Fast & Easy Tiramisu

11 Sep

After work, Ed and I went for a 3 mile run together.  Yes…you read that correctly.  We ran…TOGETHER!

I love working out with Ed, but he is definitely more of a “workout on my own” kind of guy.  Maybe it’s my drill sergeant personality that comes out. 😉

Ed and I started following the Disney Half Marathon Training Plan this week (Mine and His) to prepare us for our first half marathon in January.  We also have a planned Marine Core 10K race in Washington, DC in October, which actually follows our plan perfectly.  I’m excited to run races again.  The summer heat has been brutal and with the consistent traveling and events, there just was no time.

By the way, Maryland got the memo this past weekend and we are officially feeling the fall weather.   Running outside is so much more enjoyable.  Ed and I are looking into other races before the end of the year to prepare for January and this weather is extremely motivating.  The top of my list right now is the Cleveland Turkey Trot, but what I would really love to run is a Monster Mash type run during the Trick or Treat season.  Not the scary, zombie races.  (No, thank you.)  Does anything out there exist nearby?  I’ve come up with nothing.  I would totally dress up and have the greatest time figuring out a costume.

If you could dress in any costume to run in, what would you dress up as?  Leave a comment below of your best Trick or Treat costume of all time!

Fast & Easy Tiramisu

For our anniversary, my goal was to make an easier variation of our favorite dessert to eat together.  However, since our anniversary turned into a smorgasbord of sweet treats, I decided to hold off a week or two to allow the sugar coma to wear off.

I pulled a recipe from Kraft for Fast & Easy Tiramisu and had everything on hand except Lady Finger cookies.  While at the store I walked up and down the cookie aisle a few many times only to recognize how big this aisle really is…


I found nothing that represented a lady finger cookie, so I went with the next best thing.

The perfect cheater.

I started off by boiling the instant coffee on the stove and spreading the wafers across a 13×9 inch dish and brushed with coffee.

In a mixing bowl, I mixed two 8 oz. blocks of low fat cream cheese.  Once creamy, mix in 1/2 cup of sugar.  Finally, mix in 2 cups of Cool Whip. (I used Lite Cool Whip.)


Spread 1/2 the cream cheese mixture over the wafer cookies in the pan.  Add an additional layer of wafers, brush with coffee and spread the remaining layer of cream cheese mixture.

Top with a dusting of cocoa powder and let set in the fridge 4-5 hours or overnight.

So, super easy and very yummy.  The wafers were super moist from the coffee and the mixture was creamy with the whipped cream addition.  The Kraft website shared their nutrition information and called this dessert a “150-calorie dessert“.  Score!

Want a bite?

Now, I just have to keep my limit to one slice…after a good batter lick, of course.

You had to know this was coming…

Fast & Easy Tiramisu

(as posted on Kraft Foods)


  • 2 Tbsp.  MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp.  sugar
  • 1 cup  boiling water
  • 2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) ladyfingers, split, divided ( I used Vanilla Wafers and they worked perfect!)
  • 2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
  • 1 tsp.  unsweetened cocoa powder


  • DISSOLVE combined coffee granules and 1 Tbsp. sugar in boiling water. Arrange 1 pkg. ladyfingers on bottom of 13×9-inch dish; brush with 1/2 cup coffee.
  • BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar; mix well. Whisk in COOL WHIP.
  • SPREAD half the cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers in dish; top with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining coffee mixture; cover with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Refrigerate 4 hours.



2 Responses to “Fast & Easy Tiramisu”

  1. Janet September 12, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Sounds yummy, nice substitute for the lady fingers. Would love to see the pictures, most of them are not showing up.

    • Elyse September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks! Pictures are back up and running. It was very yummy and still is a couple days later 🙂

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