Marquise au chocolat, Haitian chocolate dessert

It’s been a while since I last shared a recipe with you. To make up for it, today I am sharing a marquise au chocolat recipe, a gourmet dessert that I prepared for my birthday.

If you know this dessert by name, you are probably wondering why I am sharing a dessert that is not so typical of my country. Books and foreign websites do indeed offer you thousands of recipes for this dessert. None of them match the version we serve at our formal dinners, however. Our marquise au chocolat is unique, which is why today I am sharing our marquise au chocolat à l’haïtienne (haitian-style).

Haitian-style, because this recipe of ours, I don’t find it anywhere else other than in our local cookbooks. I still recall how desperate I was to eat some when I lived abroad, and couldn’t find it in any of my Internet searches.

See, our marquise’s secret is that it is made of layers of a chocolate cream and of butter cookies that are dipped in our brown Haitian rum (or any other sweet liqueur). It’s a quick and easy dessert that you’ll prepare in a snap, as you will notice below. Once the layers are made, the dessert is popped in the fridge for a couple of hours and served cool.

It’s this sweet chocolaty dessert with strong hints of rum that I missed when I was abroad. I could have certainly asked home for the recipe, but, since I lived alone, I refrained from doing so. I knew that once I made it, it would become my breakfast, lunch, dinner and even late-night snack. I wouldn’t stop eating it, not until there was nothing left in the pan. Thing is, when away from home, it is extremely difficult to refrain from eating any dish from lakay; and a marquise au chocolat à l’haïtienne is too delicious to not eat, I guarantee it.

Try it for yourself using the recipe below, and let me know how it goes.

See you next week!

This marquise au chocolat dessert is infused with Haitian dark rum. It is quick, easy and a happy hour for your taste buds. |

Marquise au chocolat à l'Haïtienne, a chocolate dessert

Layered with butter cookies dipped in dark Haitian rum, this marquise au chocolat dessert is is quick, easy and a happy hour for your taste buds.
Prep Time 32 minutes


  • 1 block of butter 2 sticks
  • 5 Tbsp of powdered cocoa I prefer dark chocolate
  • 1 ½ cup of confectioner sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 ml of whipping cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 20-30 butter cookies depending on your pan
  • Dark rum you can also substitute a sweet coffee or almond liqueur according to your taste


  • Cream the butter, confectioner sugar and salt
  • Slowly incorporate the chocolate and mix until combined
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cream and vanilla and whip until the cream thickens
  • Incorporate the cream to the butter mixture
  • Beat on low just enough for both mixtures to fully blend
  • In a glass dish, alternate layers of cookies dipped in the rum or liqueur and layers of the chocolate cream, making sure your first and last layers are of cookies
  • Put in the fridge for a few hours. Serve cool.


If you wish to decorate the marquise afterwards, put some wax paper at the bottom of the pan, it will make the removal process easier. Before serving, simply decorate it by adding layer of cookies, some cherries and whipping cream if you wish.
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  • Evelyne

    My aunts recipe included
    2 j’aunes d’oefs. It makes it creamier and she used
    biscuits “Social Thé”..

  • Tatiana Behrmann

    Best Marquis I’ve tasted. I usually steer away from this dessert because of its usual sweetness factor but this one, using the dark cocoa, is scrumptious! Thank you Annick.

    • annick

      coming from you Tatiana it’s a great compliment! I know you bake more than I do. Glad you loved it!

  • Marcell

    C’est une recette française adaptée en Haiti

    • annick

      sans doute, mais porte-t-elle le même nom en France?

  • Fay

    A great success it was!! All it needed was overnight refrigeration for the chocolate mousse to get right. The quick dip of the cookies into the rum to build this dessert made for a very PIKE dessert, but we adults can share and enjoy this very rich adult pleasure. Thanks for the recipe and step by step.

    • annick

      Glad it was a success. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. 🙂

  • Fay

    After months of dreaming of this dessert, I finally made it tonight. Although I followed the recipe to the letter, my cholate filling was weeping before I layered it with the cookies in the dish. It doesn’t appear creamy or pudding-like like your chocolate filling. A few hours later, it tasted like I remember. Tomorrow, I will be turning it out onto a serving platter. I’ll get back to you as to how the finished product turns out.

  • Merci Annick. Les petits LU c’est parfait.

  • Je ne connaissais pas cette recette en Haïti. Je voudrais bien essayer mais il va falloir un peu d’aide Annick. Je ne sais pas à quoi correspond un bloc de beurre est-ce qu’en poids c’est à peu près l’équivalent du beurre en France. Les biscuits au beurre aussi en Haïti est ce que ça correspond à ceux qu’on trouve en France ? En effet, il suffit d’un rien pour complètement changer une recette et moi j’aimerais d’abord rester dans l’authentique et faire des variantes ensuite s’il le faut.

    • annick

      Missmo, un bâton de beurre chez nous est d’environ 113grammes, un bloc correspond à 2 bâtons, donc 226g de beurre pour cette recette. En fait, plus les biscuits sont bons plus la marquise est meilleure, donc pour les petits beurre allez-y selon votre goût. Mais pour répondre à votre question, j’utilise souvent les biscuits LU (quand j’en trouve) qui nous viennent de l’Europe je crois, autrement je tente ma chance avec une autre marque. L’essentiel est qu’ils soient bons.

      • Andréa Médard

        This is very much like the Marquise au Chocolat that I made in Haïti years and years ago. Thank you for sharing it. Might you have a recipe for Charlotte á l’ananas á l’Haïtienne?

        • annick

          I have never had the Charlotte à l’ananas, I will have to ask for you

      • Gladys L.

        J’ai appris à faire la Marquise quand je vivais en Haïti en utilsant les biscuits en rouleau “Bonbon Marie” mais n’importe qes biscuits sucrės devraient faire l’affaire.

        • annick

          j’ai moi aussi appris à les faire avec ces bonbons “marie” qui sont malheureusement quasi impossible à trouver de nos jours. A defaut de bonbon marie, je recommande quand même des biscuits au beurre.

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