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Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Olive Garden Chocolate Brownie Lasagna finished Molly Allen 1 - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe
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Indulge in the ultimate chocolate delight with this irresistible Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna recipe. Picture eight decadent layers of rich, fudgy brownie and velvety vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with luscious chocolate shavings and a heavenly chocolate drizzle. With every delectable bite, you'll experience a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more. This dessert masterpiece is a true labor of love, but the end result is absolutely worth it. Get ready to impress your taste buds and elevate your dessert game with this unforgettable treat!

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Yields1 Serving
For the brownie layers:
 2 boxes brownie mix, plus ingredients on box
 2 eggs
For the cream cheese filling:
 2 (8-ounce) bricks cream cheese, softened
 5 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
 2 tbsp heavy cream
 8 cups powdered sugar
For the chocolate ganache:
 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  cup heavy cream
 Chocolate shavings, for garnish
Make the brownie batter
1

Prepare the brownie mixes according to the instructions on the box. Incorporate an additional egg into each batch of batter.

Test Kitchen Tip: Deputy Editor James Schend recommends lining the pans with foil or parchment paper before you add the batter. That way, once the brownies are baked and cooled, you can lift them right out of the pan.

brownie batter for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Bake the brownies
2

Bake the brownies in two 8×8-inch square pans according to the instructions on the box. Once the brownies are fully baked, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

baked brownies for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Make the cream cheese filling
3

In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and softened butter. Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy, and then add two cups of powdered sugar. Mix in the powdered sugar, and then mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until the frosting comes together.

Make the cream cheese filling - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Layer the brownies and filling
4

Once the brownie “cakes” are fully cooled, remove them from the pans. Use a large knife to cut each in half horizontally. This will create your four layers. Place the first layer on the serving platter and frost with the cream cheese filling. Top with another brownie layer and frost, then repeat with each layer. Once you’ve frosted the top layer, place the dessert in the fridge.

layering Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna MollyAllen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Make the chocolate ganache
5

Chop the chocolate and put it in a heat-safe bowl. Set it aside.

Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan and heat on medium. Allow the cream to heat just until simmering (boiling will scorch it, so watch carefully). Once heated, pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Now you have ganache. Drizzle it over the chocolate lasagna and garnish with chocolate shavings.

chopped chocolate for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Here’s What I Thought
6

While Olive Garden has never shared its official chocolate lasagna recipe, it’s a simple enough combination of flavors to be able to mimic at home. The restaurant lists this impressive dessert with a description of “Eight decadent layers of rich, fudgy brownie and sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with chocolate shavings and a chocolate drizzle.” And I set out to make just that.

Brownie mix serves as the ideal base for your dessert. Of course, you could make your own brownies from scratch, as well. The key is to add an extra egg to each batch, which will deliver a fluffier result and make it easier to cut the layers horizontally. Once the layers are cut, layering the brownie and cream cheese filling takes a bit of patience and finesse, but it’s certainly doable. I wanted to be able to see all of the beautiful layers of the dessert, so I stacked it on a platter. Need a totable option to take to a potluck? You could build the treat in one of the 8×8-inch pans and serve it from there.

As for the flavor, this copycat Olive Garden chocolate lasagna is truly something else. It’s one thing to have a brownie with tangy cream cheese frosting slathered on top (or swirled in the batter). It’s a whole other ball game to multiply that four times. With each bite, you get an incredible flavor and contrast in texture, thanks to all of those layers. And of course, the chocolate drizzle on top makes it that much more delicious. It’s definitely a dessert that requires a few steps, but would I make it again? You can count on it!

Olive Garden Chocolate Brownie Lasagna finished Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

For the brownie layers:
 2 boxes brownie mix, plus ingredients on box
 2 eggs
For the cream cheese filling:
 2 (8-ounce) bricks cream cheese, softened
 5 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
 2 tbsp heavy cream
 8 cups powdered sugar
For the chocolate ganache:
 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  cup heavy cream
 Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions

Make the brownie batter
1

Prepare the brownie mixes according to the instructions on the box. Incorporate an additional egg into each batch of batter.

Test Kitchen Tip: Deputy Editor James Schend recommends lining the pans with foil or parchment paper before you add the batter. That way, once the brownies are baked and cooled, you can lift them right out of the pan.

brownie batter for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Bake the brownies
2

Bake the brownies in two 8×8-inch square pans according to the instructions on the box. Once the brownies are fully baked, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

baked brownies for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Make the cream cheese filling
3

In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and softened butter. Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy, and then add two cups of powdered sugar. Mix in the powdered sugar, and then mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until the frosting comes together.

Make the cream cheese filling - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Layer the brownies and filling
4

Once the brownie “cakes” are fully cooled, remove them from the pans. Use a large knife to cut each in half horizontally. This will create your four layers. Place the first layer on the serving platter and frost with the cream cheese filling. Top with another brownie layer and frost, then repeat with each layer. Once you’ve frosted the top layer, place the dessert in the fridge.

layering Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna MollyAllen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Make the chocolate ganache
5

Chop the chocolate and put it in a heat-safe bowl. Set it aside.

Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan and heat on medium. Allow the cream to heat just until simmering (boiling will scorch it, so watch carefully). Once heated, pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Now you have ganache. Drizzle it over the chocolate lasagna and garnish with chocolate shavings.

chopped chocolate for Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Here’s What I Thought
6

While Olive Garden has never shared its official chocolate lasagna recipe, it’s a simple enough combination of flavors to be able to mimic at home. The restaurant lists this impressive dessert with a description of “Eight decadent layers of rich, fudgy brownie and sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with chocolate shavings and a chocolate drizzle.” And I set out to make just that.

Brownie mix serves as the ideal base for your dessert. Of course, you could make your own brownies from scratch, as well. The key is to add an extra egg to each batch, which will deliver a fluffier result and make it easier to cut the layers horizontally. Once the layers are cut, layering the brownie and cream cheese filling takes a bit of patience and finesse, but it’s certainly doable. I wanted to be able to see all of the beautiful layers of the dessert, so I stacked it on a platter. Need a totable option to take to a potluck? You could build the treat in one of the 8×8-inch pans and serve it from there.

As for the flavor, this copycat Olive Garden chocolate lasagna is truly something else. It’s one thing to have a brownie with tangy cream cheese frosting slathered on top (or swirled in the batter). It’s a whole other ball game to multiply that four times. With each bite, you get an incredible flavor and contrast in texture, thanks to all of those layers. And of course, the chocolate drizzle on top makes it that much more delicious. It’s definitely a dessert that requires a few steps, but would I make it again? You can count on it!

Olive Garden Chocolate Brownie Lasagna finished Molly Allen - Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

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