Chocolate-Almond Mousse Neapolitans

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Chocolate-Almond Mousse Neapolitans
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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce package piecrust
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, plus more for grating
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. On a work surface, unroll 1 piecrust and roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Reserve the remaining crust for another use.

Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 18 rounds, rerolling the scraps and cutting additional rounds as needed. Place on the prepared cookie sheets. Prick the rounds with a fork. Bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted. Remove from the heat and let cool to lukewarm. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the rounds with about 1/4 cup of the melted chocolate, reserving the remainder at room temperature. Sprinkle 12 of the chocolate-covered rounds with 1 teaspoon toasted almonds each.

In a bowl, combine 1 cup heavy cream, 1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, the vanilla and cinnamon. Beat until soft peaks form. Stir one-third of the whipped cream mixture into the remaining melted chocolate. Fold in the remaining whipped cream.

Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate whipped cream onto each of 6 chocolate-almond-glazed rounds. Top with another chocolate-almond-glazed round, another heaping tablespoon of chocolate whipped cream and a third chocolate-almond-glazed round.

Whip the remaining 1 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Top each stack with whipped cream, the remaining almonds and some grated chocolate.