Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
25 Mins
Bake Time
42 Mins
Cool Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 12 servings

Mascarpone gives the topping a special flavor, but an equal amount of softened cream cheese may be substituted. Almond-flavored liqueur makes a delicious substitute for coffee liqueur.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

Step 2

Stir together coffee liqueur and coffee.

Step 3

Coarsely chop 1 chocolate bar. Microwave coarsely chopped chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in 2 cups sugar and eggs, whisking until blended; stir in flour, stirring just until blended. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch pan.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven, and cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Pierce brownie multiple times using the tines of a fork. Pour coffee mixture over brownie. Let cool on wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool.

Step 5

Whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sugar, mascarpone cheese, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.

Step 6

Crumble half of brownies, and divide evenly among 6 (8-oz.) glasses. Spoon half of mascarpone cheese mixture over brownies. Repeat procedure with remaining brownies and mascarpone cheese mixture.

Step 7

Chop remaining half of chocolate bar into thin shreds. Sprinkle chocolate and pecans over mascarpone cheese mixture. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

Step 8

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kahlúa for coffee liqueur.

Ratings & Reviews

matzanrn's Review

August 21, 2011
I made this in 8 ounce tumblers. Very nice presentation. I am a chocolate lover and thought this was a very rich dessert. I made it 24 hours a head of time and the marscapone mixture did get a little hard. Overall it was a huge hit and there were no leftovers!! I would make it again.

q3001190's Review

July 18, 2009
Very elegant looking, but very sweet! It is like eating fudge so I would serve it in small dishes. The mascarpone cheese adds a very nice creamy filling. Also because it tends to get hard when refrigerated, I would assemble when ready to serve. I would let the brownie thraw for 15 minutes before assembling and serving. Everyone was impressed and enjoyed this dessert. Would make it again!