Imagine the richest, darkest, most decadent chocolate desserts you’ve ever eaten. Then try a taste of our Brownie Tiramisù or a molten spoonful of Chocolate Bread Pudding. You won’t be disappointed.
We Southerners are known for a few things: syrupy drawls, impeccable hospitality, and, of course, our skill for cooking comfort food—arguably our most charming attribute. And there is no food quite as comfort-packed as chocolate. So naturally, we’ve found a plethora of ways to serve up cake stands, pie dishes, and cookie sheets full affection and decadent chocolate desserts. Whether you—or your loved ones—prefer chocolate in form of fudge-drizzled ice cream, gooey bars and brownies, fluffy frosted cupcakes, or creamy custard, you’re sure to find something in this mix that will satisfy even the most seasoned sweet tooth. Next time your social calendar requires that you to whip out to-die-for chocolate dessert recipe, remember that we’ve got the formula to every rich chocolatey concoction you need right here.
Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing
Somehow, Texas claimed the sheet cake as its own in the mid-20th century, perhaps because of the pecans, an ingredient that grows in abundance throughout the Lone Star State. The defining element is its shape--and, of course, the icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. The result is a rich, chocolaty treat that's iconic in Texas.
Chocolate Truffle Pie with Amaretto Cream
Start with refrigerated pie crusts to make prep for this pie a breeze. Slivered almonds mixed into the batter give each sweet bite a crunch.
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake
Mississippi Mud Cake is a classic Southern sheet cake filled with marshmallows and chopped pecans and covered in a rich chocolate frosting. This particular recipe offers a cupcake variation as well as a shortcut version.
Salted Chocolate Matzo Madness Toffee
Take a crack at this Southern spin on a traditional Passover treat. But it’s not only relegated to the holiday. In fact, you can make this sweet snack year-round using saltine crackers for a crispy, salty base that makes the chocolate and pecans pop in your mouth. So do yourself a favor and indulge!
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
We took the traditional pound cake recipe and raised it a stunning, triple-chocolate twist. This cake means business. A duo of glazes—one creamy chocolate, the other subtle buttermilk—comes together atop this dreamy confection. It’s indulgent and, we admit, so much fun to eat and serve. Chocolate enthusiasts will be over the moon for this recipe, but it has enough unexpected flavor—thanks to the addition of the buttermilk glaze—that you’ll also win over the harder-to-please dessert eaters at the table. Warning: You—and they—won’t be able to resist a second slice. Go for it. We won’t tell.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
You'll hardly be able to bake these little gems before they're devoured.
The Ultimate Chocolate Pie
Recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Pie
For the crust, crumble three-fourths of 1 (9-oz.) box of chocolate wafer cookies to yield 2 cups.
Recipe: Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake
If you've never known the glory of a mayonnaise cake, you're in for a treat! The staple ingredient yields an ultra-moist crumb and keeps the sugar from taking over your taste buds.
Chocolate Shortbread Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Shortbread Cake
This dessert, prepped in just 30 minutes, is all about the crisp cookies and luscious chocolate.
Recipe: Chocolate-Buttermilk Pudding
This is the perfect chocolately treat. Top with a dollop of buttermilk cream and a sprig of mint for the ultimate dish.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
For an even chewier texture, substitute 1/2 cup hazelnut or almond flour for 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
Black Forest Pound Cake
Rebecca's Black Bottom Icebox Pie
With a rich, creamy filling and melt-in-your-mouth crust, this is quite possibly the best chocolate pie ever.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite, whip up a batch of these all-time favorite cookies. They're the best of the best.
Mama's German Chocolate Cake
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Recipe: Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Easily pipe the filling using a zip-top plastic bag.
Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
The new appreciation for whiskey goes beyond drinking and finds its way into sauces, braises, and especially desserts. Now bourbon and pecan pie fit togther like peanut butter and jelly or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Triple Chocolate Brownie-Mousse Stacks
Allow plenty of time to make fillings, and immediately assemble stacks. You can chill the assembled stacks up to 24 hours ahead of time.
Recipe: Cappuccino Blossoms
These coffee-flavored cookies have relatively small amounts of granulated and light brown sugar because the coffee liqueur and the dark chocolate kisses add a good bit of sweetness. Also, you might want to note that this is an egg-free recipe.
Chocolate-Bourbon-Butterscotch Icebox Cake
Elegant, showstopper desserts don’t come much easier than this. Each slice resembles fine pastry.
Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
You can make and freeze crust ahead of time; thaw in your refrigerator overnight before preparing the filling.
Hot Chocolate Trifle
Recipe: Hot Chocolate Trifle
Top this rich trifle with a sprinkle of chocolate curls.
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
A scoop of vanilla ice cream is an ideal mate for this warm, gooey spiced chocolate cake.
Mississippi Mud S'Mores-Fudge Pie
Test Kitchen Tip: Marshmallows cut easily if you coat scissors with cooking spray before you snip.
Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
We replicated the flavor profile of Mexican chocolate using semisweet chocolate and cinnamon. If you prefer to use Mexican chocolate, look for it with the hot drink mixes or on the Hispanic food aisle. This moist pound cake is equally delicious without the Mexican Chocolate Sauce.
Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts
Recipe: Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts
If you make tarts often, Pam suggests investing in a tart tamper. It will make quick work of fitting dough rounds into the pan. Another quick-prep tip: Stack piecrusts to cut multiple rounds in one turn.
Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
Recipe: Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
This cupcake version of a chocolate-key lime pie is an ideal pick-up dessert for entertaining. Make a crumb crust with chocolate wafers and top with a sweet cream cheese mixture with fresh key lime juice. Try cupcake pies with sweetened whipped cream, fresh cherries, blackberries, and mint leaves.
Mexican Chocolate Ice-Cream Pie
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Ice-Cream Pie
A crisp, over-the-rim graham cracker crust spiked with ground cinnamon and red pepper adds a spicy cowboy kick to this showstopping pie. Make and freeze it up to one month ahead.
Recipe: Brownie Tiramisù
Mascarpone gives the topping a special flavor, but an equal amount of softened cream cheese may be substituted. Almond-flavored liqueur makes a delicious substitute for coffee liqueur.
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
As if the combination of milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies wasn't perfect enough, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark.
Recipe: Cheesecake Squares
Put on a pot of coffee and gather the girls. Mocha latté fans will love the rich and creamy flavor of these make ahead bars.
Candy Bar Pie
Recipe: Candy Bar Pie
This man-pleasing pie pairs a tantalizing trio of caramel-laced chocolate and peanut butter with the salty crunch of a crisp, over-the-rim pretzel crust. Be sure to spread the pretzel mixture all the way up the sides and onto the lip of the pie plate, or the crust will be too thick and shallow to hold the filling.
Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Brownies
This basic, but outstanding fudge brownie recipe offers endless dessert options you can add nuts or mix things up by turning them into cheesecake brownies. This brownie recipe is a must-have for your recipe box.
Recipe: Chocolate Fondue
Stir in additional heated whipping cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, if you want a thinner fondue. A fondue pot for chocolate is heated by a tea light or votive candle.
Crispy Chocolate Hearts
Recipe: Crispy Chocolate Hearts
Create a festive crisp rice cereal treat by adding a handful of memorable ingredients: peanuts, for crunch; marshmallows, for sweetness; and peanut better, for a smooth shot of rich flavor.
Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
Recipe: Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
Round out your meal with a slice of decadent mocha-pecan mud pie. This dessert is so rich, your guests will never know it was lightened.
White Chocolate Panna Cotta With Dark Chocolate Sauce
Served in stemmed glasses, these silky smooth Italian custards make an elegant ending to any meal.
Chocolate Italian Cream Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Italian Cream Cake
This wonderful cake is a chocolate version of the classic Italian Cream Cake.
Recipe: Coca-Cola Cake
Our Coca-Cola Cake is simply one of the best sheet cake recipes on earth. The magical brew of carbonated cola is the secret to the tender texture.
Blackberry-Raspberry Truffle Cake
This top-rated cake got rave reviews from our users, who praise its flavor and presentation. The recipe starts with boxed cake mix, making it a holiday-friendly cake for times when every minute counts.
Chocolate Cake IV
Recipe: Chocolate Cake IV
This impressive chocolate cake recipe features three layers of tender chocolate cake and two layers of creamy mocha-chocolate filling covered in a rich chocolate-coffee ganache. The fourth element of chocolate is the garnish of chocolate curls that are sprinkled on top of the cake.
Recipe: Pecan-Toffee Shortbread
Shortbread serves as a base for this chocolaty pecan toffee. Pecan-Toffee Shortbread makes excellent food gifts, but make extra because it'll be hard to give this sweet treat away.
Peanut Butter Mississippi Mud Brownies
Chocolate and peanut butter have never tasted so good. And the marshmallow topping makes these brownies just as dense and sweet as the famous cake.
Chocolate Marble Sheet Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Marble Sheet Cake
Swirl chocolate and yellow cake batter together in this marble sheetcake recipe and top with a rich mocha frosting.
Recipe: Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes
Chopped crème de menthe mints make for a pretty presentation and add a perfect bit of mint to moist chocolate cupcakes.
Mocha Java Cakes
Recipe: Mocha Java Cakes
You know those desserts that make everyone go “Wow!” when they bite into it? This is one of those desserts. It will be hard to have just one bite of this decadent dessert. The rich melted chocolate center and moist chocolate is beyond perfection for chocolate lovers. Since this dessert is formed into individual cakes, this mocha java concoction is perfect for dinner parties. With a thick dusting of powdered sugar, it mixes substantial chocolate with a delightful, dainty presentation on the plate. For chocoholics, this one can’t be beat, and the fun liquid center gives added dimension to a moist, spongy exterior. Even the cook will have a hard time believing these take less than 45 minutes to assemble and bake.
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
This chocolate pudding is everything you dream of—chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!
Lightened Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake with Mocha Sauce
Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle perfectly in this sinfully delicious cheesecake. The only thing missing is the guilt.
Dark Chocolate-Bourbon Tarte
Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Bourbon Tarte
This torte is soufflé-like in texture and abundant in heart-healthy antioxidants. Best of all, it cures any chocolate craving.
No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream
Chocolate milk and chocolate syrup create the chocolaty taste you’ve loved since you were a kid. Almonds add a nutty crunch to this super-simple recipe.
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
A cupcake version of the classic sheetcake, these treats are the perfect ending to dinner around the campfire. Bake and freeze cupcakes in advance, and frost before serving.
German Chocolate Snack Cake
Recipe: German Chocolate Snack Cake
German chocolate cake is finished with a cheesecake topping in this dessert that is begging to be packed as a snack.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake
This decadent ice-cream cake is truly a mint chocolate lover's dream! Top layers of mint chocolate chip ice cream and Devil's Food Cake Batter with a rich Chocolate Ganache and chopped crème de menthe chocolate mints. Make the whole cake ahead and freeze until ready to serve.
Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake
Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake
Chocoholics are sure to love this ultra-rich cheesecake, which features traditional cheesecake filling sandwiched between a chocolate-pecan brownie base and a thick, homemade chocolate glaze.
Hot Fudge Brownie Cake
Recipe: Hot Fudge Brownie Cake
Nothing beats a warm brownie fresh from the pan. Top this ooey-gooey dessert with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat the whole family will enjoy.
Mississippi Mud Brownies
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Brownies
Fluffy marshmallows, chopped pecans and chocolate frosting—who knew mud could be so delicious?
Chunky Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Chunky Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate chunks make these brownies fudgy; use the 23-minute baking time to make them extra gooey.
Recipe: Chocolate Parfaits
We tried using both sugar-free instant and regular pudding mixes. To our surprise, we preferred the flavor of the sugar-free.
Recipe: Mocha-Chocolate Shortbread
Chocolate-covered shortbread is the yummy end to a wonderful meal. You're likely to have all of the ingredients for this recipe stocked in the pantry.
Triple Chocolate-Cookie Trifle Pie With Raspberry Glaze
Store-bought cookies make preparing this new recipe spin on the beloved trifle a snap. Cover with a delicious, fresh raspberry glaze and you’ll have a splurge-worthy cookie trifle in half the time.
PB & Chocolate Pan Cookie
Recipe: PB & Chocolate Pan Cookie
This yummy cookie pairs two of our favorites—peanut butter and chocolate—in a dessert that's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Rocky Road Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Rocky Road Chocolate Cake
Slow-cook your way to rich, chocolatey, marshmallowey goodness. This first cake will look like it needs to cook just a little longer; however, by the time the topping is set, it's ready to serve.
Chocolate Truffle Bites
Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Bites
Making chocolate shavings for a garnish is easy. Pick up an extra chocolate bar, and use a vegetable peeler to shave bits of chocolate off the side.
Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
These flourless cookies are a dream if you're going gluten-free, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.
Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe: Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are twice as nice when you use both milk chocolate bars and semisweet chocolate chunks.
Dark Chocolate-Bourbon Torte
Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Bourbon Torte
Nobody can resist a dessert as luscious as this―even if it is lightened. Just sprinkle this guilt-free dessert with powdered sugar and cocoa for an easy, elegant look.
Easy Mocha Chip Ice-Cream Cake
Recipe: Easy Mocha Chip Ice-Cream Cake
This frozen dessert comes together quickly then just needs a little time to set in the freezer. Use premium-quality ice cream for rich, luscious results.
Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes
White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake
This cake is the perfect ending to a meal—from the deep red cranberry topping to the velvety smooth comforting bites.
Simple Brownies with Chocolate Frosting
Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Thumbprints
These cookies feature the irresistible flavor combination of cherry and chocolate.
Chocolate-Dipped Praline Pretzels
A good Southerner doesn't let guests leave empty-handed. Give them a sweet sendoff with these addicting salty-sweet nibbles.
Chocolate-Espresso Pots de Crème
Chocolate Fudge Pie
Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Pie
You won't believe this rich chocolate pie is lightened. Better yet, it only requires four ingredients. Garnish the pie with fresh raspberries.
Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pie
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pie
Dark, rich, and intensely chocolaty, this is one of our favorite new twists on pecan pie. Serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon Ganache
These chocolate chip cookies are decadent enough, but sandwich them between a Bourbon Ganache and this treat has been elevated to new heights.
Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake
A real treat to eat, this rich chocolate bundt cake will be a favorite at any gathering.
Chocolate Icebox Pie
Recipe: Chocolate Icebox Pie
This ultra-decadent chocolate pie recipe features a rich homemade chocolate pie filling topped with whipped cream and chopped chocolate candy bar pieces.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Pie
Whether you’re serving a large crowd or a small family, ice cream pies make it easy to dish up everyone’s favorite frozen treat.
Double Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies
You'll love these brownie creations because twice the chocolate equals twice the fun.
Recipe: Pecan Toffee
A simple alchemy of butter, sugar, and tap water, the tender-crisp texture of this toffee puts store-bought versions to shame.
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
Warm flavors of chocolate and whiskey mingle for a bread pudding that pairs perfectly with cold weather.
Chunky Chocolate Gobs
Recipe: Chunky Chocolate Gobs
These ultrachocolate cookies are, hands down, some of the best ever to come through our Test Kitchens.
Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Caramels
The hot caramel mixture needs to be poured immediately after stirring in vanilla, so be sure to butter your pan ahead of time.
Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Frosting
These indulgent bars are filled with toasted chopped pecans and semisweet chocolate morsels and topped with a warm caramel frosting. What more can you ask out of a brownie?
Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Melt chocolate in your microwave, give strawberries a quick dip, and then add a Southern touch by rolling them in chopped pecans.
Grilled Chocolate Sweetheart
Recipe: Grilled Chocolate Sweetheart
Take the gift of chocolate to a whole new level with this tasty Valentine offering.
Chocolate Mousse Loaf with Raspberry Purée
This sweet finale can be made a day ahead and chilled until time to serve.
Recipe: Chocolate-Fudge Cheesecake
Chocoholics are sure to love this ultra-rich cheesecake, which features traditional cheesecake sandwiched between a chocolate-pecan brownie base and a thick, homemade chocolate glaze.
Recipe: Chocolate Chubbies
How can you go wrong with this much chocolate packed into one recipe? And chances are you already have most of the ingredients on hand.