Tiramisu Cookies ~ little nibbles of Italian bliss. A delicately thrilling addition to your holiday cookie lineup.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yield: 40 sandwich cookies
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
- For the Tiramisu Cookies:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar + extra for rolling
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
For the Mascarpone Espresso Filling:
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso (1 teaspoon instant coffee granules)
- 2-3 cups powdered sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- For the rum cookies: Using an electric mixer cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and rum extract together until light and fluffy–3-5 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined.
- Add the baking powder and salt, then slowly add the flour to the mixture until well combined. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
- Scoop small 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon portions of dough and roll into balls. Place a little extra sugar in a small bowl and roll each ball in sugar before placing on a baking sheet. Use the bottom of a glass to press the dough balls into flat disks 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until just baked through.
- For the mascarpone espresso filling: Wash the mixing bowl and dry well. Then place the mascarpone and butter in the bowl and beat to combine. Pour the vanilla extract into a small bowl. Add the instant espresso powder and mix to dissolve. Beat into the cheese mixture. Slowly add the 2 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add extra powdered sugar if needed.
- Place the filling in a large zip bag and cut a tiny hole off the corner. Turn half of the cooled cookies over and pipe 1 tsp. of filling onto the bottom cookies. Top each cookie sandwich and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
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