38 irresistible chocolate desserts
Indulge in one of these surprising, dangerously delicious recipes
A tender chocolate crust under the chocolate pastry cream makes each bite seamless—the gastronomic equivalent of an infinity pool. The raspberries wake you back up.
Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Tart
This sensual dessert offers intriguing flavor combinations and textures that range from cloudlike to crunchy.
The starting point for this cookie was a recipe that reader Colette Tihista-Longin of Great Falls, Montana, found in a recipe collection at a yard sale. “I adapted it to include caramel and sea salt. It’s a hit every year at our cookie exchange.” Despite the cookie’s name, a wooden spoon makes a neater depression than your thumb will.
Just 4 ingredients, some skewers, and a little chilling time are all you need to create these gorgeous and decadent fresh fruit pops.
The marvelous merger of orange and chocolate gets even better when you pair blood oranges’ raspberry nuances with dark chocolate and a little Campari for complexity. The herbal, slightly bitter liqueur also helps keep the sorbet from getting icy.
"I call these the ‘backache’ cookies because I always make a double batch, sitting hunched over at the table,” says Fran Pepoon of Roseville, California. She has been baking these chocolate cookies, which have a subtle hit of orange and vanilla, every Christmas for 30 years, adapting them over time from a recipe given to her by a friend. Two tips: The cookies tend to stick and spread, so be sure to use a nonstick baking-sheet liner or parchment, and don’t bake more than 12 cookies on each sheet.
Recipe: Chocolate Lace Sandwich Cookies
Are you in desperate need of a serious chocolate fix? Look no further than this velvety, decadent tart.
Recipe: Salted Chocolate Tart
Crisp chocolate praline makes this creamy chocolate dessert a stand-out.
Tecipe: Chocolate Crème Brûlée
If you like super-chocolatey, fudgy brownies (and who doesn’t?), then these are for you.
Recipe: Triple Chocolate Brownies
A homemade dried-apricot liqueur infused in the dipping chocolate makes this an extra-special treat.
Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Apricots
These DIY truffles will make your sweetie swoon on Valentine's Day.
Based on a recipe given to us by novelist Isabelle Allende, this chocolate mousse is so rich it’s practically fictitious.
Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Mousse
Can you bake cake at a campsite? Yes! You’ll be the campground hero when you dish up slices of this dark, moist marvel.
Recipe: Dutch Oven Double Chocolate Cake
Mounds of whipped cream and a creamy bittersweet chocolate custard top an almond-scented cookie-crumb crust in this satisfying chocolate delight.
Recipe: Chocolate Cream Pie
These small, very creamy desserts pack a serious dose of dark chocolate. A pinch of cayenne gives them a subtle, lingering heat.
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème
The ingredients sound bodacious—in addition to bittersweet chocolate, there are two kinds of chile, cinnamon, and tequila—yet these little milkshakes taste refined and smooth. They are dangerously easy to drink.
Recipe: Oaxacan Chocolate Milk Shakes
You won’t be able to stop at just one of these of these rich, nut-studded chocolate cookies.
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Domes
This moist cake studded with gooey chocolate chips is made even more delicious with a creamy, bourbon-laced glaze.
Recipe: Glazed Chocolate Bundt Cake
Though it looks and tastes decadent, this lighten-up version of the classic dessert, made with Greek yogurt and low-fat milk, comes in at less than 200 calories per serving.
Recipe: Chocolate Panna Cottas
These impressive tartlets can be assembled up to four hours before serving. The chocolate crust and filling can be made a couple a days ahead of time.
Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Cream Tartlets
A talented husband-wife chef team from British Columbia created this elegant, divine summer tart.
A luscious, thick layer of caramel tops this special-occasion torte.
Chewy, moist, intense—these are, quite simply, the perfect coconut macaroons.
This cake will rise as it bakes, then sink dramatically in the center. Don’t worry—just trim the top and save the pieces for snacks.
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cake
A top L.A. chef created these winsome little coffee cups of vanilla bean custard, capped with a layer of melted dark chocolate.
This classic torte is a very elegant dessert for entertaining.
Recipe: Chocolate Citrus Almond Torte
We love the moist chocolate cake, fresh raspberry, and creamy caramel combo in this perfect make-ahead dessert.
Light and airy, these soufflés are the perfect finale for a romantic evening.
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Soufflé
Cinnamon makes this, custardy, super-smooth, ice cream special.
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream
These rich, chocolatey cupcakes are reminiscent of the childhood favorite “Ding Dongs.”
These moist, chewy chocolate cookies have a pleasant ginger kick and are a real crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Ginger Chocolate Cookies
Berries, rich chocolate, and espresso are a perfect match in this stunning dessert, which can also be made a day ahead of time.
Studded with dark cherries and toasted almonds, this creamy frozen dessert is a cinch to make.
Recipe: Chocolate-Amaretto Semifreddo
This lightened up version of chocolate cake, is still as delicious treat as the original.
Recipe: Midnight Chocolate Cake
Fromage blanc cheese gives these fudgy brownies a fun Western twist.
Recipe: Chocolate-Fromage Blanc Brownies
One reader called this decadent dessert “dangerous” because you won’t be able to stop eating it―we couldn’t agree more.
Recipe: Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cake
You’d never know that this chocolatey, smooth frozen treat is made with low-fat milk.
Recipe: Chocolate Sherbet