[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]
I do not normally put loads of time into dessert, however Valentine’s Day is an exception—the vacation simply is not full with out one thing candy. And in relation to Valentine’s desserts, nothing beats chocolate (some on our workers even declare it has aphrodisiac results).
There is not any higher time to make the chocolate desserts you have been dreaming about all 12 months, however have prevented for one purpose or one other. From meringue cake with raspberry sauce to essentially the most intense darkish chocolate ice cream and the final word chocolate chip cookies, we have now 26 chocolate-heavy recipes to indicate your particular somebody how a lot you care about them.

Truffles and Pies Satan’s Meals Cake[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]There’s nothing fairly like a layer cake to rejoice an important day, and this towering satan’s meals cake is a powerful decide for a Valentine’s Day dessert. The very best half is that this cake is a cinch to make: You do not even want a stand mixer for the cake itself. All you want is one bowl, some good chocolate, and Dutch-process cocoa powder. If you wish to actually double up on the chocolate, you possibly can frost the cake with chocolate Swiss buttercream, however you could possibly additionally go for contrasting layers of cake and tangy cream cheese buttercream. Both approach, it is a showstopper of a dessert.
Satan’s Meals Cake Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Chocolate Meringue Cake With Whipped Cream and Raspberries[Photograph: Nila Jones]

This elegant dessert is deceptively straightforward to make—French meringue is less complicated than different varieties and bakes proper on high of the layers of chocolate cake. As soon as the muffins and meringues are baked, all you must do is assemble them with whipped cream and a fruity raspberry sauce.
Chocolate Meringue Cake With Whipped Cream and Raspberries Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]A vibrantly pink cherry whipped cream makes this layer cake good for Valentine’s Day. The whipped cream is flavored with powdered freeze-dried cherries, which have the additional advantage of appearing as a stabilizer. As for the cake itself, you possibly can taste it with both pure or Dutch course of cocoa—the previous will emphasize the dessert’s fruitiness, whereas the latter provides a nice earthiness.
Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Texas Sheet Cake[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

If layer muffins appear a bit too concerned for a weeknight meal, this wealthy chocolate sheet cake is simply the ticket (and you will nonetheless have loads of leftovers). Slathered with scorching fudge and topped with crunchy pecans, it will get added complexity and notes of toffee from the addition of some malted milk powder.
Texas Sheet Cake Recipe »Again to the complete checklist One-Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake (or Cupcakes!)[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]Simply because your valentine has dietary restrictions doesn’t suggest you possibly can’t make them an indulgent dessert. This gluten- and dairy-free cake will get a light-weight crumb from a mix of white rice flour and potato starch, and a wealthy chocolate taste from cocoa powder and brewed espresso. The coconut buttercream is ultra-easy—and intensely scrumptious—as a result of we make it with marshmallow crème.
One-Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake (or Cupcakes!) Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Flourless Chocolate-Chestnut Torte[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

A bit extra complicated than your common chocolate cake, this flourless torte will get a deep, earthy taste from chestnut purée and a shot of bourbon. There’s chopped darkish chocolate, too, however we do not use an excessive amount of as a result of we do not wish to overpower the gentle chestnuts. You’ve gotten two choices for serving the torte: at room temperature it’s nearly as mushy as a mousse, and when it is chilled it turns dense and fudgy.
Flourless Chocolate-Chestnut Torte Recipe »Again to the complete checklist No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]Making a baked cheesecake is an train in persistence—not solely does it want about an hour within the oven, but it surely takes a very good eight hours to set. No-bake cheesecakes take much less time and are simply as scrumptious, if slightly denser. This easy chocolate cheesecake incorporates a chocolate cookie crust and a filling of cream cheese, bitter cream, and bittersweet chocolate.
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Double-Chocolate Cream Pie[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Whipped cream has develop into one thing of a default topping for chocolate cream pie, however we do not assume it is the only option. Our chocolate cream—made with Dutch course of cocoa powder, chopped darkish chocolate, and espresso powder—is severely wealthy, so we want to high it with a light-weight, mellow Swiss meringue for distinction. Mixed with a flaky do-it-yourself crust, it makes for a dessert that feels without delay over-the-top and refined.
Double-Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Chocolate Skillet Cake With Milk Chocolate Frosting[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Baked in a forged iron skillet, this wealthy, moist chocolate cake is the final word fast dessert. It would not require any whipping, creaming, or beating, and the batter comes collectively within the very skillet you may bake the cake in. Completed with a beneficiant layer of milk chocolate frosting, it would not get far more scrumptious—or easy—than this.
Chocolate Skillet Cake With Milk Chocolate Frosting Recipe »Again to the complete listIce Cream The Darkest Darkish Chocolate Ice Cream[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This ice cream is chocolaty to the intense—it hits the wealthy, comforting notes you would possibly affiliate with chocolate whereas additionally taking part in up its bittersweet, fruity facet. The key is steeping tart, roasty cocoa nibs within the base. This ice cream is perhaps slightly extra bitter than you’d anticipate, however hey—generally love is, too.
The Darkest Darkish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Oreo Ice Cream[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]For one thing slightly extra approachable, Oreo ice cream is the way in which to go. The ice cream has a double dose of cookies-and-cream taste as a result of we make the bottom with Oreo wafers and blend in crumbled cookies on the finish of the churn. You would possibly anticipate it to only style like chocolate, however the wafers give the ice cream a toasty, distinctly Oreo-like taste.
Oreo Ice Cream Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Comfortable and Wealthy Chocolate Frozen Custard[Photograph: Robyn Lee]Creamier than gelato and denser than ice cream, frozen custard is my private selection for the final word frozen deal with. Frozen custard is often made with knowledgeable machine referred to as a steady freezer, however at residence you will get an analogous texture by including slightly corn syrup to the cream- and egg-rich base. Frozen custard loses its distinctive texture inside a pair hours, supplying you with and your valentine an excuse to eat the entire pint.
Comfortable and Wealthy Chocolate Frozen Custard Recipe »Again to the complete listCookies The Greatest Chocolate Chip Cookies[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]You won’t assume cookies are fancy sufficient for Valentine’s Day dessert, however that is solely as a result of you do not know how extremely scrumptious these cookies are. It took 100 assessments for us to develop the proper chocolate chip cookie, which makes use of chopped chocolate, browned butter, and an in a single day relaxation. Cannot begin dessert a day forward of time? Our fast and straightforward chocolate chip cookies skip the resting step however are nonetheless certain to please.
The Greatest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]We do not wish to brag, however our resident pastry wizard created a real culinary masterpiece with these vegan chocolate chip cookies. Dry malt extract and nutmeg create among the toasty, nutty flavors that conventional butter cookies develop as they brown. Recent out of the oven, these cookies are crisp across the edges and chewy within the center. They’re vegan, however none of your dairy-eating associates will know—or care.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Home made Oreo Cookies[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]We’re large Oreo followers right here at Critical Eats, so this recipe is a certain approach to our hearts. A dusting of Dutch course of cocoa offers the wafers their signature darkish colour and, for causes we will not fairly clarify, 1/four teaspoon of coconut extract make them style extra genuine. When you’re not bought on Oreos being Valentine’s-appropriate, make them into coronary heart shapes to seal the deal.
Home made Oreo Cookies Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Darkish Chocolate Easter Cookies[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]We first made these cookies to make use of up leftover Easter sweet, however you can too make them by raiding a field of Valentine’s Day sweets. We use an additional darkish, bitter dough to stability out the candy sweets—Cacao Barry Additional Brute is one in every of our favorites. We like to combine a lot of the sweet into the dough, however then high every cookie with a chunk or two earlier than baking.
Darkish Chocolate Easter Cookies Recipe »Again to the complete checklist No-Bake Cookies With Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Chewy Oats[Video: The Serious Eats Team]You do not even must activate the oven for this fast dessert—all you must do is whip up a easy fudge on the range, stir in rolled oats, spoon all of it onto a pan, and let it chill. These will hold for a month within the fridge, so you possibly can hold consuming them lengthy after Valentine’s Day has handed.
No-Bake Cookies With Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Chewy Oats Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie[Photograph: Emily Dryden]Generally, measurement actually does matter. To make this monumental, spectacular, and totally scrumptious skillet cookie, we bake basic chocolate chip cookie dough right into a forged iron pan. A decrease proportion of white sugar than our common chocolate chip cookie offers this skillet rendition some additional chewiness, whereas a number of teaspoons of malted milk powder take an already-fantastic dessert to the subsequent stage.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Recipe »Again to the complete listOther Desserts Chocolate Ganache Truffles[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Few desserts say Valentine’s Day like chocolate truffles. To make them, we begin with a ganache—melted chocolate and cream blended into an emulsion. As soon as the ganache is about, all you must do is scoop it into balls and coat them—rolling in cocoa powder works, however you could possibly additionally use nuts and even melted tempered chocolate. Nonetheless you select to complete these treats, contemplate making an additional batch. They go quick.
Chocolate Ganache Truffles Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Marbled Ganache for Simple Chocolate-Coated Strawberries[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Making truffles is not the one factor you are able to do with a ganache—an equally romantic choice is to dip strawberries into it. This spectacular marbled ganache is made by swirling darkish and white chocolate ganaches collectively.
Marbled Ganache for Simple Chocolate-Coated Strawberries Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Eggless Chocolate Mousse[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]We did not got down to make an eggless chocolate mousse, however when a condensed milk experiment went awry we had been pleasantly stunned by the outcomes—with out the eggs, the daring taste of darkish chocolate can actually shine. The recipe has two parts—a chocolate base and whipped cream to fold in—and the bottom may be made forward of time.
Eggless Chocolate Mousse Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Home made Jell-O Fashion Chocolate Pudding[Photograph: Sarah Jane Sanders]Mousse would be the fancier dessert, however I will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart for Jell-O pudding. Not like the unique, our pudding is made with gelatin—regardless of the title, Jell-O really will get its texture from chemical thickeners. Hershey’s chocolate will give your pudding essentially the most conventional taste, however I just like the depth that comes from high-end cocoa powder.
Home made Jell-O Fashion Chocolate Pudding Recipe »Again to the complete checklist No-Bake Chocolate-Nutella “Cheesecake” Verrines[Photograph: Nila Jones]These verrines (primarily individually portioned cheesecakes) use chocolate 3 ways—we begin with an Oreo crust and layer on each chocolate and Nutella fillings. The verrines are at their greatest after sitting within the fridge for a day or two, so plan accordingly.
No-Bake Chocolate-Nutella “Cheesecake” Verrines Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Home made Sizzling Chocolate Combine[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]If there’s something extra romantic (and scrumptious) than cozying up along with your vital different to sip scorching chocolate and watch a film, we’ve not found it but. As a substitute of shopping for a budget stuff on the grocery store, we make a giant batch of do-it-yourself scorching chocolate combine to get us into Valentine’s Day and thru the remainder of winter. The combination of toasted sugar, white chocolate, Dutch cocoa, and malted milk powder is without delay easy, wealthy, and complicated.
Home made Sizzling Chocolate Combine Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Shiny Fudge Brownies[Video: The Serious Eats Team]These brownies are fudgy, deeply flavorful, simply candy sufficient, and have a crinkly, paper-thin crust. We name on darkish chocolate, high-fat Dutch cocoa powder, brown butter, and prompt espresso powder to provide them tons of heat, nutty taste. They’re the proper gooey finish to a romantic dinner, and you may simply make and retailer them the night time earlier than, so you do not have to spend any additional time within the kitchen on Valentine’s Day.
Shiny Fudge Brownies Recipe »Again to the complete checklist Crispy Chocolate Popcorn[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Planning to spend Valentine’s Day in your sofa binging romantic comedies alone or with a major different? We do not choose. However we do assume you may be a lot happier in case you make this crispy chocolate popcorn upfront, and snack as you watch. You in all probability have already got a lot of the elements readily available—butter, sugar, darkish chocolate—to show plain popcorn right into a crisp, ridiculously straightforward sweet.
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