30 Dark Chocolate Desserts

From quick and simple to elegant and showstopping, these dark chocolate desserts are hard to resist.


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Bittersweet Truffle Tart with Whipped Almond Mascarpone

    Plenty of bittersweet chocolate and a healthy dose of cocoa powder give this tart lots of chocolaty goodness, while creamy almond mascarpone makes it even more decadent.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  to  14 mins  350°F 
2/31
Trilevel Brownies

    These chocolaty bars have three luscious layers -- one nutty and chewy, another thick and fudgy, and one smooth and creamy.

Serving size: 32 brownies
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
3/31
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

    These gooey-center, intensely chocolate cakes make an elegant dessert for a special dinner party.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cool   2 mins 
Bake   12 mins  425°F 
4/31
Chocolate Pillows

    These cute little puffs cook in hot oil for only 1 minute, just long enough to melt the bittersweet chocolate inside and crisp the edges.

Makes: 2 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   1 min each
5/31
Chocolate Pecan Pie with Kahlua

    The roasty-toasty coffee-flavor liqueur in this luscious pie brings out wonderful flavor in both the chocolate and the pecans.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Bake   35 mins  375°F 
6/31
Double-Trouble Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

    This sumptuous dark chocolate bread pudding -- made with buttery challah bread -- is infused with a bold bourbon-spiked syrup.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   40 mins  325°F 
Stand   30 mins 
7/31
Gianduja Mousse Cake

    Gianduja, a chocolate and hazelnut spread from Italy, adds magnificent flavor to this smooth-as-silk cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  350°F 
Cool  2 hrs 
8/31
Ganache-Glazed Peanut Butter Tart

    A crunchy chocolate crust is filled with creamy peanut butter and doused in a rich chocolate ganache. Garnish the tart with chopped peanuts for a simple but pretty finish.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 27 hrs 
Cool   10 mins 
9/31
Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

    Think of these cute little pockets as the cookie version of chocolate-covered cherries. A bittersweet chocolate drizzle and sliced toasted almonds create a dazzling garnish.

Serving size: about 30 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Bake   8 mins  375°F per batch
10/31
Chocolate Crinkles

    The dough for these chocolaty cookies is rolled in powdered sugar before baking, giving the tops of the cookies a striking crackled appearance.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 36 large cookies or 72 small cookies
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   8 mins  to  10 mins  375°F 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
11/31
Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

    Cinnamon and ancho chile -- a mild, slightly smoky Mexican chile pepper -- add heat to these creamy custards.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  325°F 
Chill  1 hr 
12/31
Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

    Scrumptious chocolate cupcakes are filled with fresh raspberries and covered in a rich and creamy truffle-chocolate icing.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
13/31
Hot Cocoa Souffle with Coffee Ice Cream

    Use Dutch chocolate cocoa powder instead of other cocoa powders to give this mouthwatering dessert richer, more intense chocolate flavor.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
14/31
Incredible Turtle Brownies

    These pecan-flecked brownies are topped with melted chocolate and a tempting drizzle of caramel.

Makes: 25 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   35 mins  325°F 
15/31
Raspberry French Silk Pie Bars

    The soft, silky richness of ganache poured over the top of these decadent bars creates a wonderful gooey contrast to the chewy chocolate filling and crumb crust.

Serving size: 32 bars
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   10 mins  375°F 
Chill  2 hrs 
16/31
Caramel-Hazelnut Brownies

    These irresistible bars feature three luscious layers: fudgy brownie, hazelnut-flecked caramel, and a topping of satiny dark chocolate.

Makes: 36 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Chill   15 mins 
17/31
Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

    A buttery layer of caramel and pecans tops a crisp chocolate cookie crust. Bonus: Prep takes just 20 minutes.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Bake   10 mins  350°F 
18/31
Devilish Delights

    These melt-in-your-mouth cookies get a triple blast of rich flavor thanks to two types of chocolate and a splash of coffee liqueur.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: about 36 cookies
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   8 mins  350°F per batch
19/31
Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Cookies

    Toasted hazelnuts top these mousse-crowned cookies -- the ideal blend of elegance, flavor, and beauty.

Makes: 72 servings
Serving size: about 72 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Freeze   30 mins 
Bake   6 mins  375°F per batch
20/31
Chocolate Blooms

    Rolled in crunchy chopped almonds, these decadent cookies are filled with velvety ganache.

Serving size: about 56 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Chill   15 mins 
Bake   8 mins  350°F 
21/31
Chocolate-Drizzled Angel Food Cake

    This quick and easy dessert starts with store-bought angel food cake. Chocolate drizzle spiked with a touch of orange liqueur adds an elegant twist.

Makes: 10 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
22/31
Chocolate Harvest Cake

    The aromatic autumn flavors of cinnamon and pumpkin in the creamy filling partner flawlessly with the chocolate layers in this beautiful cake.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Chill   30 mins 
23/31
Dark Chocolate Brownies with Frozen Coffee Cream

    A scoop of icy whipped coffee cream adds a sophisticated touch to these irresistible brownies.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: Makes 20 to 25 brownies
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
24/31
Ultimate Chocolate-Dipped Cookies

    Crisp double-chocolate cookies are dipped in mouthwatering melted chocolate.

Serving size: about 72 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   8 mins  350°F per batch
25/31
Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

    This is our richest, most moist, "chocolatiest" cake ever. Try it with our classic Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting or top it with another favorite.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
26/31
Dark Chocolate Brownies

    A whisper of cinnamon adds an undercurrent of scrumptious mystery to these seriously chocolate brownies.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: Makes 20 to 25 brownies
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
27/31
Dropped Chocolate Pie

    One of the easiest garnishes is grated chocolate. Grab a fine or microplane grater and hold a chocolate bar over the dessert. Grate the chocolate over the edges of the serving plate as well. For extra chocolate flavor, use bittersweet chocolate for the sprinkles.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   13 mins  450°F 
Bake   25 mins  325°F 
28/31
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

    Turn fudgy bittersweet cupcakes on their head. Enrobe them with rich ganache and you've made an easy yet elegant dessert.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: Makes 12 cupcakes
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
29/31
Clove-Molasses Cake

    The bold flavors of cloves, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate complement each other without being overpowering in this gingerbreadlike dessert. For an extra dramatic touch, serve blood orange slices with the cake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
30/31
Chocolate Mousse with Sauce

    A chocolate mousse is subtly enhanced by the additions of honey and brandy. Topped with a raspberry-orange sauce, this dessert is the height of sophistication -- all in a 20-minute prep time.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
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