Our Best Chocolate Dessert Recipes

There’s a saying, “less is more” — but when it comes to chocolate we say, “more is more”! Take these desserts, for example: chocolate layer cakes with candy bar topping, cocoa-dusted chocolate tarts, double-chocolate cookies: what’s not to love about that?!

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Chocolate-Candy Bar Layer Cake

This cake will satisfy a serious chocolate craving (with its chocolate filling, frosting and candy bar topping) and makes for an easy cleanup, with just one bowl needed for the batter. Sweet!

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The Best Chocolate Mousse

The best chocolate mousse must be perfect. It should taste rich, indulgent and not too sweet, with a texture that is both light-and-airy and silky-and-smooth. After many attempts we nailed it and made a dessert that not only exceeded our standards, it's also quite easy to pull off. Close your eyes and take a bite — you'll be transported to a 4-star French restaurant.

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Giant Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

Can't decide between cookies and cake? Oversized, double-chocolate cookies stacked between layers of peanut-butter frosting create an indulgent dessert that doesn't make you choose.

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Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

Once you make homemade ice cream, you'll have a hard time going back to the store-bought stuff. This sweet, creamy chocolate ice cream is studded with fresh cherries for a summertime (or anytime!) treat you won't soon forget.

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Trisha Yearwood's pound cake is the perfect recipe if you don't consider yourself a baker — it's that easy. Serve the dense cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate-Glazed Brownie Cupcakes

Is it a brownie? Is it a cupcake? We don’t care — we just know that this super-chocolatey treat is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This mammoth super-chocolatey cookie will satisfy any serious chocoholic. Cooking it in a cast-iron skillet makes the edges extra crisp while the inside stays rich and fudgy.

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Chocolate Tart

Calling all chocolate lovers! This stunning chocolate tart is filled with a rich, semi-sweet chocolate ganache-like custard, almost like a chocolate truffle. Yum!

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Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies

Sweet treats made from the classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter — no baking required! These cookies come together in minutes on the stovetop.

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Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

Ina's towering cake can be made a day in advance. Layer store-bought cookies with mocha whipped cream until there are five layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. 

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Malted Chocolate Pudding Cake

Dutch processed cocoa has all the rich chocolate flavor of unsweetened cocoa powder without the bitter aftertaste, making it a perfect choice for this super-light malted chocolate cake that makes its own fudgy sauce.

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Chocolate-Pretzel Cereal Treats

Use chocolate cereal for these marshmallow-bound treats and stir in crushed pretzels. Drizzle with chocolate and chill before serving.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free cake can be enjoyed at room temperature, but chilling it totally transforms the texture and makes it super-dense.

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Chocolate Fondue

Few things can satisfy a sweet craving like warm, rich, silky chocolate ganache. We used a combination of chocolate for a nicely balanced fondue that's perfect for dipping pound cake, fruit or pretzels.

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Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream Pie

This ice cream pie is as easy to make as it is delicious thanks to shortcut ingredients like store-bought ice cream.

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Gooey Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownie

Brownies are always a good choice when you’re craving chocolate. Eddie’s are even better — they’re topped with homemade vanilla caramel and salty pretzel crisps.

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Chocolate Ice Cream   

Alton's recipe for chocolate ice cream is straightforward — no complicated ingredients here — with delicious results. 

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Chocolate Truffles

Truffles make wonderful gifts and making them yourself is even more special. Make the chocolate base, then coat them in chopped nuts, cocoa or coconut.

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Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

You won't miss the flour in this fan-favorite cinnamon-laced cake, which features a surprise ingredient — quinoa — for added substance. Katie drizzles the cake with a simple ganache of semisweet chocolate and coconut milk, and finishes it with fresh raspberries, before serving.

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Chocolate-Caramel Domes

Chocolate lovers rejoice: Underneath these elegant chocolate shells are pillows of rich mousse topped with sweet caramel.

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The Best Fudgy Brownies

We've created the perfect brownie by employing a few tips and tricks. Using both semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder gives us the deep and complex chocolate flavor we crave. Cooking the butter until golden brown adds a toasted nuttiness, while the pop of cream provides luscious texture.

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Chocolate Mini Loaves

Before dusting the tops of these rich, dark mini loaves with confectioners' sugar, cut out small hearts or other festive shapes from a piece of paper to make stencils, and place them on the loaves.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Why pay top dollar for chocolate-covered strawberries when you can easily make them at home — super fresh and at a fraction of the cost? For the best finished look, try to find jumbo berries with stems.

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Chocolate Gelato Sandwich

Make like an Italian with this easy weeknight dessert. To further simplify the recipe, you can use store-bought chocolate gelato.

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Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge

Giada creates the perfect combination sweet, spicy and salty with her upgraded chocolate fudge.

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Chocolate Pots de Creme

Use your blender to make this dense and delicious restaurant-style dessert in a snap.

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Marbled Chocolate Brownies

We’re not sure if it’s all that rich, fudgy chocolate or the mesmerizing cream cheese swirl but we can’t take our eyes off these super-decadent brownies!

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A Gooey, Decadent Chocolate Cake

This towering layer cake is exactly what it promises to be: gooey, decadent, chocolatey and oh, so rich.

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S'more Brownies

Topping these brownies with browned marshmallows is sure to be a hit. Everyone will want s'more!

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Macarons

Impress everyone by sandwiching a quick chocolate ganache between cookies made with hazelnuts and cocoa powder you blitz in the food processor.

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Double Feature Cupcakes With Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

If the addition of chili and cinnamon to the frosting isn't a surprise, the peanut butter cup in the cupcake will be. These are to-die-for treats!

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The Best Chocolate Lava Cakes

Go ahead and indulge in these perfectly rich and dreamy chocolate lava cakes! Bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder create a luscious and balanced batter that stays molten in the center during baking.

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Peanut Swirl Brownies

Swirl creamy peanut butter into brownie batter before baking for a fudgey batch of brownies with peanut butter in every bite.

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Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Calling all true chocolate lovers: these quick and easy cookies can be turned into bars if baked in a nine-inch square pan for 10-15 more minutes.

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Devil's Food Cake

Finish any meal with a slice of Alton's devilishly delicious cake.

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Chocolate-Peanut Pudding

A creamy, dreamy dessert gets a bit of crunch when rich chocolate pudding is topped with salted peanuts.

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Of all beers, stout is the perfect one for desserts because of its distinct chocolate and coffee notes, so pairing it with actual chocolate is the obvious choice. These cupcakes are light in texture but heavy in the chocolate department.

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Chocolate-Marshmallow Pie

If there’s one dessert that we could eat year-round it would be s’mores. When you don’t have access to a campfire, make this tasty treat in pie form, instead. A graham cracker crust, chocolate filling and creamy marshmallow should do the trick!

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ree Drummond's fluffy chocolate cake can be made in a baking sheet or in a cupcake tin.

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Chocolate Cheesecake

This over-the-top chocolate cheesecake is surprisingly easy to make. The only catch? The cheesecake needs several hours to cool — so make sure you plan ahead.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut

Upgrade your chocolate-chocolate chip cookies in the sweetest way possible. Stir in shredded coconut for a subtly nutty flavor that perfectly complements the cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate chips.

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Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Hundreds of 5-star reviews don’t lie — Ree’s version of this microwave chocolate cake for one is a must-try!

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Cake

Refreshing peppermint adds an extra dimension to this rich, fudge-like cake. Serve with whipped cream, cocoa fudge sauce and a drizzle of mint syrup.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

These super chunky cookies pack a punch with chocolate chips and pecans in every bite.

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Alton's Chocolate Fudge

Homemade fudge makes the perfect holiday gift. Pack it in a decorative tin; it will stay fresh for a week.

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Double-Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Dough-not mess with Giada’s double-chocolate dessert! She goes all out with homemade doughnuts and chocolate glaze (which she makes with grapeseed oil so the icing will be extra smooth and shiny).

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Chocolate Toffee

This combination of almonds with crunchy toffee and bittersweet chocolate makes a great holiday gift.

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Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

You’ll never go back to boxed brownie mix after you try Ree’s dark chocolate bites. Not only are they moist, crumbly and decadent but also the perfect size for sneaking a few extra — without feeling guilty!

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Towering Flourless Chocolate Cake

Topping the dense flourless chocolate cake with light-as-air meringue rounds out the flavor and lends a dramatic presentation to this dessert.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

A very happy marriage of brownie and cheesecake, these Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars always get rave reviews.

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