Any chocolate and peanut butter lover will adore this elegant dessert from pastry chef Rachel Lansang-Hidalgo of Manhattan's
Aureole. Lansang-Hidalgo tops a rich milk-chocolate mousse with a roasted-peanut cream and addictively crunchy cornflakes
mixed with peanut butter, milk chocolate and peanuts.
Pot de creme ("pot of cream") is a traditional French custard typically served in a pot-shaped cup. This milk-chocolate version
from pastry chef Frank Urso at Philadelphia's Parc is supersilky and dense.
Brownie meets cake in this fun dessert from Emily Luchetti, a cookbook author and the executive pastry chef at San Francisco's
Farallon. She bakes the batter in muffin cups so the edges turn crispy and chewy like a brownie, but the inside becomes soft
and fluffy like a cake.
Every year for his birthday, Chef Tim Hollingsworth's mother makes him cheesecake with canned cherries on top. In his clever
version, he substitutes goat cheese for the cream cheese and glazed cranberries for the cherries.
In this takeoff on the campfire classic, Grace Parisi replaces crunchy graham crackers with buttery store-bought pound cake,
sandwiched with marshmallow fluff and peanut butter and served alongside a cup of warm melted chocolate for dipping.
Sam German created the mild, dark baking chocolate called Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate in 1852; in the late 1950s, a Dallas
newspaper published a recipe for German's Chocolate Cake. The dessert took the South by storm and has been a staple ever since.
Using a slightly tart apple, like a Granny Smith or Pink Lady, is key to this frozen-yogurt sundae; sautéing brings out the
fruit's sweetness. The crispy, salty cheddar crisps that accompany the sundaes are as good with cocktails as they are with
This ultra-chocolaty dessert combines cocoa nib mousse with chocolate cream and chocolate wafer cookies. The salty hazelnut
crumble topping is versatile so you can replace streusel in just about any dessert.
The Help's ending hinges on a secret involving Minny's famous chocolate pie. Newspaper columnist Lee Ann Flemming, one of
the best bakers in Greenwood, made 53 chocolate pies during filming, including 12 vegan and gluten-free versions she prepared
in just one day for actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Her fudgy version here is neither vegan nor gluten-free: It's as classic
as it gets.