An Easy (Bakeless) Party Dessert

What do you call a baker that doesn’t use an oven? Not sure, but if your oven ever goes out, or you still haven’t cleaned it since that homemade pizza disaster, then these No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pretzel Bars from Top With Cinnamon are perfect. Everything on the list is probably already in your pantry, so you don’t have to worry about going to the back corner of the health food store to pick up an obscure spice. Just mix it all up, let the chocolate sit, then cut and serve. [... more]

Because Chocolate.

Move over, Willy Wonka: we’ve just died and gone to chocolate heaven. Located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, Bar Cocoa offers one of the most extensive chocolate and dessert experiences in the South. Let’s say that again: A bar. Of desserts. Made with lots – and lots – of chocolate. From tasty nibbles, to wedding cakes, to event catering, to cooking classes, this upscale boutique leaves your sweet tooth with nothing left to be desired. We recommend indulging in their wide variety of French macarons, which will transport [... more]

Meringue Magic

Chocolate chip cookies hit the mark most of the time when you crave something sweet, but occasionally a little variation on this classic dessert doesn’t hurt. Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies replace the typical chewiness of chocolate chip cookies with a light, melt-in-your-mouth texture beneath a crunchy shell. These delectable goodies rival the meringue cookies found at a specialty bakery in appearance and taste, but they’re easy enough for a home cook to make. Consisting of a mere five ingredients, they take just a few minutes to whip [... more]

Simply Irresistible

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Toffee Fudge Cookie Bars kicks traditional chocolate chip cookies up a few notches. It all starts with a graham cracker crust that adds a delicious base to these chewy treats. Next, layers of homemade fudge and toffee chips provide a boost of rich chocolate and sweet brittle flavors. Top all of that with chocolate chip cookie dough and an extra sprinkling of toffee bits. The result is an ooey-gooey, rich and fudgy cookie bar. Once you’ve mastered this version, experiment with other [... more]

Cupcake With a Crunch

Whip up a decadent summer treat that combines sweet and savory flavors into one scrumptious dessert. Peanut butter and chocolate chips folded into the batter make each bite of these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cupcakes rich and nutty, while the chocolate pretzels on the top and bottom satisfy your taste buds with a gratifying crunch. If that doesn’t sell you, the frosting is sure to win you over. The impossibly fluffy and creamy butterscotch topping gives classic vanilla a run for its money. And if that’s [... more]

Swirled To Perfection

Take your regular chocolate milkshake to the next level with a sinfully good recipe that features the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Homemade hot fudge and peanut butter sauces swirled together create a rich, creamy shake with pockets of peanut butter and chocolate, which give it a malt-like texture. Garnish with a miniature Reese’s peanut butter cup—or two. Indulge yourself, but eat slowly. Take it from us: You’ll need every bit of willpower not to consume seconds or thirds (or fourths).

Dark and Handsome

Which do you like better: milk chocolate or dark chocolate? With these Rich & Dense Triple Chocoletta Muffins you don’t have to decide because you get both! The decadent combination creates a literal heaven-in-your-mouth experience. These treats require only a few simple steps and bake in less than 25 minutes. In fact, the amount of labor required to create these delicious masterpieces is far less than the level of satisfaction you get when you take that first bite. As moist as they are rich, these muffins make [... more]

Cake With an Irish Accent

You don’t have to wait until Saint Patrick’s Day next March to celebrate Ireland’s rich culture. Salute the Emerald Isle this summer with a little local flavor crafted from their famous stout brew. This Guinness Chocolate Cake combines chocolate, caramel, and the dark Irish brew to create a dense and decadent dessert. Two full cups of sugar counter the bitterness of the beer, resulting in a rich, intense flavor. And if that’s not enough, a Salted Caramel Glaze drizzled on top elevates the cake to sinfully sublime. [... more]

Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella usually finds itself consumed via the end of a large spoon, but one taste of these sinfully rich chocolate Nutella Cupcakes and you’ll find yourself gleefully parting with not one but two jars of the scrumptious chocolate hazelnut spread. This decadent dessert features a Nutella filling as well as a Nutella buttercream frosting. And to top it off, each mini-cake is crowned with a delicious Ferrero Rocher candy. Bake a batch of Erica’s Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever on Sunday, and you’ll thank yourself every day for [... more]

Dessert Sandwich

Juicy roasted strawberries, bitter dark chocolate, creamy melted brie, and crusty bread make a peculiar but delicious combination in this sophisticated variation on a childhood classic. Served as either a sweet lunch option or a creative dessert, Roasted Strawberry, Brie + Chocolate Grilled Cheese requires minimal preparation, so you can whip the sandwich up in a hurry. But if you don’t want to share yours, you’ll need to make several, because the sweet aroma will entice everyone within scent-distance. Consider yourself warned.

Premium Oreo Milkshake

Milkshakes are arguably summer’s coolest dessert. This Classic Oreo version uses premium ingredients to give the drink a deliciously rich, chocolate flavor. So double the recipe, and fill your blender to the top. We can guarantee that you won’t be the only one slurping one down. For a hint of mocha flavor, try adding some shavings of Hershey’s chocolate and a splash of coffee extract. If you’re still craving more chocolate, throw in a few extra Oreos. We promise not to tell!

Pretty Is as Pretty Does

As visually appealing as it is delicious, Salted Caramel Coffee Double Chocolate Cake satisfies your sweet tooth in one bite. Although it’s gluten-, refined sugar-, and dairy-free, this three-layer cake won’t weigh you down, but that doesn’t take away from its sinful taste. The rich, dark chocolate ganache deepens the flavor and offers heart-healthy benefits. While the cake does require some time and effort to make, it’s worth the wait. Drenched with an ample amount of salted caramel, this cake looks as good as it tastes.

Sweet Tooth Soother

Chocolate cravings happen a few hours after dinner. You’re settled in for the night and then—wham!—it hits you. And it never fails that there’s no chocolate to be found! Why not keep something on hand for when that massive sweet tooth hits? This dairy-, egg-, and gluten-free (don’t let that scare you) chocolate pudding uses almond milk and maple syrup to seriously amp up the rich flavor. Even though this recipe takes a lighter route, you won’t be disappointed. Rich, creamy, and equally decadent, Vegan Chocolate Pudding [... more]

Masterful Muffins

In our humble opinion, muffins don’t get the credit they deserve. Maybe it’s because their sweeter counterpart, the cupcake, takes all the glory. Well, these Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins may change all that. The muffins incorporate the flavor of classic banana bread with a hint of chocolate to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness. But unlike cupcakes, these baked gems feature a few healthy ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil. Try them for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-afternoon [... more]

Spain’s Sweet Treat

As Southerners, we indulge in fried fare from time to time (in moderation, of course). So the churro, Spain’s native version of the doughnut, seems right at home down South. If you haven’t tasted one of these traditional breakfast pastries then you’re in for a treat. Thankfully, you don’t have to leave home to delight your taste buds because we’ve found a 30-minute recipe for the sinful sticks of fried dough. When paired with a decadent chocolate dipping sauce, they’re sure to wow. Indulge yourself with a [... more]

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