In my world, there’s not much that trumps tiramisu. I’m a self-proclaimed coffee nut to begin with, and have yet to meet a caffeine infused dessert that I’ve not loved.  But, I’m particularly fond of tiramisu because it’s so easy. A couple rounds of layering espresso soaked ladyfingers and sweetened marscarpone cheese, and you’re done. The hardest part is waiting a few hours to let the flavors mingle.

Don’t be thrown off by the addition of cognac. It’s optional, but it gives it a nice boozy hint that cuts some of the richness. If you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day this year, make this for your “special someone”. We usually avoid the crowds on the big night, opting to stay home instead with a heart-shaped meatloaf. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s something I’ve always looked forward to on Valentine’s Day since I was a little girl. I love that I’m able to pass on that silly family tradition to our boys. However, I think this adult dessert might be on the menu after the boys get tucked in. I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!