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Individual chocolate soufflés are visually impressive and perfect for your special someone. If you're serving more people, this recipe should scale up just fine. Dust the soufflés with a bit of cocoa powder just before serving if you like.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
50 mins
25 mins
2 individual soufflés


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Brush the bottom and sides (right up to the rim) of two 5-ounce ramekins lightly with 1 teaspoon melted butter. Add 1 tablespoon white sugar to each ramekin; rotate until sugar coats all surfaces, then tip to pour off extra sugar.

  • Pour 3 cups hot water into a pot set over low heat. Place chocolate pieces in a metal mixing bowl; place the bowl over the pot of water until chocolate melts; do not let the water simmer or boil.

  • Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until incorporated and mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in cold milk until mixture becomes smooth and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. 

  • Transfer milk mixture to the bowl with melted chocolate. Add salt and cayenne pepper and mix until thoroughly combined. Add egg yolk and mix to combine. Leave the bowl above the hot (not simmering) water to keep chocolate warm while you whip the egg whites.

  • Whisk egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until mixture begins to thicken; a drizzle from the whisk should stay on the surface for one second before disappearing into the mix.

  • Whisk in 1/3 of the sugar for 15 seconds. Repeat two more times to whisk in remaining sugar. Continue to whisk until mixture holds soft peaks and has a consistency of shaving cream, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Transfer a little less than 1/2 of the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture; mix until thoroughly incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Gently fold in remaining egg white mixture with a spatula until no white remains. Divide between the prepared ramekins and place on the lined baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven until soufflés are puffed and have risen above the top of the rims, 12 to 15 minutes.

Chef's Note:

If you want to use some liquor, add it to the milk and flour mixture after turning off the heat. Rum, coffee, orange, or raspberry liqueur all work beautifully.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 38.6g; fat 19.5g; cholesterol 124.3mg; sodium 194mg. Full Nutrition