2 Ingredient Creamy Chocolate Ganache

If you need a creamy chocolate ganache recipe that can be used as a filling for peanut butter cookies, a frosting or drips for cakes to swoon over, stop your search! This super easy ganache has only 2 ingredients and can be made with or without a double-boiler. Plus, all the tips needed to thin, thicken, store and freeze it!

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Dontchya just love a recipe with barely any ingredients (2!) that can be used in so many different ways? Chocolate ganache is one of them. Using 2 ingredients and 2 simple steps, you can have a creamy chocolate ganache for cakes, cookies, drips and dips.


In case you can’t wait, you can make a batch in about 10 minutes and use it in mint chocolate chip ice cream cake, these peanut butter pretzel bars or as a sandwich filling between my pretty famous chewy peanut butter cookies.

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Two ganache ingredients

white bowl of chocolate chips on wooden cutting board with measuring cup of whipping cream.
All you need to make chocolate ganache. Note: I prefer to use a bittersweet chocolate bar over chocolate chips but both can work.
  1. Chocolate. Your chocolate can come in many forms. There are some purists who will say don’t use chocolate chips. I have used them successfully as shown here but I do prefer bittersweet chocolate (usually 70%).
  2. Heavy cream. You can use anything labeled heavy whipping cream or whipping cream.

See below for tips for how to make chocolate ganache without cream!

How to make chocolate ganache, step by step instructions

Double-boiler method

  • In a saucepan, bring a small amount of water to a simmer or low to medium-low heat.
  • Set a heatproof bowl over the pan so that the edges rest on the sides of the pan and the bottom of the pan is just above the simmering water.
  • Add chocolate to the bowl and stir until completely melted.
  • Pour warm heavy cream over the melted chocolate and completely whisk. You can also heat the cream right in the double boiler with the chocolate and whisk the whole time.

Bowl method

  • Warm heavy cream in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup until small bubbles form on the edges about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Pour warm cream over chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

How to make chocolate ganache without cream

two white bowls with ganache and spoons with a carton of milk and half and half.
ganache with milk (lower right); ganache with half and half (upper right)

I ran a little test on making chocolate ganache with 2% milk and another batch using half-and-half.

Flavor notes

  • Ganache with 2% milk: Creamy but slightly less chocolatey. Sets up quicker than fuller fat ganache made with cream or half-and-half. Good for a cookie filling.
  • Half-and-half ganache: Better for frosting when a richer flavor is desired. Excellent for a cookie filling.


How long can chocolate ganache last in the fridge?

You can refrigerate chocolate ganache for up to 7 days.

Can I freeze chocolate ganache?

Absolutely! Freeze ganache in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months and thaw in the fridge. Whisk before using.

NOTE: If for some reason you end up with freezer crystals, do not mix them into the chocolate. Blot them off the top of the chocolate before whisking or you risk the chocolate seizing.

white bowl with chocolate ganache and a whisk on a wooden cutting board.
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How to Make Creamy and Thick Chocolate Ganache for Filling and Frosting

Want to learn how to make chocolate ganache for filling or frosting? This easy ganache recipe only has two ingredients and you'll learn the ratio for making a thick ganache for filling cookies or frosting a cake and a thin, creamy version that makes luscious drips! The ganache used in mint chocolate chip ice cream cake.
Prep Time:1 minute
Cook Time:9 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings 16



  • Place chocolate chips in a heatproof glass bowl.
  • Heat 1 cup of the whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until you get small bubbles on the edge of the pan and a slight skim on top of the cream.
  • Pour heated cream over chocolate chips and whip with a whisk until you get a smooth, creamy ganache.
  • Pour ganache (or store-bought topping) over cooled crust and evenly spread out with a spatula over the whole crust.


Storage and Freezer Notes
Refrigerate chocolate ganache for up to 7 days.
Freeze ganache in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months and thaw in the fridge. Whisk before using.
Course: Cake, Cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Author: Lori Murphy
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