12 Warm Chocolate Desserts for Feeling All the Feels
Whether you're feeling love, feeling low, or something in-between, a comforting dose of rich, warm chocolate is always just right for the way you're feeling now. Here are 12 favorite warm chocolate desserts to serve one, two, or a few.
Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake
Fact or fiction? This was actually a brilliant rebranding by a chef whose cakes came out of the oven too soon. Top tip: Since these little cakes have molten centers, you can't use the toothpick trick to test for doneness. Instead, look for the edges of the cake to pull away from the sides of the ramekins. That tells you the outer cake is baked.
Best Mug Cake (Paleo)
Can you bear to wait nine minutes for caveman-friendly chocolate bliss? Top tip: Use coconut oil instead of olive oil to go with the coconut flour in this speedy single-serve chocolate cake in a mug.
Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy all in one. Sort of like mixed emotions. Top tip: Lower your broiler rack a notch or two and keep an eye on them so they don't scorch.
Crispy on the outside, melty chocolate and sweet strawberries on the inside. Top tip: Don't feel like frying? Juliegd broiled half her batch instead of frying them, and her son liked them better. "I sprayed both sides with cooking spray. I put them under the broiler for about a minute on each side."
Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce
Rich, warm, chocolaty, and gluten-free! Top tip: You'll know this cake is done when the edges are puffy and the surface is firm except for a small jiggly bit right in the center. The residual heat will finish baking this off.
Chef John's Chocolate Souffle
This recipe makes two souffles, so you can share your feelings with a sympathetic soul. Top tip: Fill your ramekins almost to the top so your souffle will still stand tall even if it deflates a bit between the oven and the table.
No need to leave the comfort of home in order to get your toasty marshmallow, melty chocolate, crunchy graham cracker fix. Top tip: To get more of a graham cracker crust (think cheesecake) mix melted butter with crushed graham crackers and press into the bottom of the pan.
Dessert Quesadillas with Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Marshmallow
It's dangerously easy to keep the ingredients on hand for these crispy, melty, chocolaty, gooey quesadillas. Top tip: You can go full Elvis and slip some sliced banana in the middle, if you're really feeling it.
White Chocolate Fondue
Do you love chocolate so much you just want to bathe in it? This is just like that. Almost. You can dip fruit, pretzels, marshmallows, biscotti, brownies — whatever you wish. Top tip: If white chocolate isn't your favorite, we have dark chocolate fondue, too.
Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
Need a little old-fashioned comfort? Just dip your spoon into this creamy, rich, homemade chocolate pudding made from scratch and served warm. Top tips: Be a little more generous with the cocoa power to bump up the chocolate flavor, and let the mixture boil, whisking constantly, until the cornstarch flavor is gone.
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
You don't have to have banana bread in the house to make this cozy, spoonable dessert. Top tips: Double the amount of chocolate chips in the mix (because chocolate), and use scalding hot water for the water bath it bakes in.
Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
This easy-to-make rich and fudgy cake has a warm chocolate sauce poured over the top before serving. Top tip: You can bump up the peanut butter goodness by adding chopped up peanut butter cups to the mix.