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Makeover Chocolate Truffle Dessert Recipe

Makeover Chocolate Truffle Dessert Recipe

The original version of this unbelievably over-the-top truffle dessert tastes like it took all day to make! But after our makeover, it can be made with just 30 minutes of hands-on work, so you can focus on other things during this busy season.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 box fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 14 to 16 Pirouette cookies, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces


  • 1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. Place chocolate chips in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup cream, butter and coffee granules. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until butter is melted; stir until smooth. With food processor running, add cream mixture to chocolate chips in a slow, steady stream. Add vanilla; cover and process until smooth.
  • 3. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Fill with 1/4 cup chocolate mixture; set aside for garnish. Transfer remaining chocolate mixture to a large bowl.
  • 4. Remove sides of springform pan. Spread half of the chocolate mixture over brownie layer, spreading evenly over top and sides. In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until soft peaks form; fold into remaining chocolate mixture. Spread over chocolate layer. Gently press cookies into sides of dessert.
  • 5. Pipe reserved chocolate mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: The amount of vanilla called for in the recipe is correct.
How-To: How to Make Chocolate Truffle Dessert»

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 490 calories, 34g fat (17g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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Teribee User ID: 5922088 173489
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"I've made this dessert a couple of times. Each time it's gotten rave it! Just for the record, the "makeover" part is for time saving."

shortnsweet1970 User ID: 1787181 168996
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I made this as Christmas dessert for 12 people and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and I will be making it again for New Years with friends. Excellent and, most importantly, very easy to make!"

Sunnidaze User ID: 6961631 155099
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"ok, so I didn't exactly make this recipe, I used it to create a pumpkin spice truffle dessert. I used spice cake with pumpkin added, then for the next layer I used white chocolate chips with a few milk and dark chocolate chips with pumpkin and pumpkin spice. For the whipping cream layer I used both heavy and regular whipping cream with more pumpkin and pumpkin spice and a little powdered sugar then added the chocolate-pumpkin to that. I taste tested every layer to make sure it had the correct flavors and it was delicious, can't wait to cut into this and eat it :)"

Sadiesusan User ID: 6160147 154953
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Great recipes for chocolate lovers! Surprised so many reviews fussed about it not being a lighter versions of original. You clearly state the makeover is in time, not calories. I'm sure you could make your own substitutions to make it lower in fat etc., but then it is dessert after all."

annabanana2483 User ID: 3075257 209409
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"This recipe was so good and easy to make. Was big hit at Christmas!"

darlad2p User ID: 1325113 171923
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Made this for Christmas dinner dessert. It was fantastic & easy to make. After reading reviews I did make a few adjustments to the recipe- I used 2 cups milk chocolate chips & 1 cup semisweet chips & I did not use the coffee granules (my husband does not like a coffee/choc combo). I also kept it all in the springform pan while it chilled. It looked professional. Everyone asked where I bought it."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 156651
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Taste was bitter and the cookies lost their crunch after refrigeration. Not worth the work to make it."

slosh29 User ID: 2793210 209408
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This is just an observation. Sometimes "Makeover" can also refer to a more simplified version, not necessarily healthier. I remember seeing a recipe for this that you had to make the brownies from scratch and took longer.I also dont see "healthy" listed anywhere in the description or see it in a "healthy" section so it was probably intended to refer to ease of preparation."

puckerpish User ID: 3967744 101785
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I have the original recipe( but it was called death by chocolate) that I found in a magazine years ago, it took a long time to make, thanks for making it sooo easy! This is the perfect recipe for chocoholics! Very decadent and rich!!!"

LauraLap User ID: 4367604 170575
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"My daughter made this twice in one weekend. It was appealing to the eye and delicious. People were impressed"

heartforcooking User ID: 6110189 156649
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"This recipe was delicious! I unfortunately forgot to buy the brownie mix so had to make that from scratch but either way, it was well worth it. I posted pictures of my dessert on my blog:"

csburrell User ID: 2260305 79478
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"I made this for a church function where it was being auctioned off to highest bidder. Someone pd $50 and took it to a family event. Everyone loved it. Get two cans of pirouettes, one was not enough."

sdeb User ID: 5934110 170582
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"The "makeover" is supposed to be a lighter version than the original. This is higher in calories & fat than the original. That's why it's always wise to look around for recipes & not stop at one because it says "makeover". To those looking for a healthy's not a dessert that you can make healthy but there are lighter versions out there."

sdeb User ID: 5934110 171922
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"The "makeover" is supposed to be a lighter version than the original. This is higher in calories & fat than the original. That's why it's always wise to look around for recipes & not stop at one because it says "makeover". To those looking for a healthy's not a dessert that you can make healthy but there are lighter versions out there."

Wheezy37 User ID: 5757259 82975
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"It was a hit at the office. I melted the chocolate chips instead of using the food processor, and I had left over of the garnish mixture. The cookies around the edge had a different texture after chilling over night.

Great dessert, everyone loved it. It is very rich and the 16 servings recommended as portion size is just right."

laurelg1 User ID: 1661148 156648
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"The truffle layer of this recipe was actually easier than I expected. The directions may seem complicated, but it is not.

The dessert turned out wonderfully. I used a ghirardelli brownie base and the same brand chocolate chips - however I used dark chocolate. The coffee was a chocolate blend. It was as pretty as the picture and went over well.
It is definitely an "adult" recipe. If you are serving to a younger crowd, I recommend leaving out the coffee granules. Make one!"

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 173487
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

" I made this as an Easter dessert for the holiday this weekend.  My husband's family raved about it although it is a splurge dessert.  A little time consuming on the first go-round but not difficult to make.  I would recommend using 1/4 of the chocolate mixture for the base and then folding 3/4 the chocolate with the whip topping so there's more mousse.  I also used another cup of heavy wipping cream with some sugar and vanilla and put that on top so it wasn't so chocolatey.  To cut down on calories I think next time I'll get low fat whipped topping and use that instead of making homemade with the heavy cream.  This one is going into the recipe box with a's a dessert to make when you want you dish to look fancy! "

DayzeeBlu User ID: 3897896 170480
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2009

"Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it!"

pamglat User ID: 2834378 170479
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009

"I agree. THis is probably great for a splurge dessert, but a lower fat/calorie version could still be delicious!"

150113 User ID: 2070798 158187
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"I bet there is a way to do a low fat pudding mixture on the top of the brownie, instead of the heavy whipping cream and chocoalte. has many ideas for using chocolate pudding (I bet adding some cream chesse, or frozen whipped low fat topping would work good)."

melajudy User ID: 1171734 82973
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"Can you work on a makeover that might cut the fat a little? The time isn't as much of a factor for us as cutting down the unhealthy nutrition."

Cook38 User ID: 1584232 171921
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009 Edited Oct. 19, 2016

"This is an absolutely delicious dessert. I think it takes closer to an hour to prep vs. 30 minutes though, but is well worth the effort for a special occasion. Definitely not a quick dessert to make frequently. My family fights over the leftovers."

bobbical User ID: 2475622 209407
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"WHERE is the make over part? Whipped cream, butter? Help!"

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