February 2011 Flavor of the Month: Dark Chocolate

Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about dark chocolate. Rich and decadent with a subtle bitter bite, dark chocolate is often paired with fruit, nuts, or sweeter types of chocolate. Here are 20 of our best dark chocoalte recipes for you to try.

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Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

    Espresso deepens the chocolatey flavor of this rich bundt cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cool   15 mins 
Bake  1 hr  325°F 
Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

    Buttermilk, cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate give this decadent ice cream topper incredible richness.

Serving size: 3 cups
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Double-Deck Pot de Creme

    Layer dark and white chocolate custards for a creamy and elegant treat.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
Chocolate Ganache Souffles

    This six-ingredient dessert is simpler to make than it looks; a gooey chocolate-cream center makes it irresistible.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   12 mins  400°F 
Dark Chocolate Dipped Apples

    Dip apples into melted cinnamon-spiked chocolate and then roll in almonds and dried cranberries for a crunchy-sweet dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 apples
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

    Chocolate mini cakes are filled with fresh raspberries and topped with an ultra-rich icing.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Bittersweet Chocolate Biscotti

    This crisp chocolate-hazelnut cookie is dipped into rich melted chocolate.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 2 dozen cookies
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 45 mins 
Bake   35 mins  375°F 
Bittersweet Cheesecake Torte

    Chocolate cheesecake is sandwiched between layers of brownie and topped with whipped chocolate ganache.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins  to  15 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

    This gooey dessert recipe from Alan Carter has all the goodness of a classic pecan pie with the added bonus of bittersweet chocolate.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Freeze   10 mins 
Extreme Chocolate Pie

    For a luscious dessert, serve up wedges of this fluffy dark chocolate pie in a brownie crust.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

    A buttery chocolate frosting is piped onto these bittersweet chocolate cupcakes for the ultimate chocolate treat.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Dropped Chocolate Pie

    This upside-down pie is piled high with whipped cream; grated chocolate makes a pretty topper.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   13 mins  450°F 
Bake   25 mins  325°F 
Dark Chocolate Brownies

    Cinnamon adds a hint of spice to these ultrarich chocolate brownies.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: Makes 20 to 25 brownies
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

    The ultimate cookie for chocolate lovers features large chunks of bittersweet chocolate tucked in a chewy mocha-flavored cookie.

Makes: 36 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   12 mins  350°F 
Fruit & Nut Chocolate Sticks

    Dark chocolate sticks are dipped in peanut butter and coated with dried fruit and nuts. For a crunchier treat, use pretzel sticks instead of the chocolate.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

    These chocolatey cookies start with refrigerated cookie dough and feature sprinkles and an irresistible chocolate kiss center. Each batch takes just eight minutes to bake.

Makes: 40 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   8 mins  375°F per batch
Chocolate-Ancho Crème Brulee

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

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  325°F 
Chill  1 hr 
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 
Bittersweet Chocolate Flan

    Dark chocolate, cinnamon, and pomegranate give this Spanish custard a surprising twist.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
Bake   45 mins  325°F 
Dark Chocolate Mini Muffins

    These muffins are made with applesauce, skim milk, and unsweetened cocoa for a guilt-free (but yummy) breakfast treat.

Makes: 18 servings
Serving size: 48 mini or 18 regular muffins
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   8 mins  350°F 
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