When you’re wanting a sweet treat, then Easy Chocolate Desserts are likely to top your list. Rich and full of flavor, it’s hard to beat chocolate, especially when you can make it into so many delicious dishes.
If you’re looking for some easy chocolate desserts, then rest easy. We’ve got you covered with everything from the Best Chocolate Baked Donuts to Mint Chocolate Cream Parfaits and everything in between.
I’ve got that written on a t-shirt—proof that it’s true. While therapists may say that it’s not healthy to rely on a food for comfort, I’m here to say things like they are.
Some days chocolate comes to the rescue.
Thought to dispel dementors, improve blood flow, and reduce blood pressure, chocolate may have some health-improving properties. Or it may just taste good and make us happy.
Either way, having a repertoire of Easy Chocolate Desserts can come in handy for holidays and special occasions as well as any day ending in y.
Why It Matters
Dessert needs to be easy. After all the hassle of shopping and prepping a meal, dessert needs to be easy. Rather that wrack your brain for options, keep a list (or bookmark this post) of easy chocolate desserts you can rely on.
Dessert needs to be delicious. There are a few people in the world who don’t like chocolate, I get that. But for the rest of us, chocolate can’t be wrong. So offering easy chocolate desserts is going to be a win for you.
Make it easy. Make it delicious. You pretty much can’t lose.
I’ve rounded up some of the best Easy Chocolate Desserts to add to your repertoire of chocolatey goodness. I can’t wait to hear what you like the best!
Stocking up on some basics can make it easy for you to whip up a sweet treat on a moment’s notice. Keep these ingredients on hand for easy chocolate desserts any time of day:
cake and brownie mixes – These often go on sale throughout the year, sometimes as low as 50 cents. Stash a few in the pantry for easy chocolate desserts whenever you want them. You can also make your own brownie mix and keep that on hand as well.
chocolate and fudge sauces – While you can easily make your own chocolate magic shell or Homemade Mocha Chocolate Syrup Recipe, having a jar or two of commercial fudge sauce makes for quick and easy chocolate desserts without fussing with melted chocolate.
cocoa powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder, also known as baking cocoa comes in handy for all kinds of easy chocolate desserts, including homemade hot cocoa, brownies, and chocolate sheet cake.
baking chocolate – Baking chocolate is available in a number of different forms: bittersweet, unsweetened, and semi sweet. It’s super helpful to use in chocolate cookies, cheesecakes, and for melting and dipping.
chocolate chips – Chocolate chips and chunks are the basis of easy chocolate desserts. In a pinch, you can just eat a handful! I kid, but it’s pretty good in Nut-Free Homemade Trail Mix that can be a pretty easy chocolate dessert in itself. Keep chocolate chips on hand for cookies, melting, and stirring into all kinds of baked goods.
instant chocolate pudding – It’s super easy to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding, but sometimes you need something even easier. Instant pudding can pinch hit when you’re in a rush.
other ingredients to keep on hand – pretzels for treats like Easter Pretzels, whipping cream, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, ice cream, sandwich cookies for Easter Oreos, chocolate cookies or graham crackers, essential baking ingredients, and a creative spirit.
Easy chocolate desserts include cake, cookies, graham crackers, puddings and custards, pies, scones, syrups and sauces, ice cream and gelato, and even whipped cream.
Chocolate can come in a variety of forms, including baking chocolate, pieces or chips (dark or bittersweet, semisweet, milk, or white chocolate) chocolate syrup or sauce, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs. All can be used in a number of easy chocolate desserts.
There is a wide range of easy chocolate desserts. Anything from whipped cream to cookies to cake to ice cream pie, as long as it’s a sweet treat, it counts as dessert. Simple desserts would include: fudge and other candy, whipped cream, ice cream sundaes, cookies, cake, fruit with or white a dip or sauce, and fondue with dippers.
Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Pretzels are so easy yet so much fun! Add sprinkles or two-tone chocolate to take them up another notch. You'll want to keep a stash of these in the freezer on the regular.
Chocolate Mint Bars
Easy and delicious homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store. Eat all you want, you can always make more.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake (Made With a Cake Mix!)
Got zucchini? Add a cake mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, water, and chocolate chips and you’ve got this quick and easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake made with a cake mix. No one will know there's a vegetable involved.
Christmas Pretzel Hugs
Chocolate Pretzel Hugs are a festive way to add chocolate -- two kinds! -- to your pretzels. Change the M&M color to match the occasion.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie
Mix things up this season (or any time of the year!) with a Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie. It’s rich and creamy and chocolatey — and practically fool proof!
Homemade Mocha Chocolate Syrup Recipe ($1.02/batch)
Making a chocolate syrup with coffee is super easy and tastes amazing in coffee drinks but also in milk, on ice cream sundaes, and drizzled on cake or brownies.
Aunt Peg's Scotcharoo Bars - The Ultimate Treat
Scotcharoo Bars are a more sophisticated Rice Krispie treat. Coated with chocolate and flavored with a nut or seed butter, they are simple irresistible.
Nanna's Fantasy Fudge
Fantasy Fudge comes together in just minutes with five ingredients. It's deliciously foolproof, a super easy chocolate dessert.
Don't have a brownie mix in the house? Never fear. You can make your own brownie mix with this Cocoa Brownies recipe.
Chocolate Banana Marble Cake
Got brown bananas? Then it’s time to bake this Chocolate Banana Marble Cake. Chocolate and banana are made for one another and they come together so beautiful in this bundt cake.
Chocolate Eclair Cake
Chocolate Eclair Cake is a classic icebox cake that comes together in minutes, no baking required. Topped with a chocolate glaze, it makes an elegant dessert for any soiree.
Biscotti are that fancy-pants cookie that seems hard to make, but is actually quite easy. Bake up a batch of these Chocolate-Almond Biscotti to treat friends and family.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies
A classic, these Chocolate dipped cookies contain ritz crackers and peanut butter, a perfect combination. Together, they make an easy chocolate dessert worthy of any cookie table.
Chocolate Fondue for One
Chocolate fondue is a delicious dessert that can be customized in any number of ways. It can also be made in single servings.
White Chocolate Gingerbread Granola
White Chocolate GIngerbread Granola is a perfect dessert to gift or serve atop ice cream sundaes. Yum!
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
Folks love to dip, so why not make a tasty dessert dip in the form of this Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball? Super easy chocolate dessert you can make with regular kitchen staples.
Chocolate Strawberry Scones
Scones are one of my favorite things to bake, especially these delicate Chocolate Strawberry Scones. Bits of rich chocolate and sweet-tart strawberries add flavor and texture to these classic cream scones.
Chocolate Dessert Board - The Easiest Dessert Ever!
One of the easiest desserts you can serve is a Chocolate Dessert Board. Set out an array of chocolates, fruits, nuts, and popcorn for an elegant and simple sweet touch to your evening.
Chocolate Dipped Pecan Sandies
Chocolate was meant for dipping. Make things easy when you dip your favorite cookie, like Pecan Sandies, into chocolate. You can top them with toffee, nuts, or sprinkles, depending on your mood for a super easy chocolate dessert.
Chocolate Dipped Oreos - Sweet Treats for Your Holiday
Chocolate sandwich cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled in extra deliciousness? Yes, please! Chocolate-Dipped Oreos are a fun, festive treat for any holiday or special event.
Chocolate Cranberry Scones
Chocolate Cranberry Scones are delightfully easy to make with self-rising flour, sugar, butter, cranberries, chocolate, buttermilk, and eggs. Be sure to make some to freeze for later!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
No matter the season, no one can resist a chocolate covered strawberry. Make them two-toned with both white and dark chocolates for a festive spread.
Mint Chocolate Cream Parfaits
Chocolate Cream Pie gets morphed into a dessert in a jar, a Mint Chocolate Cream Parfait, to be exact. Perfect for your next game day dessert or holiday get-together.
Easy Homemade Chocolate Crepes
Crepes are a wonderful French import, a perfectly easy chocolate dessert you're going to want on repeat. Make a big batch so you can freeze the extras for late night snacking.
Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake
Feed a crowd easily with this Easy Chocolate Cake studded with almonds and scented with cinnamon. It comes together quicker than a mix cake and tastes amazing!
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting - Better than the Can
Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting comes together easily and tastes so much better than the canned variety. Make this recipe and taste the difference!
Chocolate Peppermint Bark
While often relegated to the winter months, Chocolate Peppermint Bark is an easy chocolate dessert that deserves a place at the table all year long. Mix up a batch and savor it soon.
Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness with these Chocolate Minty Melts, mint chocolate crinkle cookies topped with chocolate kisses that melt into little knobs of chocolate.
Triple Chocolate Sundaes
Three forms of chocolate: brownie, ice cream, and sauce, come together for a delicious Valentine’s treat: Triple Chocolate Sundaes. (Of course they are so good, you'll want to make them all year long!)
Easy Chocolate Mousse
This two-ingredient Chocolate Mousse will have you forever in love. Simple to make without whipping endless egg whites, this is an easy chocolate dessert you can serve to company with a smile.
Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Enjoy salted toffee, chocolate-y goodness with these Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies. They are perfect for gift giving—or hoarding them all to yourself.
Double Chocolate Magic Bars to Make Your Day
Know what’s better than those Magic Bars with the coconut and chocolate? Making Double Chocolate Magic Bars with chocolate cookie crumbs!
Triple Chocolate Baked Donuts You Can Make Yourself (17 cents/serving)
Donut shop mornings can be blissful, but also expensive. Save some coin and bake your own triple chocolate donuts. Super delicious and loaded with chocolate, these baked donuts are a fun treat to make.
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (13 cents/cookie)
These Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies combine all that’s good in a cookie: hearty oats, earthy cocoa powder, and sweet chocolate chips. They get a little extra kick from cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Homemade chocolate pudding comes together in just a few minutes. Rich in chocolatey flavor, it makes a deliciously elegant dessert to serve to friends and family.
Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie
Ditch the frozen pie crust and boxed pudding mixes. You can make a Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie without breaking the bank.
Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe (96 cents/batch)
An ice cream sundae is only minutes away with this easy, two-minute, Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe you make yourself. It’s perfectly chocolatey for a simple, delicious dessert.
Crockpot Chocolate Fondue
Crockpot Chocolate Fondue couldn’t be easier when it’s made in the slow cooker with just two ingredients! Evaporated milk and chocolate chips make a great sauce for fruit and poundcake.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Looking for a delicious gluten-free dessert? These Gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are perfect for lunch boxes, after school snacks, and evening dessert.
Chocolate Butterhorns are yeast rolls filled with chocolate. They are perfect for freezing which makes them perfect for snacking — anytime. You’ll wanna make these today.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake
This Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake will score big points with everyone at your table. A chocolate cookie crust and a filling of cream cheese, sugar, egg, chocolate, cream, and vanilla extract bakes in the slow cooker for the creamiest cheesecake ever!
Strawberry and Chocolate Icebox Cakes
I love the simplicity of this dish: fresh fruit—in this case, strawberries—freshly whipped cream, and thin chocolate wafers. The best part: You can vary the fruit and cookies based on what you have. You'll love these Strawberry and Chocolate Icebox Cakes any time of the year!
Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
Enjoy a naturally sweet treat in these chocolate cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.
Gramma John's Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you love crispy chocolate chip cookies? Then you’ll love Gramma John’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are crispy and crunchy and tender inside.
Sorbet & Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache
lood orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate ganache come together so nicely in this easy and delicious ice cream pie.
Better than Robert Redford—Layered Chocolate Dessert in a Jar
This vintage dessert, originally called Better than Robert Redford gets a face lift. Make it in jars or small ramekins for an elegant presentation.
How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home
Frozen Chocolate Bananas are a fun, whimsical treat that your kids will love to assemble themselves. What’s more fun than dipping bananas in chocolate and adding all kinds of yummy toppings?
Decadent and addicting, magic bars can be made in thousands of different combinations, but of course, the best ones have a serious dose of chocolate chips scattered among the seven layers. So good!
Chocolate Whipped Cream - Naturally Sweetened
Chocolate whipped cream is so delicious, you can just eat it by the spoonful. After all, it's basically like unfrozen ice cream! It's also delicious topped on cakes, pies, coffee drinks, and ice cream sundaes.
Hot Chocolate Bombs
Who knew that Hot Chocolate Bombs could be so easy to make?! What a fun gift to give and so customizable. Add mini marshmallows, crushed peppermints, or other favorite candies for a fun hot chocolate experience you can gift to friends and family.
This post was originally published on December 18, 2020. It has been updated for content and clarity.
Thanks for all these recipes. I can’t wait to add one or two to my Christmas meal.