Tiramisu Cookies

Tiramisu Cookies ~ little nibbles of Italian bliss. A delicately thrilling addition to your holiday cookie lineup.

Tiramisu Cookies Recipe

All right folks, I have a confession to make. This is my newest cookie recipe for the holiday season. When I dreamed up these Tiramisu Cookies, I believed myself to be the first person to ever think of something so wonderful.

Alas, Google always shatters the dreams of a person who expects to be an original. I found (after the fact) that Martha Stewart has a Tiramisu Cookie Recipe.

SWEARS… lots of swears!

Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Here is my not-as-original-as-I-thought-but-still-completely-fabulous Tiramisu Cookie Recipe. The cookies are tender boozy pillows filled with rich creamy mascarpone and espresso filling. Each sandwich is kissed with a sprinkling of unsweetened cocoa powder to mimic traditional Tiramisu.

Happy Holidays!

In the past, I’ve had an aversion to boozy extracts. I figure if you want something to taste like brandy, why not just add brandy. In this case, you simply can’t get a strong enough rum flavor without using an extract. You’d have to add so much rum that it would effect the texture of cookie dough.

To make the cookies uniform, I like to roll them into equally portioned balls, then flatten them with the bottom of a glass.

Tiramisu Cookies Recipe

Pipe the mascarpone filling onto the bottom of each sandwich cookie and top. Allow the cookie to sit out for a while so the filling will set.

Tiramisu Cookies Recipe

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110 Responses to “Tiramisu Cookies”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 12, 2011 at 6:37 am

    These are delightful! Love these little guys :)

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  2. pamposted December 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I bet yours are better!

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  3. Loraposted December 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

    These are beautiful and perfect and the flavor – wow! Ad I very much enjoyed your mini rant :-)

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  4. juliaposted December 12, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Dang martha. I hate when I *think* I’ve created something… and then come to find out SHE kinda already did. I bet, a lotta money, yours are a TON better!!!!! They looks SUPER good!

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    • Sommer — December 14th, 2011 @ 12:10 am

      Ha! Hugs to Martha, I sorta love her and hate all at the same time. She definitely gives the rest of us a run for the money.

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    • Amy K — December 22nd, 2014 @ 10:42 am

      I made these today and hope they will last until Christmas! Question about the icing! Since there’s cheese in it do the cookie have to be refrigerated between now and Thursday??? They were so easy and look amazing!

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  5. Jessica @ How Sweetposted December 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

    it’s official. i’m in love with these.

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  6. Pattie Meeganposted December 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

    These look wonderful! Quick question- how long do you think they’d keep? I’m assuming in the fridge and then brought back to room temp to serve? Is the texture of the cookie affected by making ahead? I’d love to add these to my Christmas Eve dessert tray
    Pattie

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    • Sommer — December 14th, 2011 @ 12:07 am

      Generally I keep any frosting out on the counter for several days with no issues. If you want to store them longer, wrap them well and place in the fridge.

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      • Ann Harrison — December 15th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

        Wonderful. I was going to ask the same question. Plan on making these for Christmas gifts – that is, if there are any left from my taste testing ;->

  7. Denise @ Creative Kitchenposted December 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Oh these look so good!! Yes….google is good for that. Happens to me to!

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  8. Ericaposted December 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I think these are very original, and the cocoa powder on the top is SUPER tiramisu, which Martha’s lacks. Points to you!

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  9. Bev Weidnerposted December 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Now THESE are some cookies I could get serious about.

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  10. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted December 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE these!

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  11. Courtney Rposted December 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    These look so fabulous! My husband LOVES tiramisu but I’m not quite ready to attempt the traditional cake yet. This sounds like the perfect way of easing us in!

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  12. jennifurlaposted December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    These are da’bomb. I also have to say that your pictures are in my top 5 of blogs I read, always just love them.

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  13. Michelleposted December 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Ahhhhhh! They’re so cute! Must eat them all!

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  14. galitposted December 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Those look so fantastic! What a brilliant idea!

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  15. Angie's Recipesposted December 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    What a beautiful and creative idea of turning the classic cake into the bite sized cookies!

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  16. vianneyposted December 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    “martha ain’t got nothing on you honey!’ These look amazing!!

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  17. Cassie @ Bake Your Dayposted December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love tiramisu, these look perfect!

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  18. Katerinaposted December 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love tiramisu and it is very interesting how you transformed this beauitful sweet to these absolutely adorable little treats!

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  19. Amy @ uTryItposted December 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    These cookies look amazing and so tempting. I’m a sucker for anything tiramisu. gotta try your recipe soon.

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  20. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted December 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I’m sure that yours are WAY better than Martha Stewart’s! I think it’s a pretty genius idea!

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  21. thesweetestpeaposted December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    You might try Captain Morgan’s Tattoo Dark Rum, it’s a very highly flavored, black caramelly rum and it’s not spiced like the other Captain Morgan’s rum. Maybe a splash or two along with some rum flavoring, would give the bit of alcohol zing. These look lovely, and yes, I also hate it when I think I’ve come up with something brilliant, then find it later online somewhere.

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  22. Robin @ Simply Southern Bakingposted December 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    These cookies look fabulous! I love Tiramisu!

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  23. Brianposted December 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love these little beauties! They look fabulous!

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  24. 5 Star Foodieposted December 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    These sound amazing, love the Mascarpone Espresso Filling!

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  25. Living The sweet Lifeposted December 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I’m such a sucker for anything Tiramisu related – – these cookies are bad news … bad news that will make me feel ohhh sooo goooodddd!!

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  26. Curtposted December 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love tiramisu. My daughter used to send it to me all the time when she lived in Italy. These cookies look so tempting!

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  27. Carolynposted December 13, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Gorgeous cookies, Sommer!

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  28. Lizposted December 13, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Martha has NOTHING on your boozy pillows!!! Fabulous cookies!!!!

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  29. Kiri W.posted December 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Wow, these look amazing! I love that it has all the flavors of tiramisu in one bite, because my tiramisu portions tend to get, ah, expansive ;) They look fabulous!

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  30. Ana Helena Campbellposted December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    They caught my attention fast! These little guys are perfect for a party. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. carolinaheartstringsposted December 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    These look amazing! I know they are just delicious. Come visit. We have a great Kahlua hot cocoa this week and today we are giving away a wonderful Christmas present. A great book and it comes autographed! Come by and register to win.

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  32. Lacyposted December 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Omg these are adorable & look incredibly delicious! Best tiramisu in cookie form that I have ever seen. Seriously. Totally making these asap!

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  33. Delishhhposted December 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Love them – so cute and look fantastic! Hope you had a fabulous time in Hawaii :) I was just there for my baby moon.

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  34. Colleenposted December 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Oh my god, this may very well be heaven in a cookie! I LOVE tiramisu…never thought to put it in a cookie. What a delicious idea!

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  35. Maggie @ Kitchie Cooposted December 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    These look so good I want to cry. One of my husband’s favorite desserts in tiramisu and I know he would appreciate these cookies. They are beautiful and look delicious!

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  36. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted December 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    These are seriously cute, and Martha can go fly a kite. These look so much better ;)

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  37. Jersey Girl Cooksposted December 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Love these flavors! They are also very cute.

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  38. RavieNomNomsposted December 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    OH wow! What a fantastic idea! This is so great…I would never have thought to do this. Sounds yummy

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  39. Kim Beeposted December 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Looks really incredible. Martha Shmartha, yours are prettier and I bet tastier!

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    • Sommer — December 14th, 2011 @ 12:05 am

      You know I really love Martha. She’s just always two steps ahead.

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  40. torviewtorontoposted December 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    lovely dessert looks wonderful

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  41. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted December 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts so I am really excited to see it in cookie form!

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  42. Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I am going to be dreaming of these cookies. Beautiful. Martha always thinks of everything. I will just pretend that you didn’t mention that and give all of the create to you.

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  43. Julie M.posted December 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Those are gorgeous Sommer! Hope you had a wonderful time on the island. :)

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  44. Joyposted December 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    The cookies look so good. I love tiramisu.

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  45. marlaposted December 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I am all ready a fan of tiramisu…but in cookie form it looks even better!

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  48. feianeposted December 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    i will try this recipe…. looks like french macaroons…. perfect recipe for christmas…. happy holidays!

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  49. Anna @ hiddenponiesposted December 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    These look totally delicious – sometimes you’re better off not googling and finding out someone else had the idea already :) Ignorance is bliss – and I’m sure yours are better anyway!

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  50. domesticallyineptposted January 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them!

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  51. OLGA LOPEZposted January 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    they look cute and a piece of heaven to put in the mouth.

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  52. Amandaposted January 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    These look so good! I love tiramisu and I love cookies! I’m definitely going to try making these!

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  53. Markposted January 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi there! Delightful blog! I enjoyed reading it, and I love tiramisu, so I have to try these. I was familiar with Martha’s recipe, but they seemed too fussy, so I’m going to give yours a try. I am getting my own personal baking business up and running, and I have a big event next Friday to bake for, so I may give your recipe for these a test drive! Mind if I blog about it? I will give you due credit for the recipe and will even link to your blog, if you’d like. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Sommer — January 13th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Hi Mark, Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome to blog about them and I appreciate the consideration of linking back. I hope your event is a great success!

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  54. kerriposted February 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hi would love to make them, I’m in NZ, how much by weight is “2 sticks” of butter please, and does powered sugar mean castor sugar or icing sugar? Fantastic idea, well done :)

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    • Sommer — February 11th, 2012 @ 7:36 am

      Hi Kerri,

      2 sticks of butter is 8 oz., equal to 227 grams. Also powdered sugar is the same thing as icing sugar. Happy Baking!

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  56. PolaMposted May 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I was looking up original tiramisu’ recipe and I found yours! It looks amazing!! Care to link up to my newest bloghop on tiramisu’?

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  57. Jordanposted September 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Hello. I made these tonight, and my cookie dough came out nothing like yours. :\ It was super sticky and soft, and I even added more flour after that, and I was still unable to ‘roll the dough into balls’. Any idea why this might have happened? It’s pretty warm here, but even leaving the the dough in the fridge for a while didn’t help. I ended up just dropping the batter from a spoon and sprinkling the sugar on top. The filling tasted good though, so hopefully they’ll still go over well this weekend. Either way, thanks for the recipe. :)

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    • Sommer — September 7th, 2012 @ 6:05 am

      Hey Jordan, Sorry about that! Yes, temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on baking projects. :(

      It’s hard to say what else it might have been without being there, but take a look at this post and you might figure it out: http://aspicyperspective.com/2012/04/velvet-brownie-swirl-cake.html

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      • Jordan — September 11th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

        Thanks for the reply! They were still delicious, just not as pretty as yours. :)

  58. Lindsayposted November 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    These look awesome! And I so know that feeling – getting so excited about a new idea only to realize it’s not as “new” as you thought. However, these are still original to me – I’ve never seen Martha’s version :)

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  60. Melissaposted December 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Okay I am not much of a baker but I got to try these…I do have a question however…
    When your working with flour does it have to be exact measurements? I always seem to use to much but I never understand why it happens that way cuz I follow every recipe to the T…I know not to pack flour but when I make these would it mess up the recipe if I used a little less? I get so discouraged when I bake because of this reason ((This recipe sounds way to good to pass up though, so please help LoL))

    Thanks :)

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    • Sommer — December 6th, 2012 @ 7:08 am

      Hi Melissa, Think of baking as “chemistry”… every measurement need to be precise for the baked good to have the right chemical reaction in the oven. I usually stir the flour in the bag to loosen it up, then scoop it with a spoon into my measuring cup and level the top. That way, the flour isn’t packed down and it’s as exact as I can make it.

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  62. Sommerposted January 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Mukti, It is definitely a soft cookie, but not quite as soft as a whoopie pie.

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    • Mukti — January 6th, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

      Thank you!

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    • Mukti — January 6th, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

      Sorry, one more question. Do you have any suggestions if you can’t find run extract?

      Thanks in advance.

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      • Sommer — January 7th, 2013 @ 6:30 am

        McCormick makes Rum Extract, so you should be a able to find it at your regular grocery store.

  63. Teenaposted January 26, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Can I use imitation rum extract or can only use pure rum extract? This really looks yummy but I live in the Philippines where ingredients like this are limited or not available at all sometimes. thanks :)

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  64. Red Jordanposted March 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’ve made these cookies about 5 times, now, since Christmas. They truly are fantastic…and a big crowd pleaser! Thank you for this recipe. I plan to wow them at the next workplace potluck.

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  66. kimposted May 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

    my icing came out liquidy twice

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  67. Angieposted June 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve never heard of rum in tiramisu, what does it do flavour wise? I know that’s a stupid question, but I was debating leaving it out.

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    • Sommer — June 23rd, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      Angie, It adds a boozy sweetness. If you leave it out it won’t have that boozy quality that tiramisu often does, but will still taste great.

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  68. Pearlyxcposted November 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I would love to make these cookies for my annual cookie exchange. They look delicious!! Any tips on how I can make these ahead or freeze them? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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  69. cherylposted December 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Can I freeze these I’m starting my Christmas baking. I’ve enjoyed finding your cooking.

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    • Sommer — December 2nd, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I wouldn’t freeze the filling, but you can bake and freeze the cookies and fill them later.

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  70. Daniposted December 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    These are both mine and my work office’s favourite cookies. I’ve made them twice already to share, and plan on doing it many more times. Thanks so much for this!

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  74. Cwposted December 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I made these today for my step mom for the holidays. They flattened out a tad but looked lovely once put together. I can’t wait to hear from my stepmom . One of her favorite desserts is tiramisu cheesecake so this recipe seemed perfect for a mailed gift.

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  76. Lindsay Rposted December 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Would it be possible to use whole wheat flour in this recipe?

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  77. Kandisposted December 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I wanted to make a treat with a twist on the traditional tiramisu and found this recipe. I changed it up just a bit- but it was the best cookie I have ever had the pleasure of baking. I looked in eagerly at each batch as it baked, and “sampling” from each one.
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  80. pATTYposted June 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I would love to make these, do you have any suggestions how you would travel five hours with these?

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  82. Ninaposted October 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Omg! I’m excited to make this. How long would the shelf life be? Because this will be a gift for my cousin’s wedding. Its an Italian wedding so this would be a great addition to their cookie table. Is this tranportable too? Meaning if the cookie is made 2 days before will it still be good? Does this need to he refrigerated because of the mascarpone cheese? Thank you!

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    • Sommer — October 21st, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

      Hi Nina, You could certainly make them a couple days before hand, and keeping them would help them hold up, but is not essential. If you are worried about transportation, you could make the cookies and filling ahead, then fill them on sight.

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  83. sedaposted October 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hi ,
    I have prepared but my filling cream was runny, when I have added powered sugar. Can you help me?
    Thanks and Regaards,

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    • Sommer — October 24th, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

      Hmmm. It’s hard to say what happened without seeing it, but I would add more powdered sugar. It isn’t super stiff though…

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  85. Jenna @ Easy, Economical Eventsposted March 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I included a link to your recipe in my Mother-Daughter Tea post today. I hope you’ll take a look: http://www.eeevents.net/#!motherdaughtertea/c1z7y Thanks!

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  87. Coco in the Kitchenposted August 26, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    These look incredible.
    I am forbidden from baking them until after I’ve lost 10 lbs!

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  88. Joposted December 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Same thing happened to me, they are flat,  no matter if i use dark pan, light pan, both  on parchment, good sugar cookie anyways.  See if anyone who made it had a problem.

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  89. Joposted December 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Maybe if balls left without flattening might puff up more??? I am wondering do not want to make another batch.

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  90. Carol Reynoldsposted December 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Too sweet. Disappointed. I wish I would have tried t the dessert with ladyfingers instead.

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  91. Noraposted January 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    How much rum??

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