Our 13 Best Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipes For A Simple, Decadent After Dinner Treat

Dessert shouldn't be a hassle

If you love chocolate, you know there are few things more satisfying than biting into a rich, decadent chocolate dessert. So what can make a gooey slice of chocolate cake or an airy cocoa mousse even better? Not having to slave away in the kitchen for hours before you can taste it. From individual molten lava cakes to batches of chocolate cookies that serve enough to feed a whole room, these recipes will satisfy your cocoa cravings. With our best easy chocolate dessert recipes, you can have the best of both worlds: limited prep time and a delicious chocolate treat to finish off your meal.

Chocolate Caramel Tart

Chocolate Caramel Tart
Sticky caramel and dark chocolate are a natural pair. We found using that darker, Dutch-process cocoa powder in this recipe makes for a more flavorful, cookie-like crust. Get the recipe for Chocolate Caramel Tart »Andre Baranowski

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Sea Salt and Espresso Beans

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Sea Salt Espresso Beans
A touch of egg is the simple, secret ingredient in this luscious tart's filling. Just a little gives the combination of chocolate and cream a sliceable, fudgy consistency. The crumbly cocoa-laced crust can be pressed right into a fluted pan, no rolling pin required. Swap out espresso beans for toasted nuts, chopped brittle, granola, or crushed peppermint candy. Just don't eliminate the sea salt; it adds a bright, irreplaceable contrast to the decadent filling. Get the recipe for Chocolate Ganache Tart with Sea Salt and Espresso Beans »Ryan Liebe

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
This simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense concoction has been a hit with home cooks in America at least since the New York Times published its first recipe for the dessert in 1955. Get the recipe for Chocolate Mousse »Todd Coleman

Dusty Bliss Cookies

Dusty Bliss Cookies
A sandy, melt-in-your mouth chocolate cookie with a coffee kick—and a dip in more chocolate for good measure. Get the recipe for Dusty Bliss Cookies »Matt Taylor-Gross

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake
Intensely chocolatey with a molten truffle chocolate center, these small cakes are based on chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's signature dessert. Get the recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake »Laura Sant

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie
A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this chocolate cream pie a standout. Get the recipe for Chocolate Cream Pie »Matt Taylor-Gross

Ultimate S'more

Ultimate S'mores
When making this deluxe campfire treat, look for square marshmallows—they fit the graham crackers better and give chocolate a wider surface on which to melt. Get the recipe for Ultimate S'more »Michael Kraus

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate pudding is layered with a peanut butter mousse in this pie inspired from Bradley's Corner Cafe in Topeka, Kansas. Get the recipe for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie »Todd Coleman

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
We've found that rolling these cookies into bigger portions, then refrigerating them for at least 2 hours before slightly under-baking them at 350°, results in incredibly gooey, soft chocolate chip cookies. Get the recipe for The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies »Farideh Sadeghin

Chocolate Budino

budino
Jon & Vinny's restaurant in Los Angeles serves this rich bittersweet chocolate budino with caramel sauce, a drizzle of fruity olive oil, and flaky sea salt crystals. For an easy but impressive dinner-party dessert, we skip the caramel, pile the pudding in a pretty glass bowl, and drizzle it in extra-virgin olive oil at the table. Get the recipe for Chocolate Budino »Matt Taylor-Gross

Florentine Chocolate Tart

Florentine Chocolate Tart
The use of English digestives—mildly sweet whole-wheat cookies–gives the crust an appealing crumbly texture. Get the recipe for Florentine Chocolate Tart »Matt Taylor-Gross

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars
A chocolate-, almond-, and coconut-enriched graham crust supports a dense layer of buttercream topped with a slick of semisweet chocolate. Get the recipe for Nanaimo Bars »Penny De Los Santos

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble
Chef Scott Crawford of the forthcoming Nash Tavern in Raleigh updates the simple Southern custard pie by adding cacao nibs to the butter crust and sprinkling a nutty cornbread crumble on top. Get the recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble »Joseph De Leo