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easy & fancy chocolate dessert recipes

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In honor of Valentine's Day, this month's seasonal recipe roundup is dedicated to chocolate - although chocolate is always in season, as far as I'm concerned. Speaking of chocolate, the cake in the photograph above is "Mamy Jacqueline's Chocolate Cake" from Susan Herrmann Loomis' book, On Rue Tatin. A link to this recipe appears in the recipe roundup at the bottom of this page. Over the years it's become my mainstay chocolate cake recipe. Unlike the gooey, flourless chocolate cakes that seem to have taken over, this French chocolate cake has a light texture with an intense, bittersweet chocolate flavor.

To learn how to select the right chocolate for making the perfect chocolate sauce, read this NPR article, The Science of Cooking with Chocolate, by dessert cookbook writer Alice Medrich, author of Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate.

Easy & Fancy Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce
Chile Hot Chocolate
Swiss Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips
Boca Negra (A Seriously Chocolaty Cake)
Chocolate No-Knead Bread
Chocolate Linzertorte
Chocolate Biscotti
Chocolate Fondue
Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Chocolate Raspberry Heart Napoleans
Homemade & All Natural "Girl Scout" Thin Mint Cookies
Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies
Devils Food Cake
Chocolate and Candied Ginger Tartlets
Mamy Jacqueline's Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Truffle Tart
Coconut Chocolate Bites
Chocolate Ginger Pound Cake
Chocolate Cheesecake for Two

Related: see Gourmet File's baking and dessert recipes page for more dessert recipe ideas.