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death by chocolate 3 layer brownies

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Susan Bartley
Beaverton, OR

I find everyone is up for chocolate. I have tried making the middle layer with different flavors of instant pudding, but chocolate always the favorite, and what better way to go than death by chocolate!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Whoa... this is a chocolate lover's dream dessert recipe! The base is a tender, gooey brownie full of extra chocolate. The center layer has a creamy, almost mousse-like, texture. Then, they're topped with a fudgy chocolate ganache that sends these over the top. Have a glass of milk handy to wash 'em down. They're rich and fantastic!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For death by chocolate 3 layer brownies

  • 1 box
    dark chocolate brownie mix 18 to 20 oz
  • 1 c
    semi-sweet mini chocloate chips
  • 12 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, room temperature (1 & 1/2 cubes)
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz
    bag of chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract

How To Make death by chocolate 3 layer brownies

  • Oven preheating.
    Preheat oven to 350. Butter 9"x13" pan, I use a 10"x10" pan if you have one it works great.
  • Folding chocolate chips into prepared brownie mix.
    Mix brownie according to package directions. Then fold in mini chocolate chips.
  • Brownies baking in the oven.
    Bake according to package directions. Once baked cool completely.
  • Butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, pudding mix, and cocoa powder whipped together.
    Middle Layer: In mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, pudding mix, and cocoa powder. Beat with whip beater till light and creamy.
  • Chocolate mixture spread over brownies.
    Spread evenly on the cooled brownie and place in fridge while you make the top layer.
  • Chocolate chips in a glass bowl.
    Top Ganache Layer: Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and set aside.
  • Pouring hot cream over chocolate chips.
    In a small saucepan bring heavy cream to a boil. Pour cream over the chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chips and hot cream sitting in a bowl.
    Cover the bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Whisking ingredients together.
    Then using a wire whisk, whip together the chocolate and cream till smooth and creamy, it will have a satiny looking finish. Whisk in vanilla extract.
  • Ganache poured over brownies.
    Then pour over the top of the brownie spread to smooth. Return the brownies to the fridge and chill at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
  • Death By Chocolate 3 Layer Brownies cut into squares.
    Cut brownies into 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square pieces and serve. They are quite rich so smaller pieces are better. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Remove from the fridge at least a half-hour before serving. Break out the coffee and enjoy them together!