41 Decadent Chocolate Desserts

Creamy, crunchy, milk, dark—these inventive twists on classic cocoa favorites have it all.

Waialua Chocolate Tart with Sable Crust

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Waialua Chocolate Tart with Sable Crust

Even the crust is chocolate, thanks to two tablespoons of cocoa powder added to the dough. Serve with tangy fruit, such as raspberries and blackberries, for a tropical twist.

Chocolate-Espresso Pots de Crème with Benne Seed Coins

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Chocolate-Espresso Pots de Crème with Benne Seed Coins

This mousse-like dessert and benne seed cookies are an indulgent twist on milk and cookies. Tip: Instant espresso powder blends best but fine-ground instant coffee works too.

Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

Photo: Fran Gealer

Chocolate-Bourbon Cake

Believe it or not, this cake has only 1½ tablespoons of flour. Not a fan of bourbon? The recipe is still a winner without it.

Oregon Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Photo: Alan Richardson

Oregon Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

A semisweet chocolate drizzle gives these gooey-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside sweets a professional look.

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

A triple dose of liquors—coffee liqueur, crème de cocoa, and brandy—creates a smooth, adults-only hot cocoa that’s ideal for a chilly day.

Chocolate Earl Grey Pound Cake

Photo: Fran Gealer

Chocolate Earl Grey Pound Cake

Earl Grey tea infuses a traditional pound cake with unexpected floral flavor.

Chocolate Truffle Loaf with Raspberry Sauce

Photo: Sara Gray

Chocolate Truffle Loaf with Raspberry Sauce

This easy, make-ahead dessert sounds fancy but employs basic pantry staples.

Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake

Photo: Ray Kachatorian

Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake

A few extra ingredients, such as buttermilk and sweetened condensed milk, take a standard cake mix to a whole new level.

Cranberry-and-Pistachio Brownie Bites

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Cranberry-and-Pistachio Brownie Bites

Infuse homemade brownies with bits of dried cranberries and pistachios for a flavorful texture twist. If you’re craving a Northwestern spin, sub in dried cherries and hazelnuts.

Mousse au Chocolat

Photo: Jay Graham

Mousse au Chocolat

A crisp cookie garnish makes this indulgence even more elegant. Cover and chill the mousse without the garnish until ready to serve.

Chocolate-Almond Fondue

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder; Food Styling: Toni Brogan; Recipe: Julia Rutland

Chocolate-Almond Fondue

This decadent dessert can be whipped up in one pot. Once ready, dunk your favorite chocolate vehicles, from pound cake to marshmallows and more.

Very Fudgy Brownies

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder; Food Styling: Toni Brogan; Recipe: Julia Rutland

Very Fudgy Brownies

Made with three different types of chocolate, these brownies are irresistible.

Mini Mexican Chocolate Cheesecakes

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder; Food Styling: Toni Brogan; Recipe: Julia Rutland

Mini Mexican Chocolate Cheesecakes

Utterly scrumptious and the perfect size, these cheesecake bites are amped up with vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne for the perfect kick.

Espresso Pots de Crème

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder; Food Styling: Toni Brogan; Recipe: Julia Rutland

Espresso Pots de Crème

Chocolate and coffee make a beautiful combination, and this recipe only takes 20 minutes to prep and cook (give yourself two hours to let these tasty creations chill, however).

Cocoa-Cinnamon Bat Cookies

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Cocoa-Cinnamon Bat Cookies

Adults and kids alike will find these bat-shaped cookies frighteningly good. You can find Halloween bat cookie cutters ($4) available at annclark.com.

Bittersweet Fudge with Sea Salt

Photographer Iain Bagwell

Bittersweet Fudge with Sea Salt

Use gourmet salts as a finish just before serving a dish. Atop fudge, flaky types shaped like pyramids or thin shards show up the best and won't overpower the sweet. Here, sprinkled sea salt surprises the palette and brings out rich, dark chocolate flavor.

Almond Truffles

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Almond Truffles

These tasty treats can be made and refrigerated up to three days ahead. Bring them to room temperature before serving.

The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

Any chocolate chip cookie recipe will work, but we prefer this extra-chocolaty, extra-rich recipe. Try these ice-cream flavors with our cookies: vanilla, peppermint, chocolate, or butter pecan.

Grilled Chocolate-Hazelnut-Pound Cake Sandwiches

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Chocolate-Hazelnut-Pound Cake Sandwiches

Keep these ingredients in your freezer and pantry and you’ll always be ready for dessert. For a crowd, cut the pound cake sandwiches into small 1-inch cubes. They’ll love the small bites.

White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

Photograher: Howard L. Puckett

White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

The addition of white chocolate lends a creaminess to this pie, and cuts down the tart flavor you might expect from key lime.

Chocolate-Walnut Brownies

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chocolate-Walnut Brownies

This dessert classic is packed with nutty flavor and makes the perfect finger food for a party.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Photographer: Jim Franco

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Add a little spice to a traditional cold weather favorite with fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Waffles

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Recipe: Jackie Mills, R.D.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Waffles

These upgraded waffles are just as easy to make as plain ones. If you don't have a waffle iron, just pour the batter in a lightly buttered nonstick skillet for tasty pancakes.

Triple Chocolate Slush

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Triple Chocolate Slush

Although there's a bit of ice cream in this recipe, the ice makes it lighter and less rich than a typical milkshake. To keep the syrup visible on the sides of the glass, put the glass in the freezer up to 30 minutes before adding the syrup.

Chocolate: Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes

Wow a crowd with these tasty cupcakes: all the flavor of an Almond Joy in an irresistible fresh-baked bite. The ganache in this batch was criss-crossed and swirled to look like spooky spiderwebs for Halloween.

Nantucket Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies

Photographer: Alan Richardson, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Nantucket Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies

These decorative treats are sure to be the talk of your next party. Drizzle the white chocolate over the baked cookies, or let the kids create a fun pattern.

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss 

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

White chocolate, dark chocolate, French bread, and a Caramel-Coffee Sauce drizzle combine to make one irresistible end to any meal.

Stout Chocolate Cake

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Stout Chocolate Cake

Whatever the dish, you can't go wrong using a beer you enjoy drinking straight. Our moist Stout Chocolate Cake calls for dark beer or stout, which is known for its chocolate and roasted coffee notes and dry intensity.

Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle Tart

Photo: Christopher Baker

Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle Tart

Although this tart is a snap to prepare, give it at least two hours to cool to give chocolate a nice, firm consistency.

Tip: If dipping berries in chocolate, thoroughly dry them. Any residual moisture will keep the chocolate from sticking.

Our Best Party Appetizers: White Chocolate-Peppermint Mousse

Photo: Jennifer Davick

White Chocolate-Peppermint Mousse

This fluffy white-chocolate mousse is a dreamy peppermint cloud. Best of all: it's make-ahead!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake

Photo: Christopher Baker

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake

This shake (pictured in the middle) is your favorite candy in a cup. Play with the amount of chocolate sauce and peanut butter depending on your preference.

Chocolate-Pistachio-Cherry Biscotti

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Linda Hirst; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Chocolate-Pistachio-Cherry Biscotti

Perhaps the most decadent and delicious biscotti you'll ever taste, one dozen of these make an amazing gift ... if you can stand to part with them.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

This moist and gooey cake is topped off with a decadent Coca Cola-infused icing.

Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake

Photo: Christopher Baker

Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake

For a thicker texture best eaten with a spoon, reduce the amount of milk in recipes by half. For a thin shake you can drink with a straw, add liquid in small increments until it's sippable.

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Linda Hirst; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies

For a classic cookie that can't be beat (and that's ready in 30 minutes!), this recipe is tops.

Frozen White Chocolate

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Frozen White Chocolate

Rich vanilla ice cream blends with tasty liqueurs to create this irresistable drink that's more dessert than cocktail.

Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins

Photo: David Prince

Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins

This multitasking muffin includes your daily dose of chocolate—plus the added espresso leaves no need for a coffee run.

Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars

This grown-up version of a Twix bar features decadent chocolate ganache topped with flaky sea salt.

Caramel Apples

Photo: Karen Steffens

Caramel Apples

These sweet treats combine gooey melted caramel, tart Granny Smith apples, and bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for an easy dessert that brings out the kid in everyone.

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Breakfast Bars

Photographer: Dasha Wright

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Breakfast Bars

Fans of dark, bittersweet chocolate will appreciate the subtle sweetness in these chewy, whole grain bars. They're like brownies for breakfast—without the guilt!

The Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Crème de Menthe Cupcakes

Photo: Stephen Devries; Food Styling: Julia Rutland

The Recipe: St. Patrick's Day Crème de Menthe Cupcakes

Our homage to St. Patrick's Day features one of the greatest flavor pairings ever conceived: chocolate and mint. Rich chocolate cake surrounds a dense filling of minted fudge, topped by a beautiful swirl of fluffy green buttercream. St. Paddy would approve.

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