Chocolate has a reputation for being difficult to work with, and it often lives up to that hype. Because it’s sensitive to moisture and heat, chocolate can be a finicky ingredient. But just because you’re not a whiz in the kitchen doesn’t mean you should be prevented from cooking with chocolate. Get your feet wet with these simple chocolate recipes for newbie bakers.
If the title of this recipe has you drooling, you’re off to a good start. These ooey gooey bars virtually melt in your mouth and are packed with a toasted, nutty, buttery flavor. And while the recipe calls on slightly more advanced baking skills in order to successfully brown the butter, it’s actually quite easy to make (and well worth the extra step!). Semisweet chocolate chips get added into the dough right before baking in order to infuse extra flavor and texture into these delectable treats.
Tasty, portable, classic, and oh-so-easy to make: This chocolate bark recipe has it all. Tailor the recipe to your own taste buds by opting for milk or semi-sweet chocolate, which will be melted down and then topped with the add-ons of your choosing. Anything from dried fruits to toasted nuts or seeds, candied ginger, and cocoa nibs works well, so let your palate do the picking! This recipe doesn’t actually require you to turn on the oven, but it does require a baking sheet and parchment paper, so baking accessories are required.
Chocolate muffins aren’t generally known for their health benefits, but these Mocha Chip Muffins defy that general rule thanks to the use of whole-wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and ground cinnamon (to reduce the sugar content), and heart-healthy olive oil. Add in a hearty dose of antioxidants by choosing dark chocolate chips.
Not only are these chocolate cookies outrageously tasty, they’re also outrageously easy to make. The recipe doubles down on chocolatey flavor thanks to eight ounces of semisweet chocolate and 12 ounces of chocolate chunks (Pro Tip: don’t let the shape fool you, pick your favorite chocolate bar and chop into your desired size). The key to achieving a soft, gooey, chewy texture is to aim for a thinner batter (more resembling brownie batter than conventional cookie dough) and to avoid over-baking.
These bars make for a bona fide healthy snack or breakfast, but they taste more like dessert. Their health appeal stems from good-for-you almond butter, pistachios, mixed seeds, dates, and dark chocolate. Oh, and did we mention they’re vegan? You can whip up these healthy treats in total of 50 minutes; once they’re ready to serve, consider pairing them with a warm cup of coffee or tea to treat your body and mood.
The name says it all: This chocolate cake is exceptionally simple to make. And once you’ve mastered it, you can tick off one of the boxes for becoming a bona fide baker. (After all, there are few baked goods more classic than chocolate cake.) The recipe derives its chocolatey flavor from cocoa powder in the batter and dark chocolate in the icing. And it can expand with your baking skills—as you get more comfortable with the basic version, consider swapping out the chocolate icing for a filling of whipped cream and jam.
From cakes to muffins to cookies, these recipes allow you to flex your baking muscles while your taste buds reap the fruits of your labors.