Cantuccini cherry tiramisu

Ridiculously easy and almost-fancy Italian dessert

Creamy and crunchy, sweet and sour, vanilla and almonds– an Italian inspired dessert that will tickle all your taste buds!

Many people say that the dessert is the most important part of a dinner. It’s the big closer! The last part of the experience, that sticks with you. Unfortunately, I really suck at making desserts… All in all I’m more of a savory guy and prefer chips to chocolate every day of the week. That is probably the reason why I enjoy the savory part of a dinner so much more than the dessert part. Luckily, I have a few go-to desserts that I dish up whenever I want to treat someone that comes over for food. This Italian inspired treat is one of these.

Cantuccini are essentially double-baked Italian almond cookies. They are quite hard but incredibly crunchy. That’s the main reason why they are also often dipped into coffee before eating. So by letting the cantuccini soak in amaretto and cherry juice, you will have crunchy parts, soggy parts, crunchy almonds and juicy cherries in your tiramisu – all held together by vanilla flavored quark. Lots of different flavors and textures, prepared in no time!

For this recipe I use ‘Quark’ again, which is widely available here. In other countries this is often known as soft curd or cottage cheese. If you can’t find it, use farmer cheese or cottage cheese (wiki on alternatives). You can make this even creamier by going more traditional and using ricotta cheese. This will make the dessert much richer, but as it’s very high in fat (and pretty expensive) I usually stick to just quark.

You can easily prepare this a few hours in advance and store in the fridge until needed.


Crunchy cantuccini combined with juicy cherries, creamy quark and a hint of amaretto and vanilla


(This will give you tasty Italian dessert for 4 people with a sweet-tooth)

  • 1 small jar of cherries (about 370g)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons Amaretto liquor
  • 75g Cantucchini cookies
  • 400g ‘Quark’, I prefer the skimmed variety ‘Magerquark’ for this recipe; you can also use a soft cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • Some almonds, oven-baked or almond slivers
Whip up a treat in no time!

Drain the cherries but save the “juice” (well, syrup) in a glass. Mix the cherries with the lime juice.

In a bowl using a whisk, mix together the quark, sugar, vanilla sugar, 4 tablespoons of cherry “juice” and 2 tablespoons of Amaretto until smooth.

Take another 2 tablespoons of the cherry “juice” and mix it with the other 2 tablespoons of Amaretto.

For each glass: Put a layer of your flavored quark into a glass, place a layer of cantuccini on top, drizzle with a tablespoon of your amaretto-cherry juice. Place a layer of cherries on top and finish with a quark.

Sprinkle with almonds and place in the fridge until it’s time to dig in!

Let me know in the comments what you think of the recipe! Think other cookies would work well with this recipe as well? What do you think of using Limoncello instead of Amaretto? Leave your comment and help to make this even better!


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