As we celebrate the wonderful array of holidays this season I wanted to share the Top 10 Chocolate recipes of 2023 with you today. These are the most popular and visited chocolate recipes on The Heritage Cook this year. Enjoy!
This recipe is a recreation of a true southern classic, the Little Debbie snack cake. If you’ve never had the chance to taste one of these little treats, it is a bit like a Ho-Ho or Ding Dong. This is a chocolate cake with a vanilla cream filling and chocolate frosting. It is the perfect dessert for all the chocoholics in our lives!
9 – Black Bottom Cupcakes (GF)
Black Bottom Cupcakes are an old-fashioned dessert that was developed during World War II, requiring no butter, eggs, or milk, all rationed at that time. They are lovely chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake-like filling that gives you beautiful creaminess in every bite.
Today’s Chocolate and Vanilla Meringues are a far cry from the dry and crumbly version I grew up eating, but just as sweet and lovely. I made two versions today, a vanilla meringue and a chocolate meringue, both with a hidden surprise inside … chocolate chips. You don’t have to add the chocolate chips, but I really liked the balance of the chocolate to offset the sweetness and the added texture from the chips!
For today’s Chocolate Monday treat, I made you a Kahlua Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting and boy is it good! Simple to make, absolutely decadent to eat, and popular with any crowd, this is a winner!
6 – Chocolate Raspberry Sheet Cake (GF)
This Chocolate Raspberry Sheet Cake is easy and quick to make, packed with chocolate flavor, and the layer of raspberry jam is a really fun surprise! Raspberry and Chocolate are the perfect combination any time you are craving something sweet.
5 – The World’s Easiest Fudge (GF)
This World’s Easiest Fudge is just for you – and me! For about a month I have had an unshakeable craving for fudge – rich, chocolate, nut-laden fudge. With a few readily available ingredients, you can have this made in no time and the hardest thing is waiting for it to set up before cutting into squares and sneaking piece after piece!
This recipe for Chocolate Chip Brioche French Toast was made with slices of Brioche Tressee Chocolate Chip from Brioche Pasquier, which made incredible French toast. The bread has a beautiful natural sweetness highlighted with the chocolate chips. The Artist was happy with a light sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar on his serving. Ooh la la!
Made with chocolate and vanilla doughs, these Pinwheel Cookies are showstoppers. If you want an easier option, you can make marbled cookies instead. The age-old battle between chocolate and vanilla will continue as long as there are people who bake and those who enjoy their labors. But with these cookies, nobody has to make a choice and everyone is happy.
2 – Easiest Chocolate Mousse (GF)
The Easiest Chocolate Mousse is the perfect dessert for parties because it is delicious, can be made ahead, and doesn’t require baking. I love the deep, rich flavor and creamy texture. It is a lovely dessert that looks fancy but is easy to make!
Chocolate Whoopie Pies may be one of my favorite truly American desserts. Delicate cakes sandwiched with a sweet filling in between, often marshmallow based, they are the devil to eat – you are guaranteed to get messy – but pure heaven in every bite! Today’s recipe includes a luscious peanut butter filling that can also double as a frosting if you are making a cake or cupcakes. Watch out, you can’t stop at just one!
So what do you think? Do you think my readers got it right? I love all these Top 10 Chocolate Recipes and am thrilled that so many of you have discovered them.
I hope you have enjoyed your holidays so far and have fun plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Enjoy your time off and get some extra rest and relaxation. 2024 will be here before you know it!
Happy Chocolate Monday, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
You can adjust any baking recipe to gluten-free by using 120 grams per cup of my favorite gluten-free flour blend. Commercial blends such as Pamela’s All-Purpose Artisan Blend, Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1, or King Arthur Measure for Measure are all good choices, just be sure to spoon the blend into a measuring cup, level off the top, and weigh the remaining flour. Use that weight for that specific flour. Add 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum or 1/2 tsp of psyllium husk powder per cup of flour if your blend doesn’t already contain it. They both help avoid crumbly baked goods.
Weighing your dry ingredients improves your results and gives you recipes that are easy to replicate. It is much more accurate and faster than using measuring cups. If you are using a kitchen scale, spoon your GF flour blend into a cup with straight sides and no spout, until mounded and then use a straight edge to even the top and scrape off the excess. Weigh the flour left in the cup and use that as your base weight for the flour measurements.
Let the mixed doughs rest for about 30 minutes before baking, if possible, to let the flours fully absorb all the liquids. If you have questions, you can find a lot of information by clicking on the “Gluten-Free” tab at the top of the page.
All recommended ingredients are gluten-free as of the writing of this article. Always check to be sure the products haven’t changed and are still safe to consume.
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