Chocolate doesn't have to be deadly to your diet. Try one of these lightened—but still decadent!—chocolate desserts.
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'
View Recipe: Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes
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
View Recipe: Double-Chocolate Cupcakes
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.
View Recipe: Upside-Down Fudge-Almond Tart
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies
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.)
View Recipe: Chocolate Decadence
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!
View Recipe: Cocoa Fudge Cookies
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints
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.
View Recipe: Creamiest Chocolate Pudding
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.
View Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies
This decadent cake, which plays off the popular Turtle candies, boasts chocolate layers and a nutty caramel glaze.
View Recipe: Double-Caramel Turtle Cake
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps
This gooey, chocolaty treat is made from ingredients you may have in the pantry or refrigerator right now so you can get baking
View Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Pie
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Shortbread
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Walnut Meringue Pie
Our simple directions make a properly risen soufflé a cinch. For easy variations in flavor, substitute almond, lemon, or orange
extract for the vanilla.
View Recipe: Individual Chocolate Soufflé Cakes
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.
View Recipe: Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies
You can prepare this creamy pie a day in advance, just wait and spread the triple berry topping before serving.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Berry Cream Pie
For those who say it's not dessert if it's not chocolate: Creamy milk chocolate mousse is sandwiched between intensely chocolaty
View Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Cake
Truffles typically have lots of cream and butter. Our bite-sized treats forgo those riches while maintaining the soft, creamy
View Recipe: Bourbon-Caramel Truffles
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Walnut Tart
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.
View Recipe: Black Forest Cherry Cake
Choose a premium chocolate bar for this simple one-layer cake. Make up to one day ahead, and store in an airtight container.
View Recipe: Salted Chocolate Ganache Cake
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Pots de Crème
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
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.
View Recipe: Baked Chocolate Mousse
Here’s a scrumptious way to dress up any simple dessert, such as ice cream, berries, or Banana Split Sundaes.
View Recipe: Dark Chocolate Sauce
Marshmallow creme mixed with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla creates a light and fluffy filling for this layered
View Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Frosting
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.
View Recipe: Dark Chocolate Orange Cake
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Frangelico Fondue
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
View Recipe: Classic Fudge-Walnut Brownies
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Mint Bars
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.
View Recipe: Double Chocolate Ice Cream
A splash of rum added to the melted chocolate gives this chocolaty cheesecake an advantage.
View Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake
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.
View Recipe: Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Baklava
The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds textural interest to these airy, sweet treats.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues
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.
View Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies
Every bite of Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins delivers a jolt of coffee flavor and chunks of chocolate.
View Recipe: Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins
Melted chocolate chips add an elegant (and tasty) swirl to this gorgeous bread, making it a perfect treat for your Valentine.
View Recipe: Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
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.
View Recipe: Texas Sheet Cake
Watch: How to Make Texas Sheet Cake
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Turtle Brownie Sundaes
Create a rich muffin for chocolate lovers with three different kinds of chocolate: bittersweet, cocoa, and semisweet chocolate
View Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Muffins
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
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.
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches
Make irresistible chocolate shop treats in your own kitchen. Just one or two of these delightful clusters will satisfy a sweet
View Recipe: Chocolate-Butterscotch-Nut Clusters
Make the combination of peanut butter and chocolate even better by stirring in instant coffee granules and topping the fudge
with chopped peanuts.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge
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.
View Recipe: Barcelona Hot Chocolate
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Cream Pie
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.
View Recipe: German Chocolate Mousse
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake
Toasted almonds and semisweet chocolate combine with cream cheese for a decadent, yet light cream cheese bar.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars
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.
View Recipe: Baked Alaska
Swirl in two steps: Alternate batters using two ice-cream scoops; then swirl with a pick for a fantastic treat.
View Recipe: Double-Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges
This favored soufflé cake is light and fluffy thanks to cake flour, a fine-textured, soft wheat flour with a high starch content.
View Recipe: Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake
Stir 1 teaspoon brewed espresso (or strong coffee) into 3 tablespoons fat-free chocolate pudding. Divide evenly between 3 mini phyllo cups.
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.
Silky icing drizzled over cinnamon and chocolate chip scones are what gave this recipe rave reviews.
View Recipe: Chocolate Chip Scones
Cocoa batter encases chocolate mini chips, which also melt atop for chocolaty goodness. Did we mention chocolate?
View Recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Moist and decadent, this chocolate-drizzled banana bread is a 5-star reader favorite thanks to its amazing flavor combination.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread
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.
View Recipe: Mississippi Mud Pie
These rich, chewy cookies contrasts the tartness of the cherries with the cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips for an elegant
View Recipe: Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
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.
View Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles
Melted chocolate binds cookie crumbs for the crust—and makes it extra delicious. Substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for
View Recipe: Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie
This easy kid-friendly treat is sweet and satisfying, delivering that classic chocolate-peanut butter combination we all know
View Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding
Watch: How to Make Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding
The beauty of this dish lies in the contrasting textures of a crisp cookie and ethereal, airy mousse.
View Recipe: Almond-Mocha Mousse
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.
View Recipe: Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh Raspberries
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.
View Recipe: Sky-High Chocolate Pie
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Tacos with Ice Cream and Peanuts
Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries create a beautiful, sweet and tart finish to this chocolaty no-bake cheesecake.
View Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
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.
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.
View Recipe: Fudgy Brownies
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.
This must try dessert-on-a-stick is party ready and sure to leave your guests with a sweet taste in their mouths.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Toffee Apples
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.
View Recipe: Tahini Swirl Brownies
Chopped almonds, shaved coconut, and cocoa powder make this ice cream absolutely delectable.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream with Coconut
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling
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.
View Recipe: Mocha Cake with Fluffy Meringue Topping
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.
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake
This stunning dessert is gluten-free and is also delicious using unsweetened almond milk in both the cake and frosting.
View Recipe: Chocolate Layer Cake
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.
View Recipe: Brownie Bites
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Toffee
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.
View Recipe: Warm Mocha Pudding
If you've ever bitten into an ice-cream sandwich only to feel cheated of cookie, these little rounds deliver what you've been
View Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Ice-Cream Sandwiches
With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser. For sparkle and a salty kick, substitute
large flake salt.
View Recipe: Salted Caramel Brownies
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.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
These rich, creamy pops will take you right back to childhood.
View Recipe: Chocolate Pudding Pops
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.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Pistachios