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Maple Bourbon Tiramisu Parfaits

This fall I am craving Maple Bourbon Tiramisu Parfaits. Lady fingers soaked in espresso spiked with bourbon and maple syrup layered with a maple mascarpone mousse. 

This fall I am craving Maple Bourbon Tiramisu Parfaits. Lady fingers soaked in espresso spiked with bourbon and maple syrup layered with a maple mascarpone mousse. Maple-bourbon-Tiramisu-006-text

Here I go again with another Tiramisu recipe. #cantstopwontstop. I saw the original Maple Bourbon Chocolate Tiramisu on the Better Homes and Garden’s site. This has been on my to-do list for a long time! The problem is, now I want to make everything into Tiramisu. Would you guys be mad about that?

This Maple Bourbon Tiramisu is perfect! The lady fingers are soaked in espresso spiked with bourbon and maple syrup layered with a maple mascarpone mousse.

I decided to make this Maple Bourbon Tiramisu as a parfait instead of a traditional layered tiramisu. Parfaits are a great way to serve dessert to your dinner guest. I happened to have very large parfait cups, and while this dessert makes 5 parfaits, you could certainly make this as a layered dessert to also serve a small crowd.  If you had smaller glasses, you could stretch this out to make probably 8 parfaits.

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Each parfait has 4 ladyfingers, two on the bottom and two in the middle. The lady fingers are cut to fit and dipped in a mixture of strong espresso, bourbon and maple syrup. The lady fingers are layered with a maple mascarpone mousse that you can enjoy with a spoon!

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Before I started making Tiramisu desserts, I wasn’t really sure where to purchase lady fingers. Turns out, they are more available that I thought.

While I don’t often see them in my regular grocery store, I have seen them at specialty food stores, World Market and Whole Foods. You can usually find them in the cookie aisle.

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I really love tiramisu inspired recipes because I can’t help myself from eating the mascarpone whipped cream mousse straight out of the mixing bowl, it’s my favorite part! This time I flavored the mousse with a bit of maple syrup, because, maple everything. I topped off each layer with shaved dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder. I prefer the lighter taste of the shaved chocolate.

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I am sure all your friends will be impressed with your parfaits and secretly, they have no idea how easy they are! Spice it up with some pecans or crushed cookies.
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Maple Bourbon Tiramisu Parfaits

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 large cups


  • 1/3 C boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons Espresso powder
  • 1/3 C Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon
  • 20 Ladyfingers
  • For the filling
  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 ½ C Heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C Powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Maple syrup
  • Chocolate bar for shavings


  1. Prepare the syrup for the ladyfingers by combining boiling water with espresso powder and whisk until the powder is dissolved. Add maple syrup and bourbon and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Make the filling by whipping the mascarpone cheese for 30 seconds on medium speed and then slowly add the heavy whipping cream and scrape down the bowl until it is a liquid consistency. Increase mixing speed to medium-high and continuing to add heavy whipped cream.
  3. Once soft peaks start to form, add powdered sugar and increase speed to high. Beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. To assemble the parfaits, cut lady fingers in half, or to fit into your parfait cup. Dip each piece of the lady finger in the syrup and place a single layer on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the mascarpone mousse and pipe a layer of mousse. Use a zester to shave the chocolate over the mousse.
  6. Repeat steps for lady fingers and top with another layer of mousse and chocolate shaving. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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11 comments on “Maple Bourbon Tiramisu Parfaits”

  1. I tried to make this recipe and I fallowed the steps exactly but the mascarpone cream got scrambled!!!! I don’t understand why??

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Elly- When you say scrambled do you mean grainy? If so, it’s possible that you over whipped it. But without knowing the exact steps and ingredients it’s hard for me to say. Take a look at this tutorial for Mascarpone Whipped Cream that might be helpful.

  2. Hi, I found your site off from Pinterest looking for alternative cookie recipes and thanksgiving desserts. I love your ideas and your site. Really beautiful. I plan to try your eggnog cookies and one of your tiramisu type desserts.

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    Marilyn @ Sweets To Impress

    I’m obsessed with this dessert…and your dessert dish. Such an inviting presentation as well. YUM!

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. This looks so delightful! Gotta put a little booze in your dessert once in awhile. ; )

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    Renee@ Two in the Kitchen

    I am loving the maple and bourbon flavor combination here! And I think that having it as individual parfaits makes this treat extra special and fun!! 🙂

  6. Any spiked dessert is a winner. And maple is a double winner. These are fantastic. I don’t want to wait for the holidays to get into these!