Death by Chocolate 3 Layer Brownies

Susan Bartley


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!

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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! Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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makes about 3 dozen brownies
1 Hr
30 Min


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter 9"x13" pan, I use a 10"x10" pan if you have one it works great.
  2. Mix brownie according to package directions. Then fold in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Bake according to package directions. Once baked cool completely.
  4. Middle Layer: In mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, pudding mix, and cocoa powder. Beat with whip beater till light and creamy.
  5. Spread evenly on the cooled brownie and place in fridge while you make the top layer.
  6. Top Ganache Layer: Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and set aside.
  7. In a small saucepan bring heavy cream to a boil. Pour cream over the chocolate chips.
  8. Cover the bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!

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About Death by Chocolate 3 Layer Brownies

Course/Dish: Cakes Cookies Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chocolate...

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