A quick and easy tiramisu recipe for beginners is Kraft's fast and easy tiramisu. This recipe only requires instant coffee, ladyfingers, cream cheese, cool whip and cocoa powder.
Boil 1 cup of water, and add in 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir until both the coffee and sugar dissolve, and allow the mixture to cool. In another bowl, beat together 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, and add 1/2 cup of sugar until the mixture is creamy. Stir in 2 cups of whipped topping.
Spread ladyfingers on the bottom of a baking dish. Pour half of the coffee mixture over the ladyfingers, spreading it evenly over the cookies. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Add another layer of ladyfingers, and repeat with the coffee and cream cheese mixtures. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the top of the last cream cheese mixture. Chill the dessert before serving.
Another recipe calls for 2 ounces of coffee flavor liqueur in addition of the coffee powder. Use mascarpone cheese in place of cream cheese. Beat 1/2 cup of powdered sugar into the mascarpone, and forgo the whipped topping. Sprinkle the top mascarpone layer with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.