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Ghirardelli(R) Brownie Pecan Parfait Recipe
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Ghirardelli® Brownie Pecan Parfait

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"This impressive make-ahead dessert layers homemade brownie bites with caramel sauce, pecans, and a sweet parfait cream."

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Original recipe makes 8 parfaits Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. To make the brownies, spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray and coat with flour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt the chocolate and the butter together over a double boiler. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Whisk the sugar and egg together in a bowl. Stir the chocolate and butter into the sugar mixture. Stir in the flour. Spread in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool, remove from the pan and cut into 1/2 inch squares.
  5. To make the parfait, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugars. Whisk in the evaporated milk and then the cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, with a heat resistant rubber spatula, until thick, about 5 minutes. (If the mixture gets lumpy at anytime during the cooking process, briefly switch to a whisk and whisk until smooth.) Place the mixture in a clean bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface. Refrigerate until cold.
  6. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cooled mixture.
  7. To assemble the parfaits, in the bottom of martini, wine or any clear glass with approximately a 3/4 cup capacity, put about 4 pieces of brownies, about 2 teaspoons caramel sauce, and 2 teaspoons pecans. Top with about 3 tablespoons parfait mixture. Repeat layering with 2 more layers of brownies, caramel sauce and pecans and 1 more layer of parfait, ending with a layer of the brownies, pecans and caramel.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2010

Chocolate, caramel, nuts, and whip cream!! What more could you ask for? This recipe was AMAZING! It's definitely a make ahead - it takes a while to put it all together - but it is definitely worth it in the end! I doubled the recipe, and when I put the brownie in the pan, it looked very thin, so I ended up putting both recipes in one 8 inch pan. This made it take a considerable longer amount of cooking time (about half an hour more), but they came out perfect! Chewy on the inside, a little crunch on the edge - simply amazing! There was WAY too much "parfait cream" (but we only did two layers). Definitely enough to do another batch. The longer you let it sit in the fridge, the better it gets. I will definitely be making this again. :D

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2012

This recipe was a 50/50 like of my dinner guest. We found it extreamly rich. I myself will not make this recipe again as a whole, but the brownies were awsome by themself. I will use the brownie recipe again and again.


16 Ratings

Jun 25, 2010

YUM!!! I made as directed - the brownies were a little thin, but were perfect for a parfait. The parfait was unbelievable. This is a great make ahead recipe for when you want to impress:)) Only down side was I couldn't figure out where the vanilla was supposed to go. It is in the ingredient list but not in the directions.. I put mine in the whip cream because the parfait was already in the refrig by the time I realized it wasn't in the directions. No left overs here. Will be making again.

Nov 04, 2010

just made the brownies but they were amazing!

Dec 28, 2011

Made this for a small dinner party and everyone was impressed and asked for the recipe. One change, I made my brownies from a box to cut down on cost and time. Also, add vanilla to the cream when you are whipping it. The vanilla is listed in the ingredients but not in the directions! Lastly, I layered the brownie, caramel, nuts, parfait twice (ending with the parfait and a few more nuts on top) and it was just right. I think if you do another layer it would be way too rich for a single serving... just my thoughts!

May 12, 2011

Delish! Very very rich so a little goes a long way, but these are great.

Jul 04, 2013

I have made this recipe a few times now, and it is always very popular. Last time I made it, I was low on time, so instead of making the brownie and using pecans, I used a baked apple pie instead and layered it with the cream and caramel. It was AMAZING!

Nov 05, 2012

super easy, not too sweet, and it came out very nicely.


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  • Calories
  • 790 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 87 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 224 mg
  • 75%
  • Fat
  • 50 g
  • 77%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 201 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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