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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.