Blissful Chocolate and Vanilla Desserts

Chocolate and vanilla desserts are top-of-list—especially when they're homemade. Next time you're craving something sweet, try one of these desserts that you've probably been meaning to make. Whether you're craving chocolate (lava cakes, anyone?), vanilla (maybe a vanilla milkshake?), or both, we've got you covered.

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    Chocolate Souffle

    Chocolate desserts often skew heavy or dense, but this chocolate soufflé is light as air, thanks to whipped egg whites. Top with whipped cream for a hint of vanilla.

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    Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Nothing beats a warm chocolate chip cookie. Curb your craving with this skillet recipe that can serve 12… or 6… or 3… or 1. It all depends on how big your sweet tooth is tonight!

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    Chocolate Cake

    If you don’t have a fabulous chocolate cake in your list of go-to recipes, it’s time to add it. This 10-ingredient chocolaty dessert will convince you to never go back to from-the-box cakes.

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    Vanilla and Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

    Wine-infused dessert? Count us in. Sparkling wine in the batter and glaze adds a unique brightness to this party-worthy dessert. Vanilla complements the wine in a way that brings out the best in both flavors.

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    Ice Cream Tacos

    Fill chocolate dipped cones with any flavor of ice cream you want, then add toppings. We’re thinking vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips sounds good—or chocolate on chocolate on chocolate.

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    Vanilla Tres Leches Cake

    Just 15 minutes of prep time, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying homemade Vanilla Tres Leches Cake. A slice is the perfect partner to a cup of tea, coffee, or milk.

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    Vanilla Bean Souffle

    A slow cooker comes in handy for this vanilla dessert recipe. Sure, you can top the gooey cake with fresh berries—but you could also drizzle it with chocolate sauce. Up to you!

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    Chocolate Stack Loaf

    This rich cake is ready in less than an hour. "Don't worry—the batter will seem low in the pan, but it bakes beautifully to a 1-inch layer," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. And trust us: You don’t want to miss out on the fudge frosting.

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    Vanilla Bean Shake

    There’s nothing wrong with a rich chocolate milk shake, but sometimes a change is nice. This vanilla shake calls for just three ingredients, and it's as creamy as it can be.

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    Molten Chocolate Cakes

    An ooey, gooey chocolaty lava cake is just begging to be served with vanilla ice cream. Whip up the easier-than-it-looks dessert for your next date night.

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    Malted Vanilla Cake

    At first glance this might look like a simple vanilla cake with plain buttercream (which, of course there’s nothing wrong with). But there’s more here than meets the eye. Malted buttercream gives the cake a little extra flair.

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    Rustic Chocolate Pie

    Best enjoyed warm from the oven, this munchable treat has an airy brownie filling and a flaky, buttery crust. Enjoy each slice like a pizza for a delicious dessert you can take on the go.

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    Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust and Spiced Pears

    Pour creamy vanilla custard over a tender cookie crust and top with brandy-soaked pears. Try Tahitian vanilla to add a slight cherry flavor, or switch it up and try your own vanilla pairing—you can’t go wrong with this spiced tart.

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    Easy Chocolate Trifles

    Chocolate trifles may seem like an indulgent dessert meant for restaurants or special occasions, but these chocolaty treats are made in 20 minutes flat.

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    Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

    Tiny specks of vanilla bean give this creamy custard intense flavor, while a sprinkle of sea salt adds intrigue. No need to carmelize the sugar: The brown sugar dissolves right into the flan (the recipe does the work for you!).

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    Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches

    These extra-crisp cookies feature a homemade vanilla cream cheese filling, but are still ready in less than an hour. If you’re feeling fancy, grind your own vanilla beans. Otherwise, vanilla extract works just fine.

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    Chocolate Cake Recipes That Don't Disappoint

    Just try to name a dessert that satisfies like homemade chocolate cake. Whether you're baking for a special occasion or an evening in, these chocolate cake recipes make it indulgent. We have something for everyone, including a classic chocolate cake, a molten chocolate cake, and our favorite flourless chocolate cake. You'll want to save room for a second slice.
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