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50 Decadent Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Chocolate lovers, these are for you: 50 of our best rich-and-gooey chocolate dessert recipes, including pie, pudding, cake, cookies, fondue and brownies.

Chocolate Ribbon Pound Cake

Semisweet chocolate pieces make a gooey layer inside this moist, buttery-good pound cake, served at the annual Chocolate Festival in Galesburg, Illinois.

Chocolate Ribbon Pound Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese Puffs

Dawn Logterman of Verona, Wisconsin, created this clever twist on the classic cream puffs served at the Wisconsin State Fair. Her recipe was a finalist in our annual recipe contest.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese Puffs

Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

Create these rich, chocolatey cookies from refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough--just add cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles and a candy center. Use colored sprinkles instead of chocolate if you'd like a more festive presentation.

Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Caramel in the bottom of the pan melds with the brownie, creating a dessert so rich and gooey that you need a spoon to serve it. Because cast iron holds heat, the brownie will still be warm when you go back for seconds.

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Three-Tiered Chocolate Cake

Few foods say "celebration" like cake, especially chocolate. We challenged our Test Kitchen to come up with a fresh, delicious twist on this all-time favorite. The result is a decadently rich dessert. The recipe includes variations such as Hot Chocolate Cake, Spice is Nice Chocolate Cake and Mocha Chocolate Cake.

Three-Tiered Chocolate Cake

Dark Mocha Mousse

A dollop of whipped cream foam crowns this rich, chocolatey mousse. For maximum fun, serve the mousse in espresso cups.

Dark Mocha Mousse

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

We used a cake mix in the crust for this creamy chocolate dessert from the former Chocolate Cafe and Coffee House in Missouri. The recipe makes a generous 24 bars, so it’s perfect for a potluck.

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This utterly unforgettable autumn cake layers moist chocolate-pumpkin cake, luscious milk chocolate ganache and fluffy pumpkin-spice whipped cream. The recipe comes from Minnesota blogger Amanda Rettke (iambaker.net).

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe

See a short video about how to make this cake

Double-Chocolate Bread Pudding with Strawberry Sauce

This rich bread pudding made in the slow cooker has deep chocolate flavor, thanks to a combo of chocolate chips and cocoa powder. The simple strawberry sauce has just two ingredients.

Double-Chocolate Bread Pudding with Strawberry Sauce

Hazelnut Truffles

At M restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, the pastry chef creates these rich, chocolate truffles with a hint of two liqueurs: hazelnut and almond.

Hazelnut Truffles recipe

Mile-High Chocolate Pie

Whipping cream, semisweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate create a rich, tall filling for this pie from a Minneapolis restaurant. Sweet meringue forms the crust.

Mile-High Chocolate Pie

Our Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

This recipe has been perfected through the years. We think you’ll agree that it is the moistest, richest, “chocolatiest” cake ever. Of the many ways to frost it, we vote for our classic Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting — though you can certainly use your family’s favorite.

Our Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

Chocolate-Caramel Fondue

Just three ingredients go into this quick dessert: sweetened condensed milk, caramel ice cream topping and chocolate. Vary your dippers to match the mood of your party.

Chocolate-Caramel Fondue

Double Chocolate-Espresso Truffle Pie

Do you have a chocoholic in your family? Give them something to love with this über-rich pie. For pretty chocolate curls, warm a bar of milk chocolate in your pocket or hand, then shave with a sharp vegetable peeler.

Double Chocolate-Espresso Truffle Pie

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Bright green pistachios and spice give this buttery chocolate cookie plenty of personality. It’s like shortbread, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee.

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Oreo Truffles

These easy candies look elegant but are simple to make. This holiday dessert recipe comes from chef Anthony Schulz at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio. He says kids, especially, have fun making these truffles.

Oreo Truffles

Chocolate Zabaglione Cream Trifle

The delectable Italian custard zabaglione mixes with cubes of cake flavored with cocoa in this layered dessert. For an easier version of the trifle, use a store-bought cake.

Chocolate Zabaglione Cream Trifle

Chocolate Chess Pie

Fort Wayne, Indiana, cookbook author Marcia Adams loves this standout treat. "It's so easy to prepare," she says. This is Marcia's rendition of the Southern classic chess pie: a basic dessert made with eggs, sugar, butter and a little flour.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

This luscious dessert includes a chocolate crumb crust and caramel-pecan filling crowned with melted chocolate.

Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

Valentine's Cocoa Angel Cake

Flavored with cocoa powder and generously frosted with sweetened whipped cream, this tender cake from our Test Kitchen was featured on a Midwest Living® cover. To lower the fat, serve plain slices of cake with a dollop of fat-free whipped dessert topping and fresh fruit.

Valentine's Cocoa Angel Cake

Softhearted Chocolate Cakes

A rich, soft center makes these chocolatey cakes irresistible. The Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, serves them with custard and raspberry sauces. We've simplified the recipe with whipped cream and a fruit topping.

Softhearted Chocolate Cakes

Cookie Jar Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

From The Cookie Jar in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, these soft, no-restraint chocolate chip cookies pack in cocoa powder, chocolate chips and a very chocolatey chocolate frosting.

Cookie Jar Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black Tie Cupcakes

You can get creative with the finishing touches on these cupcakes, which are topped with seedless red raspberry or blackberry preserves, then chocolate ganache, decorative icing and small decorative candies.

Black Tie Cupcakes

Hot Cocoa Cake

Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a basic chocolate cake and infused a little coffee and bittersweet chocolate to give it a sophisticated flavor.

Hot Cocoa Cake

S'more Pie a la Marshmallow Creme

Cream cheese brings body and richness to so-chocolatey mousse filling. More wow comes from the blend of marshmallow crème and crème de cacao draped over the top.

S'more Pie a la Marshmallow Creme

Cafe Latte's Turtle Cake

Sheer three-layered audacity put this creation from a Saint Paul bakery in our hall of fame: buttermilk-cocoa cake, candylike chocolate frosting and creamy caramel sauce. Originally published: December 2005.

Cafe Latte's Turtle Cake

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Malted Mousse Brownies

We stirred chocolate-flavor malt powder into both the brownie base and the lush, fluffy topper. For an extra-indulgent dessert, substitute your favorite homemade brownie recipe. Just be sure it bakes in a 13x9x2-inch pan.

Malted Mousse Brownies

Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Layer ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces and pecans to make this striped frozen dessert.

Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate-Orange Tart

Orange marmalade and liqueur give this sinfully rich filling a citrus twist inside an almond-flavored crust.

Chocolate-Orange Tart

Chocolate Ribbon Pound Cake

Semisweet chocolate pieces make a gooey layer inside this moist, buttery-good pound cake, served at the annual Chocolate Festival in Galesburg, Illinois.

Chocolate Ribbon Pound Cake

Truffle Brownies

These moist, fudgy, mocha-flavored bars will remind you of truffles.

Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Flourless Torte

Creamy ganache tops a smooth, dark chocolate base. Decorate with swirls of melted chocolate or with chocolate curls, if you like.

Chocolate Flourless Torte

Brownie Bombs

A reader sent us this recipe when Midwest Living® held a chocolate recipe contest. The popular brownie features a cheesecakelike layer sandwiched between two rich chocolate layers.

Brownie Bombs

Better-Than-Grandma's Fudge Pudding

A sugary crust forms over the fudgy center of this pudding. Serve warm by itself or cooled with whipped cream.

Better-Than-Grandma's Fudge Pudding

Chocolate Truffles

Even novice cooks can master this simplified candy recipe. Just melt chocolate, add whipping cream and follow our easy instructions for Chocolate, Mint-Chocolate or Orange-Chocolate Truffles.

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolatey Shortbread Bites

Because this recipe makes so many cookies, you might want to freeze some dough for future use. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. Or freeze in a freezer container for up to 6 months; thaw in refrigerator before use.

Chocolatey Shortbread Bites

Chocolate Panini

Assemble this quick-and-easy dessert while your main dish cooks. Just before serving, toast the sweet sandwich until the chocolate filling is warm and gooey.

Chocolate Panini recipe

Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes

Drizzle this chocolate cupcake with Powdered Sugar Glaze and then rolled in chocolate shavings if you want it to look like ours. Or top the glaze with nuts, hard candies, chopped chocolate or colored sugar.

Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Kirby House Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, Michigan, greets guests with a morning meal that's addictive. The buffet usually includes a savory entree, a vegetable dish and something sweet. This gooey-center, intense chocolate dessert is among guests' favorites.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Sublime Chocolate Cheesecake

The Midwest Living® Test Kitchen created this creamy chocolate dessert, which can be topped with chocolate curls or raspberries.

Sublime Chocolate Cheesecake

Heavenly Devil's Food Cake

This moist and rich creation includes unsalted butter, eggs, cocoa powder, two kinds of sugar and buttermilk. Serve with whipped cream and berries, if you like, or your favorite flavor of ice cream. Or frost with desired cake frosting.

Heavenly Devil's Food Cake recipe

 

Chocolate-Raspberry Souffle

A cross between a cake and a souffle, these individual chocolate desserts make a fitting finale for any special dinner. Fresh raspberries add a nice touch on top.

Chocolate-Raspberry Souffle

Fudge Brownie Hearts

These brownies combine bittersweet and semisweet chocolate with plenty of butter, eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar for a moist and rich dessert. After the brownies have cooked and cooled, you can cut them into bars or use 3-inch heart-shape cutters to make pretty treats. Drizzle with a vanilla glaze.

Fudge Brownie Hearts recipe

Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

The Midwest Living Test Kitchen created this moist, rich, chocolatey cake with a "wow" frosting. We used buttermilk instead of milk for a pleasant tang, and we called for Dutch processed cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder for a richer, darker flavor. The frosting is based on extra creamy and buttery mascarpone cheese.

Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Mascarpone Frosting recipe

Mousse in minutes

This delicious mousse is a snap to mix together. You can layer it over fresh fruit and top with your choice of miniature chocolate pieces, chocolate sprinkles or chocolate-covered espresso beans.

See Mocha Chocolate Mousse recipe

Amazing Chocolate-Pecan Torte

A brownielike torte, strawberry cream filling and chocolate glaze make a beautiful and rich dessert. The recipe is from the Chances R Restaurant in York, Nebraska.

Amazing Chocolate-Pecan Torte

Shortcut German Chocolate Cake

Coconut, pecans and caramel make a sweet sauce for an easy, one-layer twist on German chocolate cake.

Shortcut German Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova, an egg meringue dessert named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, gets a chocolate makeover in this recipe from Chicago Pastry Chef Gale Gand. Top the pavlova with whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit.

Chocolate Pavlova

Triple-Chocolate Mocha Truffles

Three kinds of chocolate, plus cream cheese, flavor this melt-in-your-mouth treat.

Triple-Chocolate Mocha Truffles

Truffle Trio Torte

Three varieties of chocolate make the candylike layers in this decadent confection from the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

Truffle Trio Torte

Double Chocolate Biscotti

Cocoa powder and chocolate chips blend in these crunchy, twice-baked Italian cookies. They're perfect for dipping into a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet wine.

Double Chocolate Biscotti

Double-Dipped Strawberries

This juicy Valentine (or anytime) treat teams up fresh strawberries and two kinds of chocolate.

Double-Dipped Strawberries

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