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Lisa’s Italian Parfaits with Espresso

As my children always tease me, “Mom please, not another parfait!” I confess, I’m a bit obsessed with this dessert! It’s just so versatile and easy, and you can vary it as you like- switch out the amaretto cookies for cantuccini, substitute espresso with creme de menthe, and more! Plus, I love the crunch and the satisfaction of the biscotti (without the guilt of eating a heavier cookie!). I hope you love this dessert as much as I do…As always, Buon Appetito e Tutti a Tavola!

You can watch Lisa make this dessert on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Italian Parfaits with Espresso Ingredients:

Italian Parfaits




16 oz Mascarpone cheese

3 egg whites

6 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cups espresso coffee

10 amaretto cookies, ground

Dark chocolate for garnish





Lisa’s Italian Parfaits with Espresso Directions:

Stir the espresso, mascarpone, and sugar together.  Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.  Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture. In parfait or wine glasses, begin to layer with the mascarpone cheese mixture on the bottom, followed by a teaspoon of the ground amaretto cookies. Repeat until you reach the top of the glass. Top the parfait with ground amaretto cookies and garnish with shaved chocolate.

Italian Parfaits



  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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