Just look how cute these little chocolate mousse graveyards are! It's kind of ridiculous how much I love Halloween and all the slightly cheesy, a little bit gory and downright fun the food can be.
The inspiration for these totally adorable Halloween desserts came from a photo over at My Recipes. If you have a favourite chocolate mousse recipe definitely go ahead and use that. Or you can try out my take on Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse. Or you can use the recipe posted here; it's light and fluffy and chocolaty.
The tombstone cookies are a basic rolled sugar cookie recipe. If you have one you love go for it and use it to make these tombstones. If you use the recipe I have here you will have TONS more cookie dough than you'll need for the chocolate mousses (insert big smiley face for extra cookies!)
Did I mention that I am a total sucker for Halloween desserts?
This past weekend I was hired to cater a Halloween party and was encouraged to make the menu as fitting as possible. There were tomato eyeballs and severed finger cookies and a bubbling cauldron of cheese (otherwise known as Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Fondue, at least when it's not served in a cauldron) and lots of other Halloween inspired treats, including these chocolate mousse graveyards.
So guys, I need to quickly share something with you … I LOVE desserts served in 125ml mason jars. Seriously, they're the best!
Here's why desserts in little mason jars are the best:
- You can make them ahead of time and they always store so easily
- You can transport them no problem at all
- They're the perfect amount of dessert for after a big meal
- And they're super stupidly cute
If you make these Halloween Chocolate Mousse desserts make sure to snap a pic and tag @theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create.
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 large eggs, separated
- ⅛ teaspooncream of tartar
- 4 tablespoons white sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup whipping cream
- ¾ cups butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Black decorating gel or icing
- Oreo cookie crumbs
- In a medium sized bowl melt the chocolate and butter over a pot of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. When it has melted remove it from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks.
- In a large bowl add the cream of tarter to the egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer until foamy. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form.
- In a large bowl add cream, vanilla extract and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Add 2 tablespoons of egg whites to the chocolate mixture and stir to loosen it. Carefully fold in the remaining egg whites. Then fold in the whipped cream.
- Divide mousse evenly between 8 small (125ml/ ½ cup) mason jars and place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
- Make ahead: mousse can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept refrigerated.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla using an electric mixer. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking flour and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix till combined.
- Make a ball out of the dough, wrap in plastic and store in your fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out half the dough to ½ inch between 2 pieces of parchment paper, lightly dusted with flour. Cut out tombstone shapes. (Making the tombstones slightly pointed at the ends will help them hold in the mousse.)
- Bake on cookie sheets for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Using a gel decorating pen or icing sugar, write RIP on each tombstone.
- Scoop about 1 teaspoon of cookie crumbs on top of chocolate mousse and place a tombstone cookie in each.
*Mousse recipe is from Joy of Baking. They have a great video tutorial which I recommend you watch if you are new to making chocolate mousse.
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