13 February 2012

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  Are you ready?  If you are still in need of a fabulous Valentine's Day dessert, I've got you covered.  I don't know about you, but the combination of chocolate and raspberries always makes me think of Valentine's Day.  I created a version of this recipe back in December when my mom was visiting for the weekend.  Then, last Friday night we had a couple over for dinner.  I was racking my brain trying to think of a good dessert to serve, when I finally remembered these parfaits.  Perfect!  They contain layers of brownie, homemade chocolate sauce, raspberries, and whipped cream.

Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits

1 box brownie mix
Eggs, oil, and water called for on brownie mix box
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
⅓ cup cocoan powder
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1 (21 oz.) can raspberry pie filling
1 (8 oz.) tub Cool Whip
8 fresh raspberries

Prepare and bake brownie mix according to directions on box.  Let cool.  Cut into ½” squares.

Meanwhile,  in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and cocoa.  Stir to remove any lumps.  Add milk and stir.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil until sauce has reached desired consistency.  Stir in the butter until melted.  Let sauce cool.  Transfer to a squeeze bottle, if you have one.

You will need 8 parfait glasses.  In each glass, put three brownie cubes in the bottom.  Drizzle a generous amount of chocolate sauce over brownie cubes.  Spoon a bit of raspberry pie filling over chocolate sauce.  Top with a layer of Cool Whip.  Repeat layers one more time.  You should end with Cool Whip and it should be almost flush with the top of the parfait glass.  Place a fresh raspberry on top of each parfait.

If making ahead of time, cover each parfait with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Makes 8 parfaits.

So easy to make and kind of unique.  I mean, it's not something you can just buy pre-made at the store, right?  I love that they can be made ahead of time; especially helpful if you are entertaining.  The first time I made these, for my mom, I used chocolate fudge pudding instead of the chocolate sauce.  That was okay, but they are much more decadent with the chocolate sauce.  And yes, you could use Hershey's syrup, but making your own chocolate sauce is so easy, and I love how you can customize the consistency to suit your preferences.  I make mine thicker than Hershey's.

You will probably end up with extra ingredients left over.  I have never measured exactly how much of each ingredient goes into each parfait, it's one of those things you just eyeball.  It's not hard to come up with some way to use the leftovers.  A good starting place: ice cream.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. This looks really good and somethng I would like to try, Thanks for sharing,

  2. I've always liked you but I think I love you now, these look perfect. And there is no better combination than chocolate and raspberry! Pinning!

  3. This looks SO good! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

  4. These look so yummy.  I am out of town but when I get home I will make them for my children.  They will feel so special!

  5. I missed it for Valentine's Day - no problem I'm quite happy to try it today! Delicious
    mary x