Here are the best chocolate desserts to satisfy the chocolate lovers in your life, from cookies to brownies to pudding to cake!
Are you a chocolate lover? Here at A Couple Cooks, we adore chocolate. Though we’re all about healthy eating, there’s always room for a little treat. So here are our favorite chocolate dessertsfor chocoholics! There’s chocolate cake with ganache glaze, a stunner that’s perfect for birthdays and celebrations. There are triple chocolate cookies, creamy puddings, fudgy brownies, colorful chocolate bark. The main priority? 100% chocolate-y deliciousness. Well, shall we get to the recipes?
Here’s an iconic chocolate dessert that’s the pure definition of decadence: Molten Chocolate Lava Cake! It gets its name from its liquid “lava” center, which flows like a volcano when you dig into it with a fork. If you’re a chocolate lover who loves licking the batter off spatulas (guilty!), you’ll be head over heels for this one. Turns out, it’s not as tricky as you think: but there are a few things to know to fail-proof this classic dessert.
Get ready for the ultimate celebration dessert for a chocolate lover. Flourless chocolate cake! This decadently fudgy cake is meant for celebrations, like Valentine’s Day or birthdays. Rich and fudgy, dense and dark chocolaty, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream cake! Top it with this easy raspberry compote for a sweet tart pairing that cuts the sweetness of the cake perfectly.
This Chocolate Mug Cakerecipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own!
Looking for a decadent treat? Try this chocolate mousse recipe: rich, smooth, and surprisingly easy to whip up at home! It takes just 15 minutes of hands on time, then chill until it's dense and chocolaty. It's a total crowd pleaser! Or, try this Easy Chocolate Mousse variation.
These No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a step above the rest! They're rich and chocolaty, full of dark chocolate peanut butter flavor and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. They’re beautifully glossy in texture, and the flavor? Let us tell you: when we served them at a party, they went fast.
Not sure what chocolate dessert to make? These chocolate covered strawberries might be the easiest! The sweet tart fresh berries are covered with crunchy semi-sweet chocolate: an easy no-bake dessert that always looks stunning!
We’re chocoholics over here, so one of our top treats to make is Chocolate Bark! This one is sweet and salty with a confetti of colorful ingredients and absolutely irresistible. It’s the best fun treat that makes a great gift! Here’s the perfect chocolate bark recipe: with a smooth, shiny sheen on the chocolate and just the right crisp crunch when you bite into it.
Stop what you’re doing and gather the ingredients for this recipe that will have your friends and family running for another piece. The zucchini brownies come out ultra moist and gooey, with a deep, rich chocolaty flavor. They’re simple to make and you won’t believe the amazing flavor and texture!
This incredible, decadent dark chocolate cake is pure perfection, from the rich, moist chocolate cake to the light and fluffy buttercream filling. Oh, and did we mention a dark chocolate ganache glaze? You’re going to want to stop what you’re doing and run to the kitchen to make this: NOW! This incredible cake is dark chocolatey, just sweet enough, totally plant based (so it works for many diets). It's perfect for birthdays or other special occasions.
Here’s a favorite chocolate dessert recipe that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: chocolate covered bananas! Now, this concept it not new or revolutionary: but it's perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Store this healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
Everyone loves a good chocolate cookie. But here's something we think is even better: these soft, gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! They've got an irresistibly chewy texture, featuring a luxurious dough with loads of dark chocolate chips. A bit of oatmeal gives it a nostalgic heartiness, and the edges get perfectly golden.
Next up in our chocolate dessert recipes: chocolate peanut butter cups! Because who can resist that classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate? These are the very best that you'll make at home. They’ve got a satisfying crunch, just the right amount of lightly sweet peanut butter filling, and a few flakes of sea salt on top for a salty flair. WOWZA!
This chocolate pudding is so creamy and rich, it gives you all those nostalgic Snack Pack-style vibes. This tasty number is made with oat milk and dark chocolate, and it tastes like a dream. It's creamy, velvety and totally craveable.
Here is the best chocolate cookie recipe we’ve had….hands down. It tastes like it’s from a professional bakery. This flavor features a triple threat of chocolate: chocolate dough with milk chocolate and dark chocolate chunks. Topped with flaky sea salt, they’re pretty darn insane.
Here's another supremely delicious chocolate cake recipe: this time gluten free! It’s an inventive way to eat real, whole foods in dessert form. The magic ingredients are almond butter and shredded zucchini! Almond butter brings protein-packed texture instead of butter, and the zucchini brings in moisture and lightness. It's got gooey dark chocolate chips for maximum chocolatey goodness, too.
What's a better chocolate dessert recipe than cookie dough? Not sure about you, we'd always pick dough over a baked cookie 100% of the time. This cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat with a few tricks. Make the standard dough which has various diet options, or try our popular Chickpea Cookie Dough, an option that's a tad healthier without sacrificing on flavor.
This chocolate chip cookie cake recipe features another great chocolate pairing: chocolate and orange! It's filled with dark chocolate chunks and a hint of orange zest that make it seriously irresistible. And the texture is perfectly soft and chewy. Take it from reader Erin, who told us, “This cookie cake was SO GOOD. The orange zest was perfect!"
Here's a classic chocolate dessert recipe: brownie pie! This one is fudgy and decadent. The best part is the tahini maple sauce! It’s super simple to whip up: just mix together tahini, maple, espresso powder, and salt and it comes together into a gooey, salty sweet drizzle. It’s the absolute perfect finish for the decadent brownie pie.
If you’re a fan of ice cream mix-ins, there’s nothing better than the good old classic Rocky Road Ice Cream! This ice cream flavor is almost a century old and still popular as ever. The creamy chocolate base holds chunks of toasted nuts and marshmallows, creating irresistible texture and flavor contrasts. Make it homemade and you can add chocolate chunks too (why not?!).
These really are amazing flourless brownies! They’re hefty and thick, with just the right chewy, fudgy texture. The rich chocolaty interior is absolutely irresistible, and studded with chocolate chips: it’s downright impossible not to take another bite. No one will know these are flourless: they please just about everyone.
More with chocolate
There are lots more tasty chocolate desserts that we didn’t highlight here: here are a few more recipes we love!
Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then half again to get four layers. Trace the bottom of a ramekin on the parchment and cut out 4 circles. Use butter to grease the bottom and sides of ramekins. Place the parchment circles into the bottom of the ramekins and grease the parchment paper as well.
Slice the butter into pieces and break the chocolate into small pieces. Place them in a glass measuring cup or glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then microwave another 20 to 40 seconds until completely melted when stirred. Allow to cool while you make the rest of the batter.
In a larger bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until fully combined and frothy. Then whisk in the dry ingredients and the milk. Whisk until smooth, then slowly add butter and chocolate mixture and whisk until just incorporated and smooth.
Pour the batter evenly into the four ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake them for 11 minutes (or 10 minutes if baking at altitude). The cake should be risen, cracked across the top and just a little bit jiggly when the center is lightly tapped with your finger. (11 minutes is perfect in our oven.)
Remove from the oven and rest the cakes for 2 minutes (it’s important to be precise here; the cakes still cook while in the ramekins). Carefully run a sharp paring knife around the outsides of the cake to let it loose from the ramekin. Using a hot pad, invert one lava cake onto a plate (careful, the ramekins are hot!). Wait 10 seconds before carefully removing the ramekin to unmold the cake, then remove the parchment circle from the top. The top of the cake will be either just cooked over or have a small circle of lava visible. If the cake collapses with too much lava, wait another minute before unmolding the other cakes, since they will continue cooking in the hot ramekin. (But do not leave the cakes in the ramekins too long: they will cook through and lose the lava!) If the cake doesn’t have enough lava, next time you make the recipe reduce the bake time by 1 minute.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately, using a spoon to open the cake and allow the lava to flow out.
*Chocolate chips do not work well, since they are formulated to not melt (they result in an ultra thick batter). Resist the urge to substitute them! Most chocolate bars come in 4-ounce bars, so 2 ounces is a half bar. You can substitute semi-sweet chocolate if desired.
**This recipe is easy to make as a half recipe: it’s a great dessert for a dinner for two!