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Chocolate Salami – Easy Unique Dessert

This chocolate salami is the easiest way to change up your regular charcuterie board. Trick your friends with this delicious deceiving dessert… is it salami or is it a chocolatey treat loaded with cookies?

Chocolate Salami plated on a wood board

Chocolate Salami Recipe

This chocolate salami is an easy, traditional Portuguese no-bake dessert that can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruits, and is made ahead of time, so it’s ideal for entertaining. It’s the perfect crunchy treat to snack on alongside coffee, and the best part is it’s so easy to make!

I first discovered this amazing treat in Portugal, we were on vacation with my grandparents visiting family. I love salami and cheese boards but when they brought out this gorgeous CHOCOLATE salami I nearly fell off my chair. Needless to say I ate slice after slice of this the rest of our vacation.

What is in Chocolate Salami?

ingredients to make Chocolate Salami plated on a wood board

Star Ingredient

  • Bolacha Maria Cookies is the traditional Portuguese tea cookie used in this dessert. They can be found in the cookie aisle of most grocery stores or you can use any other vanilla flavored tea cookie or digestives
Chocolate Salami plated on a wood board

How to Prepare Chocolate Salami

This is a very simple dessert with low prep. It needs to be chilled for 3 – 4 hours so be sure to plan ahead if making this for a dinner party or make it a 1-2 days in advance and store in the fridge until serving.

steps to make Chocolate Salami

Full Printable Recipe Below

1 Place biscuits in a large zip lock bag and crush them using a rolling pin until you have small and coarse crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl and stir in nuts (nuts are optional).

2 In a medium bowl place chocolate and butter. Heat in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted and smooth.

3 Add milk and stir to combine.

4 Add the chocolate mixture to cookie and nut crumb mixture and stir until combined.

5 Spread the mixture onto parchment paper or plastic wrap. Shape it into a log using a spatula or spoon. Roll up the paper and twist the ends to seal. Chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours until firm.

4 After chilling, remove log from the paper, dust with icing sugar on all sides. Use your hands to spread the icing sugar evenly over the log.

chocolate salami being coated with icing sugar

Slice into pieces and serve.

Store in the fridge or freezer. If kept in the freezer, place at room temperature for a few minutes before cutting or serving.

Chocolate Salami plated on a wood board

Looking for More Simple Sweets?

  • Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars – This may just be the perfect 5 ingredient dessert. Creamy cheesecake bars with a chocolate chip cookie dough crust with even more cookie pieces crumbled on top.
  • Oreo Fudge – Shortcut Oreo fudge made with only 3 ingredients. Simple, delicious and quick dessert that tastes just like a cookies and cream chocolate bar.
  • Pastel de Nata – the most famous and delicious Portuguese Dessert. The creamy custard that caramelizes while baking in a light and flakey pastry crust is a must try!

Enjoy!

– Sab

Chocolate Salami plated on a wood board

Chocolate Salami

This chocolate salami is an easy, traditional Portuguese no-bake dessert that can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruits, and is made ahead of time, it’s ideal for entertaining.
4.78 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 30 slices
Calories 71 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ¾ cup traditionally Portuguese Bolacha Maria, or any tea biscuit/digestive biscuit/vanilla cookie
  • 1/4 cup nut of choice, toasted, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate
  • ¾ stick unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • A splash of alcohol of choice, ex. Kahlua, Amaretto, brandy, rum, optional
  • Powdered sugar, for coating

Instructions
 

  • Place biscuits in a large zip lock bag and crush them using a rolling pin until you have small and coarse crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl and stir in nuts.
  • In a medium bowl place chocolate and butter. Heat in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted and smooth. Add milk and alcohol, if using, and stir. Add in chocolate mixture to crumb mixture and mix until combined.
  • Spread the mixture onto parchment paper or plastic wrap. Shape it into a log using a spatula or spoon. Roll up the paper and twist the ends to seal. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours until firm.
  • After chilling, remove log from the paper, dust with icing sugar on all sides. Use your hands to spread the icing sugar evenly over the log.
  • Slice into pieces and serve.
  • Store in the fridge or freezer. If kept in the freezer, place at room temperature for a few minutes before cutting or serving.

Video

Notes

Optional embellishments (no more than 1/4 cup total)
• toasted cashews, chopped
• toasted pistachios, chopped
• coconut, shredded
• toasted pine nuts
• toasted slivered almonds
• dried figs, chopped
• dried cherries
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NUTRITION

Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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Gloria

Friday 22nd of April 2022

I am in Canada. How much is 3/4 stick butter. I thought a stick was 1/4 pound. so 3/4 of 1/4 pound is about 1/3 cup. Help

fedbysab

Monday 25th of April 2022

I am in Canada too, if you buy a regular Canadian block of butter (which is 4 sticks of butter = 2 cups) cut off 1/4 of the block of butter (which is 1 stick of butter and the equivalent of 1/4 pound of butter). Then remove 1/4 of it to be left with 3/4 stick of butter.

Alexandra

Sunday 27th of March 2022

I made this for a family gathering and it was a huge hit! It was all gone in no time! I made another batch and kept it in my freezer. They are so easy to serve just when you need some.