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Our Best Chocolate Dessert Recipes

First Posted: 02/06/2012 2:29 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! How can anyone resist? The smooth texture and the rich flavor makes this confection worthy of endless praise. The best part about chocolate is that it can be transformed into countless desserts, making it even more difficult for us chocoholics to choose our favorite way to enjoy it. Even if you're the type of person who feels a square of chocolate is enough to satisfy a fleeting craving, you'll find the following desserts to be irresistible.

This collection of recipes is our best gathering of desserts featuring the star of the show, chocolate. We have no problem praising chocolate with 28 different recipes! You'll find all the classic desserts you've known all along and a few unique versions that will make you see chocolate in a new light. Look for pies, tarts, cakes, mousses, macarons, cookies, brownies and more. All of these recipes take chocolate to the next level.

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  • Milk-Chocolate Pots De Creme

    This traditional French dessert is typically served in little pot-like cups, hence the name. The rich pudding-like mixture is made with milk and dark chocolate, milk, cream, sugar and eggs. Instead of baking the custards, this stove-top version is easy to make because the custard sets in the refrigerator. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Milk-Chocolate Pots de Creme</a> recipe</strong>

  • Sachertorte

    This famous Viennese cake is designed to be served with coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. The dense chocolate cake layers are spread with apricot glaze and the entire cake is covered in ganache. Serve with whipped cream, called "schlag" in German. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sachertorte</a> recipe</strong>

  • Rocky Road Brownies

    If you love rocky road ice cream, you'll absolutely love these brownies, which are topped with marshmallows, chopped nuts and chocolate chunks. In an airtight container the brownies will last for up to 2 days, but we're sure they'll all be eaten long before that. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Rocky Road Brownies</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes With Cocoa Whipped Cream

    Espresso powder brings out the flavor of chocolate in this recipe for cupcakes. Sour cream makes them extra moist and tender. Top the cupcakes with cocoa-whipped cream and garnish each with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes with Cocoa Whipped Cream</a> recipe</strong>

  • Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes

    All you need is a muffin pan to make these mini cakes, which are a cross between a brownie and cake. The recipe creates a dense, rich cake with a punch of chocolate flavor from cocoa powder and melted milk chocolate. Serve with ice cream. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Bread Parfaits

    This recipe from Lidia Bastianich is great for using up leftover bread, but it's also a good excuse for creating an easy chocolate dessert whenever the moment calls for one. The bread cubes are soaked in a melted chocolate mixture that includes espresso and rum. Layer the bread cubes into glasses with whipped cream and toasted almond flakes. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Bread Parfaits</a> recipe</strong>

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Not only is this cake flourless it also doesn't have any leavener. The basic ingredients you need to make this cake are melted dark chocolate, butter and eggs. The eggs, beaten separately, do all the work to make the cake rise. But be aware, the cake does sink a little as it cools. In the end you get a dense and rich cake tasting all of chocolate. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Flourless Chocolate Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Macarons

    French macarons are worlds apart from American macaroons (spelled with an extra "o"). They're made from egg whites and almond flour to create airy yet chewy cookies. This recipe makes chocolate macarons and sandwiches them with rich ganache. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Macarons</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    This pudding cake just oozes chocolate -- it includes cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The addition of brewed coffee helps heighten the chocolate flavor. If you prefer, the recipe can be made with sugar substitute. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Caramel Raspberry Mousse Cake

    This cake is impressive enough to serve at any dinner party. You'd think it's impossible to make, but it's rather easy when you break it down to its components. It features a single-layer chocolate cake, topped with caramel mousse and a raspberry glaze. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Caramel Raspberry Mousse Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies

    This recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City makes the ultimate chocolate cookies, taking on the flavor and texture of the fudgiest brownies. Make a few extra batches and freeze some cookies for up to 1 month. They're great to have on hand for when a craving strikes. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Watch the video here.</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies</a> recipe</strong>

  • Warm Chocolate Cakes With Mascarpone Cream

    These individual cakes are made in ramekins -- perfect for those who don't want to share! The recipe is a take on Black Forest cake, but instead of having cherries and cream on the inside, the mini cakes are topped with brandied cherries and whipped cream. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Warm Chocolate Cakes with Mascarpone Cream</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Espresso Cream Pie

    This is the classic chocolate ice box pie made with a chocolate wafer press-in crust and filled with a rich chocolate pudding that's been infused with espresso flavor. Top the pie with lots of whipped cream for an elegant finishing touch. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Espresso Cream Pie</a> recipe</strong>

  • German Chocolate Cake

    German chocolate is a classic cake that you'll find in almost every reputable bakery. Now you can make it at home with this recipe and achieve professional results. The cake batter includes coconut milk to heighten the exotic flavor. The filling also includes coconut milk, flaked coconut and pecans. The frosting is all cream cheese. Garnish the cake with shaved chocolate and coconut. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">German Chocolate Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Fondue

    Chocolate fondue is easy to make -- all you need are chopped chocolate, cream and a touch of espresso for extra flavor. Serve with fresh fruit, like strawberries, sliced banana and pineapple chunks. Enjoy it while it's warm, because the chocolate will harden up. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Fondue</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Bourbon Tart

    This amazing tart includes a tender cocoa-flavored pastry crust with a chocolate filling that has all the flavor and texture of truffles. A touch of Bourbon adds a unique smoky flavor. Make sure to refrigerate the tart overnight after it has cooled. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Bourbon Tart</a> recipe</strong>

  • Jumbo Brownies

    This recipe doubles a standard brownie recipe and bakes it in a 9-by-9-inch square to create jumbo brownies. Mix-ins include chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, but you can omit either if you prefer. You might need to eat the brownie with a fork and knife. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Jumbo Brownies</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Souffle With Orange Custard Sauce

    Serve this stunning chocolate souffle at your next dinner party and you'll impress all your guests. Make sure to use top-quality bittersweet chocolate for the best results in flavor. As if this dessert wasn't impressive enough, put it over the top with an orange custard sauce served alongside. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Souffle with Orange Custard Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake

    If you're looking for a classic chocolate cake, this is the recipe. The batter includes cocoa powder and is extra light, because the egg yolks and whites are beaten separately. The frosting is just a milk chocolate ganache, which is chocolate melted into cream. This dessert is rich and so satisfying for chocoholics. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Milk-Chocolate-Frosted layer Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Silky Chocolate Mousse With Peanut Butter Crunch

    Peanut and chocolate lovers will rejoice at this dessert recipe. Silky chocolate mousse is topped with a peanut and white chocolate cream, then garnished with peanut butter-coated cornflakes. Make each component separately in advance and assemble the dessert when ready to serve. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Silky Chocolate Mousse with Peanut Butter Crunch</a> recipe</strong>

  • Devil's Food Cupcakes with Coconut-Pecan Frosting

    These classic cupcakes are sure to please kids and adults alike. The rich batter includes lots of cocoa for intense chocolate flavor. Each cupcake is topped with cream cheese frosting, but if that weren't enough, the frosting includes flaked coconut and chopped pecans. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Devil's Food Cupcakes with Coconut-Pecan Frosting</a> recipe</strong>

  • Rich Chocolate Cake

    This cake is so simple to make. And it looks just like the kind grandma used to make. The buttermilk batter creates a tender and moist cake that's unbelievably flavorful. And you only need one round pan to make the recipe, not two. Dust with cocoa powder to serve. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Rich Chocolate Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Hazelnut-And-Chocolate Meringue Cake

    This show-stopping dessert is easier to make than it looks. The meringue layers include chopped hazelnuts, mini chocolate chips and melted chocolate, which creates the swirls when you fold in the beaten egg whites. After baking the three layers, assemble the cake with whipped cream. Freeze the cake to make slicing easier. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fallen Mocha Souffle

    With only five ingredients you can make this dessert quickly and easily. Beaten egg whites help the souffle rise without the use of leaveners. It's also completely flourless, so the texture is as rich and dense as brownies. Serve with ice cream for a finishing touch. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fallen Mocha Souffle</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Red Wine Cake

    Red wine in cake? You won't believe how much flavor wine adds to the batter of this chocolate cake. It's nice and boozy in flavor and fluffy in its texture. Bake the cake in a Bundt pan so it makes a pretty presentation. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with whipped cream. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Red Wine Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Trifle

    The classic English dessert of trifle is traditionally made with layers of spongecake, custard and fruit. But this recipe puts a chocolate spin on things and it's easy to assemble. All you need to do is bake a pound cake and layer cubes of it in a dish with chocolate-hazelnut spread and whipped cream. Feel free to buy the pound cake if you're pressed for time. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Hazelnut Trifle</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate-Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    These chocolate cookies include chocolate chips and dried cherries, which lend a nice chewiness to the crispy cookies. Feel free to vary the mix-ins with nuts or white chocolate chips and leave out the dried cherries if you wish. To form evenly sized cookies, use an ice cream scoop to divide the dough onto baking sheets. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Chocolate Cherry Cookies</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Bundt Cake

    This chocolate Bundt cake is perfect with afternoon coffee or tea. The cake is studded with chopped nuts -- use either hazelnuts or walnuts. The recipe is a healthier version that includes ground flaxseeds, rice bran oil and a bit of prune puree to create a lovely moist density. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chocolate Bundt Cake</a> recipe</strong>


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