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Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu

This Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu is ridiculously fast and easy to prepare, and its full of yummy, spicy  holiday flavors.

Oh my goodness – I’ve been so busy getting back into my new kitchen and keeping up with some pretty intense work deadlines, that I kind, sorta misplaced a week somewhere.  I truly thought that Thanksgiving was next week, not in 3 days.  Yikes.  Luckily, my parents are hosting, so I’m helping, but not really responsible for cooking.

It is time to think about holiday parties though, and I do have several coming up in the next few weeks. It’s always good to plan your menu ahead, and give any new recipes a test-run so there are no goof ups in front of guests, so I’m testing a new one out on all of you today.  This month the Recipe Redux challenged members to share a healthy dessert for the holidays.  Well …  How about two out of three?  This is definitely a dessert.  And I think it’s perfect for the holidays.  But I’m not claiming that it’s healthy!

I totally have to have a strategy for holiday sweet treats, because – I totally love them all.  If they’re around (yes, leftovers, I’m looking at you), I’ll eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.  So my strategy is to keep ’em small.  Yep, it’s all about portion control.


Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu|Craving Something Healthy


This Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu can be made in a trifle bowl, but I love the idea of serving tiny, bite-sized desserts for each guest. That way, when it’s gone, it’s gone and I can’t eat the leftovers!



Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu|Craving Something Healthy


Instead of the espresso/liqueur-soaked lady finger method that is called for in traditional tiramisu, these lovelies are made with ground up, packaged gingersnap cookies mixed with a touch of vanilla-spiked bourbon. The pumpkin-mascarpone cream topping takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

If you have a pastry bag, definitely use it to pipe the cream onto the cookie crumbs.  If not, you can use a freezer bag – just fill it, snip the corner off, and squeeze.


Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu


  • 1/2 of a 1-pound box of gingersnap cookies (about 32 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon or bourbon vanilla
  • 1-8 ounce container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix


Place the cookies and bourbon or bourbon vanilla into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cookies are broken down into fine crumbs.

Spoon about 3-4 tablespoons of the cookie crumbs into the bottoms of 12 dessert glasses and set aside.

Place the mascarpone cheese, pumpkin puree, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice into a large mixing bowl. Mix on low speed to combine to combine the ingredients, and then increase to high speed to whip the ingredients until soft peaks form.

Place the pumpkin cream mixture into a large freezer bag, and cut the tip off of one corner. Pipe about 1/2 cup of the pumpkin cream over the cookie crumbs in each dessert dish. Sprinkle any remaining cookie crumbs over the top to garnish.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.


Recipe adapted from

Do you have any favorite holiday desserts, or do you like to try something new each year?

Don’t forget to check out the other recipes from the Recipe ReDux members, and eat well!


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12 Responses to “Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu”

  1. What an awesome spin on a classic tiramisu!

  2. Scott says:

    Looks so delicious and easy to make! I love the idea. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  3. Serena says:

    pumpkin pie and tiramisu are my 2 fave desserts and you put them together! Happy days!

  4. Love how you’ve used Ginger bread for the “lady fingers” and served it up so elegantly in these glasses. Your pumpkin Tiramisu sounds so delicious!

  5. I am always intimidated by tiramisu, but this recipe looks so easy I might have to try!

    • Anne says:

      Me too! I’ve made the real thing a few times but it always feels complicated. This is ridiculously easy. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Marisa says:

    Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. Love this twist!

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