Our Best Chocolate Desserts
Dark Chocolate Cakes
Fudge Cakes with Jasmine Tea Whipped Cream
This sensual dessert offers intriguing flavor combinations and textures that range from cloudlike to crunchy with a topping of delicious roasted hazelnuts.
Chocolate Chip Cream Puffs
Deb likes to stir the chocolate chips into the warm dough by hand because the power of the mixer would forcefully combine the melting chips into the dough, making it brown chocolate dough instead of dough studded with chocolate chips.
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 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?
Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Tart
After you take one bite of this deeply decadent “clean eating” dessert, you might not believe that it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo… but low and behold, you don’t need excessive sugar or other processed ingredients to make something magical. This show-stopping dark chocolate tart offers an incredibly rich chocolate flavor and silky pudding-like texture—but it’s so easy to whip up, even the most inexperienced baker/dessert-maker will look like a pastry pro bringing it to the table. Perfect for anyone following a special diet or simply trying to clean their eating habits up a bit, this dark and decadent tasting treat perfectly satisfies both the sweet tooth and chocolate indulgence cravings. And since there’s no need to crank up the oven, it’s especially ideal for summer.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! This rich cake features three kinds of chocolate: cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and milk chocolate. And you get chocolate in the cake batter, the filling and the glaze.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Oats create a chewy texture in these cookies, while chocolate chunks provide melt-in-your-mouth flavor in each delicious bite. Use your favorite bittersweet chocolate baking bars.
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt
For a twist on traditional thumbprint cookies, these rich chocolate morsels are filled with ooey-gooey caramel and sprinkled with sea salt.
Black Forest Pound Cake
This decadent, chocolate-cherry dessert is an easy, one-pan twist on the traditional layered cake.
Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
Use a high-quality chocolate in these lighter molten lava cakes. It will make all the difference.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
It takes a special cake to make the cover of Southern Living. This decadently rich buttermilk pound cake is just that.
Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies
Prepare to abandon all restraint when you try one of these cookies, made with melted chocolate and chocolate chips in the batter and layered with a chocolate ganache filling.
Five-Ingredient Chocolate Cakes
Believe it: This gorgeous dessert uses only five ingredients--sugar, butter, eggs, cake flour, and cocoa. The chocolate sauce that tops the individual cakes is luscious, thick, and glossy, with full-on chocolate flavor.
Fudge Brownie Pops
These brownies are incredibly rich and moist, and impossibly easy to make: Just roll 'em, dip 'em, and stick 'em!
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
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 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
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
Why settle for a plain cheesecake when you can indulge in one with a chocolate batter and a rich chocolate glaze?
Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches
Only 3 ingredients are needed to reach chocolate heaven with these super-easy chocolate sandwich cookies.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Baklava is a classic Mediterranean dessert that traditionally features layered phyllo dough, nuts, and syrup or honey. In this version, creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread adds rich, decadent flavor to this nutty, crowd-pleasing pastry.
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
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
Using chocolate chunks in these brownies makes them extra fudgy and chopped nuts provide a nice crunch.
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
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
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
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
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.”
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.
Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée
A splash of nutty amaretto adds an extra layer of elegance to the milk chocolate in this decadently creamy dessert.
This dessert gets well-rounded chocolate richness from three sources: chocolate graham crackers in the crust, plus intense cocoa powder and luscious milk chocolate in the filling.
Triple Chocolate Brownie-Mousse Stacks
Allow plenty of time to make fillings, and immediately assemble stacks. You can chill the assembled stacks up to 24 hours ahead of time.
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
This pudding cake gets its Mexican flair from the addition of cinnamon, red pepper, and chipotle chile pepper. The spice is just enough to give it a little kick!
Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
This extraordinary dessert, made with crisp chocolate-hazelnut meringue and whipped cream, is actually quite simple to make.
Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
A stuffed cookie is like a sandwich cookie, only with more cream on the inside-it's fatter, fuller and (if you're the kind of person who twists apart the cookies to get to the cream) better.
Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Tart
The interplay of crunchy, fudgy, and silky-smooth textures in this ultra-rich dessert makes it our go-to choice when we're looking for something easy and splashy.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies
These brownies prove that the classic combination of chocolate and peppermint is great year-round, not just during the holidays.
Mocha Chocolate Mousse
This seriously easy and decadent mousse hides a smart a secret: reduced-sodium soy sauce. Add crunch with cookies to contrast the mousse's silky texture.
Chocolate Orange Cookie Cups
These flourless cookie bites are a delicious cross between a brownie and a soft cookie—the orange zest adds a bit of contrast.
Chocolate Walnut Tart
A riff on the classic pecan pie, this dessert is rich, chocolaty, and a little fancier with its freestanding fluted sides.
Dutch Oven Double Chocolate Cake
Use charcoal briquets instead of wood to more precisely control the fire's heat.
Crisp chocolate shells envelop vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and crushed peanuts for a truly unique dessert experience.
Tiramisu gets a chocolate upgrade with crumbled brownie pieces. Mascarpone gives the topping a special flavor, but an equal amount of softened cream cheese may be substituted.
Chocolate goes tropical in this dessert featuring flakes of sweetened coconut, macadamia nuts, whipped cream topping, and chocolate shavings.
Mama's German Chocolate Cake
Bake a cake that would make mama proud. German chocolate cakes are known for being rich, indulgent cakes, so enjoy a slice with a glass of milk.
Silky Chocolate Mousse with Peanut Butter Crunch
Any chocolate and peanut butter lover will adore this elegant dessert. Rich milk-chocolate mousse is topped with a roasted-peanut cream and addictively crunchy cornflakes mixed with peanut butter, milk chocolate and peanuts.
Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
Chocolate bread pudding just got even better with the addition of decadent dulce de leche.
Perfect Chocolate Bundt Cake
Intensely chocolatey and incredibly moist, this is truly the perfect chocolate bundt cake—and undoubtedly, a chocolate lover’s dream. The cake’s rich chocolate flavor is enhanced with the addition of coffee in the batter and coffee liqueur in the glaze. Be sure to coat the inside of your bundt pan with either shortening plus a thin layer of flour or baking spray (which is nonstick cooking spray that contains flour) in order to ensure that your cake comes out clean and easy.
Guinness Brownies with Irish Whiskey Frosting
Although few treats are more fitting for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration than rich Guinness brownies, we’d suggest that you go ahead and whip up this Guinness brownie recipe any time you need a decadent hit of chocolate. In fact, given the dangerously scrumptious whiskey buttercream used to frost them, these fudgey brownies are truly the perfect treat to enjoy at the end of an exceptionally long day.
Instant Pot Peppermint Brownie Cake
This festive cake will make you smile. The tiny pieces of peppermint candy offer a delightful crunch that plays well with the gooey chocolate, while their red and white colors look beautiful against the deep, dark chocolate.
Ice Cube Tray Chocolate Treats
This genius technique allows you to make rich and delicious homemade chocolates with minimal mess and ingredients. In fact, making these ice cube tray candies is so easy, it’s a great rainy day kitchen project for the kids to take charge on. Use this recipe as your guide, but feel free to customize the candy as you see fit. There’s plenty of room for creativity with your chocolates’ fillings, and you can swap the milk chocolate chips for white chocolate if you prefer. Any type of ice cube tray will do here, so you may want to grab a few inexpensive ones from a dollar store specifically for chocolate making.
Chocolate Clementine Cake with Hot Chocolate Sauce
This cake can be made a day in advance. The Hot Chocolate Sauce can be stored, covered, in refrigerator up to 1 week; reheat over low heat until warmed through. Make both the cake and sauce with the best quality bittersweet chocolate you can find. Substitute semisweet chocolate if you wish.
These chocolate crinkle cookies got rave reviews from our tasters. They're rich, super chocolatey, pretty much perfect in every way. Brown sugar and espresso give them a noticeable depth, while granulated and powdered sugar work together to ensure ideal crackliness.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Love chocolate? Well, this cake is good news for you. In every bite, there's a soft, buttery crunch from the cookie alongside a layer of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. What we love most about this indulgent dessert is that it's super easy, yet looks and tastes like it was quite the project. This is a chocolate masterpiece that is sure to impress your next crowd.
Vegan Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart with Fresh Berries
Take one bite of this chocolatey, decadent “clean eating” dessert, you might not believe that it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo… but low and behold, you don’t need excessive sugar or other processed ingredients to make a next-level dessert. Easy to prep, and filled with rich chocolate-hazelnut flavor, this vegan dessert is perfect for anyone following a special diet or simply trying to clean their eating habits up a bit. Serve it for a special occasion, or just as a “treat yo-self” indulgence—since there’s no need to crank up the oven, it’s especially ideal to satisfy a summertime sweet tooth.
This decadent chocolate sheet cake is a prime choice for a Kentucky Derby viewing party—or any party, for that matter.