Up the festivity quotient by serving these brownies in clear drinking glasses and topping them with whipped cream, neon sanding sugar (layercakeshop.com), and gum-paste numbers (signesugar.com) that spell out the year. To make sundaes, serve with ice cream.
Smart Staple: Keep a box of puff pastry, which is the base for the sundae puffs, stashed in the freezer and you'll always be ready to make a decadent dessert. You can use any kind of fruit that's in season.
You can’t go wrong when luscious chocolate is matched with caramel, nuts, fruit, whipped cream, custard fillings, or flaky pie crust. Browse our collection of the best pie and tart recipes featuring chocolate in the fillings, crusts, toppings, or throughout.
Nut lovers can add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the brownies. Walnuts pack a good dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein and fiber. Pureed black beans replace some of the butter used in most brownies. Their earthy flavor and dark color are great matches for chocolate.
These Italian cookies are made without butter or oil and are twice baked to crisp perfection. Mix up the flavor with ingredient swaps and feel good about eating more than one. Try Almond Biscotti, Cherry Espresso Biscotti, Rum-Soaked Raisin Biscotti, and Brown Sugar and Date Biscotti.
In candy-making, the goal is usually to prevent caramel from crystallizing. For this recipe, that's exactly what you want to do to in order to create the grainy, sandy-sugary coating beneath the chocolate. The pralines are also delicious when made with hazelnuts.