Friday, January 19, 2007

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Tiramisu Trifle

The perfect holiday dessert! A real crowd pleaser.
My Americanized version of Italian Tiramisu!

Expect a lot of Ooh's and Ahh's when you set this decadent dessert down on the table. And for good reason. It is beautiful and sinfully rich! It looks like it took hours to make, but it is pretty easy, actually. As long as you have chocolate chip cookies on hand that is. Other wise you would have to bake a batch or you could cheat and use a package of Chips Ahoy! I won't tell if you don't.
I did cheat myself by using Cool Whip Topping instead of Whipped Cream since I didn't have any on hand. And guess what, no one knew the difference.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Tiramisu Trifle

1 batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies or Blondies cut up into small squares.
One 8 ounce container of Neufeuntal Cream Cheese, at room temperature
3 or 4 tablespoons Sugar
1 cup cold Espresso (I made instant, you can find instant espresso at any Italian market or in the International Food Isle in the Super Market)
1 recipe Zabalione (Custard filling) See below
1 tub of Light Cool Whip Topping, thawed (or an equal amount of whipped cream for all of you cool whip snobs out there, wink wink-Amy).
1 can of Cherry Pie Filling
Unsweetened Cocoa powder to sift

The first thing you have to do is make the Zabalione which is the hardest part of this recipe. The rest is just assembly, so don't be discouraged. It is actually a lot easier than you think. There are many recipes of Zabalione out there and they are all a little bit different.

Here is my version that I use all the time.


7 Egg Yolks
7 Tablespoons of Sugar
3/4 cup of Amaretto

1. Fill a saucepan 1/3 full with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2. In a large bowl, beat together egg yolks and sugar. Whisk in the Amaretto. Set the bowl over the simmering water, taking care that it doesn't touch the water. Whisk for 5-8 minutes, removing the bowl from the heat for a moment if it heats too quickly. The mixture should be thick and foamy.

Mix the cream cheese to soften just until smooth and then fold in the zabaglione. Cover and refrigerate.

Once the Zabalione-cheese mixture is cool, fold in the cool-whip topping. Set aside.

In a wide, flat bowl, whisk the espresso with the sugar.
Quickly dip each cookie in the cold espresso and place in the trifle to cover the bottom. Top with 1/4 of the Zabalione mixture and top with another layer of espresso dipped cookies. Top again with a 1/4 of the Zabalione mixture.

Add the can of Cherry Pie Filling and cover with another layer of cookies, then the Zabalione mixture. Top with the final layer of cookies and final 1/4 of the Zabalione mixture.
Sift the cocoa over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Everyone really enjoyed this dessert. My niece's husband actually said he liked this Americanized version of Tiramisu better than the original. For me, the cherry filling kind of masked the flavor of the zabalione which I love. I still like the
traditional Tiramisu best, but I did enjoy this version as well.


wheresmymind said...

Oh my...that would so be gone around me :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a mouthful to say! But soooo good looking.

funwithyourfood said...

I love tiramisu! that is cool


Anonymous said...

Oh my. That sounds sooo good. Can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

the tiramisu' made a great presentation and the flavor was delicious,bambola.

Anonymous said...

Americanized I guess! Looks wonderful~ and couldn't be much easier (is that the American part?)

Annie said...

Hey everone, It was as good as it looks!!

Sandi, The Americanized part was the substitutions of chocolate chip cookies for the lady fingers and Cool-Whip for the whipped cream!