Blissful Chocolate & Vanilla Desserts

Some flavors, like some people, are just made for each other. Here we feature our favorite chocolate and vanilla desserts.


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Chocolate Stack Loaf
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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. "The fudge frosting needs an hour or so to chill, to thicken and become spreadable. Don't substitute for the natural sweetened cocoa powder."

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Vanilla-Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

    Sparkling wine in the batter and glaze adds a unique brightness to this party-worthy dessert. "I use vanilla paste here for its intense flavor," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "You can also use an equal amount of vanilla extract in place of the paste."

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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. "I tend to pick up a slice and eat it with my fingers, like pizza," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

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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. "Tahitian vanilla adds cherry flavor notes to this tart, making it a natural to pair with nutmeg," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "Other vanilla extracts would also work."

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Chocolate Pudding Wedges with Cinnamon Toasts

    Chocolate pudding -- so thick it can be cut in wedges -- is served on slices of cinnamon toast. "It's a little bit of childhood all grown up," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

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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. "Forget about caramelizing the sugar," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "Simply press the brown sugar, with a pinch of salt, in the bottom of the dish. It dissolves into a sauce as the flan bakes and cools."

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Chocolate Decadence Cookies

    Slightly crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, these special cookies are full of bittersweet chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and tangy candied orange peel.

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Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches

    These extra-crisp cookies feature vanilla cream cheese filling. "Think of it as a dessert that just happens to be a cookie," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

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