These Chocolate Hazelnut and Mascarpone Lady Finger Bites are the perfect treat especially if you’re looking for a quick, no-bake last minute dessert! If you are fond of tiramisu, as I am, and thought that was easy to make, then wait until you try these. I first tasted these delicious little bites while vacationing in Sicily two summers ago. I was in a restaurant with about thirty members of my extended family enjoying a never ending feast that I will never forget and was way too stuffed for dessert, when my cousin’s wife pulls out a tray of these. Just a small, light treat, right? I can’t believe I had never seen these before. My children and I eagerly devoured a few and took the leftovers with us! Lady fingers, chocolate hazelnut spread, mascarpone cheese and shredded coconut. What a perfect combination!
For the sake posting a recipe on my blog ’cause I had to share these with you, I actually wrote down a recipe with approximate measurements of the ingredients I used. But seriously, the recipe can be summarized in one sentence. Cover a lady finger with chocolate hazelnut spread, spread mascarpone cheese on a second lady finger, press both cookies together to form a sandwich, dip in milk and dredge in coconut flakes. If desired (which I strongly recommend) dust with cocoa powder for a lovely presentation. Okay, so that was two sentences! There is one more step: place in the refrigerator for about half an hour before serving. You want the cookies to soak up the milk and soften up before serving. The lady fingers I used are tiny, approximately two inches long. More specifically they are the Italian Pavesini brand (not sponsored). You can use any sized cookies you’d like, but I think these are the perfect two-bite sized cookies. If you’re serving them to a group of children and allergies are a concern, you can easily find a nut-free chocolate spread in grocery stores.
Chocolate Hazelnut and Mascarpone Lady Finger Bites, a must try treat! Please let me know how you like them by tagging me with @mangiabedda along with with your photo. Buon appetito!
Chocolate Hazelnut and Mascarpone Lady Finger Bites
- 2 dozen lady fingers approximately 2 inches long
- 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 unsweetened shredded coconut
- cocoa powder optional
- Pour milk in a shallow dish and shredded coconut in a second dish. Cover a lady finger with chocolate hazelnut spread, spread mascarpone on a second lady finger. Press together to form a sandwich.
- Dip both sides in the milk, then dredge in the shredded coconut.
- If desired, dust lightly with cocoa powder. Refrigerate for about half an hour before serving.