Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

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!

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.

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies


    For the brownies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (plus more for preparing pan)
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the ganache:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


To make the brownies:

Preheat oven to 325°. Butter an 8-inch square glass baking pan and set aside.

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.

Sift sugar and cocoa powder. Add to the butter/chocolate mixture. Beat in (by hand) the mascarpone, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in flour and salt.

Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on cooling rack.

To make the ganache:

Place chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Set aside.

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.

Pour ganache over cooled brownies and spread evenly.

Allow ganache to firm before cutting brownies. Brownies may be placed in refrigerator to expedite this.


Recipe adapted from

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  1. amanda January 3, 2008 Reply

    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. Kristen January 3, 2008 Reply

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

  3. Miss Scarlett January 3, 2008 Reply

    Those look like my kind of brownies. Wow.

  4. Tartelette January 3, 2008 Reply

    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. Mansi January 3, 2008 Reply

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

  6. Cindy January 4, 2008 Reply

    Chocolate and marscapone,
    What a heavenly combination!

  7. Ashley January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  8. Katie January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  9. peabody January 4, 2008 Reply

    Those look rich and yummy.

  10. Maxine January 4, 2008 Reply

    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. Hannah January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  12. Alicia January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  13. megan January 4, 2008 Reply

    Bookmarked for the wekend!

  14. auntjone January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  15. JEP January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  16. jennifer January 4, 2008 Reply

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

  17. Zarah Maria January 5, 2008 Reply

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

  18. Tracy January 5, 2008 Reply

    Wow, those look incredible. Great photo.

  19. Mary Coleman January 5, 2008 Reply

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

  20. jeena January 5, 2008 Reply

    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. jennifer January 5, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, y’all!

  22. Marni January 7, 2008 Reply

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

  23. Cat January 8, 2008 Reply

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

  24. jennifer January 8, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Marni and Cat!

  25. Helene January 9, 2008 Reply

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

  26. jennifer January 9, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Helene!

  27. Kendall February 4, 2008 Reply

    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. jennifer February 4, 2008 Reply

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

  29. Susan February 6, 2008 Reply

    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. jennifer February 6, 2008 Reply

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

  31. Emily June 3, 2008 Reply

    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. jennifer June 3, 2008 Reply

    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. Sara July 26, 2008 Reply

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

  34. jennifer July 26, 2008 Reply

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

  35. antiques August 26, 2008 Reply

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

  36. Heidi Namba May 18, 2009 Reply

    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. Dawn Kurtz November 2, 2010 Reply

    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. Mya April 19, 2011 Reply

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

    Greetings from Germany!

    • Kendall Stark August 20, 2013 Reply

      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. Candy January 10, 2012 Reply

    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. ReesieJ January 22, 2012 Reply

    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. Gloriana M March 11, 2012 Reply

    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. merilpts May 5, 2013 Reply

    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. lina September 10, 2013 Reply

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

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      jennifer September 10, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Lina. I think you can substitute cream cheese. It will be a bit different in flavor and texture, but I think they’ll still be delicious!

  44. Blackbaker March 31, 2014 Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious!!!!!

  45. June Burns January 10, 2015 Reply

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

  46. Linda January 20, 2015 Reply

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

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