The Deepest Darkest Chocolate Recipes

making ganache in a glass bowl

Come over to the dark side…of fall baking that is, with my deepest darkest chocolate recipes. Because pumpkin spice and gingerbread can only take you so far ~ and after a while you’re gonna crave a little chocolate!

dark chocolate recipes

My tips for getting the richest chocolate flavor in your baking ~

  • This is an obvious one, but always use the best quality chocolate that you can, especially in recipes where it’s really going to shine. My vote for best bar chocolate for baking is either Lindt or Ghirardelli.
  • For a super-duper deep dark chocolate look and flavor, I love to use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. It’s a blend that’s specially formulated to yield the darkest possible chocolate color.
  • I also always like to use dark chocolate chips for recipes that call for regular or semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you’re a dark chocolate lover, it’s an easy swap that results in better flavor in most recipes. My choice for chocolate chips is almost always Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels. I think they have the best texture and flavor by far. They’re smooth and rich as opposed to dry and chalky.

Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake

This flourless cake is easy to make and has the most irresistible texture. Leaving out the flour just means more room for chocolate!

Pro tip: if you’re looking for rich chocolate flavor in a dessert, consider going flourless. Like cream, flour dilutes flavors and can take away from the pure chocolate experience.

Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake

Death by Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This chocolatey take on pumpkin bread is moist, delicious, and totally unexpected. The frosting is pure ganache ~ wow!

Pro tip: try using chocolate ganache in place of regular frosting or glaze in your chocolate cakes and quick breads. The chocolatey payoff is huge and it turns a so-so dessert into a show stopper.

death by chocolate pumpkin bread in pan

Hot Chili Pepper Truffles

Chocolate and chili are a great pairing, the Aztecs were way ahead of their time on this. These truffles have that famously silky mouth feel and deep rich chocolatey flavor…but then they hit you with a little burst of heat at the end. 

Pro tip: chocolate is a complex flavor that is so much more versatile than we give it credit for. Try swapping out your regular vanilla extract for some spice, maybe chili powder, cayenne, or even cinnamon.

chocolate chili truffles in a glass bowl

Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Don’t be afraid to go bold with chocolate in a recipe. These dramatic cookies are a choc-a-holic’s dream.

Pro tip: there are different types of cocoa powder and each one yields different results…for the deepest, almost black chocolate, I always turn to Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder, it’s formulated specifically to give this rich color.

a stack of double dark chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Will You Marry Me Brownies

Brownies might be one of the most perfect vehicles for chocolate ever invented, especially when you double down with chocolate chips in the batter.

Pro tip: adding chocolate chips is one of my favorite ways to boost chocolate flavor in a recipe, they’re perfectly formulated to give you little molten pockets of yumminess.

I Want to Marry You Brownies sliced, with a knife

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Banana bread has always been homey and delicious, but now it’s downright dangerous.

Pro tip: you can ‘chocolatize’ many of your favorite non-chocolate recipes with great success. Quick breads and muffins are a good place to start experimenting. You can replace some of the flour with unsweetened cocoa powder, and add chocolate chips for good measure.

deep dark chocolate banana bread, sliced

Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

Everybody knows dark chocolate can be part of a hearty healthy diet, and I love to end my day with just a bite or two.

Pro tip: dark chocolate is filled with powerful antioxidants, and the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you, so go for it!

Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

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    October 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    These chocolate recipes look so so awesome, Sue! I’m not sure where I would want to start, but i have those shortbread cookies on my short list for sure! Thanks!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    October 28, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I never miss chocolate recipes! Each looks fabulous!

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    October 28, 2019 at 3:17 am

    My deepest lightest congratulation – you reminded me to make once more your wonderful truffles
    everybody loves . So nice to have your emails Sue!

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    Cheryl Daddo
    October 27, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    In Australia, we don’t get Hershey’s cocoa powder. The best I can think of would be Dutch cocoa powder. Is this what you would consider the best to giving the results you describe when using Hershey’s cocoa powder?

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      October 27, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Yes, you could substitute Dutched cocoa powder, for sure.

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    October 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Those dark chocolate detox bites, seriously, are SO beautiful! I want to make them!

    Have you ever tried the Montezuma’s absolute black chocolate bars? They sell them at Trader Joe’s – 100% cocoa solids with added cocoa nibs. I wonder if they’d melt to make those detox bars?

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      October 27, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      I JUST bought that chocolate on my last TJs run, a few days ago, and it’s almost too bitter for me, and that’s saying a lot! But you could definitely use them for these detox bites, just be aware that the texture won’t be as smooth.

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    Donna Crocker
    October 27, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Seeing an email from you always makes me smile because I know a good recipe is usually a click away.

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      October 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Awwwww 🙂

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