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These rich, Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Or serve them up to your gal pals and celebrate Galentine’s Day!

Today I’m celebrating Galentine’s Day, a marvelous faux holiday. This day is all about celebrating, supporting, and encouraging the ladies in your life. Thanks to my blogger friends, Courtney of NeighborFood and Nancy of Gotta Get Baked, for organizing this group of terrific women to honor all our gal pals.

Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies on a white ceramic plate

Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies

This post was first shared shortly after my mother’s death in 2015.

My mom liked just a little nibble of something sweet after dinner. We always had a bowl of candied nuts or chocolate bonbons on the kitchen counter. Just  a little a bite or two with a cup of coffee would satisfy her sweet tooth. You can see from whom I inherited this trait! She’d often eat a sliver of pumpkin pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. So if I could, I would share these Ganache Topped Chocolate Brownies with her.

Tips for Making the Best Fudgy Brownies

How to Melt Chocolate

  • PRO-Tip: To melt chocolate, the microwave is a super easy option. But be cautious, as overheating the chocolate can become thick and lumpy.
  • A top source recommends microwaving at 20% power, but that’s when you want to “temper” the chocolate to prevent a bloom or whitish cast when it cools. This is important for candy making but not so much for brownies or ganache.
  • Microwaving at 50% for short increments works well. Zap for 15-30 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is smooth and melted. 
  • Tiny bits of chocolate will melt from the residual heat.
  • Personally, I microwave at full power because I’m impatient, but do it in short increments. Be very mindful if you do this as chocolate is expensive!
  • I keep a stack of Ghirardelli bars in my pantry as it’s better than using chocolate chips, but not overly expensive if you watch for sales.
  • Chocolate chips often have additives to help them keep their shape, although they can be used in a pinch.

How to Make Fudgy Brownies Not Cakey Brownies

  • My family prefers a chewy fudgy browning instead of a lighter cake like brownie. As they are all chocoholics, they wouldn’t pass up the latter if that was the only option, LOL.
  • Look at the recipe title and photos to see the description and texture for your first clues.
  • PRO-Tip: Fudgy brownies will have a higher fat to flour ratio. So the amount of butter and chocolate compared with flour will be higher than in a cake-like brownie.
  • Even though eggs have fat in the yolks, the sugar and egg amounts will not change.
  • Cakey brownies will often have a leavener like baking powder to help make a lighter texture.
  • Gently mixing in the flour helps not to overactive the gluten and helps keep the brownies fudgy. Do not use a mixer to incorporate the flour
A wedge of Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies on a square white plate

Celebrating the Life of My Mom

Today is usually set aside for a French Fridays with Dorie post. But instead, I’m here to honor my dear mom. She’s been in a memory unit for a number of years, and my dad joined her about a year and a half ago. She’d been plugging along, content and healthy for the most part. My dad spends his free time sitting with her, rubbing her head and just plain adoring her.

But last week my chic and talented mother had a stroke….and the end is near. My father, who has worshiped his wife of 55+ years, is devastated and on Wednesday, I flew out to be with them and my sister, Maddy.

A gifted artist and musician, my mother filled our home with the sonatas of Bach and covered our walls with paintings and other treasures from friends and family. She loved the clean lines of Danish modern and shied away from anything fussy or froufrou.

A fashionista at heart, she combed the sales racks for designer deals and shared the couture gems she’d unearth at the famous Aspen thrift shop with her girlfriends. My mom took comfort in cooking and dazzled our family with recipes from the New York Times Cookbook as well as handwritten recipe cards from her bridge club friends.

Spiritual and prayerful, she attended daily Mass, would pull out her rosary when needed (like when bears walked through our campsite at Glacier National Park!) and opened our home to those who needed a meal over the holidays.

Gretchen adored her children and grandchildren and often rocked my colicky babies so I could catch a few winks. She lived a long fruitful life, full of loyal friends, a loving family, laughter, and song. A life lived to the fullest. Should we all be so lucky.

These rich, Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies are the perfect treat for when those chocolate cravings hit!

Memories of a Life Well Lived

3 sisters with parents

Busy with three squirmy children…Mary, Katie and me

Mom and sisters

With our new pup, Rufus, and her four daughters…Maddy has joined the family

Mom and Rufus

A beauty, inside and out…


Working on her calligraphy…Cheers, Gretchen!

Cheers, dear Gretchen!

Mom and Martha

With her dearest friend, her sister, Martha…in Italy, Russia or Turkey…

Mom and dad 2015

Snuggling with her true love, my dad…a week before her stroke.

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Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies

Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies

A rich, decadent brownie recipe perfect for any occasion. Adapted from a Dan Smith and Stew McDonagh recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 8 servings



  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour


  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 8-inch cake pan. Line with parchment and grease top of parchment. Or line the pan with non-stick foil. Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs and salt together with hand held electric mixer till frothy. Add sugar and beat till thick and pale yellow, 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat till combined.
  3. Microwave butter and chocolate for about a minute. Stir and microwave in 15-30 second increments till chocolate is melted and smooth. With mixer running, slowly add melted chocolate to egg mixture. Add flour and beat till just incorporated, less than a minute. Scrape down sides as necessary.
  4. Bake 20 minutes till the center is barely set. Remove from oven and cool on rack. Make ganache.
  5. Melt chocolate and cream in microwave, about one minute on high. Stir till smooth and chips are completely melted. Pour on cooled brownies. Let chill in fridge.
  6. Before serving, place brownies in the freezer for at least 30 minutes for easier cutting. Let slices come to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 247mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 31g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
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81 comments on “Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies”

  1. I cried all through this post but they were tears of joy. What a wonderful role model for her children and yours. This nasty dementia business is just horrible and ruins what should have been fun times to the end. Your father is to be truly admired for sticking with her through the tough times. This post is a lovely tribute to your parents. Hugs from me during this really tough time. Now can I have a brownie?

  2. Liz, this is such a beautiful dedication to your beautiful, kind, talented and loving mother. I wish that I had known her when living in Ames. I think that so much of her is also within you! My mom and I were talking about her last night and we have been keeping all of you in our continual prayers. If you need someone to lean on, you’ve got a friend. We love you!
    Roz (and Retha, my mother)

  3. Oh Liz, what a lovely tribute. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman. We lost my father-in-law just two weeks ago now, it’s still hard to believe. We’re thinking about you and your family, sending you lots of prayers and good vibes.

  4. I finally received mail for this post 🙂 And what a post…..!!
    The cake looks scrumptious, but the post itself is soooooo moving.
    I lost my Mom in a young age (a few years ago) and it’s still very very hard
    The best thing is to celebrate her life – and you did it here!!

  5. Lizzy,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. It’s clear that you love her dearly. She’s lucky to have your Dad still with her. My Dad passed 11 years, 11 months ago and my Mom misses him every day. She’s getting older and it’s more difficult for her to get around so I worry. I don’t have any wise words except to say that your memories with your Mom will last forever.
    Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m thinking of you. xo

  6. What a beautiful tribute to your mom, the woman who helped shape you. Beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing it and photos of her. I’m sure she would have loved a sliver of these truffle brownies.Or perhaps a whole piece.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Liz. She sounds like an incredible woman. Hang in there.

  8. Dear Liz, what a lovely tribute to your mom Gretchen. I will be keeping you, your parents, and the rest of your family in my thoughts. I’m sure you know that our mothers are part of us, they’ve been instrumental in who we are, so you are and your sisters are a living and loving tribute to your mother. Take good care.

  9. Aw Lizzy Im sorrow by you, your dad and of course your mom
    What wonderful and sweet post dear Lizzy.
    All my love and prayers especially in this time.

  10. I really enjoyed reading about your mom, Liz. She sounds like one classy lady. I’m so sorry.

  11. So sad! Sorry to hear about your mom and wishing you and your family nothing but happiness!

  12. Dear Liz, what a touching and heart-warming tribute to your mother – she sounds like a very special person and so does your father1 Wishing you strength and sending lots of love your way – while I realize that it is pretty far away, it is certainly coming from the heart! Your post stirred up a lot of emotins – my dad passed away from Alzheimer two years ago and one of our girls is named Gretchen..
    And your brownies look incredibly elegant, so pretty on that platter and so perfect for many a celebration!
    All the very best, dear friend, if there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know (I know I am far away but the post office isn´t…)
    Liebe Grüsse,

  13. What a beautiful, inspiring post. Love it- the sentiments, the memories and the photos. And yes, that gorgeous ganache too. Well done, Liz. Sending warm thoughts to you and your family ~

  14. Such a lovely, sweet tribute to your beautiful mom, Liz. Loved the memories and photos you shared. I see so much of your mother in you. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

  15. Oh Liz tears in my eyes. What a lovely tribute to your Mom. I know she has since passed and I wish you and your family peace. Take care.

  16. What a beautiful and heart warming tribute to your mom Liz. So sorry for your loss, but I know her beautiful memories will live on with you. Thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

  17. Oh man…Liz. I’m holding back tears. This is such a beautiful tribute to your mom (who sounds like SUCH an amazing person!) and her and your dad are just so incredibly sweet and heart warming. True love <3

    and I know she'd love these brownies because who wouldn't? They're so chocolatey and perfect!

  18. Liz, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. It’s easy to see she was an incredible woman in this post and in you. This was a beautiful tribute and of yes, we should all be so lucky to live such a full life! The photo of your parents is a treasure. Thank you for sharing, friend. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. xx

  19. Love seeing the old photos of you family! This cake is really a chocolate lover dream!

  20. What a lovely post, thank you for sharing your wonderful Mom with us!

    Your cake looks lovely and I’m a sucker for anything with ganache!!

  21. What a sweet tribute to your Mom. She sounds like such a lovely woman!

  22. I am a huge chocolate fan, and go weak in the knees for a killer brownie. You took it to a heavenly level by adding ganache. Great recipe!

  23. This is the sweetest post! Your mom is adorable and I love that you made these with her in mind. Wish I could share a sweet treat with my mama right now too.

  24. Your post made me cry. What a lovely post Liz. I know this was done last year but I am sorry for your loss and hope you feel it a little less nearly a year later.

  25. Really nice post:) The Brownies look amazing, too!

  26. What a beautiful tribute to a lovely, talented, loving lady, Liz. May her final days be filled with peace, surrounded by her devoted family.

  27. beautiful photos and words.. very touching … hugs to you ..xo

  28. Dear Liz – Things are a little blurry over here – I loved learning all about your mom and family in this post. You were very blessed to have each other. She would have loved this decadent chocolate dessert. XOXO

  29. I could eat that ganache with a spoon. Loved everything about this!

  30. I know this is an older post but the tribute to your mom is beautiful! The cake sounds so tasty! Can’t wait to try it!

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