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Celebrate World Chocolate Day With These Indulgent Recipes

A heart-shaped chocolate pie, a chocolate lava cake, and a layered chocolate cake
Sally’s Baking Addiction/Kitchen 335/Baker By Nature

Good news for all chocolate lovers: The best day of the year is almost upon us. Celebrate World Chocolate Day on July 7th with these over-the-top chocolate recipes.

Chocolate has been used for thousands of years. It can be traced back to as early as 1500 B.C. when the ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico used cacao to create special ceremonial drinks. In ancient times, chocolate was enjoyed in bitter beverages, sweet treats, and even used as currency by the Aztecs.

Today, most people embrace the sweetness of chocolate in cookies, candy, brownies, and other desserts. These recipes embrace the indulgence of chocolate in the most delicious ways possible.

Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake

A slice of Devil's food cake and a full chocolate cake
Baker By Nature

While most chocolate cakes use melted chocolate in their recipes, Devil’s food adds cocoa powder for a more intense flavor. This cake is rich, moist, fluffy, and packed with chocolate flavor.

If the cake itself wasn’t enough, this recipe covers it in four layers of decadent frosting. As tempting as it will be to eat it out of the bowl, you’ll thank yourself later for saving every bit for the cake.

Chocolate Hand Pies

Several heart-shaped chocolate hand pies
Sally’s Baking Addiction

This recipe utilizes chocolate pie crust, which is an invention you didn’t know you needed in your life. You can also add peanut butter into your chocolate ganache filling for extra flavor, but letting the chocolate shine is just as delicious.

The end result of this recipe is a portable pie that’s easy to eat and share. Heart-shaped cookie cutters for the pie crust are optional, but highly recommended.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Several jars of chocolate pudding
A Spicy Perspective

What better way to celebrate chocolate than with chocolate pudding? The dessert you loved to get in your school lunch as a kid gets a decadent upgrade when made at home.

Pudding is surprisingly easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients and a single pot to pull everything together. Refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour to ensure it’s completely chilled before enjoying.

Chocolate Fudge

A pile of chocolate fudge and many pieces of chocolate fudge on a plate
Live Well Bake Often

Fudge is another treat that is much easier to make than it seems. This recipe only requires four ingredients and can be put together in just 15 minutes.

Fudge is super customizable and can be easily tailored to your preferences. Walnuts are an easy addition to add texture to this dessert, or you can stick with the chocolate theme and crumble chocolate cookies on top.

World’s Best Fudgiest Brownies

Several pieces of gooey chocolate brownies
Cafe Delites

Nothing screams “chocolate” like decadent, fudgy brownies. Everyone has their favorite recipe, but this one just may take the cake (er … brownie).

Aim for a shorter baking time over a longer one. They’ll continue to bake a little bit in the pan once it comes out of the oven, so you’ll want to take slightly underdone brownies out for the fudgiest final product.

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate cake with several layers of chocolate mousse in between each layer
Sally’s Baking Addiction

If the Devil’s food cake recipe wasn’t enough for you, try this dark chocolate mousse cake. It combines a moist chocolate cake with a fluffy chocolate mousse and a thick chocolate ganache on top.

Serve this cake with a few fresh berries to balance out the richness and you’ve got yourself a magical pairing. Just be prepared to share it with at least five other people or you’ll find yourself sneaking leftovers every time you look into the fridge.

Outrageous Triple Chocolate Cookies

A plate of chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips
RecipeTin Eats

In lieu of traditional chocolate chip cookies, we’ve added these triple chocolate cookies that bring things to the next level. They have a chocolate cookie dough base and two different kinds of chocolate chips for plenty of chocolatey goodness in each bite.

These cookies are the perfect mix of being crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The chew gets even better the next day, so save at least one or two after baking to enjoy later.

Molten Lava Cakes

Several small cups with molten lava cakes inside
Kitchen 335

Lava cakes consist of a moist cake that contains a molten chocolate center after being baked. They’re a crowd favorite and take only a few ingredients to make.

Molten lava cakes need to be served warm, so they don’t have any cooling time, which is an added bonus. Top them with vanilla ice cream for a mind-blowing dessert.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache on top
I Am Baker

Fans of cheesecake will love this version topped made with a cookie crust and topped with chocolate ganache. Every bite has a different layer of chocolate texture and flavor.

You’ll have the most success with this recipe if you use a springform pan, but you can line a regular cake pan with parchment paper in a pinch. Take the cake out when the center is slightly jiggly so you don’t overbake it and end up with a dry cheesecake.

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Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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