100 Lightened Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate doesn't have to be deadly to your diet. Try one of these lightened—but still decadent!—chocolate desserts.

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes Recipes

Randy Mayor

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes

These chocolate desserts are ideal for a celebration and can mostly be made up to two days ahead. Between their decidedly rich flavor and sumptuous textures that combine a crusty top with a molten interior, these cakes earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating.

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Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

Randy Mayor

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy to make, and because simple ingredients are used, it's best to purchase premium cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Since they're studded with dark chocolate chunks, just dusting them with powdered sugar is enough to decorate these treats. 

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Upside-Down Fudge-Almond Tart Recipe

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Upside-Down Fudge-Almond Tart

Coarsely chopped almonds, two kinds of chocolate, and golden cane syrup help give Upside-Down Fudge-Almond Tart its rich flavor and our highest rating. "Easy and beautiful, this tart will satisfy every chocoholic's need for a chocolate fix," comments Test Kitchen Professional Deb Wise. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes

Randy Mayor

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store these Test Kitchen favorite cookies up to one week in an airtight container--if they last that long. We suggest keeping a dozen in the freezer for emergencies.

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Chocolate Decadence Recipes

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chocolate Decadence

No mixer? No problem. You won't need one for this surprisingly easy, aptly named dessert. Antioxidant-rich chocolate makes three appearances here―as cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate, and semisweet morsels. If you don't have ramekins, use muffin pans. The best part about this dessert: utter indulgence for a perfectly reasonable 315 calories. (Before we lightened it, this recipe contained 546.)

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Cocoa Fudge Cookies

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

These "disappearing cookies" are so rich, soft, and chewy that they tend to vanish quickly. “They’re the perfect cross between cookie and brownie,” one reader says. “Moist and dense on the inside, like a brownie, but crusty on the outside, like a cookie, you'd never know they're light.” At only 78 calories each, feel free to make a few batches. Then watch them disappear!

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Chocolate Bundt Cake drizzled with Rich Chocolate Sauce

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Unsweetened natural cocoa and espresso granules give our Chocolate Bundt Cake a rich, dark flavor. Drizzle with Rich Chocolate Sauce just before serving.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints Recipes

Randy Mayor

Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints

With a double shot of chocolate and hazelnut flavors, kids and adults will rave over these filled cookies. The espresso powder is optional, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor.

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Creamiest Chocolate Pudding Recipes

Randy Mayor

Creamiest Chocolate Pudding

This recipe earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating. A combination of cocoa powder and dark chocolate offers acidity and flowery notes. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator up to five days. For a pretty presentation, dip mint sprigs in water and gently dredge in sugar; let dry on a wire rack.

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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies Recipes

Randy Mayor

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

This rich dessert uses less fat than traditional brownies by substituting water and cherry preserves in place of some of the oil. The combination of unsweetened cocoa and semisweet chips makes for a rich, dark flavor.

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Double-Caramel Turtle Cake Recipes

Double-Caramel Turtle Cake

This decadent cake, which plays off the popular Turtle candies, boasts chocolate layers and a nutty caramel glaze.

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Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps Recipes

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Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

These no-bake cookies taste like bite-sized candy bars and are terrific with a cup of coffee. Prepare them up to two days in advance, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Fudge Pie Recipes

Randy Mayor

Chocolate Fudge Pie

This gooey, chocolaty treat is made from ingredients you may have in the pantry or refrigerator right now so you can get baking immediately.

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Chocolate Shortbread

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chocolate Shortbread

If you need a reason to feel better about indulging your chocolate craving, remember this: Short-term studies have suggested that consumption of cocoa may provide cardiovascular benefits due to compounds known as flavanols. Generally, the higher the concentration of cocoa, the more flavanols are in the product, so splurge on the best. Rich Chocolate Shortbread is easy to prepare and keeps for several days in an airtight container.

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Mudslide Cookies Recipes

Randy Mayor

Mudslide Cookies

We shaved over half the calories from these Mudslide Cookies for one of our delicious recipe makeovers. Tip: when the cookies are done, they'll be cracked on top and still moist in the center.

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Chocolate-Walnut Meringue Pie Recipes

Randy Mayor

Chocolate-Walnut Meringue Pie

This is a pie that's dressed up for the prom. Inside, it's an old-fashioned, dense, sweet chocolate pie, but it's encased in a refined walnut crust and topped with elegant toasted meringue.

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Individual Chocolate Souffle Cakes Recipes

Randy Mayor

Individual Chocolate Soufflé Cakes

Our simple directions make a properly risen soufflé a cinch. For easy variations in flavor, substitute almond, lemon, or orange extract for the vanilla.

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Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants to this biscotti recipe, a 2008 finalist in our Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest.

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Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies Recipes

Randy Mayor and Iain Bagwell

Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies

Ooey-gooey and rich with chocolate and coffee flavors, these brownies have a dense and fudgy texture that's just right. A topping of toffee chips that melts into the brownies during baking sets them apart in a delicious way.

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Chocolate-Berry Cream Pie Recipe

Jan Smith

Chocolate-Berry Cream Pie

You can prepare this creamy pie a day in advance, just wait and spread the triple berry topping before serving.

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Triple-Chocolate Cake

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Triple-Chocolate Cake

For those who say it's not dessert if it's not chocolate: Creamy milk chocolate mousse is sandwiched between intensely chocolaty cake layers.

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Bourbon-Caramel Truffles

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Bourbon-Caramel Truffles

Truffles typically have lots of cream and butter. Our bite-sized treats forgo those riches while maintaining the soft, creamy texture.

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Chocolate Walnut Tart Recipes

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Chocolate Walnut Tart

A riff on the classic pecan pie, this dessert is rich, chocolaty, and a little fancier with its freestanding fluted sides. Of course, you can use a 9-inch pie plate if you don't have a tart pan with a removable bottom.

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Black Forest Cherry Cake Recipe

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Black Forest Cherry Cake

The original cake has many layers; our streamlined version is easy to assemble and doesn't sacrifice any flavor or presentation panache. The heavy cherry filling may cause the cake to sink slightly in the center once assembled, but it won't detract from the stunning presentation.

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Salted Chocolate Ganache Cake Recipes

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Salted Chocolate Ganache Cake

Choose a premium chocolate bar for this simple one-layer cake. Make up to one day ahead, and store in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings

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Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings

Try not to chop the chocolate too finely so you'll have good-sized chunks to bite into. This pudding uses Hawaiian bread, which is a soft, sweet bread found in the bakery section of most grocery stores.

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Pots de crème are decadent, creamy custards served in tiny cups—and they’re a perfect ending to a cozy dinner. Make this dessert the night before, and chill until you’re ready to serve.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Instant coffee intensifies the chocolate richness of these cupcakes. For thicker frosting, cover and chill for 10 minutes before spreading on the cupcakes. Refrigerate frosted cupcakes overnight; cover lightly with plastic wrap, or store them in an airtight container.

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Baked Chocolate Mousse

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Baked Chocolate Mousse

Similar to a flourless chocolate cake, this sinfully delicious mousse has a superthin cake-like outer layer and a dense, fudgy center—it’s as rich and satisfying as any chocolate dessert you’ll find.

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Dark Chocolate Sauce

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Dark Chocolate Sauce

Here’s a scrumptious way to dress up any simple dessert, such as ice cream, berries, or Banana Split Sundaes.

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Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Frosting

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Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Frosting

Marshmallow creme mixed with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla creates a light and fluffy filling for this layered cake.

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Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

Dark chocolate and orange are a classic combination in this decadent dessert. With Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur), orange juice, and orange rind strips on top, this cake is zinging with citrus.

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Chocolate-Frangelico Fondue Recipe

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Chocolate-Frangelico Fondue

This is pure chocolate indulgence, with a whiff of hazelnut. Fondue is more versatile than you may think. Drizzle this warm sauce over cake, ice cream, or yogurt.

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Classic Fudge-Walnut Brownies Recipe

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Classic Fudge-Walnut Brownies

Decadently rich, this top-rated recipe was crowned the winner of our best chocolate recipes. Large chocolate chunks create big, luxurious pockets of melty chocolate in the brownies, but you can always substitute chocolate chips.

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Chocolate-Mint Bars

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Chocolate-Mint Bars

You’ll love these if you’re a big fan of the thin chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies. The dense base layer is like a rich, fudgy brownie, so don’t overcook it or the dessert bars will be dry. Refrigerating the mint bars allows the chocolaty top layer to set properly. You can make the dessert up to one day ahead.

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Double Chocolate Ice Cream

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Double Chocolate Ice Cream

A combo of cocoa powder and melted chocolate makes for a rich, ultra-chocolaty dessert. We updated the recipe to use heavy cream in place of the half-and-half in the original.

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Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

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Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

A splash of rum added to the melted chocolate gives this chocolaty cheesecake an advantage.

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Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce Recipe

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Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce

These chocolate soufflés are an uber-decadent dessert and the perfect finishing touch to dinner parties or a quiet, romantic dinner. You can even prepare the ingredients ahead; spoon the batter into soufflé dishes, cover, and freeze until you're ready to cook them. They can go straight from the freezer to the oven. Make the sauce ahead too, and simply warm it before serving.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Recipe

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse

The custard base will be thick, but whipped topping is folded in to give it the classic airy texture of a mousse. Because this dessert needs time to chill, it is a terrific make-ahead option.

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Chocolate Baklava

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Chocolate Baklava

Baklava is a classic Mediterranean dessert that traditionally features layered phyllo dough, nuts, and syrup or honey. In this version, creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread adds rich, decadent flavor to this nutty, crowd-pleasing pastry.

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Healthy Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues

The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds textural interest to these airy, sweet treats.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

Under 90 calories and packed with flavor, these no-bake goodies are a perfect chocolate treat for parties. We’ve cut out a lot of the unnecessary butter and added more chocolate chips to provide firmness, texture and a beautiful gloss to these cookies.

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Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

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Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Bittersweet chocolate and dried cherries lend the perfect amount of sweetness to hearty oatmeal cookies. Double the recipe and store extras in the freezer for whenever you need a healthy treat.

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Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins Recipe

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Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins

Every bite of Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins delivers a jolt of coffee flavor and chunks of chocolate.

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Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread

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Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread

Melted chocolate chips add an elegant (and tasty) swirl to this gorgeous bread, making it a perfect treat for your Valentine.

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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

With a presence as large as its namesake state, this humble, easy-to-prepare cake made it all the way to the finals for our best chocolate recipe bake-off. Since it first appeared in the magazine 12 years ago, it's been a staff and reader favorite.

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Watch: How to Make Texas Sheet Cake

Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes

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Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes

Decadent, warm, and gooey turtle brownies meet creamy vanilla frozen yogurt drenched in a drool-worthy fudge sauce. Licking your screen yet? This dessert is perfect for any occasion and will always leave you begging for seconds.

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Triple-Chocolate Muffins

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Triple-Chocolate Muffins

Create a rich muffin for chocolate lovers with three different kinds of chocolate: bittersweet, cocoa, and semisweet chocolate chips.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bark

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bark

Dried cherries and crystallized ginger add a depth of flavor to this simple, four-ingredient chocolate bark. This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth in a delicious way.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

A kid-favorite classic, these bars are fit for modern palates as well. Substitute light brown sugar for the dark if you are looking for a milder bar.

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Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich

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Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich

Serve these delightful 100-calorie chocolate sandwiches for a snack or dessert. Break 1 chocolate graham cracker rectangle in half. Spread 1/2 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella) onto one half. Top with remaining half.

Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

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Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

Our version of this quick dessert uses shaved bittersweet chocolate for added richness. Look for amaretti cookies at specialty or gourmet markets; they have a distinct almond-amaretto flavor and crunchy texture that make this dish memorable. In a pinch, you can substitute crumbled almond biscotti.

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Chocolate-Butterscotch-Nut Clusters

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Chocolate-Butterscotch-Nut Clusters

Make irresistible chocolate shop treats in your own kitchen. Just one or two of these delightful clusters will satisfy a sweet craving.

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Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge

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Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge

Make the combination of peanut butter and chocolate even better by stirring in instant coffee granules and topping the fudge with chopped peanuts.

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Barcelona Hot Chocolate

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Barcelona Hot Chocolate

Indulgent as it may seem, a cup of rich hot cocoa can offer enough health benefits to dissolve any guilt. One cup has twice the level of antioxidant activity of a five-ounce glass of red wine and two to three times more than a cup of green tea. This version combines bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa with espresso, brown sugar, and orange rind for a pick-me-up that's enjoyed in Spain and Europe.

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Chocolate-Cream Pie Recipe

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Chocolate-Cream Pie

This lightened version of classic chocolate cream pie features a smooth, rich chocolate filling and a creamy topping, but has only 8 grams of fat per serving.

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German Chocolate Mousse

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German Chocolate Mousse

A twist on a family favorite, this mousse is even more decadent and satisfying than a German chocolate cake. Top off the rich mousse with toasted pecans for a tasty and pretty garnish.

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Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake

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Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake

This gluten-free dessert separates into two layers as it bakes, a tender chocolate spongelike cake and a rich chocolate-cherry sauce, creating a warm and gooey texture.

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Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

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Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

Toasted almonds and semisweet chocolate combine with cream cheese for a decadent, yet light cream cheese bar.

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Baked Alaska

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Baked Alaska

A big cloud of fluffy meringue sits on top of this classic. Rest assured healthy eaters, the base of this dessert is fat-free frozen Greek yogurt — much healthier than a cream-based frozen dessert.

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Double-Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

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Double-Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

Swirl in two steps: Alternate batters using two ice-cream scoops; then swirl with a pick for a fantastic treat.

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Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges Recipe

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Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges

Try something new and swap out the traditional chocolate covered strawberries for apples. If you can't find Braeburn apples, Gala or Fuji varieties also stand up to dipping and add a touch more sweetness.

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Quick and Healthy Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake Recipe

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Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake

This favored soufflé cake is light and fluffy thanks to cake flour, a fine-textured, soft wheat flour with a high starch content.

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Chocolate Espresso Tartlets

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Chocolate Espresso Tartlets

Stir 1 teaspoon brewed espresso (or strong coffee) into 3 tablespoons fat-free chocolate pudding. Divide evenly between 3 mini phyllo cups.

Crispy Chocolate Snack

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Crispy Chocolate Snack

Great for any party, these crispy chocolaty snacks are a delightful treat that everyone will enjoy. Gently stir 2 tablespoons crispy rice cereal, 2 teaspoons chopped dried cherries, and 1 teaspoon toasted chopped almonds into 1 tablespoon melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dollop onto wax paper and let dry.

Chocolate Chip Scones

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Silky icing drizzled over cinnamon and chocolate chip scones are what gave this recipe rave reviews.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cocoa batter encases chocolate mini chips, which also melt atop for chocolaty goodness. Did we mention chocolate?

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

Moist and decadent, this chocolate-drizzled banana bread is a 5-star reader favorite thanks to its amazing flavor combination.

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Mississippi Mud Pie Recipes

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Mississippi Mud Pie

It may not be the prettiest pie, but many folks speculate this cross between a chocolate-bottomed pie and a chocolate cake was named for its textural similarity to the rich, gooey mud found all along America's greatest river.

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Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies - Recipes

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Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

These rich, chewy cookies contrasts the tartness of the cherries with the cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips for an elegant treat. 

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Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

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Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

Ground red pepper adds a subtle but distinct kick to the pie, while instant espresso powder intensifies the flavor. Omit either or both if you prefer a standard chocolate cream pie.

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Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles

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Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles

Creamy milk chocolate gets a hazelnut kick from Nutella, Frangelico, and the nuts themselves. While you can certainly enjoy two or three truffles without going overboard calorie-wise, we suggest serving one perfect treat on the saucer with a cup of coffee or espresso.

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Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

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Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie

Melted chocolate binds cookie crumbs for the crust—and makes it extra delicious. Substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the rum.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

This easy kid-friendly treat is sweet and satisfying, delivering that classic chocolate-peanut butter combination we all know and love.

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Watch: How to Make Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

Almond-Mocha Mousse

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Almond-Mocha Mousse

The beauty of this dish lies in the contrasting textures of a crisp cookie and ethereal, airy mousse.

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Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh Raspberries

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Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh Raspberries

These sophisticated brownies started with a box of gluten-free brownie mix. Gluten-free mixes are tricky and will be very thick when stirring. After the brownies bake the center will not appear done, but will firm as the batter cools.

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Sky-High Chocolate Pie Recipes

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Sky-High Chocolate Pie

Fat-free milk thickened with cornstarch for the filling and meringue instead of whipped cream on top makes this a lighter, just as tasty choice than a traditional chocolate pie.

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Chocolate Tacos with Ice Cream and Peanuts

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Chocolate Tacos with Ice Cream and Peanuts

Spread batter as evenly as possible on baking sheet. When shaping the shells, balance the wooden spoons between objects that are about 6 inches apart. Allow plenty of room so you can work quickly.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries

Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries create a beautiful, sweet and tart finish to this chocolaty no-bake cheesecake.

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Gooey Turtle Brownie

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Gooey Turtle Brownie

Drizzle 1 mini brownie bite with 1/2 teaspoon caramel syrup and top with 1 toasted pecan half for a sweet 100-calorie chocolaty treat.

Low-Cal Fudgy Brownies

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Fudgy Brownies

We give you fudgy, decadent brownies at half-the-calories. We replaced the typical ton of butter with a combo of low-fat baking tricks. Two kinds of chocolate—cocoa and melted dark chocolate—add deep chocolate flavor.

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

Mom's Banana Bread, a recipe dating back to 1996, when it was submitted by reader Stacey A. Johnson, has been a consistent staff and reader favorite. The new chocolate topping makes it even more irresistible.

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Mexican Chocolate Pudding

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Mexican Chocolate Pudding

At only 100 calories per serving, this cup of pudding is perfect for a guilt-free, after-dinner snack. Stir 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper into 1 fat-free chocolate pudding cup. Top with 1 tablespoon fat-free whipped topping.

Chocolate-Toffee Apples

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Chocolate-Toffee Apples

This must try dessert-on-a-stick is party ready and sure to leave your guests with a sweet taste in their mouths.

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Tahini Swirl Brownies

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Tahini Swirl Brownies

You start with brownies and then top them with a swirl of sweetened tahini that gives a delightful nutty depth of flavor and richness. Be sure to use untoasted sesame oil in the batter; the dark, toasted kind would be too strong.

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Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream with Coconut

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Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream with Coconut

Chopped almonds, shaved coconut, and cocoa powder make this ice cream absolutely delectable.

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling

Stuffed with a sweet marshmallow cream filling, these homemade chocolate sandwich cookies are lighter than they taste. Package them individually in plastic wrap to take along for a romantic picnic or to share with friends and family. 

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Mocha Cake with Fluffy Meringue Topping

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Mocha Cake with Fluffy Meringue Topping

Since 2006, readers have professed their love for contest winner Anna Ginsberg's One-Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cream Cake, touting it as the moistest cake ever. We agree—the cake is incredible. But online reviews suggested that the topping could use some tweaking. Instead of the original "mocha cream" of whipped topping, marshmallow creme, and coffee, we now have a creamy, less-sweet meringue. We also replaced reduced-fat mayonnaise (yes, mayo—it's the secret ingredient that makes for a fantastically moist cake) with canola mayo, our current product of choice.

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Chocolate Peppermint Patty

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Chocolate Peppermint Patty

Treat your friends and family with a batch of homemade peppermint patties. Stir 1 finely crushed peppermint candy into 3 tablespoons softened chocolate frozen yogurt. Spoon yogurt between 2 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco). Press gently to seal.

Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake Recipes

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Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake

We love the classic flavor combination in this light, moist Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake. Instead of a full frosting, simply spoon a warm chocolaty glaze over the two layers.

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Chocolate Layer Cake

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Chocolate Layer Cake

This stunning dessert is gluten-free and is also delicious using unsweetened almond milk in both the cake and frosting.

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Brownie Bites

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Brownie Bites

Cocoa nibs, which are broken bits of husked cocoa beans, add delicate chocolate flavor and delicious nutty crunch to baked goods. You can find cocoa nibs at upscale supermarkets and gourmet cookware stores. When you make this recipe, don't be alarmed that the batter is very wet—the end result will be moist, tender minicakes.

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Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues

Light and airy, these meringues are drizzled with a glaze of melted chocolate for a perfectly sweet bite. Tip: make sure to let the meringues cool completely until you move or eat.

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Chocolate-Almond Toffee

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Chocolate-Almond Toffee

Delicious and gorgeous, this chocolaty candy is topped with toasted nuts for an extra crunch. Tip: for crisp toffee, spread it thin; for crunch, go thick.

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Warm Mocha Pudding Recipe

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Warm Mocha Pudding

If you've never tried a warm pudding, this is the one to try. The flavors are more up front when the pudding is warm.

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Chocolate Cookie Ice-Cream Sandwiches

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Chocolate Cookie Ice-Cream Sandwiches

If you've ever bitten into an ice-cream sandwich only to feel cheated of cookie, these little rounds deliver what you've been missing.

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Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe

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Salted Caramel Brownies

With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser. For sparkle and a salty kick, substitute large flake salt.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

This is a salty, sweet pick-up dessert that works as well for a snack as it does for a party. Dip the pretzels, and store in the fridge on a parchment-lined tray up to five days ahead. Set out shortly before serving, but not too far ahead, as the chocolate may melt.

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Chocolate Pudding Pops

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Chocolate Pudding Pops

These rich, creamy pops will take you right back to childhood.

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Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Pistachios

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Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Pistachios

Chocolate and nuts are the perfect combination to top off sweetened ricotta and cream cheese in this cannoli. Swap out the pistachios for peanuts or almonds for a different taste.

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