Easy Tiramisu Parfaits

by Alli

If you love Tiramisu, you’ll love Easy Tiramisu Parfaits. This is definitely my take on Tiramisu. When I created this recipe, I couldn’t find ladyfingers in my small town grocery store so I replaced them with Milano Dulce de Leche cookies. 

Tiramisu Parfaits

My recipe ideas for Tiramisu Parfaits changed about five times during the creation of this layered dessert. I couldn’t find any mascarpone in my small town. I’m not even going there.

Then I couldn’t find ladyfingers, which is a given in Tiramisu. Even with all of those hiccups, these Easy Tiramisu Parfaits are so delicious. 

Tiramisu Parfaits

Since Tiramisu means Pick Me Up, I decided to pick mine up a little more by adding Dulce De Leche Milano Cookies in place of the ladyfingers. I know Dulce De Leche is more of an Argentinian thing, but trust me, these parfaits are amazing.

The Milano cookies add a new dimension to my Easy Tiramisu Parfaits and a whole lot of flavor. Move over, Michelangelo, I’ve created a masterpiece! These Easy Tiramisu Parfaits are pure decadence.

There’s just something about presenting individual desserts that always garners excitement among my guests. Maybe it’s the thought that they get to have the whole thing all to themselves.

Tiramisu Parfaits

Ingredients For Easy Tiramisu Parfait

  • strong coffee
  • instant vanilla pudding mix (5.1 oz.)
  • milk
  • cream cheese
  • whipped topping
  • Milano Dulce de Leche cookies
  • chocolate shavings or cocoa powder, optional garnish

How To Make Chocolate Shavings For Tiramisu Parfaits

To make chocolate shavings, place a candy bar in the freezer for one minute.

Use a vegetable peeler to shave the chocolate down the side.

Repeat until you have enough shavings to top the parfaits.

Tiramisu Parfaits

Top with a Milano Cookie and chocolate shavings before serving. My family loves these parfaits!

Tiramisu Parfaits


Easy Tiramisu Parfait

Tiramisu Parfaits

This layered Tiramisu Parfait is smooth and creamy. The cookies add an extra layer of crunch and flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (5.1 oz.)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 1 package Milano Dulce de Leche cookies
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder


  1. Combine vanilla pudding mix and milk following directions on the package. Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla pudding mixture to the cream cheese, a little at a time, until well blended.
  3. Break Milano cookies in halves and do a quick dunk in the coffee.
  4. Layer cookies, pudding, and whipped topping in individual parfait glasses twice.
  5. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours (or overnight).
  6. Just before serving, top with a Milano cookie, chocolate shavings, and/or cocoa powder.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 351Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 49mgSodium 448mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 8g

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Originally published in Feb. 2016 and updated in Feb. 2021


SheilaG- PlumDoodles February 24, 2016 - 8:37 am

Ok, these parfaits look amazing, and I love that they are simple to make. Yum!

Terri Oliver Steffes February 24, 2016 - 9:14 am

First time blog visitor! Love your style! I’m a fellow participant in this event, the pasta e’ fagioli soup is mine. Love the dessert, my husband would swoon!

Heather @ Kraus House Mom February 24, 2016 - 9:38 am

Those look so good, I’d end up eating all of them. I would have to hide the Milanos from my husband or there’d be none left for the parfait.

zan February 24, 2016 - 10:17 am

I have never made anything with the name tiramisu before. This parfait sure looks decadent especially with the dulce de leche cookies! You would think you would be able to find your products in the town but oh well. Maybe next time try ordering online or something if you think of it. I am always on the look for good Italian food since I like preparing something Italian at least one day of the week. But I am usually stuck on a few same recipes!

susan February 24, 2016 - 10:50 am

Love the idea of a parfait! Super cute!

Shirley Wood February 24, 2016 - 12:13 pm

I’m reminded of a lovely lunch and special time I shared with a friend. We were in college, both adults suffering through college together. We left school one day and went to a fancy restaurant and had Tiramisu. Makes me smile. Your recipe is so easy! We are big lovers of Italian at our house!

Jeanette February 24, 2016 - 12:30 pm

My husband loves Tiramisu! If it’s this easy to make I would make it all the time for sure. I have tried the real one and that takes some time. This one looks like my husband would actually enjoy it.

Heather lawrence February 24, 2016 - 1:43 pm

I love tiramisu! The hubby tried making one once and it turned out to be a huge nightmare but this looks like it would be a much easier recipe to make.
Can not wait to treat him this time!

Barb February 24, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Honestly I am not a huge lady finger fan anyway. I LOVE your take on tiramisu. I also love that it’s a cute little parfait. *pinned and FB scheduled Thanks for joining me for my Italian Feast Blog Hop. xxoo, Barb

Susie February 24, 2016 - 7:59 pm

My son loves loves loves tiramisu. Thanks for this recipe. It will get lots of use at my house. XOXO Susie @ TheChelseaProject

Susie February 24, 2016 - 7:59 pm


Jacqui February 24, 2016 - 11:05 pm

What’s the saying, creativity is born out of necessity? Who needs marscapone and ladyfingers, anyhow. This recipe looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it.

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green February 24, 2016 - 11:20 pm

This is super cute, I’ve been thinking of spring events and these would be perfect to serve to my guest. I freaking love those cookies.

Up Run for Life February 24, 2016 - 11:25 pm

This looks so good. I don’t think I’ve had Tiramisu before.

tiaras and tantrums February 25, 2016 - 12:16 am

these little tiramisu parfaits look so fun and cute! My kids would probably eat these now with the cookies – which are their favorites! I might have to make these for my brother for his birthday – this is his favorite dessert!

Janna February 25, 2016 - 2:23 am

First of all, love the photos! I’m actually a big fan of tiramisu and so I will definitely try this at home. Looks so tasty!

coolchillmom February 25, 2016 - 12:50 pm

How absolutely beautiful and delicious looking! I will be indulging for sure

Jennifer February 25, 2016 - 2:22 pm

I have a serious weakness for anything Tiramisu!!! I’ve got a party to go to in a week or so and I think I’m going to make these to bring with me!

Jeanine February 25, 2016 - 6:28 pm

Yum! I’ve only had tiramisu once but I loved it. So these look like something I’d love to try to make myself. My husband would be in heaven he’s a tiramisu obsessed!

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy February 25, 2016 - 9:46 pm

These look just scrumptious! I can’t believe I have never had tiramisu. You make it look so easy, I’m going to have to try my hand at these!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen February 26, 2016 - 4:33 am

I love Tiramisu and desserts in glasses so this is just something I know I would love!

Jasmine Watts February 26, 2016 - 7:07 am

Yummm… It looks delicious!! I would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Bites for Babies February 26, 2016 - 6:09 pm

We love tiramisu in this house…in fact I just made a huge batch last week and stored some in the freezer. I’ve been meaning to make tiramisu parfaits but you just reminded me that I forgot (once again) to make them!! lol!

rika February 28, 2016 - 3:39 am

I love tiramisu! This is a great idea, i can’t wait to try this recipe

Lexy March 2, 2016 - 7:49 am

I’m following and Pinning you as fast as I can.

Alli March 2, 2016 - 10:57 am

Thanks so much, Lexy!

Sue Lau March 3, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Great save with the milano cookies!

Caitlin February 6, 2019 - 4:19 pm

Hold me back!! Yum!

Pamela P April 15, 2024 - 10:14 am

Hi, this recipe sounds delicious!
Can’t wait to make it.
Question? I can’t find the Dulce milano cookies, is there a substitute we can use?
Thank you!

Alli April 19, 2024 - 9:55 am

I’m sure the Milano milk chocolate or double chocolate would work fine!


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