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28 Desserts That Are Better Than a Box of Chocolates

Don't get us wrong: We love a good box of chocolates. But on Valentine's Day, it's a little overdone. Here, 28 decadent chocolate dessert recipes that will outdo a heart-shaped box any day, but especially on February 14th.

Erin McDowell

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

What's better than a slice of cheesecake? One that has a chocolate crust and chocolate ganache on top. Get the recipe


PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Easy Nutella Mousse

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

The World's Biggest Peanut Butter Cup

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Cookies-and-Cream Naked Cake


José Picayo

Ultimate Chocolate Pudding

(from Real Simple)

Mitchell Feinberg

Chocolate Espresso Mousse

(from Real Simple)

William Meppem

Chocolate Melting Cakes

(from Real Simple)


Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Chocolate Skillet Cake

Just look at that rich, decadent, ooey-gooey goodness. Get the recipe


Hector Manuel Sanchez

Milk Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cakes

(from Real Simple)

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Black Forest Cupcakes

(from Real Simple)

Flourless Chocolate Cake

(from Real Simple)


Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

Soufflé can be tricky. Our foolproof solution? Freeze it. Get the recipe


Hector Manuel Sanchez

Chocolate Cherry Cookie Cakes

(from Real Simple)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Brownie Pops

Samantha Seneviratne

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Tart

(from Real Simple)


Erin McDowell

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Tart with Chocolate Ganache

The crust is made of cookies, people. Get the recipe


Mitchell Feinberg

Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé

(from Real Simple)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Ice-Cream Cupcakes

Hector Sanchez

Espresso Truffles

(from Real Simple)


Erin McDowell

Checkerboard Cake

It's what's on the inside that counts. Get the recipe


Mitchell Feinberg

Dark Chocolate Sauce

(from Real Simple)

SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE

Chocolate Truffles, 6 Ways

(from Real Simple)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Chocolate Dump Cake


Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Brownie Layer Cake

Talk about a slice of heaven. Get the recipe


Samantha Seneviratne

Cranberry Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

(from Real Simple)

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Roasted White Chocolate Mousse

(from Real Simple)

Erin McDowell

Nutella Sandwich Cookies


Chocolate Ice Cream

The best thing about this indulgent recipe from Real Simple? It doesn't require an ice-Cream maker. Get the recipe