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The Cook’s Country Team’s Favorite Chocolate Recipes

Our test cooks flex their sweet tooths in preparation for Valentine’s Day.

By Cook's Country | February 05, 2018

The thing about chocolate is, there are so many ways to dig it. Some reach for the deep, dark, bitter stuff while others go for creamy milk chocolate. Some prefer candy, others prefer cake, or brownies, or pudding, or cookies, or even savory dishes like mole.

(Want to learn more about chocolate? This roundup of our favorite brands of chocolate products, and some tips on storage, tempering, and the best ways to use them in your cooking, should help.)

Here's how some of our Cook's Country coworkers like their chocolate.

Triple Chocolate Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookies
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Easy Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Easy Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Alli Berkey, Test Cook

"It's all about cookies for me. Triple chocolate or chocolate chip. I don't have a preference between crisp or chewy; I like them both!"

Morgan Bolling, Associate Editor

Ice cream for sure. And brownies. In fact, I freeze brownie batter in small portions, and then each night I bake myself a teeny little brownie and have it with a scoop of ice cream. It's a ritual that I love.

Matthew Fairman, Test Cook

I really love chocolate in Mexican mole, a complex and primarily savory dish where chocolate reveals a completely different side of itself. But I eat most of my chocolate in trail mix and granola, like chunks mixed in with nuts and oats and stuff.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Hot Fudge Sauce
Hot Fudge Sauce
Hot Fudge Pudding Cakes
Hot Fudge Pudding Cakes

Cecelia Jenkins, Associate Editor

Chocolate chip pancakes. Chocolate chips are so great. Sometimes I put them in my mother's pumpkin bread recipe. And I love chocolate milk. Love it.

Katie Leaird, Associate Editor

Hot fudge over ice cream. Or chocolate-covered blueberries, which we used to make when I worked at a chocolate factory.

Bryan Roof, Executive Food Editor

I love a really sloppy, messy molten chocolate cake or pudding cake. Or, I love a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. I like them super soft, so I always underbake by a few minutes.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Rich and creamy hot chocolate
Rich and creamy hot chocolate
Milk Chocolate Cheesecake
Milk Chocolate Cheesecake

Ashley Moore, Associate Editor

My favorite chocolate is a small bite of bittersweet chocolate after dinner. But I also love a rich, luxurious flourless chocolate cake. A small amount of espresso powder really amplifies the chocolate flavor.

Tucker Shaw, Editor in Chief

My go-to chocolate delivery system is hot chocolate, but I’m completely crazy about our Milk Chocolate Cheesecake. It’s creamy, sweet, and tangy, a showstopper that’s much easier than you’d think.

More Chocolate Recipes

The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook, 10th Anniversary Edition

The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook captures all 10 seasons of the popular public television show in one colorful book—it’s like inheriting the treasured recipe box of the best test cook in your family. Among the 392 recipes inside are some of our favorite sources of chocolate, including Blackout Cake, Mississippi Mud Pie, Whoopie Pies, and many more.

What's your favorite way to get your chocolate fix? Let us know in the comments!

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