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10 Best Homemade Chocolate Desserts

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Are you seriously in love with chocolate? Find chocolate dessert recipes here that will indulge every craving — everything from chocolate cakes, chocolate chip cookies, frozen desserts and more.

Chocolate is delicious AND eating chocolate releases endorphins that make you feel good. There’s no better way to treat yourself to a little something to make your sweet tooth very happy!

In my cookbook Family Style which is a collection of simple recipes for gathering, I was able to include just a few desserts, and of course I had to include a chocolate cake in the mix 🙂

Scroll down for a sampling of some of our most popular easy chocolate recipes from Familystyle Food!

Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you’re craving chocolate, nothing beats a cookie. This is a recipe for chewy, chocolate chip cookies you’ll make over and over! These cookies have crispy edges, chewy insides and gooey chocolate chunks.

An image of a stack of chocolate chip cookies on a plate.

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake

One of the easiest — and most impressive chocolate desserts to add to your recipe file. This cake is light, moist and intensely chocolaty! Serve with softly whipped cream, ice cream or just a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Two servings of chocolate souffle cakes in white baking cups, dusted with powdered sugar.

Want more chocolate desserts? Check out all the chocolate recipes here.

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies:

An easy, scoop-and-bake cookie dough produces chewy chocolate cookies with crunchy edges. For a “fancy” touch, dip the cookies in melted chocolate and top with my favorite flaky sea salt.

Chocolate cookies on a parchment paper surface coated with half chocolate glaze and sprinkled with sea salt.

Gooey Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies:

Intensely flavored and super-moist flourless brownies with chocolate-hazelnut spread, a dreamy dessert for hazelnut fans!

One slice of chocolate hazelnut brownie on a piece of tan parchment paper.

Brown Sugar Brownies with Sea Salt:

Moist, fudgy brown sugar brownies topped with creamy chocolate glaze (ganache) and crunchy sea salt flakes in every bite.

Sliced brownie squares on a slate board, topped with chocolate froting and flaked sea salt.

Chocolate Almond Caprese Cake:

A moist, and utterly simple gluten-free chocolate almond cake recipe that’s a classic cake from the Italian Amalfi coast.

A chocolate cake on a white cake stand, the top dusted with cocoa powder.

Chunky Double Chocolate Whopper Cookies:

Big, chunky, double chocolate brownie fudge cookies with rich chocolate flavor. These babies are packed with chocolate chips, crunchy pecans, and walnuts, inspired by dessert maven Maida Heatter.

A photo of a stack of chunky chocolate cookies on a plate.

Chocolate Semifreddo:

Individual frozen chocolate semifreddo dessert recipe with mascarpone. This creamy, cold and luscious treat is perfect for sharing!

A close up photo of a frozen chocolate semifreddo dessert on a spoon with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

French Chocolate Madeleines:

A simple recipe for classic chocolate madeleines. These are little French cakes that are combination cake and cookie, moist on the inside with a thin, crisp crust.

A image of baked chocolate madeleine cakes arranged in a madeleine baking pan.

Chocolate Budino Cakes

If you love chocolate pudding cakes that have an almost molten texture (like chocolate mousse) when you stick a fork (or spoon) in,  you will love this easy gluten-free recipe! It’s full of healthful ingredients like almond flour, vanilla and superfood cacao nibs.

Photo of a cup of chocolate pudding cake with a spoon inside.
French Chocolate Madeleines

10 Homemade Chocolate Desserts, Including Chocolate Madeleines

Karen Tedesco
No list of the best chocolate desserts would be complete without classic French madeleines. They are a delectable treat made with dark chocolate. They taste like a combination of a rich cookie and a cake in one! The recipe is simple, but you do need a madeleine pan like this one to make them.
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4.75 from 58 community reviews
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine chocolate
Servings 24 madeleines



  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) melted butter
  • 10 tablespoons (150 g) butter
  • 6 ounces (175 g) dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups (180 g) powdered confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (55 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 (185 ml) large egg whites (¾ cup)


  • Brush a madeleine baking pan with the melted butter.
  • Put remaining butter and the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (be sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl). Heat until chocolate and butter are almost melted, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir together until smooth.
  • Sift powdered sugar, flour, cocoa and salt into a bowl using a mesh strainer.
  • Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer or by hand until very frothy, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Add chocolate mixture and mix with a spatula until well blended.
  • Portion batter into the pan, filllig each cup with about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter. Chill in the refrigerator one hour. If your pan makes only 12 at a time, chill remaining batter in a bowl and bake in batches.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake about 12 minutes, or until madeleines are springy to touch. Cool in pan 1 minute, then unmold madeleines onto a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Recipe will yield 18-14 madeleines, depending on your pan size.
  • The madeleines will have the ideal crisp outside/soft inside texture just after baking. They will keep for a few days at room temperature in a covered container, but they will soften and become more cake-like — still delicious!
For best results: As with all recipes, you’ll be most efficient if you assemble the tools, equipment and ingredients needed for the recipe before you begin. This is your roadmap to successful baking, also called the mise en place.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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