Moist, dense, and foolproof, this cake includes a mix of cocoa and chocolate chips for fudgy flavor. You can vary the intensity by adjusting the amount of chocolate chips, but don’t pass up the silky caramel sauce.
For her version of the layered pie, blogger Naomi Robinson grinds up Oreos for the crust and adds a dark chocolate pudding filling. The recipe comes from her September, 2017 book, Baker’s Royale: 75 Twists on All Your Favorite Sweets (Running Press; $28).
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Pie
Brownies are perfection when combined with peanut-butter-cup/chocolate-swirl ice cream (often called Moose Tracks), but feel free to swap it out for your favorite flavor. Chilling the brownies overnight will make it easier to cut them neatly; they’ll also keep their shape nicely if you cut them in half.
L.A.-based blogger Joy Wilson says, “I’m a single girl. That means I don’t have to feed anyone but myself...I can have chocolate...for dinner.” This version of a standout recipe in her Joy the Baker Cookbook ($20) adds peanut butter or bourbon, two of Joy’s favorite flavors.
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.
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.
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
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