This Speculoos Tiramisu is a winter twist on a classic Italian favorite. The tiramisu is super creamy made with speculoos cookies soaked in coffee and layered with a speculoos spiced mascarpone cream and the highlight - melted cookie butter spread. This is the perfect dessert to enjoy all Winter long, and especially during the Holliday season.
❤️Why you will love this recipe
- Twist on a classic: This is a winter twist on a classic Italian dessert, infused with warming spices.
- For any occasion: This speculoos tiramisu is your go-to, whether it's a laid-back family dinner or a fancy soiree. It effortlessly switches from a cozy dessert at home to stealing the spotlight at any event.
- Make-Ahead Dessert: This tiramisu tastes best when left to rest overnight, making it the perfect low-effort make-ahead dessert.
- Impress your guests: This speculoos tiramisu is a true showstopper. Not only does it look delicious, but it also impresses your guests with its warming flavor.
This tiramisu is a great low-effort dessert recipe perfect for any occasion. I love serving it during the holiday season for a Christmas celebration or New Years Eve. The speculoos spice mix makes this the perfect warming treat to be enjoyed all winter long.
If you like this recipe, then you should also try my Cinnamon Hot Chocolate.
🍪What is a speculoos cookie?
A speculoos cookie is a spiced shortcrust biscuit originating from Belgium. t's packed with warm flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, which probably is the reason why it is so popular around Christmas time in Europe. While the classic version is probably the most popular one, you can also buy a butter version or even ones with almonds added. I actually used the almond ones for my tiramisu in the photos which gave it a nice crunch.
The Speculoos spice is simply a mixture of the spices used for the cookie and is very popular around here to add to desserts, coffee and hot chcolate.
This recipe is kept simple with tools you probably already have in your kitchen:
- Mixing Bowls: Grab a couple of trusty mixing bowls.
- Whisk or kitchen machine: Needed to make the mascarpone cream and whisk the egg whites.
- Rubber Spatula: Needed to fold in the egg whites to prevent overmixing.
- Saucepan: For melting the cookie spread.
- Casserole Dish: The base in which you will assemble the dish in.
- Fine Meshed Sieve: For that finishing touch – used for dusting the tiramisu with chocolate powder and speculoos spice. Because we eat with our eyes first!
Here is what you will need to make this recipe.
- Eggs: Use large eggs for this recipe.
- Brown Sugar: The nuttiness of the molasses in the brown sugar gives the tiramisu even more depth of flavor
- Mascarpone: The star of the show which gives the tiramisu its typical flavor profile.
- Speculoos Spice: Use a homemade speculoos spice mixture or simply buy the pre-made one at the store. Alternatively, biscoff cookies would work too.
- Cookie Spread: Use your favorite cookie spread. My favorite is the Biscoff one.
- Espresso: Use fresh, strong coffee for that classic coffee flavor in your tiramisu.
- Cognac: Use a good quality cognac for the best flavor. An alcohol free version works totally fine too.
- Speculoos Cookies: The crunchy stars of the show. Use a classic speculoos cookie or go for another variation like almond, which gives it some crunch.
- Cocoa Powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder to balance out the sweetness of the tiramisu. Alternatively, sweetened cocoa powder or even chocolate powder like Nesquik works.
👩🏻🍳How to make this Speculoos Tiramisu
Here is a quick overview of the recipe steps. Please read the recipe card for the full instructions.
- Whisk egg yolks with brown sugar, add mascarpone and speculoos spice.
- Whip egg whites until stiff, fold into mascarpone mix.
- Prepare speculoos-spiced coffee, melt cookie spread.
- Layer coffee-soaked speculoos cookies and mascarpone cream.
- Drizzle melted cookie spread, refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Dust with chocolate powder and speculoos spice before serving.
You can serve this tiramisu classically by putting a peace of tiramisu on a plate and serving it to your guests. However, if you want to switch it up, here are some more fun ideas:
- Individual Jars: Skip the casserole dish and opt for assembling the tiramisu layers in a jar for a personalized touch. It's not only cute but also convenient, especially in today's time.
- Pot Lock: Let your guests scoop out their own servings straight from the casserole. Perfect for a potluck get-together or as an easy hosting dessert for your dinner party.
- Drizzle with Extra Cookie Spread: Go ahead and drizzle extra melted cookie spread over the tiramisu because there's no such thing as too much cookie goodness.
🥄Make Ahead and Storage
This dessert is perfect to make ahead of time as it needs to set in the fridge! It needs at least 4 hours in the fridge, or better set overnight. The longer you let it sit in the fridge the better.
The tiramisu will keep fresh in the fridge for up to three days. Make sure to cover it with cling foil to keep it as fresh as possible. As the recipe contains raw eggs I do not recommend consuming the dish after three days.
The dish can be frozen in a freezer bag for up to two months. It freezes very well and simply will have to be thawed a few hours before serving.
💭Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I make This Speculoos Tiramisu in advance?
A: Absolutely! In fact, it gets even better when you let it set in the fridge overnight. Plan ahead for the best flavor experience.
Q: Can I use instant coffee instead of espresso?
A: I do not recommend instant coffee as the flavor is very different. However, it can be used if nothing else is on hand.
Q: What can I substitute for cookie spread?
A: If you don't have cookie spread, you can simply leave that step out or use melted chocolate or even caramel for a different but equally delicious twist.
Q: Can I use a different alcohol instead of cognac?
A: Certainly! Try dark rum or coffee liqueur for a unique flavor profile.
Q: Can I make This Speculoos Tiramisu without alcohol?
A: Absolutely! For an alcohol-free version, simply use an alcohol free cognac or skip it all together. The tiramisu will still be rich in flavor and utterly delightful.
Q: How do I prevent the mascarpone cream from becoming too runny?
A: Be gentle when folding in the whipped egg whites, and avoid overmixing to maintain a creamy consistency.
Q: Can I freeze This Speculoos Tiramisu?
A: Yes, it freezes well! Just pop it in a freezer bag and thaw it a few hours before serving.
Q: Is there a way to make it without raw eggs?
A:Absolutely! Use pasteurized eggs instead of raw ones. There are other egg substitutions or ways to cook the egg. However, I have only tested the classic way of making tiramisu and recommend using a different recipe if the uncooked eggs are a concern for you.
More winter recipes to try
- 4 Eggs
- 80 g Brown Sugar
- 500 g Mascarpone
- 1 tablespoon Speculoos Spice
- 2 Espressos
- 4 tablespoon Cognac
- 1 pack Speculoos Cookies
- ½ jar Cookie Spread (for ex. Biscoff)
- Cocoa Powder (for dusting)
- 1 tablespoon Speculoos Spice (for dusting)
- Begin by separating the eggs. Add the egg yolks to a large mixing bowl and the egg whites to a small one.4 Eggs
- Add the brown sugar to the egg yolks and whisk the ingredients together until it becomes light and foamy.80 g Brown Sugar
- Next add the mascarpone cheese and speculoos spice to the bowl and mix until completely incorporated.500 g Mascarpone, 1 tablespoon Speculoos Spice
- Now in a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Using a rubber spatula gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mix until just incorporated. Make sure to not over-mix the cream as it may get to runny and not set properly.
- Prepare the coffee and mix in the speculoos spice. Let cool completely, then add the cognac.2 Espressos, 4 tablespoon Cognac
- Melt the cookie butter in a small saucepan on medium low heat. Set aside.½ jar Cookie Spread
- To assemble the tiramisu, soak the spuloos cookies in the coffee mixture and place them a single layer on the bottom of a casserole dish. Pour some coffee on top of the cookies if they seem to be dry still.1 pack Speculoos Cookies
- Using a spatula spread half the mascarpone cream on top of the cookie layer.
- Repeat the step with the cookies.
- Using a spoon drizzle as much cookies butter as you want over the cookies.½ jar Cookie Spread
- Add the rest of the mascarpone cream on top and smooth it out.
- Cover with cling foil and let the tiramisu set in the fridge for at least 4h, better over night.
- Remove the tiramisu from the fridge about half an hour before serving. Mix the chocolate powder with the speculoos spice and dust the tiramisu with the mixture using a fine meshed sieve.Cocoa Powder, 1 tablespoon Speculoos Spice
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