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Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars

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These scrumptious Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars have a graham cracker crust, followed by an egg-free Chocolate Mousse Recipe then luscious chocolate ganache! Three tempting layers of deliciousness.

A slice of Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars on a white plate topped with a raspberry

Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars

Many of my friends have seen my baking cupboard. It’s that spot where I keep extracts, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and stacks of Ghirardelli chocolate bars. We go through A LOT of those chocolate bars. Bittersweet chocolate is used less than semisweet around here, but it was the perfect way to obtain a deep, rich chocolate flavor in the mousse.

Overhead view of Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars on a white tray

How to Make Chocolate Mousse Bars

This recipe was a cinch to whip up with a phenomenal payoff. To start, mix, spread and tamp an easy graham cracker crust into the pan. Bake and cool while prepping the filling.

Whip room temperature cream cheese until light, then mix in a cup of melted bittersweet chocolate. Note that for a silky smooth filling the cream cheese must not be cold. 

PRO-Tip: If you forget to set your cream cheese out on the counter 1-2 hours before baking, you can place the brick of cream cheese, still in its foil wrapping, in a bowl of warm (not boiling) water to speed up the process. If you use cold cream cheese, you’ll find specks of white in the mousse.

Next, whip some heavy cream and gently fold it into the chocolate mixture to lighten the mousse. Using a cold bowl helps stablize the whipped cream. Pop your bowl in the freezer 15-30 minutes before whipping. Once the whipped cream and chocolate are combined, spread this mousse layer over the crust.

Finally, melt the remaining baking chips with a bit more cream to make the ganache topping. And last, pop the pan in the fridge to chill, and wait patiently. Yes, I wanted to dive right into this layered chocolate wonder and you will, too.

Chocolate Desserts

The hubby got the first taste and gave this chocolate mousse recipe exuberant praise. And one of our dinner guests last month declared them “better than Reese’s!” It’s hard to beat chocolate desserts!

I was thrilled that these dark chocolate mousse bars can be made with ingredients that are almost always found in my kitchen. And you can bet I’ll be adding a stash of these 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips to my baking supplies. These sinfully rich bars are perfect for your Valentine next month!

Dark Chocolate Dessert Bars on a white tray garnished with raspberries and mint

More Chocolate Mousse Recipes You’ll Love:

Add to Your Shopping List:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Granulated (white) Sugar
  • Butter (I use salted)
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (60% Cacao), though you may substitute Semisweet Chocolate Chips if desired
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar (also known as Confectioner’s Sugar)
  • Vanilla (always check the label for real not imitation vanilla)
Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars

Dark Chocolate Mousse Bars

3 layers of deliciousness including a middle layer of egg-free chocolate mousse.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (60% Cacao)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick foil or use regular foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar and mix well. Pat into bottom of prepared pan and bake 10 minutes. Let cool before making mousse.
  3. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in microwave, starting, stopping and stirring at 30 second intervals till chocolate melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. Place cream cheese in a large bowl and using electric mixer, whip till light and fluffy. Add chocolate and mix till combined.
  5. Beat 1 cup of the whipping cream with powdered sugar and vanilla till soft peaks form. Add to chocolate mixture and whip till combined. Spread over cooled crust and refrigerate while making topping.
  6. Melt remaining chocolate chips with remaining 1/2 cup cream in microwave, stopping and stirring and 30 second intervals till melted and smooth. Spoon over mousse and spread with offset spatula. Refrigerate till firm, then cut and serve.

Notes

Total time does not reflect cooling/chilling times.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 90mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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