Dark Chocolate Desserts You'll Want to Devour

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Dark chocolate isn't just the healthiest chocolate, it's also (arguably) the most delicious. Dark chocolate adds decadence to any dessert as these dark chocolate desserts will prove. Whether it's an easy dark chocolate recipe or something for special occasions, these dark chocolate desserts impress.

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Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes recipe drizzle wire rack
Blaine Moats

Dark chocolate and raspberries are a classic combination in dessert recipes, and for good reason: The bright, juicy berries balance the richness of dark chocolate. A topping of smooth chocolate truffle icing leaves you no choice but to indulge in this dark chocolate dessert.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Jason Donnelly

The favorite pairing of chocolate and peanut butter really shines in this decadent cheesecake. With a crushed peanut butter sandwich cookie crust, a layer of dark chocolate and whipped cream, and then the cream cheese peanut butter filling, this dessert is a true crowd-pleaser. Decorate with more chocolate and mini peanut butter cups for this delicious dark chocolate dessert recipe.

Buy It: Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies ($4, Target)

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Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Bites

Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier Bites on wood surface with sea salt and chocolate shavings
Jason Donnelly

If you are looking for a low-sugar dark chocolate dessert, these dark chocolate Grand Marnier bites are sure to please. A piping bag will make these easiest to portion out. Top with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, orange zest, or unsweetened cocoa powder.

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Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies
Blaine Moats

Brownies are always a fan favorite and when topped with marshmallow fluff and sweet dulce de leche, the presentation becomes truly impressive. This dark chocolate dessert gets a delightfully crunchy finish with a sprinkling of toasted pecans. No need to feel guilty, there are so many health benefits to indulging in dark chocolate.

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Classic Fudge Pops

Classic Fudge Pops
Karla Conrad

These fudge pops take a homemade twist on a nostalgic ice cream treat. Level up by dipping the chilly pops into melted dark chocolate and rolling them in chocolate cookies or chocolate chips in this easy dark chocolate dessert.

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Dark Chocolate Flan

Dark Chocolate Flan
Blaine Moats

This dark chocolate twist on a classic Spanish flan only requires a handful of ingredients—sugar, milk, eggs, chocolates, and cinnamon. Don't let that fool you though, it's one of the more impressive dark chocolate dessert recipes we've seen, especially if you garnish with edible gold leaf on top.

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Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli
Andy Lyons

There's nothing not to love about this chocolate twist on a classic Italian dessert. This easy dark chocolate dessert recipe is made with cocoa-infused ricotta and chocolate cannoli shells. To save time, purchase premade cannoli shells.

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Triple-Chocolate Gelato

Triple Chocolate Gelato
Jason Donnelly

Making gelato may be a project, but the end result is worth it especially for a chocolate lover. It's not too complicated if you have a great ice cream maker on hand. Made with dark, milk, and white chocolate, this gelato can keep in the freezer for a special occasion or just a craving for a dark chocolate dessert.

Buy It: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker ($100, Williams Sonoma)

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Easy Chocolate Fudge

Easy Chocolate Fudge
Karla Conrad

Fudge is such an easy dark chocolate dessert recipe that nobody can ever get enough of it. It's also so easy to customize. Add walnuts and marshmallows to make it Rocky Road, add in instant espresso powder and vanilla for a mocha variety, or peanut butter for chocolate-peanut butter fudge.

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Macaroon Filling

Dark Chocolate Cake with Coconut Macaroon Filling
Jason Donnelly

You'll impress guests with this dark chocolate dessert recipe that includes a surprise—a sweet coconut filling inside. You'll need a 10 inch fluted tube pan to get the beautiful decorative appearance. Add a sprinkling of powdered sugar or top with frosting for an extra indulgent treat.

Buy It: Red Co. Fluted Tube Pan ($18, Amazon)

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Triple-Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

The secret to these moist cupcakes is in the frosting, with a hint of crème de cacao in both the batter and the dark chocolate frosting. No chocolate lover will shy away from this incredible dark chocolate dessert.

Buy It: Drillaud Crème de Cacao ($15, Total Wine)

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Devilish Delights

Devilish Delights
Blaine Moats

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are an easy dark chocolate recipe to make, with the dark chocolate amped up with a little espresso or coffee liquor. These cookies are simple to freeze (and will last 3 months in the freezer), simply let them cool and layer them with wax paper in an airtight container. This way you'll always have a great dark chocolate dessert on hand.

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Chocolate-Rum Petits Fours

Chocolate-Rum Petits Four
Kritsada Panichgul

These chocolate rum petits fours are the perfect bite-sized treat, although we bet you can't eat just one. Don't like rum? Sub with Kahlua or coffee liqueur. The recipe makes 48 pastries so this is the perfect dark chocolate dessert for a crowd. A chocolate-covered coffee bean on top makes these even more delightful.

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Incredible Turtle Brownies

Incredible Turtle Brownies
Blaine Moats

Brownies are always a delight especially with the addition of caramel and pecans. The caramel can be made a few weeks in advance. Try this dark chocolate dessert recipe for a sweet finish to your next dinner party.

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Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Fantasy

gooey chocolate caramel cake
Blaine Moats

This easy dark chocolate dessert only takes 20 minutes to prep, but the result looks way more complicated. It's hard to resist the combination of gooey caramel, crunchy toasted pecans, and of course, loads of dark chocolate in this sweet treat that certainly lives up to its name.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Scott Little

Sometimes the only dark chocolate dessert you need comes in the form of a classic brownie. A pinch of cinnamon enhances that delicious chocolate flavor. You'll want to cool these in the pan on a wire rack before cutting and serving.

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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Blaine Moats

A good chocolate cake is hard to resist, and this one especially so with its creamy chocolate sour cream frosting. We have a feeling this dark chocolate recipe may be requested for birthdays and other special occasions.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Cookies

Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies
Kritsada Panichgul

Toasted hazelnuts top these mousse-crowned cookies for a tasty combination of crunchy and smooth. The cookie base, rich with vanilla-laced dark chocolate, is delicious on its own.

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