Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

I love to bake for the holidays and one of my most requested dessert is Tiramisu. This Italian dessert has been tweaked by me over the years and I would like to share it with you today. It’s fun to bake at Christmastime. Sammy and I even wear Christmas sweaters while creating this delicious dessert while listening to Christmas music.

If you have never made this dessert before, I shall warn you now it is very time consuming and it’s always great when you have a helper in the kitchen.

Sammy loves to help me cook and was eager to get dressed up in her Christmas sweater. We tend to wear our old Christmas sweaters every year when we bake or even when we make gingerbread houses. I prefer not to think of them as Ugly Christmas sweaters, but outdated sweaters. When we were snowed in last weekend our daughters dressed up in Christmas sweaters to build another gingerbread house. With new headgear.


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese – room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 -7 oz packages Italian Ladyfingers (Savoiardi)* I have even made Tiramisu with yellow cake if your store doesn’t carry ladyfingers. I make it both ways. You will see the cake pans in these photos because I was making 2 Tiramisu desserts. (I doubled the recipe)
  • 1 cup cold espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup coffee flavored Liqueur optional, I use Kahlua ( some recipes call for rum)
  • 1 ounce cocoa for dusting
  • Bittersweet chocolate for shaving
  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. This is your sabayon, remove from the heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon-colored.  Allow to cool briefly before mixing in mascarpone.

  2. Add Mascarpone to whipped yolks, beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone sabayon mixture and set aside. The mascarpone does not have to be at room temperature, but it will help it mix in easier if it is.  Take it out of the refrigerator as you gather ingredients to make the recipe.
  5. Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor and dip the ladyfingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, do not soak them!
  6. Split the ladyfingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl.
  7. Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers.
  8. Repeat process with another layer of lady fingers
  9. add another layer of tiramisu cream

  10. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  11. Dust with cocoa before serving


Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

Sammy is busy whipping up the heavy cream. You can see all the ingredients  and notice that we have both the ladyfingers and yellow cake because I am making 2 tiramisus and doing a tasting competition.

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

I have to apologize for the next photos, they are very grainy and not as sharp as I would like them to be. I edited them on my phone and I think that is where I went wrong.

I used an app that has a timer but they didn’t turn out as sharp as the ones I took. Now that I have the iPhone X, it has a timer built in and the photos are fantastic!

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

I love to bake and I come from a line of bakers. My mother is the queen of pies and I am the dessert fairy.

When the children were little we made Christmas cookies together, but once they went off to college Sammy and I decided that making 6 dozen cookies wasn’t in the best interest of our health and waistlines, now we make one holiday treat together.

Someday I will share with you my most requested recipe, Cheescake.

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish


Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

This is the Tiramisu recipe using the yellow cake instead of Ladyfingers.

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish


Shaving chocolate can leave a mess on your countertop but the dessert is so delicious!!

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Tradition: Christmas Sweaters and Tiramisu-Hello I'm 50ish


Do you have a special Christmas or holiday tradition ?

I would love you to read my fierce 50 sisters blogs about their Christmas Traditions and follow them too!

Nina from Sharing a Journey. Read here.

Cindy from Fashion, Friends, and Trends: Read here.

Suzanne from Ask Suzanne Bell: Read here.

Hilda from Over the Hilda: Read here


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  1. December 15, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Thanks for that great recipe Robin! God bless you because ai can’t wear normal clothing while baking!!! I have to wear either old clothing or pj’s because I’m too much of a slob!!!
    I lov your kitchen!!!!!!!

    • December 15, 2017 / 7:15 am


      Because the sweaters are so old, I treat them like sweatshirts.
      I don’t clean my house this way, but I do like to dress up in Christmas “oldies but goodies” when I’m baking.
      Call me weird, but a festive weird.

      Merry Christmas friend!

  2. December 15, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Yummm….thanks for the recipe. It’s going into my file right now!

    • December 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      I hope you enjoy it Rosemary!

      Merry Christmas!

  3. December 15, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Robin this is such a festive post! I love seeing you both in your sweaters, making memories in the kitchen. Some of my most cherished memories with my family have occurred in our kitchen. What a beautiful dessert..a masterpiece!
    Merry Christmas!

    • December 15, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you Suzanne!
      I enjoy cooking for Christmas but as the children are no longer home, I don’t make cookies like I used to.
      I used to do the cookie exchange like you did but those days are gone.
      I still enjoy baking with Sammy and she loves all things Christmas!

      Merry Christmas!

  4. Cindy Perkins
    December 15, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Thanks for posting pictures! The tiramisu seriously sounds so yummy but definitely labor intensive. I love the idea of baking while wearing fun Christmas attire!

    • December 18, 2017 / 7:31 am


      It really is delicious and has a lot of steps to making it but you can slow down the steps if you are doing it alone.
      Preferably in a Christmas sweater!

      Merry Christmas!

  5. December 16, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Robin, You and your daughters look adorable in your Christmas sweaters! What a fun tradition! Your tiramisu looks and sounds amazing! I’ll swing by for desert! HA!

    Julie XO

    • December 18, 2017 / 7:36 am


      Thank you for enjoying our Christmas sweaters!
      Lisa is actually wearing one of Sammy’s sweaters! LOL!

      We have a lot of fun in our family and having goofy traditions like the gingerbread competition and wearing Christmas sweaters while baking will always be treasured by my children. When we have grandchildren, we will carry on these fun family times together.

      You’re welcome to fly down to see me in Atlanta anytime!

      Merry Christmas!

  6. December 16, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Going to try the recipe! My husband is a professional chef, but doesn’t do dessert. LOL This looks fab! Can’t wait to try it.

    • December 18, 2017 / 7:44 am


      How neat your husband is a professional chef! Where does he work ?Does he own a restaurant? My nephew is one too in Portland! Such dedication to their craft!

      If you’re going to try the tiramisu recipe, stick with the ladyfingers for an authentic tiramisu.
      The yellow cake recipe is really delicious but we don’t want to bend the rules if you have a professional chef to serve it to!!!

      Merry Christmas!

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