Brownie Trifle With White Chocolate Mousse

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Brownie Trifle recipe made with velvety smooth white chocolate mousse spooned between layers of crumbled brownies. The best dessert recipe for a crowd. A fancy dessert that’s easy to make.

Brownie Trifle recipe made with velvety smooth white chocolate mousse spooned between layers of crumbled brownies. The best dessert recipe for a crowd. A fancy dessert that's easy to make. | ZagLeft

A Brownie Trifle is a dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Creamy white chocolate spooned between layers of crumbled brownies will bring a smile to everyone and this dessert comes together so easily.

A Trifle Recipe

My youngest son is attending our local university, it’s a short drive away so he is still living at home. As he was walking out the door on his way to class, he casually informed me that he would be receiving a scholarship from the Italian department that afternoon. I knew he had applied for the scholarship, interviewed for it, and was awarded it. I just didn’t know there was a ceremony for the scholarship recipients that afternoon.

My reaction was a mixture of excitement mixed with frustration. I wish I would have known about the ceremony earlier because my day was totally booked. There was just no way I could be there. Funny though, my son was totally okay with that.  In fact, he thought it best that I didn’t come at all.

I have to keep reminding myself that he is in college now and really doesn’t need (want) his mom at every (any) function.

I decided we should celebrate his accomplishment that evening so I made his favorite dinner and served a lovely brownie trifle for dessert.

Brownie Trifle With White Chocolate | ZagLeft

Since my day was busy, I needed a dessert recipe that I could make quickly.  I didn’t have time to make his favorite cake or his favorite pie.  I needed to whip something together quickly. Thankfully, I had this easy parfait recipe in my arsenal.

Brownie Trifle Recipe With White Chocolate Mousse

When I mentioned to a friend that I was making a white chocolate mousse, she oohed and aahed and wondered how I had time to make a mousse, much less a white chocolate mousse brownie trifle! I quickly assured her that this wasn’t a typical mousse recipe.  In fact, there are no eggs involved – just three easy ingredients.

That’s right, three ingredients…

I use a good quality white chocolate and although there are plenty of very good brands that melt well, you will most likely find Baker’s brand or Ghirardelli Chocolate in your local market. Either of these work wonderfully. White chocolate chips won’t melt well, so try to avoid those.

In addition to the white chocolate, I also use heavy cream and a touch of lemon zest – that’s it!

White Chocolate Mousse Brownie Parfait - rich and velvety smooth white chocolate mousse gently spooned between layers of crumbled brownie bits. An easy to make, elegant dessert. | ZagLeft

After the chocolate has melted and is blended with the cream and zest, I put it in the refrigerator to chill. Meanwhile, I bake a small tray of brownies and after the brownies have baked and cooled, I crumble bits of the brownies into the dessert glasses.

For the parfait glasses, I used wine glasses that were given to me as a gift. I actually prefer drinking my wine out of glasses with stems (I’m old school) so these stubby wine glasses make perfect dessert parfait glasses.

Really, that’s all there is to it.  Crumble the brownies into a glass, add a few spoonfuls of the mousse, add another layer of brownies and repeat.

A lovely dessert that’s easy to make and will surely be a show-stopper!

*Notes:  This white chocolate mousse brownie parfait recipe will yield 3 to 4 parfaits, depending on how much mousse is spooned into the glasses.  The mousse can be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.  

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White Chocolate Mousse Brownie Parfait

White Chocolate Mousse Brownie Parfait - rich and velvety smooth white chocolate mousse gently spooned between layers of crumbled brownie bits.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cool2 hrs
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: brownie, parfait
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk



  • 10 ounces good-quality white chocolate (do not use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for greasing the pan)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Whipped cream (optional)


  • Stir white chocolate and 3/4 cup cream in heavy medium saucepan over low heat. When the chocolate begins to melt, add the lemon zest and continue stirring until chocolate has melted.
  • Transfer chocolate mixture to a bowl and let stand until mixture cools, about 20 minutes.
  • Beat remaining 1 cup cream in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into cooled chocolate mixture. Cover, chill at least 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, make the brownies.
  • Position oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Butter an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and place the bowl over a pot containing about 1-inch of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove the bowl from the pot and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Stir in the vanilla and add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Continue whisking until the batter becomes shiny and well blended.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer pan to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Cut 1/2 to 1-inch squares of the brownies and drop them into the parfait glasses. Top the brownies with a few spoonfuls of the mousse. Repeat until glasses are filled.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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