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Caramel Apple Tiramisu

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Caramel apple tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert with a fall-inspired twist: ladyfingers dipped in Door County Caramel Apple coffee, caramel cream, and sauteed apples.

Today, I gave a classic Italian dessert a fall twist. But first, have you read about our Flavors of Fall prize packs and entered the giveaway?

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So, about that Italian dessert. Yup, I made one of my favorites, tiramisu. But instead of chocolate, this one is flavored with caramel apple. The ladyfingers are dipped in a mixture of Door County Caramel Apple Coffee and spiced rum.

Door County makes some of the best flavored coffees I've ever had. The coffee is smooth, and the flavors taste real, not like chemicals.

I also flavored the mascarpone cream with caramel by incorporating caramel sauce into it. Some purists say that classic tiramisu doesn't contain cream, but this isn't really a classic tiramisu, now, is it?

Oh, and I also added layers of sauteed apples. Sauteeing softens them, but they still have enough bite to make a nice contrast with the cream. Plus, apples makes this dessert healthy.... ish ....right? OK, no.

This would make a great Thanksgiving dessert. It's no-bake, so it doesn't take up room in your oven while you're prepping. And it needs to be made ahead of time, so no last-minute scrambling to put dessert together after you've stuffed yourself silly eating Thanksgiving dinner.

If you like really sweet desserts, add an extra drizzle of caramel over the slice before serving!

Caramel apple tiramisu drizzled with caramel sauce

Caramel Apple Tiramisu

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Caramel apple tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert with a fall-inspired twist: ladyfingers dipped in Door County Caramel Apple coffee, caramel cream, and sauteed apples.


For the apples

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lb apples, peeled, cored and chopped into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

For the caramel cream

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 8 oz mascarpone, at room temperature

For assembling

  • 1 ¾ cups Doory County Caramel Apple Coffee (strongly brewed)
  • 2 tablespoon spiced rum
  • About 24 ladyfingers (storebought preferred)*


Make the apples

  1. In a stainless steel or cast-iron frying pan, melt the butter. Add the apples, and saute for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are fork-tender.
  2. Add the brown sugar, and stir until melted.
  3. Transfer the apples to a plate to cool.
  4. Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to keep the water simmering.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whip together the egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar with a handheld mixer over the simmering water until very pale yellow and about tripled in volume. Remove from the heat. Beat in the mascarpone.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the caramel sauce, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  7. Fold the caramel whipped cream into the egg yolk/mascarpone mixture.
  8. In a wide, shallow dish, combine the coffee with the spiced rum. One by one, dip the ladyfingers in the liquid, then arrange in a single layer in the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking dish, breaking the ladyfingers as necessary to completely cover the bottom.
  9. Spread half of the sauteed apples across the cookies. Spread half of the cream over the apples.
  10. Top with another layer of coffee/rum-dipped ladyfingers, the remaining apples, and the remaining cream.
  11. Cover the baking dish tightly with tinfoil, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  12. Just before serving, drizzle individual slices of tiramisu with additional caramel sauce, if desired.


*Storebought lady fingers are preferred because they are drier. They can be dipped in the liquid and won't fall apart. If you can't find them or prefer to make your own, arrange the undipped cookies in the baking sheet, then brush them with the coffee mixture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 6g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Latte by Our Good Life
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Cranberry Apple Quick Bread with Coffee Glaze by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Pumpkin Spice Glazed Scones by Blogghetti

Cinnamon Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops by Simple and Savory
Mom’s Roasted Brown Sugar & Butter Butternut Squash by Books n' Cooks
Sheet Pan Pecan Maple Pork Tenderloin by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Sweet Potato Cornbread by Palatable Pastime
The Best Slow Cooker Coffee Rub Brisket by Everyday Eileen
Turkey Pecan Cranberry Sliders by Tip Garden

Apple Crisp Hand Pies by The Freshman Cook
Brownies with Coffee Buttercream by Sweet Beginnings
Caramel Apple Tiramisu by The Redhead Baker
Maple Butter Pecan Rice Krispie Treats by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Latte Chia Pudding by Love and Confections

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Jaida ~ Sweet Beginnings

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

This sounds amazing, Colleen! Great use of that caramel apple coffee!


Saturday 12th of October 2019

You can't go wrong with tiramisu. It's a classic and delicious dessert.

Sue Lau

Friday 11th of October 2019

Tiramisu is a favorite of mine, and I need to try this variation!

Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Sunday 6th of October 2019

I love the sound of this caramel apple tiramisu! What a great fall flavored makeover.


Friday 4th of October 2019

Those sauteed apples are the perfect touch!

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