharing weekly videos about food photography on YouTube at The Bite Shot.

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  • Reply Kelsey @ Kelsey in the Kitchen

    June 17, 2016, 6:42 am

    Joanie, these look so good! Love that you don’t have to break out the stove to make them. For sure adding them to the dessert menu this week 😀

  • Reply Lari

    January 6, 2017, 1:32 am

    Hi, these look so yummy and easy as well. Just a question for you, how many grams of coffee powder is that? I live in India and quantities in coffee packets might be different here ? Thanks.

    • Reply Joanie Simon

      January 9, 2017, 5:20 pm

      I typically prepare it according to the package directions, so if you purchase an instant espresso, it should give proper conversions. But, I believe in this case, it was 24 grams to 1 cup of water <3 Thanks so much for stopping by!

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