Let’s be honest, chocolate is one of the greatest things life has to offer. From desserts to drinks, to ice creams – there’s not a lot that chocolate can’t improve. The rich and silky flavour pairs beautifully with most others – even ones you wouldn’t normally think about like chilli, mint, or orange.
There is so much you can do with chocolate beyond the bars of candy. The flavour has been used in cooking for centuries, partly because it is so versatile and easy to cook with.
When it comes to dessert there are so many ways that chocolate can be incorporated. You can make something sweet and creamy or you could make it bitter, it all depends on what you want the chocolate to do. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to baking using chocolate.
There are so many different combinations of flavours that you can experiment with to make your chocolate dessert unique. Chocolate desserts are great dishes to share with friends and family on almost any occasion, after all, who isn’t ever in the mood for a chocolatey treat?
We have compiled a list of 24 different desserts that use chocolate in different ways. These recipes show just how versatile chocolate is, and show a range of different puddings that can be made using chocolate. And even better – these are all easy chocolate desserts.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in and explore the way we can use chocolate in our desserts.
Let’s start with a super easy no-bake recipe. This is perfect for when you are craving something sweet and chocolatey but you don’t have the time or motivation to bake a whole dessert. This little effort recipe will help you create the most delicious and indulgent chocolate fudge.
Gently melt chocolate on low heat and add condensed milk with a pinch of salt. Heat and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add a dash of vanilla flavouring and pour the rich sauce into a lined dish.
The dish must be lined so that you can easily cut and serve the fudge without it sticking to the pan. Simply wait for the mixture to set and you’re done. How simple is that? If you wanted to get a little crazy you can add a topping such as chopped nuts for an extra layer of texture.
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Chocolate and caramel is another match made in heaven. Both flavours beautifully balance and complement one another. This recipe uses both flavours to make small but tempting cookies. Roll the chocolate cookies in crushed pecans before baking to add an extra layer of both flavour and texture.
Once they have baked and are still warm make a little dent with the back of a spoon, and pour in melted caramel. This will give the cookies that sweet combination of flavours that we all know and love.
Once they have cooled drizzle them with melted chocolate and a pinch of sea salt for a contrast to the sweetness.
This recipe takes chocolate and makes it spicy. Chilli and chocolate are well-known to complement one another. However, it still seems to be quite a niche combination when it comes to desserts. Well, we can assure you that the two ingredients work weirdly well together and if you doubt us, you should try for yourself.
This delicious tart is made using 70% dark chocolate and chilli flakes. The bitterness of the dark chocolate is what makes the pairing so sublime with the chilli. This dish is more bitter than a classic sweet dish, nevertheless, it tastes amazing and has a kick to it.
It’s definitely a winner on our easy chocolate desserts list.
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We all love a brownie and this traybake recipe is perfect for parties or as a gift. Or to simply enjoy on your own.
This recipe creates a dense and fudgy brownie, decorated to look like the Cosmos. For maximum flavour, dark cocoa is used. However, if you aren’t a fan of dark chocolate (if it is too bitter for you) then regular cocoa powder works just fine too.
The key to making these brownies perfect is to be careful not to over-mix or over-bake the mixture, else you may end up ruining the texture of the brownie. Coat the top with a layer of chocolate ganache and use rainbow chips, sprinkles, or M&M’s to create the desired fun rainbow effect.
Kids will love them, and so will adults. They are perfect for afternoon tea, picnics or you could even wrap them up and give them as a homemade gift!
Now, this recipe is going to sound a little crazy. Chocolate pasta? Weird right? Perhaps you’re envisioning that scene in Elf where he’s mixing spaghetti with chocolate sauce and sprinkles, but alas that is not quite what this dish is.
For this dessert, you’ll need a pasta maker, and instead of following a traditional pasta recipe, use powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup.
This will create a dreamy smooth chocolatey pasta that can be decorated with whipped cream and fresh berries to bring out the chocolatey flavours. This can be made to look both sophisticated and be a fun interactive dessert for children!
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This is a great recipe that elevates your classic pecan pie. This pudding has a very similar sweet filling of corn syrup, sugar, and eggs. However, you then also want to add chocolate chips and bourbon. This is going to make a difference and elevate the dish to a new level.
If you want to make this pudding a little easier for yourself, you can use a store-bought crust to save time and effort. Simply bake the crust and filling in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the centre has a soft jiggle to it.
Let it cool and serve with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or any other fun and tempting topping you wish to add. This is a perfectly decadent and smooth pudding that has an air of elegance to it and is perfect if you want to show it off to your guests.
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What can be better than a cheesecake? A chocolate one. And even better yet, the crust is made from crushed Oreos, giving it that cookies and cream flavour that blends perfectly with the chocolate cheesecake topping.
This baked cheesecake recipe (p.s it is best to bake the crust before adding filling to ensure that it is crispy!), this is a simple way to elevate a standard cheesecake, and perfect for those with a chocolate sweet tooth.
To finish off this delicious dessert, add a topping of chocolate ganache to make it more rich and creamy. You could even go further and add chunks of Oreo cookie or pieces of brownie to the top for another texture to enjoy.
As much as we love milk chocolate, it would be wrong of us not to include this white chocolate recipe amongst our east chocolate desserts. White chocolate is sweeter tasting and is perfect when combined with coconut. This is another recipe for a cheesecake that will have an entirely different taste to it.
The base is made from graham crackers and is enhanced by adding toasted coconut flakes to infuse a coconut flavour through the entire dessert. With coconut milk and toasted coconut, the filling of this cheesecake will leave you wanting more.
Add a layer of white chocolate ganache to the top of the dish to bring in the sweetness and flavour of the white chocolate. Another great addition is to sprinkle some white chocolate shavings on top.
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A chocolate lava cake has to be one of the best desserts out there. Period. The melt-in-the-middle chocolate sauce makes the cake syrupy, rich and full of flavour. Although it may seem complicated to make, this is a relatively easy dessert to pull off.
All you need is six ingredients and a pan over low heat. No mixer is necessary. Melt butter, chocolate, and the rest of the ingredients until they form a smooth batter.
Then simply separate the batter into portions and bake in the oven at a high temperature for around 12 minutes. The high temperature of the oven and the short baking time, ensure that the center of the pudding will be gooey, thus creating the lava dessert.
Serve with cream or ice cream to complement the flavour of the chocolate cake and gooey centre.
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This is a great sweet twist on the traditional Italian dish. Of course, pizza is usually a savoury meal, but who said that you can’t tweak a few ingredients and make a sweet and chocolatey version instead?
This recipe is a giant chocolate chip cookie that you can cut into slices and serve like you would a pizza. It is perfect for sharing and easy to make and can be enjoyed by kids and grown-ups. To create this pizza dessert, simply create a pizza dough base and knead until it is ready. Then roll it out to your desired shape – most commonly a circle.
For the ‘sauce’, use cream cheese and top with as many chocolate chips as you can fit. You can use different types of chocolate such as white and dark, to bring in different flavours. Bake the pizza in an oven and when it is ready to come out it will be a creamy, gooey, melted chocolate treat!
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Nothing goes together quite like chocolate and peanut butter does. Just ask my kids! This cake combines the two flavours creating a mouth-watering and tempting dessert that you won’t be able to say no to. If you want to save yourself some time and effort you can even use a cake box recipe.
Whip together or purchase some peanut butter frosting. Once your cake has baked, simply cut horizontally to make however many layers you want. Sandwich the layers with a thick and generous layer of icing.
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The cake to icing ratio can be whatever is your preference, but we all know that icing is the best part! Once you have done that, decorate with Reese’s cups or Reese’s pieces, serve and enjoy.
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This pudding is fantastic because it is dairy-free and gluten-free making it the perfect chocolate dessert for anyone who may have intolerance and dietary requirements that you need to cater to.
This nutritious pudding will only take you 5 minutes to make as long as you have access to a blender. All you need to do is throw together avocado, banana, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dairy-free milk such as almond milk or oat milk.
Blend all the ingredients until you have a thick, creamy pudding-like texture. Separate the mixture into single portions and leave to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, serve with some coconut whipped cream and melted peanut butter for a tasty and healthy breakfast, dessert, or snack.
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This chocolate treat is not for the faint of heart. It is the ultimate chocolate dessert that combines all three types of chocolates and creates a rich, indulgent and creamy dish that will leave your mouth watering.
There is a mousse layer of each kind of chocolate, ensuring that with every bite you get a taste of each of them. It is smooth and creamy and can have either an Oreo or brownie base – whichever you’d prefer to have.
The layers are set with gelatine so that they don’t mix and you can truly taste the different flavours of the chocolates. You must leave each layer to set before adding the next to ensure each layer is clean and perfect.
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This is another perfect recipe for those who like their chocolate with a little kick to it.
To spice up these cookies, add cinnamon, cayenne, and chilli powder. These spices blend beautifully with the sweetness of the chocolate and add a hint of heat to the cookie.
These cookies are bursting with chocolate chunks and spices, and truly show how well chocolate and chilli complement each other. You could even use this recipe as a pie crust, or cheesecake base.
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This is a super easy and simple no-bake recipe, that is quite easy to make and very delicious. Invest in a good-quality chocolate bar and melt it down. Pour the chocolate into a lined tin, roughly ¼ of an inch thick.
The thicker you make the chocolate, the harder it will be for you to snap it into pieces. Once you have your layer of melted chocolate, it is time to add some topping for extra flavours and a difference in texture.
You can add chopped nuts and dried fruit for more grown-up and sophisticated chocolate bark, or you can use sprinkles and M&M’s for a bark that children will love! Make sure the chocolate is still melted when adding your toppings.
Let the chocolate set in the fridge and once it is hard, simply snap the bark into smaller pieces. These make for a lovely gift when put in a gift bag and wrapped with a bow! You could even use toppings for specific holidays so that they fit a theme.
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This is another one of the simplest recipes you can make. If you are a marshmallow lover, this is the right chocolate dessert for you to try. To make the base, crush up some Oreos and leave it to set. Once you have done this it is time to make the filling.
Simply mix together melted marshmallows and milk chocolate and then add cream to create an irresistible mixture you’ll want to spoon from the bowl.
The only downfall to this recipe is that you do have to wait a while for it to set, so pop it in the fridge and eat the leftovers from the bowl in the meantime!
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Little else can give as much pleasure as a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. Of course, crispy ones are delicious too but nothing can beat when the cookie melts in your mouth. The magic of creating a soft cookie is to leave your eggs at room temperature.
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There are many small changes you can make with a cookie recipe so that they are exactly how you like to eat them. Nothing beats a classic and simple chocolate chip cookie – what isn’t there to love about them?
Plus, they are super great when you need them for sharing, like for a party or event. You can also dress them up with ribbons and cute bags and give them away as sweet homemade gifts.
Sometimes baking truffles can be very difficult and fiddly, and it is hard to create the ones with filling inside. Well, no need to worry about any of that with this simple chocolate truffle recipe. These little chocolate bites only require three ingredients and a bit of mixing.
They are so simple and easy to make and provide the perfect bite of chocolatey goodness! To make these chocolate truffles simply mix together chocolate, cream, and butter. Once that has been mixed thoroughly, leave the mixture to cool in the refrigerator.
Use an ice cream scoop or spoon to portion the mixture into small dough balls. You can use your hands to shape it into perfect spheres. They then can be rolled into whatever topping you prefer.
This could be cocoa powder, coconut shavings, or chopped nuts, giving the truffle an extra flavour and texture to enjoy.
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This is a recipe that will impress your guests while needing little effort to be made. Simply repeat layers of brownie, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream to create a trifle that is full of texture and flavour.
This is a super easy recipe that you can customise too. Try adding a layer of raspberries or chopped nuts, or for kids a layer of marshmallow fluff.
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This vegan chocolate silk pie has the perfect balance of both textures and flavours. It can be hard to find the perfect vegan recipes, however, this one is pretty spot on. The base is made from a brownie batter that is made using crushed walnuts, cocoa, and dates.
These ingredients are mixed to create a crunchy but sweet chocolate flavour brownie-like layer that serves as the base of the pie. The real magic with this recipe is the pie filling.
The rich, indulgent, and creamy filling is made using a mix of silken tofu, dairy-free chocolate, and coconut milk. This smooth filling perfectly balances the crisp base of the pie, both textures complementing one another. Serve with fresh berries to bring out the chocolate flavouring.
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Who said that hot chocolate can only be enjoyed as a hot drink? This recipe is a mix between a brownie and a souffle, and you end up with a light and fluffy dessert that tastes just like hot chocolate does. Yum!
The whites of the eggs get whipped with the rest of the batter, which is what makes the cake so light and airy. A very simple bake with minimal ingredients, what is there not to love? Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or even marshmallow fluff for a real hot chocolate experience.
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We all know that chocolate and coconut complement each other very well, but did you know that coconut is also a great pairing with dark chocolate? The cake is made using a simple chocolate cake recipe but with the use of dark cocoa powder that will make a difference in the taste of this cake.
The icing should be coconut flavour, to perfectly balance the two flavours. The bitterness of the dark chocolate cake blends well with the sweetness of the coconut.
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This rich and moist chocolate zucchini bread has a similar texture to carrot cake and is perfectly paired with a coffee or hot drink. By adding cocoa powder and chocolate chips you will create a super chocolatey and indulgent dessert that is best for coffee afternoons and parties.
Because it is a loaf it is easy to slice and share with all of your guests.
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If you are a chocolate lover then you are going to love these recipes. There are so many to choose from and each ranges from baking difficulty. You don’t need to be a professional or experienced baker to make a lot of these recipes, a lot of them are super simple and not time-consuming at all.
Have fun experimenting with all of the flavours that chocolate makes a beautiful combination with.
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