A Year of Chocolate

Try a fantastic new chocolate dessert every month this year — Food Network Magazine dreamed up a dozen dreamy treats. 

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

Photo By: Ryan Dausch

January

Kick off your year of chocolate with something dark and decadent: chocolate blackout cake. With three layers of chocolate cake covered with rich, fudgy frosting and a coat of crunchy crumbs, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream. 

Get the Recipe: Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch

February

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day. This light and fluffy chocolate mousse can be made the night before your romantic feast.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Mousse with Puff Pastry Hearts

March

For a dessert with a big wow factor, make croissant bread pudding studded with gobs of melted milk chocolate. Serve with a warm chocolate sauce for good measure. 

Get the Recipe: Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

April

This stunning layer cake has the perfect balance of rich, dark chocolate and sweet, buttery white chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Black-and-White Layer Cake

May

Don’t forget about dessert for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Instead of adding spice to the brownies, try adding a pinch each of cayenne and cinnamon to a fresh batch of whipped cream. Dulce de leche is the obvious (and most-delicious) pairing. 

Get the Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Brownie Sundaes

June

Crisp on the outside with a soft chocolate marshmallow center, this Pavlova is a breeze to make. You just need to plan ahead: The meringue dessert requires a 2-hour bake time plus a 3-hour cool time in the oven. Make it in the summertime, when berries are at their best.  

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Pavlova with Strawberries and Cream

July

You'll be the hero of any pool party or backyard cookout if you bring to the table this ice cream pie layered with chocolate, ice cream, bananas and dulce de leche. The chocolate graham cracker crust is a total game-changer.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Banana Ice Cream Pie

August

Get your sweet fix without turning on the oven. Whip up a batch of white chocolate mousse and top it with tart raspberries and a quick and easy raspberry sauce. 

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate-Raspberry Parfaits

September

Back-to-school season calls for afterschool snacks. And these triple chocolate-hazelnut cookies taste best with a tall, cold glass of milk. 

Get the Recipe: Triple Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

October

When the air starts to get cooler, the cravings for decadent comfort foods begin. One tiny sliver of this over-the-top cheesecake will put you in your chocolate happy place. 

Get the Recipe: German Chocolate Cheesecake

November

This chocolate-walnut pie gives pecan pie a run for its money. The extra (but easy) steps like toasting the walnuts and browning the butter make all the difference.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Walnut Pie

December

Small, one-bite desserts are ideal for cocktail parties, especially during the holidays, when you want to try a little bit of everything from the dessert table. A chocolate-on-chocolate combo is always a crowd-pleaser. 

Get the Recipe: Mini Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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