100 of Our All-Time Favorite Chocolate Desserts
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. 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 a to-die-for chocolate dessert recipe, remember that we've got the formula to every rich chocolatey concoction you need right here. From Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake to Chocolate Silk Pie, these desserts are creamy, rich, decadent, and can be enjoyed year-round. We've got all the classics plus a few creative spins (have you ever added vegetables to your chocolate cake? Now's your chance to try). After all, there is never such a thing as too much chocolate.
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake
Coated in marshmallows and fudge, there's nothing not to love about this Mississippi Mud Cake.
Kentucky Bourbon Pie
Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Pie
Chocolate, pecans, and bourbon, all baked into an indulgent pie? You can sign us up.
Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Finished with flaky sea salt, these are not your average bake sale brownies.
Devil's Food Cake
Recipe: Devil's Food Cake
Angel food cake just got a chocolate upgrade. It's devilishly good.
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
We prefer to leave the sides of this cake unfrosted to show off the striking layers.
Peanut Butter Fingers
Recipe: Peanut Butter Fingers
These snacks can be easily packed up and taken on-the-go in lunch boxes or picnic baskets.
Recipe: Fudge Cake
This classic cake is one of our most-baked desserts of all time. Yes, it's that good.
Chocolate-Almond Petit Fours
Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Petit Fours
These elegant petit fours are the perfect bite-sized addition to any party spread.
Sweet Potato Brownies
Recipe: Sweet Potato Brownies
A mashed sweet potato is hiding in these fudgy brownies.
Death by Chocolate
Recipe: Death by Chocolate
Dark chocolate cake meets milky chocolate pudding and fresh whipped cream in this tri-toned, scoopable dessert.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Brownies
Dark chocolate brownies get a rich cream cheese swirl to make an all-star flavor combination.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake
Featuring chocolate cake, mousse, and ganache, this rich cake is a chocolate-lover's dream.
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Two kinds of chocolate make an appearance in these cupcakes. They're called "ultimate" for a reason.
Recipe: Reese's Cake
Replicate the taste of everyone's favorite chocolate, nutty peanut butter cup candies in an equally induldent cake.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Garnish your decadent chocolate bundt with edible flowers to bring fresh spring color to the dish.
Recipe: Chocolate Trifle
Make this simple Chocolate Trifle the day before the party and get ready to field lots of compliments.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Topped with a golden-brown torched marshmallows, these cookies will be a favorite at the kids' table.
Martina McBride's Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Martina McBride's Chocolate Cake
Everyone needs to have a good chocolate cake recipe tucked in the back pocket. This one also happens to be extra-easy.
Mama's German Chocolate Cake
Instant Pot Double Chocolate Cheesecake
Just more proof that your slow cooker really can do it all, including cook a cheesecake.
Dr Pepper Texas Sheet Cake
Recipe: Dr Pepper Texas Sheet Cake
The soda's subtle cherry flavor pairs wonderfully with the cake's combination of pecans and chocolate.
Recipe: Chocolate Torte
Richer and more dense than chocolate cake, this Chocolate Torte packs a punch of cocoa flavor.
Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
The unexpected addition of fizzy soda adds lightness to this fluffy chocolate cake.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Dusted in powdered sugar, these cookies boast a cracking texture and intense chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Silk Pie
Recipe: Chocolate Silk Pie
This pie is smooth as silk and perfect for the warm months, because we all still need our chocolate fix when it's hot out.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These aren't your average chocolate chip cookies. Brown butter takes the flavor to the next level, adding a slight savory tang to the dough.
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
This stunning centerpiece-worthy cake is made of light, pillowy meringue layers.
Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Zucchini is the secret ingredient to keeping this cake extra-moist.
Cappuccino Swirl Bars
Recipe: Cappuccino Swirl Bars
Chocolate and coffee join forces in these decadent bars to create a crave-worthy (and caffeinated) dessert.
Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake
Chocolate and peanut butter are a tried-and-true combination, and they come together beautifully in this sheet cake.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
A bowl of these elegant homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzels always graces our countertops.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Say happy birthday with this homemade cookie cake. The kids and adults will all be in line for a slice.
Chocolate Éclair Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake
Éclairs are already irresistible, but served in cake form? This cake has simply stolen our hearts.
Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake
Looking to serve a cake that's really special? Rely on our showstopping Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake.
Chocolate-Peppermint Swirl Sandwich Cookies
These delicate and colorful cookies will be the star of the holiday cookie exchange.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Nothing says romance like Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Whip up a batch of these quick and easy treats for date night.
Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
If you're feeding a crowd, these miniature cookie cups will save the day.
Recipe: Chocolate Parfaits
This spoonable layered dessert is the ideal fuss-free finale to your holiday feast.
Recipe: Vegan Brownies
Didn't think vegan desserts could be sinfully indulgent? Think again.
Ginger Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Ginger Bourbon Balls
With strong flavors like ginger and bourbon, these fun homemade truffles will be the life of the party.
Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
Recipe: Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
Lemon and chocolate: an unexpected pairing that works oh-so-well.
Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Bread
This stunning loaf isn't just for dessert: it's also a great breakfast or snack.
Texas Skillet Cake
Recipe: Texas Skillet Cake
Think Texas sheet cake, but made in a cast iron skillet. Yes, we just went there.
Mississippi Mud Cheesecake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cheesecake
This wow-worthy cheesecake is piled high with all the decadent toppings.
Coco-Loco Chocolate Fondue
Recipe: Coco-Loco Chocolate Fondue
Forget the fondue set: this recipe can be made in the slow-cooker.
Mocha Pudding Cake
Recipe: Mocha Pudding Cake
This ooey-gooey cake combines all our favorite components of cake and pudding into one decadent dessert.
Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Whip up this cake with the help of your trusted slow-cooker.
Chocolate Lava Cake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Lava cake is perhaps the most decadent chocolate dessert we can dream up, and paired with cinnamon whipped cream, this dish is unstoppable.
German Chocolate-Pecan Pie
Recipe: German Chocolate-Pecan Pie
German chocolate cake and pecan pie collide in this ultimate fusion dessert.
Over the Moon Chocolate Pie
Recipe: Over the Moon Chocolate Pie
This pie is sure to send you over the moon. The creamy chocolate filling combined with the pillowy meringue topping is the stuff of dreams.
Pecan Pie Brownies
Recipe: Pecan Pie Brownies
Can't decide whether to bring pecan pie or brownies to the potluck? Make both.
Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge
Make this fudge up to two weeks in advance. It couldn't be easier to bring a homemade treat.
Ice Cream Sandwich Layer Cake
Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Layer Cake
The kids will go crazy for this whimsical layered dessert. It takes all the fun of summer and distills it into a festive 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.
Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake
This festive treat has all the flavors of the winter holidays, chocolate and peppermint, in sliceable cheesecake form.
Almond-Coconut Mini Cakes
Recipe: Almond-Coconut Mini Cakes
Guests are sure to swoon over these personalized mini cakes. No need for sharing.
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Let this elegant chocolate cheesecake be the centerpiece of your holiday tablescape.
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.
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.
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
This chocolate pudding is everything you dream of—chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!
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.
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Recipe: Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Easily pipe the filling using a zip-top plastic bag.