This peppermint mocha tiramisu, made with homemade ladyfingers, will make your season bright and peppermint fresh!
I have this recurring feeling that I’m forgetting some fundamental part of Christmas.
Like there’s a gift I didn’t buy, a basil plant I haven’t decorated with ornaments, a cookie I haven’t eaten (impossible. shamefully impossible), etc.
And then I realized there was an all too perfect holiday tiramisu I hadn’t made.
Batten down the hatches, people. Because this is happening.
On a wing and a prayer and a batch of homemade ladyfingers, because it is beyond me how a cookie that contains so few ingredients can cost so much money in its pre-made form.
This peppermint mocha tiramisu was born. Praise be.
I have to admit, I shirked my mocha responsibilities a bit, as there’s not much in the way of chocolate except for a cocoa powder dusting and some dark chocolate-infused tequila.
But you’ll forgive that after your first creamy pepperminty bite.
And until then, don’t let the prospect of making this keep you up at night. Just keep calm and make it. And that’s a holiday order.
One year ago…Chili Mole
Two years ago…Spinach and Ricotta Roulade
Three years ago…Pappardelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage and Ricotta
Four years ago…Italian Sausage and Fennel over Pumpkin Polenta, Acorn Squash and Black Bean Calzones
- ½ cup (65 g) cake flour, sifted
- 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 5 tbsp sugar, divided
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large egg whites, room temperature
- ⅛ tsp cream of tartar
- confectioner's sugar, for dusting
- Heat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Have a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch round tip ready.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and 2 tbsp sugar for about 5 minutes on high speed, or until the mixture is pale yellow. Beat in the vanilla. Sift the cake flour over the batter.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Add in the cream of tartar and continue whisking until soft peaks form. Add in the remaining 3 tbsp of sugar and whip until stiff, glossy peaks form. Fold the whites into the batter in three additions, only until just incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pastry bag and, holding it at a 45 degree angle, pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in 3-inch strips, leaving about an inch in-between cookies.
- Place the powdered sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and sift over the cookies.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until firm but barely browned.
- Let ladyfingers cool on a wire rack for a few minutes, but release them from the parchment paper while they are still warm or they will stick! Store in an airtight container otherwise they will get stale very quickly!
- 8 oz mascarpone, room temperature
- ½ cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup strong espresso, room temperature
- ¼ cup Patron XO Cafe Dark Cocoa tequila or other chocolate/coffee-flavored liquor
- 40 ladyfingers
- unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
- Beat together the mascarpone, confectioner's sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract until fluffy and holds stiff peaks. Set aside.
- In a shallow bowl, stir together the espresso and tequila. Dunk a ladyfinger into this mixture and then layer it into the bottom of a 9x9-inch baking dish. Repeat until the bottom of the pan is covered in a single layer.
- Top with half of the mascarpone mixture.
- Repeat with a second layer of ladyfingers and the remaining mascarpone mix. Dust with cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Yes this is a must for the season. Love tiramisu and never thought about peppermint tiramisu. Very creative girl.
Yeah, I pretty much need this in my life.
I can practically taste this! I’m loving the flavors in this !
Such a fancy dessert! Love that you made your own ladyfingers too – I bet it takes this over the top delicious.
Tiramisu is a Christmas must for me, and I love the peppermint mocha twist! You are definitely a superstar for making your own ladyfingers!
just from the title, I knew I love it. The pictures are killing me!!!
I swore off lady fingers because every time I try to pipe them they look like turds but if they’re making their way into tiramisu I can handle that. And then there’s the whole peppermint mocha thing which I am entirely obsessed with!
I am always shocked by the price of ladyfingers… you would think each would come with a fancy ring or something!
Last time I made tiramisu was about 5 years before I started my blog. Something is definitely very wrong with me…
ahhh dying over how perfect of a holiday recipe this is!
I love lady fingers but have only eaten them back in the Philippines. I haven’t had one in 6 years. Whoa! You just reminded me that I know these fancy cookies and thanks for the recipe… I would like some lady fingers in my coffee.
Okay you got my attention and you are officially an evil genius! I am totally gonna try this one!
Now this is an impressive dessert! Homemade ladyfingers and all! Holy cow 🙂
Beautiful! I love tiramisu and this version sounds so festive and delicious!
I am a big fan of holiday desserts that are made in advance like this – yum!
Well I think if you made this tiramisu, pretty much anything you forgot to buy/prep for the holidays can be forgiven. And then some.
You even baked your own ladyfingers!! The dessert looks yummilicious!
This looks totally perfect!! I need more tiramisu in my life.
These are so cute! And they look insanely delicious & decadent, too.
I love tiramisu – this holiday version looks WONDERFUL!
What an original pepperminty idea! We are obsessed with tiramisu and this version is GREAT for Christmas this year! Thanks for the tip! Love it Joanne!
i’m thinking that i would just take the mascarpone part of this and be good! yum 🙂
I’m not a big fan of mint and chocolate, but I do love tiramisu.
I love how you added peppermint – very festive. I’m starting to get palpitations that there are so few days left (just four short, very short sleeps) until the big day. I have so much to do including most of the present buying and then there’s the Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas Day lunch and somehow I seem to be doing 90% of the catering. How did that happen??? Good luck to you with all your preparations – and I’d love to see a photo of your decorated basil plant! xx
Looks so, so yummy. I will be thinking of you putting presents under your basil tree!
Pinning this NOW! I HAVE to make this. I have now lost all control Joanne!!!!
This is all I want for Christmas. Cream and mascarpone and peppermint, spiked please!
This looks absolutely incredible. Well done!
I didn’t even know dark cocoa tequila existed. This is on the must-make list.
Whoa! 40 lady fingers? Store-bought would have cost $$$. Never would have thought of making them from scratch. Thanks for the recipe! Love tiramisu and never heard of cocoa flavored tequila!
Ooh, I love it! I’ve never made ladyfingers before–maybe this year is the time to give them a shot! 🙂
Wow! Looks delicious and I love your pictures! Happy holidays,Joanne!
I am so impressed with your homemade ladyfingers! I would love to try a totally from scratch tiramisu like this and the peppermint addition is perfect for Christmas!
Merry Christmas, Joanne!
I forgive you already 🙂 And am so impressed you made the lady fingers from scratch!
Great tiramisu idea!
Who knew lady fingers were so easy to make? Really worth doing yourself!
You are always so inspirering Joanne with your flavour combinations and great ideas
I’d never thought of making peppermint tiramisu, but it sounds like a genius idea! This one must be great using homemade ladyfingers. It looks so so creamy and amazing. Giiiiiveeee meee :–)
What not to love. This is amazing! Worth every calorie. Wishing you and family a wonderful Christmas!
You made your own lady fingers?!?? That is beyond cool. Your mad skills in the kitchen always amaze me. This sounds heavenly!
fantastic play on tiramisu! this sounds refreshing and festive and just glorious. nice one, joanne.
Glorious! This reminds me of that peppermint mocha trifle I made ages ago, but with a delightfully boozy twist. That’s a recipe update I could get into.
Homemade ladyfingers – SUCH an amazing idea! Can’t wait to try that out. AND this tiramisu. The peppermint mocha spin is so festive!
Love tiramisu and interesting addition of peppermint extract. Lovely.
This looks perfect for the holiday. I love the peppermint.
I can’t imagine how crazy good this must be with homemade lady fingers! I need this in my life – for Christmas dessert!
Oh man, I love tiramisu 🙂 this recipe with the peppermint sounds perfect!