If you can't just take a square of chocolate without finishing the whole bar, you're not alone. We're a nation of chocoholics, and with good reason. Our brain chemistry reacts to chocolate by releasing the pleasure chemical dopamine. In short, we're all programmed to love it.
At McCormick, we love chocolate as much as everyone else, and we've spent lots of time in the test kitchens perfecting recipes to cure your cocoa-driven cravings. Check out some of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes below.
S'mores are a go-to North American tradition dating back to the early 1920s, when someone first pressed toasted marshmallows and chocolate between two tasty Graham Crackers. They were so irresistible that people kept asking for some more (S'more!). Our S'mores Pie recipe interprets that basic idea in pie form, combining all of the ingredients into a chocolate dessert that will delight with every fluffy, chewy slice.
Purists can ditch the marshmallow and crumbs, taking their chocolate neat. This Triple Chocolate Cake combines devil's food cake and chocolate pudding mixes along with McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract to create a dessert that delivers every time. The key to this chocolate cake dessert recipe is the shiny chocolate glaze, which makes it look even more luxurious on the plate.
It's a culinary crime not to include a chocolate chip cookie recipe in a collection of chocolate desserts and snacks. Don't break out the spatula without trying these delicious Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're filled with a deep nutty flavor from the brown butter mixed with sugar and vanilla sweetness.
Put a little extra spring in your step by adding another secret ingredient to these Chocolate Chunk Mocha Cookies: a tablespoon of instant coffee. They're the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up — and don't let the addition of coffee stop you from dipping them in your tea.
The great thing about chocolate is that it's so versatile. You can include it in a broad range of treats that can be sweet or even spicy. One of our favorites is this Mexican Chocolate Brownie recipe, which includes a little cinnamon for extra warmth. The best part of about these homemade brownies is the chocolate frosting, which adds just the right amount of creamy texture. Make these once and brownies will never be the same for you again.
No-Bake Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Cookies and brownies involve baking. If you haven't the time or the energy, then we have some oven-free options to quickly satisfy your chocolate fix.
Check out this Chocolate Fudge, which is easier to make than you might think. This miracle chocolate recipe produces 25 servings from an indulgent mixture of cream cheese and semi-sweet chocolate chips. These homemade fudge treats make great last-minute gifts for friends and family — if you can bear to part with them. Our advice: Make an extra batch.
One of the best things about chocolate is the pairings. Cinnamon, strawberries, and even chili peppers are all flavors that work well with this sweet substance. Another is peanut butter, which blends perfectly with semi-sweet chocolate in these Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls. The recipe yields over two dozen flavor bombs with a soft peanut butter center and a chocolate coating.
These chocolate dessert recipes will satisfy your friends and family, whether you're serving up a new favorite dessert, packing a lunchbox or just indulging in an afternoon treat. The very best thing of all about these chocolate dessert recipes is that you can always make more.
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