41 Decadent Chocolate Desserts
Creamy, crunchy, milk, dark—these inventive twists on classic cocoa favorites have it all.
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.
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.
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.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Cake
A semisweet chocolate drizzle gives these gooey-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside sweets a professional look.
- Recipe: Oregon Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
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.
- Recipe: Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate
Earl Grey tea infuses a traditional pound cake with unexpected floral flavor.
- Recipe: Chocolate Earl Grey Pound Cake
This easy, make-ahead dessert sounds fancy but employs basic pantry staples.
A few extra ingredients, such as buttermilk and sweetened condensed milk, take a standard cake mix to a whole new level.
- Recipe: Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake
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.
A crisp cookie garnish makes this indulgence even more elegant. Cover and chill the mousse without the garnish until ready to serve.
- Recipe: Mousse au Chocolat
This decadent dessert can be whipped up in one pot. Once ready, dunk your favorite chocolate vehicles, from pound cake to marshmallows and more.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Fondue
Made with three different types of chocolate, these brownies are irresistible.
- Recipe: Very Fudgy Brownies
Utterly scrumptious and the perfect size, these cheesecake bites are amped up with vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne for the perfect kick.
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).
- Recipe: Espresso Pots de Crème
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.
- Recipe: Bittersweet Fudge with Sea Salt
These tasty treats can be made and refrigerated up to three days ahead. Bring them to room temperature before serving.
- Recipe: Almond Truffles
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.
- Recipe: The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever
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.
The addition of white chocolate lends a creaminess to this pie, and cuts down the tart flavor you might expect from key lime.
- Recipe: White Chocolate Key Lime Pie
This dessert classic is packed with nutty flavor and makes the perfect finger food for a party.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Walnut Brownies
Add a little spice to a traditional cold weather favorite with fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.
- Recipe: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
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.
- Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Waffles
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.
- Recipe: Triple Chocolate Slush
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.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes
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.
White chocolate, dark chocolate, French bread, and a Caramel-Coffee Sauce drizzle combine to make one irresistible end to any meal.
- Recipe: Double Chocolate Bread Pudding
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.
- Recipe: Stout Chocolate Cake
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.
This fluffy white-chocolate mousse is a dreamy peppermint cloud. Best of all: it's make-ahead!
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.
- Recipe: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake
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.
This moist and gooey cake is topped off with a decadent Coca Cola-infused icing.
- Recipe: Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
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.
- Recipe: Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake
For a classic cookie that can't be beat (and that's ready in 30 minutes!), this recipe is tops.
Rich vanilla ice cream blends with tasty liqueurs to create this irresistable drink that's more dessert than cocktail.
- Recipe: Frozen White Chocolate
This multitasking muffin includes your daily dose of chocolate—plus the added espresso leaves no need for a coffee run.
- Recipe: Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins
This grown-up version of a Twix bar features decadent chocolate ganache topped with flaky sea salt.
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.
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!
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.