Our Best Chocolate Desserts

Indulgence is easy with these 25 top-rated chocolate dessert recipes.

  • Chocolate Decadence
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chocolate Decadence

    For many people, there’s no point in bothering with dessert unless it’s chocolate, so let us tempt you with this collection of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes.

    This first luscious dessert, Chocolate Decadence, is simple, fast, and perfect for a quick weeknight treat when you need something sweet. The best part is that the ingredients are super simple pantry staples that you probably already have on hand.

  • Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce

    This recipe received the highest rating in the Cooking Light Test Kitchens and has the bonus of being a make-ahead recipe. You can prepare the ingredients ahead, spoon the batter into soufflé dishes, cover, and freeze until you're ready to cook them. They can go straight from the freezer to the oven.
  • Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Once you make this chocolate chip cookie recipe, you’ll probably never use another one. It just might be the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
  • Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings

    One online reviewer claims that this is now her “go-to” chocolate dessert recipe because it offers such a satisfying, decadent result for minimal effort. What else could you ask for in a dessert?
  • Chocolate Cookie Pudding

    Chocolate Cookie Pudding

    All you need are 6 ingredients to create this family-pleasing dessert that combines cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and instant chocolate pudding.
  • Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Cari South

    Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

    Buttermilk is the surprising secret ingredient in this tender, rich chocolate pound cake. Instead of calling for Mexican chocolate, the same flavor is created with semisweet chocolate and cinnamon.
  • Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake

    Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake

    Why settle for a plain cheesecake when you can indulge in one with a chocolate batter and a rich chocolate glaze?
  • Salted Chocolate Tart
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Salted Chocolate Tart

    The addition of coarse salt to the rich chocolate tart creates the perfect salty-sweet combination that is sure to delight your taste buds.
  • Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches
    Photo: Melanie Acevedo

    Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches

    Only 3 ingredients are needed to reach chocolate heaven with these super-easy chocolate sandwich cookies.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflés
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflés

    If you think making soufflés is hard, think again. These instructions will have you discovering your inner dessert chef and impressing the guests at your next dinner party.
  • Chocolate Cake IV

    Chocolate Cake IV

    The rich and tender cake layers would probably be fine on their own, but when you add the coffee icing, the creamy mocha filling, and the chocolate curls, this chocolate cake goes beyond fabulous.
  • Rich Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Crème Anglaise
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Rich Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Crème Anglaise

    Unlike traditional soufflés, these don't need to be served immediately (although they can be). In fact, we loved their fudgy, dense texture when chilled. The sweet custard sauce is also good either warm or chilled.
  • Chocolate-Caramel Trifle with Raspberries
    James Carrier

    Chocolate-Caramel Trifle with Raspberries

    Layered desserts like this trifle are really much better after they’ve chilled overnight, so this is a great make-ahead dessert to serve at your next dinner party.

  • Chocolate-Glazed Brownies

    Chocolate-Glazed Brownies

    Reviewers love these brownies because they’re just the right combination of fudgy and cake-like, and the chocolate glaze makes them extra-special.
  • Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee
    Annabelle Breakey

    Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

    If you’ve never made candy before, we suggest that you start with this easy, no-fail recipe that’s guaranteed to get rave reviews. It’s perfect for gift-giving, but you’ll want to set aside some for yourself.
  • Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

    Chocolate syrup, semisweet chocolate and chocolate graham cracker crumbs provide ultra-chocolate flavor to this creamy cheesecake. And, at only 260 calories per slice, you don’t have to feel a bit of guilt.
  • Warm Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Raspberry Sauce
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Warm Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

    One online reviewer raves about the melt-in-your-mouth cake and the wonderful, citrusy sauce. It’s “a perfect and elegant ending to a special meal.”
  • Chunky Chocolate Brownies

    Chunky Chocolate Brownies

    Using chocolate chunks in these brownies makes them extra fudgy and chopped nuts provide a nice crunch.
  • Raspberry-Almond Torte with Chocolate Ganache
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Raspberry-Almond Torte with Chocolate Ganache

    If you want to be a big hit at your next dinner party, serve this tender layered cake filled with preserves and covered in a rich chocolate icing.
  • Chocolate Italian Cake

    Chocolate Italian Cake

    This is a chocolate version of the traditional Italian cream cake with coconuts and pecans folded into the batter and a rich, thick chocolate cream cheese filling and frosting.
  • Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes
    Photo: William Meppem

    Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes

    These decadent little chocolate cakes are baked in muffin cups and have gooey, rich chocolate centers. Top them off with caramel sauce and a scoop of coffee ice cream for the ultimate indulgence.
  • One-Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cream Cake

    One-Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cream Cake

    This easy chocolate sheet cake was a dessert category winner in the Cooking Light recipe contest and continues to be one of the most popular cake recipes on the site.
  • Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding

    One online reviewer said it best: “Great flavor combo of chocolate and cinnamon. All of the bread soaked up the wonderful custard, so there was chocolatey goodness in every bite.”
  • Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

    Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

    We can’t think of anything better to do with your bumper crop of zucchini than use it to make a rich and tender chocolate Bundt cake. The zucchini almost makes it seem healthy.
  • Mocha-Chocolate Shortbread

    Mocha-Chocolate Shortbread

    If you’re a fan of rich, buttery shortbread cookies, this chocolate version of shortbread is guaranteed to satisfy. You’ll only need 6 ingredients.
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