During the winter we all want is comfort foods and hearty meals to get us through the day, but sometimes we also need a small indulgence to put a smile on our faces — an indulgence like chocolate desserts. Studies show that chocolate releases neurotransmitters in our bodies that have a positive effect on your mood. So when you’re feeling down because of the dreary weather, whip up a chocolate-filled recipe that will make satisfy both mind and appetite. It can be as simple as a chocolate cupcake or as complex as a mint-chocolate trifle with mint whipped cream and chocolate mint cookies. This week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme) is sure to help you lose those winter blues.
The whiskey caramel adds a kick of flavor to this pie. If you don’t like whiskey, you can omit it, substituting traditional caramel instead.
Mon Petit Four
The beauty of using dark chocolate in baking is that you'll always get that authentic chocolate-y taste in your baked goods. You can always sweeten a recipe made with dark chocolate by adding sugar, but when you use a diluted milk chocolate, for example, you never obtain the same richness and quality in chocolate that you would have otherwise. There is no substitute for pure, unadulterated dark chocolate, and this dark chocolate cake with red wine glaze is evidence of that. — Mon Petit Four
Moore or Less Cooking
This is the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe — chewy, sweet, and filled with chocolate and peanut butter.
Dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) is blended with cream cheese and then deposited into the centers of these moist devil’s food cupcakes — yum! —Platter Talk
Recipes I Live By
Chocolate chips, orange zest, and an orange zest icing are added to a simple biscotti recipe. The other ingredients you could add are endless — try nuts, berries, almost anything you’d like.
The Baking ChocolaTess
This glorious chocolate fudge marshmallow Oreo brownie pie is sinfully rich and delicious! Loaded with marshmallows, Oreos, and chocolate, who could go wrong? —The Baking ChocolaTess
Watch Learn Eat
Inside each one of these caramel-frosted dark Milky Way cupcakes you'll find a surprise Milky Way Midnight mini. Drizzle with additional caramel for a super sweet treat. — Watch Learn Eat
This recipe mixes dark chocolate, hazelnut liqueur and chocolate hazelnut spread to create a luxurious and rich pudding. Inside, there’s a surprise: little pieces of chopped up Baci candies. — Coley Cooks
This cake looks "devilish" on the outside, but has the "goodness" of zucchini and applesauce on the inside. — Kitchen Simmer
Food Hunter's Guide
This cake combines the flavors of dark chocolate and refreshing orange in a moist cake recipe — irresistible.
Fresh mint ice cream perfectly complements the richness of chocolate brownies, and pistachios definitely brighten the flavor. — Divine Cuisine
This Is How I Cook
This cake might be “ugly” in appearance, but it tastes decadent and sweet — it’s exactly what you need to get rid of the winter blues.
A Calculated Whisk
The doughnuts themselves are simple, paleo chocolate doughnuts. You just need two bowls and a few minutes to whip them up – no mixer or egg-separating needed. They’re not super sweet by themselves, which makes them the perfect counterpoint to this luscious cherry glaze. — A Calculated Whisk
The Hungary Buddha
If you love chocolate and cheesecake you should try this recipe right now. It’s rich and decadent, and the hint of espresso takes this recipe from ordinary to extraordinary.
Obssesive Cooking Disorder
Instead of having a recipe that is rich with chocolate, try a more subtle take with this dessert. It incorporates chocolate chips to make a crust for a tart, has a Greek yogurt filling, and gets topped with pomegranates for a well-balanced dessert.
Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
I can’t think of a better way to eat chocolate pudding — it has mint chocolate cookies and mint whipped cream! It’s a simple dessert that is delicious and refreshing.
Turmeric N' Spice
This is a light, airy, and creamy chocolate mousse that you must try. Chocolate and coffee make a perfect pairing and the silky smooth texture is an added bonus.—Turmeric N’ Spice
Patty Anderson Blog
This is an easy dessert transformed into a showstopper with the simple addition of the black raspberry ganache. — Patty Anderson Blog