23 Decadent Recipes for Dark Chocolate Lovers

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Vegan dark chocolate ganache

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With its bitter, slightly sweet flavor, dark chocolate can make any dessert taste more sophisticated than one with milk or semisweet chocolate. When using dark chocolate in baking, quality can really make a difference. Spring for high-quality ingredients, especially in simple recipes that showcase their excellence. Whether you have a fancy dinner party to top off in style or just want to end weeknight supper on a special note, these dark chocolate recipes will fit the bill.

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    Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

    Chocolate Pots de Creme

    Leah Maroney


    Individual desserts make serving a party so easy and they look elegant in their little ramekins. These pots de creme use two types of chocolate for a depth and richness you can't get from one alone. Chill them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, so they set up properly.

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    Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
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    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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    Vegan Ganache

    Vegan dark chocolate ganache

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    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.

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    Bailey's Dark Chocolate Mousse

    Dark Chocolate Mousse with Baileys Irish Cream

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    The addition of Bailey's Irish cream liqueur gives these luscious dark chocolate mousse cups a little kick. You can even make them ahead of time. When preparing the mousse, take extra care to ensure the bowl is completely clean and dry. Even a tiny drop of water will cause the chocolate to seize.

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    Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

    Bittersweet Brownies
    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.

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    Chocolate-Covered Chestnut Candy

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    Sweet chestnut puree covered in chocolate creates a luxurious Turkish truffle with a delightfully unique taste. Preparing the chestnuts takes the most time; the rest comes together in your stand mixture. Use good dark chocolate in this simple recipe and hand them out as gifts around the holidays.

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    Ultimate Pareve Chocolate Cake

    chocolate 3 layer cake
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    Whether or not you keep kosher, this decadent dark chocolate layer cake will really impress your guests. Moist and rich with a perfect crumb, it doesn't even require a mixer because you don't need to cream together butter and eggs. Try it in a bundt shape instead of a layer cake or even as cupcakes for a school event.

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    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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    Almond Cookies With Dark Chocolate

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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    Dipping the ends of these almond cookies in dark chocolate creates a lovely contrast between sweet almond paste and bitter cocoa. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, they boast a texture that will have you reaching for seconds. Let your ingredients come to room temperature before using for best results.

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    Dark Chocolate Fondue

    Easy chocolate fondue recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Fondue might feel 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.

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    Chocolate-Dipped Mango

    Chocolate-Dipped Mangoes
    (c) Elizabeth LaBau

    A delicious dessert doesn't have to be complicated. Sweet dried mango slices go beautifully with dark chocolate. Sprinkling with a little cayenne pepper gives them a little kick that rounds out the experience. Try serving these as a light dessert, as part of a candy tray, or for an interesting afternoon snack.

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    Raspberry Chocolate Tart

    Chocolate Raspberry Tart. Wiley Books

    When making desserts with sweet fruit like raspberries, using at least 70 percent cacao chocolate adds a bittersweet element that complements the fruit perfectly. This fancy tart looks beautiful on your table and makes the most of fresh seasonal berries.

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    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

    chocolate crinkle cookies on baking rack

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni 

    Melted chocolate and cocoa powder are used to make these fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies. They are rolled in powdered sugar before baking, creating the signature cracked appearance and adding a bit of sweetness. A batch of these chocolately cookies is sure to disappear quickly.

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    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake

     Elaine Lemm

    This quick bread is easy to whip up, and can be served as a sweet brunch dish, snack, or a light dessert. With cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the batter, double chocolate zucchini bread will satisfy any chocolate lover. It's moist like a chocolate cake, but lighter thanks to the shredded zucchini.

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    Chocolate Whipped Cream

    Chocolate Whipped Cream
    Diana Rattray

    Bittersweet chocolate transforms whipped cream from a tasty topping into a dessert in its own right. Serve this fluffy cream atop your favorite cake, pots de creme, or even ice cream sundaes, or make it into a pretty parfait or trifle. Or just grab a spoon—it tastes good all on its own. It does need to chill thoroughly before whipping, so give yourself lots of time.

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    Homemade Chocolate Pudding

    Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding
    Photo © Molly Watson

    Once you try this simple recipe, you may never go back to the boxed stuff again. Adding bittersweet or dark chocolate to this homemade pudding gives it an extra chocolatey flavor. Cook the pudding low and slow so the eggs don't separate. If they do, take it off the heat and add a tablespoon of butter to reincorporate.

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    Chocolate Liqueur Cake

    Chocolate Cake
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    Dark cocoa powder and chocolate liqueur give this cake a rich, deep color and flavor and a tender-moist texture. A tiny bit of cinnamon enriches the chocolate flavor and hot fudge frosting keeps the interior soft. Coconut flakes and chopped pecans liken it to a turtle cake, but you can omit both for a simpler dessert.

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    Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

    Gluten free flour-less chocolate cake
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    Flourless chocolate cake appears on many upscale restaurant menus for a reason, but you can make it at home relatively easily. It's a good starter recipe for novice bakers, since it takes on a nice, fudgy texture if underbaked. Serve it with creme anglaise or whipped cream to balance out the chocolate.

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    Chocolate Almond Cake

    Chocolate and Almond Cake - Pastel de Chocolate y Almendras
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    High-quality dark chocolate really shines in this delightful Spanish chocolate cake. Licor 43 lends a distinctive herbal element, but you can use rum if you can't find the liqueur. You can blanch and grind the almonds ahead of time to save a few steps on baking day, or buy pre-blanched almonds for an even simpler preparation.

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    French Chocolate Soufflé

    Chocolate Souffle


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    Light airy soufflés have a reputation for difficulty, but the ease of these impressive desserts may surprise you. Use good, bittersweet dark chocolate that will really shine in this recipe. Serve them right away out of the oven before they have a chance to deflate.

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    Vegan Chocolate Fudge

    Rich and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Fudge

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    Choose dark chocolate dairy-free chips to make this vegan fudge even richer and deeper in flavor. It takes just three ingredients and hardly any time at all, so you can even invite the kids to help. The versatile recipe also lends itself to experimentation—add chopped nuts, candy pieces, or even marshmallows to mix it up and bit.

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    Mrs. Quinn's Brownies

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    Just like mom used to make, this brownie recipe uses double the chocolate for double the taste. The recommended baking time results in a fudgy texture. If you prefer cakier brownies, leave them in just a little longer, but watch them carefully so they don't dry out.

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    Traditional Chocolate Truffles

    Dark Chocolate Truffles
    Classic French Dark Chocolate Truffles. Vladimir Shulevsky - Getty Images

    Dark bittersweet chocolate gives these simple French truffles a luscious flavor that makes a great dessert, addition to a candy tray, or even a homemade gift. The secret to great truffles comes in making a smooth ganache and rolling the truffles evenly. It can take a little practice, but this recipe includes several tips to get you started.