Chocolate doesn't have to be deadly to your diet. Try one of these lightened—but still decadent!—chocolate desserts.
These hot-from-the-oven dark chocolate desserts are the perfect grand finale for any celebration. 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