Simple recipe to make Strawberry Brownie Parfaits topped with strawberry flavoured cream cheese whipped cream. You’re going to love this dessert!
This recipe is filled with chocolate brownies, strawberry simple syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream. It’s absolutely delicious and is always a huge hit when we entertain dinner guests.
When I originally made this recipe a fellow blogger had started a company that made simple syrups. Since that time she has closed her business. I’m editing this post to include homemade simple syrup and other options.
I want everyone to be able to make these delicious parfaits so I’ll give you a couple of options you can use to make these. That way no matter what you have on hand, you can still make these.
Huge apologies to everyone who tried to make these with a missing ingredient. I had no idea Heidi has discontinued Not So Simple Syrups or I would have edited this sooner.
Since these Strawberry Brownie Parfaits are one of the most popular recipes on the blog I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has pinned, tweeted, shared, or made these.
I love using simple syrups to macerate berries. Simple syrups are divine drizzled over fruit salads. So I knew I wanted to incorporate that idea into the recipe. However that was too easy of a leap so I wanted to take it a step beyond that.
I use simple syrups in dips and fillings as well for some added flavour boost. So I thought I’d add a little to the cheesecake type filling for the parfaits. That way it would just add another level of strawberry flavour to the dish. It worked beautifully.
The syrup is not overwhelming at all, it’s subtle and just sheer perfection in fillings. You get that hint of flavour without getting smacked in the face with it. That’s the kind of dessert I love. Not one element over powers the others.
You can use store-bought brownies and whipped cream if you like. I’m not above cheating when time is of the essence. I made my own brownies for this because I was testing out some brownie ideas any way. So I had some left over.
Parfaits are a great way to use up leftover brownies, cakes and even cookies. You can buy cool whip if you like for this. I whipped up my own. Honestly, if you have heavy cream on hand it’s super easy to make your own whipped cream.
If you don’t have time I think cheating is okay. Never feel guilty if you need to do that. Life’s too short to stress over the small stuff. However if you’re stressing about anything at all these parfaits are a sure-fire way to cheer yourself up.
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- 1 pound sliced fresh strawberries
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 pound sliced strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups roughly chopped up brownies I used The Best Brownies in the World Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 2 cups Simple Syrup Macerated Strawberries
- 4 cups of Strawberry Cream Cheese Whipped Cream
- Optional Garnish: chocolate shavings
Place the strawberries, water, and sugar in a medium size saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally while the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture reaches a boil reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check every 5 minutes or so to make sure it's reducing and not sticking to the pan. Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard everything in the sieve. Transfer the simple syrup to a container and allow to cool for about 20 to 30 minutes. Cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Pop the strawberries into a glass bowl or container. Add the sugar. Pour the cooled simple syrup over top. Mix it all up and cover. Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, my recommendation is 2 hours. Softens them just enough while still leaving some texture.
In your stand mixer bowl, add the heavy cream, sugar and Strawberry Simple Syrup. Start on slow for less splashing, let it start to thicken, then turn it on high and mix until it's fluffy. Add in the softened cream cheese and mix until combined.
Chop up your brownies into bite sized pieces. Divide into 4 and pop them inside glasses. I used stemless wine glasses for mine.
Take the 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Simple Syrup and drizzle it over top of the brownie pieces.
Now put a layer of the macerated strawberries over top of the brownies.
Add a huge layer of Strawberry Cream Cheese Whipped Cream layer into each one, reserve enough to pipe a little on top of each parfait at the end.
Add another layer of macerated strawberries over the whipped cream.
Use a piping bag to top each parfait with a little more whipped cream.
Take a zester or fine grater and run a piece of chocolate along it to garnish the top of each parfait with chocolate.
You could top with a strawberry for added pizazz. I used all mine inside the parfaits so I didn't have any left for pizazz.
Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours.
Serve with a big old parfait loving smile!
Alternate recipe options if you don't have simple syrup:
You can also macerate the berries with orange juice and sugar.
Or you can macerate berries quite well with just sugar. If you leave them in sugar they soften naturally.
You could not bother macerating the berries at all and just toss them in fresh.
This recipe can be made in so many ways. If you can use any kind of berries, any kind of brownie or cake, or any kind of whipped cream. Parfaits are awesome because they are so easy to adapt to your own taste.
Seriously scrumptious little parfaits. The addition of the Strawberry Simple Syrup was amazing! Mix up a batch today. Get creative and put your own spin on these parfaits.
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