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Egg Free Chocolate Mousse with Brandied Cherries

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Who brings chocolate mousse to a Labor Day picnic? Why me, of course!!! This Egg Free Chocolate Mousse with Brandied Cherries has a smooth consistency and dense chocolate flavor.

Egg Free Chocolate Mousse in white ramekins with fresh cherries

Egg Free Chocolate Mousse

While you can still find fresh cherries, make sure to try these irresistible brandied cherries as a garnish…they’d be perfect on ice cream as well. We often gather with our friends and neighbors on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. And everyone who knows me will not be surprised that I volunteer to bring dessert.

Since I’ll be feeding my family, too, I like to involve chocolate. This cool and creamy dessert is perfect for any gathering at any time. Just keep in chilled in a cooler or refrigerator till serving time. If serving a crowd, this mousse can be made in a larger serving dish instead of individual containers.

What makes this mousse different, and safer, is the lack of raw eggs in the recipe. Instead of using eggs, gelatin is used to stabilize the mousse. If you’ve worked with plain gelatin before, you remember that you need to soften it in liquid, then gently heat it to bring it to a liquid form. Once this gelatin is added to the mousse ingredients, chilling will allow the mousse to gel. 

Raw eggs are notorious as a source of salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning. If you are serving desserts containing raw eggs, they shouldn’t be given to the elderly, very young or those with immunosuppression. So having alternative recipes that don’t use raw eggs is crucial.  This mousse may not be a true mousse due to the addition of gelatin, but it sure is a tasty chocolate dessert recipe!

Bowl of brandied cherries

You might also enjoy this Marquise au Chocolat, Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart, or this Frozen Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Egg Free Chocolate Mousse - Creamy and decadent chocolate mousse recipe

Egg Free Chocolate Mousse with Brandied Cherries

Egg free chocolate mousse topped with drunken cherries

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings


For brandied cherries (adapted from

  • 1 pound Bing or other sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Kirsch (cherry brandy) or brandy
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

For Mousse (adapted from Alton Brown)

  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon plain gelatin (I used Knox brand)


To make brandied cherries:

  1. Combine cherries, brandy and cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly till mixture boils and thickens, and cherries are tender. Remove from heat and mix in almond extract.
  2. Serve warm or at room temperature.

To make mousse:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate, espresso, Kahlua and butter. Microwave using 30 second increments, stopping and stirring till smooth and melted.Cool, stirring occasionally till slightly warmer than room temperature.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup whipping cream into a metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin and allow it to soften for 10 minutes. Then carefully heat the mixture over the flame of a gas burner (or candle), swirling till dissolved, but do not boil. Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.
  3. In the chilled mixing bowl, beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cream to medium peaks. Stir a quarter of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining whipped cream into the chocolate mixture without overworking the mousse.
  4. Spoon into bowls or martini glasses and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with brandied cherries if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 737Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 5gSugar: 60gProtein: 6g

Calories include using 1/6 of the brandied cherries. Most likely, you'll use fewer cherries.


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48 comments on “Egg Free Chocolate Mousse with Brandied Cherries”

  1. Thanks for participating this week! Classic flavors.

  2. we drooled over those chocolate pots…so beautiful and egg-free,that is amazing…we are so excited to try this out…will be today’s dessert,thanks for sharing such a lovely dish and awesome food clicks πŸ™‚

  3. What a unique addition to a Labor Day menu…I’m sure it’ll be a hit! Looks delicious.

    Have a great long weekend!

  4. Aha! Here is the anticipated Alton Brown recipe. The addition of Kahlua and espresso must elevate this mousse to the kind of dessert served at a 3-star restaurant – like Chez Liz =)

  5. Chocolate Mousse at a Labor Day party is my kind of party!! I love the addition of brandied cherries. Beautiful!

  6. Mmmmmmm I will take mousse at any party!

  7. Just as I thought the brandied cherries got my attention, then I read the Kahlua in the chocolate mousse. Oh what a heavenly combo!

  8. While I will alway like a good chocolate mousse, those brandied cherries have my heart! I’ll be the one eating them with a spoon while you set up the table…lol!

  9. Lovely mousse and such fresh looking clicks.. Glad to explore your blog!

  10. I’d enjoy these beautiful mousse cups with any fruit (although cherries are my fave!) and on any holiday get-together! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, Liz!


  11. Very pretty, I love those little dishes! Happy Labor Day Weekend-enjoy:@)

  12. aah Lizzy what lovely and delicious dessert and love the cherries :))

  13. I think chocolate mousse makes a dandy Labor Day dessert! And I love the idea of brandied cherries. This looks truly sensational – thanks.

  14. This is a perfect combination of everything!

  15. Yum, both look fantastic, the cherries would be amazing with the mousse.

  16. I have been looking for a good egg-free chocolate mousse recipe, Liz, so this is perfect timing. What a beautiful dessert, especially topped with the brandied cherries!

  17. What an elegant dessert – and you’d never know it was egg-free! Gorgeous!

  18. The brandied cherries look divine. Not sure what I would go for first the chocolate mousse or the cherries. Probably a big scoop of mousse with a cherry right on top. No reason to pick favorites.

  19. If you’re gonna go… go big!!! And with this recipe, you’re off the charts with flavor! Such a lovely presentation, too, Liz!

  20. Lizzy,
    Your mousse looks delicious! I nixed the desserts that might not hold up for the barbeque I was invited to and went with a pound cake. I had a 45 minute drive so I needed something that would hold up.

  21. Chocolate, Cherries, and Espresso… I would have died and gone to heaven. This looks amazing. Your pics are mouth watering. Yum!

  22. You need to send some dessert here.. please.

  23. Will you please invite me to the next picnic you cook for?

  24. I want to be your neighbor, Liz πŸ™‚ the brandied cherries and the chocolate mousse sound so, so good!

  25. Oh yum! Mousse sounds perfect for any party!

  26. Mmm…nothing beats rich fluffy mousse. This looks lovely!

  27. Just bookmarked this for a treat tomorrow – LOVE it and I’m banking on a double serving!
    Mary x

  28. Those brandied cherries have definitely stolen the show, Liz..gorgeous!

  29. I gazed at these chocolate mousses (is it mousses or is it always mousse ? I can never remember) a little too long. I must have one!

  30. Love the addition of booze in both your mousse and the sauce!!Absolutely gorgeous!!Would love to try these for my next gathering πŸ™‚

  31. A decandent yet effortless recipe for Labor’s Day… Definitely, something that everyone would love to have it, Liz!

  32. So wonderful! It looks great and eggless is wonderful!

  33. I love brandied cherries, such a delicious topping for your mousse!

  34. Booze & cherries! This is my kind of recipe!

  35. Drooling all over my computer in Minnesota :)))) Xx

  36. These are wonderful.. Love the little bowls you made them in…

  37. Beautiful dessert, you make some of the most classy desserts…and what a fantastic array of food, I am participating in the next for sure..

  38. mmmmm…kahlua…and cherries…and chocolate…and espresso? You are speaking my language, lady. Beautiful πŸ™‚

  39. I’ve had horrible luck in the past making mousse but after seeing all the incredible mousse recipes on your blog lately, I’m inspired to try it again. I love that this is egg free and the brandied cherry topping looks divine!

  40. Lizzy, I’ll be crashing your picnic party. These look sooo delicious. I’ve never attempted to make my own mousse…I’ve never even thought about it, but you’ve inspired me to give it go! And I know mom will totally love it!

    Hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend.


  41. The mousse itself is worth making πŸ˜€ It looks decadent with brandied cherries – yummy !

  42. Yum, you can’t go wrong with chocolate mousse and cherries.

  43. Yessssss! I have cherries in the freezer from the 10lb cherry challenge. This is a classy choice for a Labor Day picnic. Way to go Liz!!

  44. Oh, I have bookmarked this! I adore mousses like this made from something other than eggs! The gelatin makes it lighter, the whipping cream more elegant. And yowzers to the espresso and Kahlua. Stunning And perfect with the boozy cherries – my kind of dessert!

  45. Mmm…chocolate and cherries. πŸ™‚ Such a great flavor combo!

  46. I love your mousse series. This one is a winner in my book. πŸ™‚

  47. Another chocolate favorite of mine. Love Alton Brown and any recipe he shares…now you’ve shared it with us, Lizzy. The brandied cherries are divine and droolworthy delicious! xo

  48. Oh my, this looks so good! The brandied cherries look incredible and the mousse is perfect! The flavors in this mousse are out of this world.

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