Easy Chocolate Desserts

Milk-Chocolate Tart with Pretzel Crust
Photo: © Con Poulos

Chocolate desserts don't have to be complicated or involve many ingredients. Skip the tempering and bake up a batch of Chocolate Brownie Cookies or whisk up an easy No-Bake Chocolate Custard. We've got 12 simple and fast chocolate dessert recipes that can satisfy that chocolate craving in no time.

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Chocolate Shell

Chocolate Shell
© Nicole Franzen

F&W's Justin Chapple makes his version of Magic Shell (a sauce that quickly hardens when poured over cold things) with coconut oil to give it additional flavor.

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Mini Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecakes

Mini Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecakes
© Fredrika Stjärne

F&W's Grace Parisi breaks up whole, cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies with hazelnuts and butter to create a super-crunchy crust for these delectable little cheesecakes. The cream filling in the cookies both sweetens the crust and prevents it from becoming too crumbly.

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Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème

Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème

Mexican chocolate, which is flavored with ingredients like cinnamon, almonds, and vanilla, lends a distinct flavor and touch of spice to pastry chef Stephanie Prida's rich custard.

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Think of these handheld Brazilian sweets as chocolate truffles by way of the beach. They are a cinch to make and can be rolled in anything from chocolate sprinkles to shredded coconut to cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies
© Christina Holmes

Food & Wine former editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, a cookie connoisseur, declares these double-chocolate ones the most delicious she's ever had. They're like crispy-chewy brownies in cookie form.

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No-Bake Chocolate Custard

No-Bake Chocolate Custard
© Amy Sims

Serve this supersilky chocolate custard slightly chilled, with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

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Coconut Chocolate Candy Bars

Coconut Chocolate Candy Bars
© Matt Armendariz

Try these simple coconut chocolate candy bars that use just six ingredients. Sweet shredded coconut is paired with bittersweet chocolate for a balanced treat.

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Double-Chocolate Pudding

Double-Chocolate Pudding.
© Tina Rupp

This recipe from the late, great cookbook author Richard Sax has everything one could ask for in a chocolate pudding — an intense flavor and a silky texture that's still firm enough to stand a spoon in.

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Air Fryer Brownies

Air Fryer Brownies with ice cream
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies — baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake — are less than an hour away. Adding espresso powder to the batter helps bring out the chocolate flavor, as does the crunchy sea salt garnish at the end.

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Spiced Chocolate Fondue

Spiced chocolate fondue with dippers like apples, bananas, and marshmallows
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

This rich fondue, seasoned with fragrant cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and ginger, holds up remarkably well at room temperature, which makes it good for parties — especially when it's served with gingerbread, apples, or shortbread for dunking.

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