Chocolate: Our Greatest Hits

From cakes and mousse to cookies and tarts, these desserts are sure to be a hit.


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Cheesecake Brownies

    A layer of creamy cheesecake, coupled with fudgy frosting, adds a fresh twist to classic brownies.

Makes: 32 servings
Serving size: Makes 32 brownies
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   10 mins  325° plus 30 minutes
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Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake

    A creamy layer of cherry-flavored frosting, between each tier of rich chocolate cake, makes this dessert unforgettable. Chocolate-covered cherries make a gorgeous topper.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   22 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
3/31
Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

    Ancho chile pepper adds a delightful kick to this luscious creme brulee recipe.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  325°F 
Chill  1 hr 
4/31
Hot Cocoa Souffle with Coffee Ice Cream

    This chocolaty souffle is hard to resist. Serve coffee ice cream on the side, or place two scoops in the center before serving.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
5/31
Chocolate-Malted Mousse

    Malted milk balls make a comeback in this chocolaty mousse topped with cocoa-flavored whipped cream.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 24 hrs 
6/31
Chocolate Gingerbread with Simmered Oranges

    Made in a 12-inch skillet, this luscious ginger-spiced chocolate cake is topped with fluffy whipped cream, flavorful orange slices, and crystallized ginger.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
7/31
Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

    This luscious bread pudding features rich vanilla custard, chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and brandy-plumped dried cherries.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   15 mins 
8/31
Dark Chocolate Torte

    Strawberry-balsamic jam jazzes up this traditional torte. Not a fan of strawberries? Try apricot preserves instead.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill   30 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
9/31
So-Easy Chocolate Souffle

    Anyone can make this simple sweet -- it calls for just four ingredients and prep takes only 15 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   12 mins  to  15 mins  400°F 
Microwave   2 mins 
10/31
Bittersweet Mousse

    This duo makes an elegant match. The bitterness in the chocolate mousse complements the mild sweetness of the pear perfectly.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Cool   15 mins 
11/31
Double-Deck Chocolate Custards

    How to end a heavy meal on a sweet note: Try our velvety chocolate custard.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs plus 4 hours
12/31
Decadent Chocolate Mixed Nut Pie

    A buttery pecan and chocolate filling makes this pie an irresistible treat. Drizzle chocolate sauce on top for a pretty finishing touch.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
13/31
Softhearted Chocolate Cakes

    For an elegant and easy finishing touch, top mini chocolate cakes with fresh raspberries.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   9 mins  to 10 hrs  350°F 
14/31
Ultimate Chocolate-Dipped Cookies

    To create the ultimate chocolate dessert, dip double-chocolate chip cookies in creamy ganache.

Serving size: about 72 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   8 mins  350°F per batch
15/31
The Original Chocolate Fondue

    Chopped peanuts and a swirl of marshmallow creme dress up classic chocolate fondue. Serve it with star fruit, strawberries, pears, oranges, and angel-food cake.

Makes: 5 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
16/31
Terrific Toffee

    Two different kinds of chocolate and toasted almonds add a new twist to classic buttery toffee.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: about 2 pounds (36 servings)
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Cook   15 mins 
17/31
Chile Chocolate Torte and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

    Chili adds a touch of heat to this classic torte. Whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon and mixed nuts makes a tasty (and pretty) topper.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Cool  1 hr 
18/31
Double Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

    With chunks of milk and white chocolate, and a chocolate-drizzle topping, our recipe takes this classic Italian sweet to the next level.

Serving size: 32 biscotti
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   35 mins 
19/31
Triple Chocolate Tiramisu

    With three times the chocolate, our recipe makes this traditional Italian dessert better than ever.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 squares
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
20/31
Choco-Berry Tartlets

    A sweet and creamy chocolate-raspberry-coconut blend fills these moist tartlets; serve them with espresso or Shiraz.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 36 tartlets
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   10 mins  350°F 
21/31
Rum-Laced Chocolate Fondue

    This easy treat is easy, pretty, romantic -- and ready in minutes. Serve it with fortune cookies, petite croissants, and fresh strawberries.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup fondue
Start to Finish   15 mins 
22/31
Chocolate Brazil Nut Torte

    Brazil nuts add a unique twist to this flourless torte; powered sugar makes a simple and pretty topper.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
23/31
Chocolate-Peanut Ice Cream Cake

    This delicious pie is an ideal make-ahead treat -- it's simple to prepare and it keeps in the freezer for up to a week.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool   15 mins 
Freeze  5 hrs 30 mins 
24/31
Fudge Brownie Tartlets

    A decadent homemade frosting fills buttery pastry shells; serve these tartlets with tawny port or espresso.

Serving size: 24 tartlets
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  1 hr .
Bake   20 mins  325°F 
25/31
Chocolate-Peanut Mousse Pie

    Try this classic recipe, which blends two proven crowd-pleasers -- peanut butter and chocolate -- in a creamy pie.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Freeze   35 mins 
Chill  4 hrs or overnight
26/31
Chocolate-Crusted Chocolate Tarts

    Flavored honey gives the creamy chocolate filling in these decadent tarts a unique twist. Chocolate wafers and ground hazelnuts make a delicious pastry crust.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  325°F 
Cool   30 mins 
27/31
Simple Fudge

    This classic candy is a snap to make -- and it tastes delicious, too.

Makes: 64 servings
Serving size: about 2 pounds
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cook   16 mins 
28/31
Deep Chocolate Cake

    This super moist cake is even more decadent with a double-chocolate topping -- rich and creamy frosting and semisweet chocolate chips.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
29/31
Espresso Brownies

    Coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate in these dense brownies; serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Makes: 48 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  350°F 
Chill  About  2 hrs 
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