All the credit for this idea goes to Rachel Ray.  I’ve been subscribing to her magazine on my nook for the last year now and its because of recipes like this and the Spicy Asian Soup that I posted last January that I will continue to subscribe.  Besides, I love the look of her magazine not to mention she is also an Adirondack Girl 🙂

When cooler weather comes in, I always start thinking fall foods.  Especially foods like pumpkin. Pumpkin is one of my favorites as you can tell by the many recipes I do have on here containing pumpkin!  I also love me some Tiramisu.  So when I saw that Rachel had created this Chocolate Pumpkin Tiramisu in her most recent magazine, well, I knew I was going to make it and make it soon!

At first I thought I didn’t want to use brandy as the liquor, but decided to go ahead and do it anyway.  Oh my, perfection!  There is not only brandy in the dipping liquid for the ladyfingers, but there is brandy in the pumpkin mixture that you pour over top of the ladyfingers!  A boozy dessert this is, and just the way I like em.  So, if your a pumpkin and chocolate lover, you will love this tiramisu.  If you don’t like brandy, you don’t have to use it, however I just can’t imagine it without it after eating it with it!

For those who like to know what Grumpy thought about something out of the norm?  Well, let me just say that he loved it!  I ate half of my serving and told him he could have my other half when he came in the house. After he finished my half, he went to the kitchen and grabbed his full serving and cleaned it up good!  I won’t have to worry about waste with this recipe, that I’m pretty certain of!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Tiramisu
While the recipe states 6 servings, it could easily be made into 8 by making this in a larger dish rather than single serving dishes.
  • 3 ounces Dark Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup Hot Coffee
  • 5 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not the pie mix!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 package (7 oz) Italian ladyfingers (about 24 cookies)
On a cutting board, coarsely chop chocolate. Whisk chocolate into hot coffee until melted. Stir in 2 tablespoons bourbon.In large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add light cream, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin and 3 remaining tablespoons of brandy. Mix well until creamy. (this replaces the marscapone cheese that I would have used if I had – but had to make adaptations since I didn’t have any!).Pour coffee mixture into a deep dish. Dip ladyfingers into coffee mixture until soaked but not soggy (about 3-4 seconds). Arrange in single layer in bottom of 6 – 8 oz glasses, breaking cookies if needed. Top layer with pumpkin mixture. Repeat layering. Grate chocolate over top of tiramisu. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days. Serve cold.

Prep time: 30 mins Chill: 4 hour Total time: 4 hour 30 mins Yield: 6 servings

Other Tiramisu Recipes you might want to try:
Lauren, Healthy Delicious:  Kahlua Tiramisu
Kim, Kim’s Cooking Now:  Tiramisu (authentic Italian Recipe and delicious-I have made this!)
Claudia, What’s Cooking Italian Style:  Angel Food Tiramisu Tunnel Cake

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini September 12, 2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

    this sounds decadent and perfect for the season shelby.

  2. Ashlee Mayer September 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    My mouth is watering! You just got me excited for fall! ~ Ashlee @

  3. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic September 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    It is still hot weather down here but I could make this delicious dessert and pretend that cooler weather has started.

  4. Jeff @ September 27, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    This is an awesome recipe. I've made this a few times already and everyone loves it.

  5. Lori October 7, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I love this. Sounds wonderful for this time of year when I want everything pumpkin.

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