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Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

Chocolate mascarpone brownies with chocolate ganache.

I found this recipe ages ago and promptly printed it out so I could make it as soon as possible. Of course, when I found it earlier this week and remembered how excited I was to make them, I was forced to laugh at the fact that my initial excitement had been almost two years ago. Now, that either proves that I’m unorganized or that I have more recipes to try than I have time to make them. As I’ve always prided myself on my organizational skills, I’m going with the latter.

It is suggested with this recipe that it’s a good idea to make these brownies with high quality ingredients. I have to agree with that. These brownies are all about the chocolate, so use the best kind you’re willing to buy. Good quality chocolate is becoming more and more available these days. Most grocery stores will offer something besides Hershey’s, Baker’s, and Nestle. While my local grocery store is not that great, they do offer Ghirardelli. I also used Schokinag cocoa powder that I bought at our local cook’s store.

I made these brownies for New Years’ Eve, and the wonderful aroma that filled the kitchen was just heavenly. Few things offer a better smell than chocolate baking in the oven. If that weren’t enough, adding chocolate ganache just pushed them over the top.

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies are so delicious, rich, and decadent. A must for chocolate lovers! - Bake or Break

I am usually not a straight chocolate brownie fan. I like some nuts or something thrown in for some added interest. Quinn is the chocolate purist around here. I expected him to love them, which he did, but I didn’t think I’d enjoy them quite so much. They are truly decadent. For all you chocolate lovers, these are a must for your recipe collection.

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Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

Yield 16 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

These Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies, made with a thick chocolate ganache, are so rich and decadent. A must-try for chocolate lovers!

Chocolate mascarpone brownies with chocolate ganache.


For the brownies:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter (plus more for preparing pan)
  • 3 ounces (85g) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (113g) mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the ganache:

  • 6 ounces (170g) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (90ml) heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter


To make the brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter an 8-inch square glass baking pan and set aside.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at half power in 30 second intervals, stirring between each heating. Continue until both are completely melted.
  3. Sift the sugar and cocoa powder. Add to the butter/chocolate mixture. Beat in (by hand) the mascarpone, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in the flour and salt.
  4. Pour the batter into pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan on cooling rack.

To make the ganache:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and cream over medium heat, stirring constantly. When mixture is almost boiling, pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 30 seconds. Then, stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the ganache over cooled brownies and spread evenly.
  4. Allow the ganache to firm before cutting brownies. Brownies may be placed in refrigerator to expedite this.


Recipe slightly adapted from

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    59 Comments on “Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies”

  1. that looks so dense and fudgy. yum! i always have a problem with baking them though. they seems undercooked most of the time, just too moist

  2. Oh my…this looks like a serious dessert for any chocoholic!

  3. Those look like my kind of brownies. Wow.

  4. Talk about calling my name!! These are next o the brownie recipe list (I “force” myself to bakig brownies once a week :)). That picture just made me weak in my chocolate knees!

  5. mascarpone and chocolate!! what more could we ask for??!! this looks so fabulous:)

  6. Chocolate and marscapone,
    What a heavenly combination!

  7. I’m intrigued by baked goods with mascarpone and these look really good!

  8. wow they look so decedent! I know a chocolate lover who would die for these. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Those look rich and yummy.

  10. I just found your blog through Tastespotting and have just gotten lost in all your gorgeous pictures and recipes! This brownie recipe looks like heaven and I just put on my “must try soon” list. I’ll definitely be back frequently! Thanks 🙂

  11. Wow, those brownies just look like pure fudge- Talk about food porn!

  12. After seeing that pictures, I have no choice but to make these brownies.

  13. Bookmarked for the wekend!

  14. Holy hell. I am making those for the husband’s birthday this weekend. Thanks!

  15. Mascarpone, good chocolate & ganache…I can smell these baking right now!

  16. Thanks, everyone! These truly are delicious. So rich and dense… A real chocolate lovers’ dream.

  17. I litterally let out a “wooooooooooot!” when I saw the picture in my reader. A definite must-try…:)

  18. Wow, those look incredible. Great photo.

  19. Good Lord. Look at that! There go the resolutions. Right out the window.

  20. Hi there you have such a lovely blog.I have a blog also here is my link Food Recipes

    Let me know if you would like to exchange links. Thanks Jeena x

  21. Thanks, y’all!

  22. gorgeous!!!!!!!!! i already need a tall glass of milk just thinking about it!

  23. Impossible to start a diet with such a gorgeous cake! Lovely blog, Cat

  24. Thanks, Marni and Cat!

  25. This is what I call a wonderful brownie. Looks really good and yummy!

  26. Thanks, Helene!

  27. I have now made these twice in the last two weeks. I can’t get enough!!! I’ll be keeping this recipe on the counter where I can get to it easily for awhile I can tell.

  28. Kendall, I’m so glad you like them, too. They are beyond good.

  29. I just wanted to chime in with my review of these – I printed it out the day you posted it, but with the same issue of “too many recipes, too little time,” I just made them last night despite them being in the high-priority file!! :~) Anyway, they were absolutely wonderful – tender, excellent chocolate flavor, moist without being gooey. I used Callebaut semi-sweet and Penzey’s natural cocoa and they worked beautifully. They will be made again and again at our house! Thanks Jennifer!

  30. Susan, I’m glad you liked them. They are just so very good.

  31. I don’t think you realise quite how much you’re making me drool!!

    I have been ogling this website for far too long, and simply must leave a comment saying how very much in love i am with your cooking 🙂

    Even though I’ve never tasted it!

    I love the your adopt a blog idea, where can i go for adoption?! I started blogging less than a fortnight ago, and it’s taken me that long just to figure out how to upload a photo…

  32. Emily, how very sweet! Thank you so much. The blogger adoption was organized at Dine and Dish. Check there to see if she is still involved with that. Feel free to email me ( with blogging questions, too. I’ll be glad to try to help.

  33. Oh my god…these look amazing! Will need to try them asap.

  34. Sara, they are wonderful! Let me know what you think if you make them.

  35. that looks delicious. i have not eaten lunch yet and that looks great.

  36. I read your site just about every day. A couple of weeks ago, I made these mascarpone brownies and I must say, there were a HUGE hit! What an awesome delicious recipe. I wrote about it on my blog and took photos as well. Please check it out and thank you for posting the recipe. I’m keeping it in my “favorites”.

  37. Hi Jennifer..I’m a friend of your mother-inlaws and Quinn’s dad. this is a fantastic website!!The picturesare drool worthy. I am going to work my way thru and plan on enjoying one dessert a week…my treat. Thanks for yur talent and creativity!! Sac. CA.

  38. Hi! I’d like to bake your brownies. They look so mouth-watering!
    But what is a cup? 230 mililiters?

    Greetings from Germany!

    • Hi, Mya. Yes, one cup is equal to roughly 230-240 ml. I’m from the States but I’ve been living in Spain for nearly 8 years, and sometimes I find converting recipes a bit of a challenge. I hope this helps!

  39. I baked them last weekend and we liked them soooooo much. They are the best brownies i have ever eaten! I have also published them in my blog, with the recipe converted to grams and mililiters.

  40. I baked these yesterday and they are amazing! Very rich, only for true chocolate lovers. The mascarpone gives a beautiful silky and cool texture to the brownie. I’m saving this for when I need to impress people!
    One note, next time I would half the amount of ganache — the brownie is good enough on its own and doesn’t need a ton of extra chocolate added.

  41. OMG!! So light and fluffy, I put 2tbs of coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor and it came out perfect!, my husband and I love it!!

  42. Just found this recipe, and even if I am not normally a big fan of Brownies, these ones seem to die for! Thanks for the recipe, will make sure to try it!

  43. may i use cream cheese to replace the mascarpone cheese =) ?

  44. This looks absolutely delicious!!!!!

  45. Ah yes. Those look amazing! Just love the use of marscapone, such a great addition to desserts 🙂

  46. There is a new cocoa mascarpone. I would think it could make this one even better.

  47. I live in a motor home and have no oven. A convection microwave is all I have to bake in. Anyone have any directions for a 1100 watt microwave?? Thank you for any help.

  48. I really really wanted to like these but they have a really odd texture. Even my husband who eats anything didn’t care for this brownie. Sorry

  49. Best brownies ever. Took them to work and everyone thinks I’m genius.

  50. Talk about domestic tranquility….this brownie looks just like what I’m looking for.  Been searching LL evening, and when I saw it, I knew the search was over!  I’ll be making these first thing tomorrow.  Gonna double the recipe to use a 9×13 pan.  I must admit that 4 cups of butter sounds like a lot, if I am doubling ingredients.  Wonder if there are any hard and fast rules on such ingredients if I don’t is making a double batch.  I’m tjinking?, I might be better off just making two 8″ pans, and leave it at that!  Don’t want to mess this up!

    • Hi, Karen. Sometimes doubling brownies designed for a square pan means that the center will be tougher to get baked thoroughly. From that perspective, making two square pans might be a better choice. Also, for doubling the brownie batter, you’d need 2 cups of butter. Then 6 tablespoons for the ganache.

  51. I have been making this recipe for  at least 5 years, and this is the recipe that made me feel confident about baking when I was 20 years old.
    Thank you Bakerella for the best brownies I have ever had! Everyone who tries them, absolutely loves them too!

  52. These look unbelievably good. I think I’ve gained 5 pounds just looking at them.
    Will be making them for my chocoholic husband soon.

  53. Hi Jennifer! I made these and they came out beautifully.but is it more of a Cakey texture ,mine came out like that ,it doesn’t look and taste like a brownie.did I do something wrong?

    • Hi, Tara. They should look like the photos here. If you didn’t change anything at all about the recipe, then something might be off with your measurements or they could have possible over-baked.

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