Cookies & Coffee Parfaits

Lori & Paul, Burp!

Coffee and chocolate are a classic combination that comes together easily in this deliciously rich layered dessert featuring a buttery chocolate mousse and rich chocolate pound cake soaked with coffee liqueur. It’s a perfect treat to serve as the finale for your next casual dinner party. And since the components can be made ahead, you’ll be left with plenty of free time to attend to other important details.

Cookies & Coffee Parfaits
By Lori & Paul
Serves 6


3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua), plus another 4 tablespoons for building jars
1 ¼ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 slices chocolate pound cake*, unglazed

Also needed: 6 half-pint (8-ounce) mason jars
Garnish: Halved chocolate wafer cookies or grated semi-sweet chocolate


Melt unsweetened chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Add cooled chocolate, beating until well combined. Add 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur and continue beating until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whip cream with granulated sugar until stiff. Reserve one cup of the whipped cream. Fold the remaining cream into the chocolate mixture.

Cut sliced pound cake into ½-inch squares.

Layer about 8 cubes of pound cake into the bottom of each jar, drizzle with 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur, top with a dollop of chocolate mousse mixture.

Repeat one more time, topping with a dollop of whipping cream when jars are full. Garnish with wafer cookies or grated chocolate.

*You can substitute store-bought pound cake or sponge cake in a pinch

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  1. Brian Turner said:

    Love these recipies.

  2. Debra Kimmel said:

    This looks great and I am sure my hubby will love it ;). I have diabeties so sadly can’t have stuff I used to ; (

  3. Deb Kimmel said:

    while my diabetes stops me from many things, my Husband will Love this recipe ; )