50 Decadent Chocolate Dessert Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dark Mocha Mousse
A dollop of whipped cream foam crowns this rich, chocolatey mousse. For maximum fun, serve the mousse in espresso cups.
Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake
This dessert, from a Missouri bakery, lives up to its name. The center should be a little soft when done.
Chocolate Pumpkin 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.
At M restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, the pastry chef creates these rich, chocolate truffles with a hint of two liqueurs: hazelnut and almond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies
Bright green pistachios and subtly spicy flavors give this buttery chocolate Valentine heart cookie plenty of personality. Serve a plate of them with coffee.
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.
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 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.
Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy
This luscious dessert includes a chocolate crumb crust and caramel-pecan filling crowned with melted chocolate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Layer ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces and pecans to make this striped frozen dessert.
Orange marmalade and liqueur give this sinfully rich filling a citrus twist inside an almond-flavored crust.
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.
These moist, fudgy, mocha-flavored bars will remind you of truffles.
Chocolate Flourless Torte
Creamy ganache tops a smooth, dark chocolate base. Decorate with swirls of melted chocolate or with chocolate curls, if you like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sublime Chocolate Cheesecake
The Midwest Living® Test Kitchen created this creamy chocolate dessert, which can be topped with chocolate curls or raspberries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
German Chocolate-Nut Cake
There's no flour in this cake; the pecans take on that role. The result is a dense, dark-chocolate dessert. Drizzle the top with our Toasted Coconut-Pecan Caramel Sauce.
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.
Triple-Chocolate Mocha Truffles
Three kinds of chocolate, plus cream cheese, flavor this melt-in-your-mouth treat.
Truffle Trio Torte
Three varieties of chocolate make the candylike layers in this decadent confection from the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
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.
This juicy Valentine (or anytime) treat teams up fresh strawberries and two kinds of chocolate.