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This is actually remarkably easy to prepare. It is taken from Taste of Home and is their “make-over” version. Made over meaning time and preparation, not fat unfortunately. I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie for the base, and their dark chocolate chips in the mousse. Otherwise, I prepared the dessert exactly as instructed.

Chocolate Truffle Dessert


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (8” square size)
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (1½ bag)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 6 tablespoon butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 14 to 16 Pirouette cookies, cut into 1½ inch pieces


 Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. spring-form pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

 Place chocolate chips in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup cream, butter and coffee granules.

 Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 to 1½ minutes or until butter is melted; stir until smooth. With food processor running, add cream mixture to chocolate chips in a slow, steady stream. Add vanilla; cover and process until smooth.

 Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Fill with ¼ cup chocolate mixture; set aside for garnish. Transfer remaining chocolate mixture to a large bowl.

 Remove sides of spring-form pan. Spread about ½ of the chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the brownie layer.

 In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until soft peaks form; fold into remaining chocolate mixture. Spread over chocolate layer. Gently press cookies into sides of dessert.

 Pipe reserved chocolate mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.


 *Afterthoughts: I took this to a small party and found that the kids were far less interested in this dessert than the adults. I believe this is mainly due to the addition of the coffee granules. If you want a “less adult” dessert, leave those out. This was very, very rich but went over great!