20 Decadent Chocolate Recipes for Your Sweet Tooth

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Vegan dark chocolate ganache

The Spruce Eats

We don't need to tell you why chocolate is everyone's favorite dessert flavor. We just skip right to rounding up the best chocolate recipes to satisfy a dessert craving, impress a Valentine's Day date, or serve for special occasions. Whether you want to try your hand at multi-step recipes, are a beginner baker, or want to add chocolate flair to your workday snacks, you'll find a go-to chocolate recipe here.

  • 01 of 20

    Classic Chocolate Mousse

    Chocolate Mousse

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Fluffy and rich chocolate mousse is the ultimate romantic French dessert. Whip up this easy and classic recipe for a sweet and indulgent ending to your Valentine's Day dinner for two. It's an ideal choice because you can prepare it ahead for the fridge, so it's ready to serve at a moment's notice.

  • 02 of 20

    Easy Chocolate Cake

    Easy Chocolate Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Every home baker needs a foolproof chocolate cake recipe. This moist and sweet chocolate cake is a true classic, It can be mixed up easily by hand, uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry and fridge, and is a perfect dessert for birthday parties and other special occasions.

  • 03 of 20

    Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

    Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Using a darker, less sugary bittersweet chocolate instead of traditional semisweet gives these brownies a decadent, grown-up flavor that will really top the bake sale. Chopped walnuts add a little crunch, but you can omit them if you don't care for them (or have allergies). For extra flair, add additional chopped chocolate, coated candy pieces, or chocolate chips.

  • 04 of 20

    Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

    Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Dangerously dark and decadent chocolate raspberry truffles are an ideal Valentine's Day dessert. They are wonderfully rich, with a smooth ganache filling that melts in your mouth, and bursting with luscious chocolate raspberry flavor. They are also beautiful to look at, with a drizzle of melted red candy coating. Make them up to two weeks ahead, storing in an airtight container in the fridge.

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  • 05 of 20

    Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

    Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Karen Hibbard

    When you crave chocolate cake, but lack the time or will to bake one, our genius hot chocolate mug cake is quick and satisfying. You need just 5 minutes to throw it together and "bake" it in the microwave, with little fuss or mess. It tastes just like the beloved hot winter beverage, but in a cake form, including a creamy cocoa base, and must-have mini-marshmallows on top.

  • 06 of 20

    Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

    Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    This lovely and light chocolate layer cake tastes just like a traditional German chocolate cake, but without a hint of gluten in sight. You'll love its moist and tender crumb, and it tastes fantastic with the classic chocolate-pecan frosting. If you need it to be dairy-free as well, simply swap in soy milk for the buttermilk called for in the recipe.

  • 07 of 20

    No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream

    No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Sure, you could buy a pint of ice cream from the store. But why not earn the bragging rights of making your own? This easy, no-cook chocolate ice cream is a fun kitchen project to do with kids, because it's simple enough for beginners, and has an amazing flavor and texture. The recipe needs just five basic ingredients, and freezes beautifully in an ice cream maker.

  • 08 of 20

    Black Forest Cheesecake

    Black Forest Cheesecake

    The Spruce Eats / Jessie Sheehan

    Rich and dreamy Black Forest cheesecake is a wonderful showcase for the stunning and classic flavor combination of chocolate and cherries. The luscious chocolate cheesecake filling is easy to mix together, and nestles inside a crumbly chocolate cookie crust. Topped off liqueur-spiked whipped cream, and a homemade cherry compote, it's a winning dessert for all your potlucks and parties.

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  • 09 of 20

    Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Estrada

    The only thing better than a dark chocolate cake is one with a gooey, warm center. Serve these molten lava cakes warm from the oven for a real show-stopping dessert. Top with vanilla ice cream or good whipped cream for a nice contrast.

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    Instant Pot Brownies

    Instant Pot Brownies

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    When you crave brownies, but don't want to heat up the kitchen by using your oven, make these awesome Instant Pot brownies. Our easy recipe yields a rich, nut-studded batch of scrumptious brownies you can slice and serve by the wedge. They are amazing on their own, or as the base for brownie sundaes.

  • 11 of 20

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Take your favorite, moist, crumbly, rich, delicately sweet banana bread... and now add chocolate. There is so much to love about this classic banana bread taken to the next level with the addition of unsweetened cocoa powder and miniature chocolate chips. As with all banana bread recipes, use very ripe and soft bananas with dark spots on the peels for maximum flavor.

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    Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

    Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

    The Spruce Eats

    Dark, delicious, and rich, with a custardy filling that tastes like the best chocolate brownies, chocolate chess pie is a Southern classic. You can use a classic homemade pastry crust, a gluten-free pie crust, or a ready-made frozen crust to snuggle the sensuous chocolate filling. Top off slices with fudge sauce, or a dollop of whipped cream, for an extra-special treat.

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    Vegan Ganache

    Vegan dark chocolate ganache

    The Spruce Eats

    This dark chocolate ganache works well in a whole range of recipes, from the coating of truffles to a topper for a vegan cake. You can also simply drizzle it over dairy-free ice cream. It only tastes as good as the chocolate you use, so buy the good stuff. Trust us, you won't even miss the milk.

  • 14 of 20

    Chocolate Popcorn

    Chocolate Popcorn

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Baker

    With the best of sweet and salty dessert and snacking flavors, our easy chocolate popcorn is an instant family favorite. Super yummy, it is easy to make at home, and kids and adults will go nuts for the crunchy delicious, lightly chocolatey snack. Make a large batch for your next family movie night or kids' sleepover party, or package it in cellophane bags as an edible party favor.

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    Chocolate Babka French Toast

    Chocolate Babka French Toast

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Valentine's Day breakfast calls for an insanely delicious French toast recipe. You can start with a store-bought chocolate babka, or bake your own, for slicing and dunking in a vanilla and orange-scented creamy custard, and pan-toasting in butter. Serve topped with maple syrup, some tangy mascarpone cheese, or even a swirl of your favorite fruit preserves for a special morning treat.

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    Chocolate Martini

    Chocolate Martini

    The Spruce Eats

    Chocolate lovers can enjoy their favorite dessert treat in booze form with the classic chocolate martini. It's the perfect dessert drink for any Valentine's Day dinner, or a New Year's Eve party. It is also a cinch to shake up with vodka and chocolate liqueur, and makes a stunning table-topper served in a cocoa-rimmed glass with a garnish of chocolate candies.

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  • 17 of 20

    Chocolate Flan

    Chocolate Flan

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Dark chocolate transforms the famous Spanish egg custard into a chocolate lover's delight that's also gluten-free. The chocolate flan recipe requires just four ingredients—dark chocolate, butter, eggs, and superfine sugar—and is baked in a water bath. Decorate the rich dessert with fruit, caramel sauce, or chocolate shavings.

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    Chocolate Bread Pudding

    Chocolate Bread Pudding

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter

    Creamy, gooey, and comforting, our chocolate bread pudding is the stuff of your brunch dreams. This indulgent, challah-based recipe doubles down on the chocolate flavor, using both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the eggy custard. After baking, the whole dessert is smothered with more melted chocolate for a decadent make-ahead dessert you can serve either warm or cold.

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    Easy Chocolate Fondue

    Easy chocolate fondue recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Fondue might feel like a throwback to the 1980s, but a chocolate-dipping party can make a fun evening activity, regardless of the decade. Use dark chocolate or a mix of semisweet and bittersweet, depending on how intense you want the flavor. For dipping, grab some strawberries, banana slices, marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, and small cookies—or ask your guests to bring their own dippers for a fun DIY get-together.

  • 20 of 20

    Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

    Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Chocolate-covered coffee beans are the perfect bite-sized pick-me-up when you need a quick caffeine or chocolate fix. Sweet and crunchy, and a cinch to prepare with your choice of semi-sweet, dark, or mint-flavored chocolate chips, they are made for mid-day snacking. You can also try them as a topping on cupcakes or chocolate mousse, and wrap them up in decorative bags for holiday gifting.