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"Something Chocolate"

My darling husband requested an additional dessert for Thanksgiving. When I asked him to be more specific he said, "something chocolate." I've got pumpkin pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie...and now a chocolate dilemma. Any suggestions?

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  1. This is about as chocolate as you can get. And it keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge so you can do it way ahead of time.


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    1. re: JoanN

      I was thinking along theses lines. Initially I intended on making a chocolate hazelnut torte, but thought I'd see if some CH had something unusual to offer. I usually get great ideas from my fellow hounders.

    2. I have a recipe for a chocolate mousse cake that I really like, and is simple to make--it has a hazelnut crust. I've been making it for years even back when it was hard to get hazelnut, believe it or not. I fool around w/ it, use almonds and almond extract, add nutella, etc. It's chocolately but not super intensely chocolate, like a flourless cake would be. It's not made w/ layers of mousse. If you're interested, I can post it.

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      1. re: chowser

        Yes, that sounds great. Please do post it. Thank you.

        1. re: kkak97

          I had to try the new "Post a Recipe" feature so here it is:


          1. re: chowser

            How 'd you do that? I'm a little slow on this new thing. It is the same as publish a recipe button at the top here? I'm a visual learner.....

            1. re: chocchipcookie

              Yes, just click on "Add Your Own" and it's pretty self-explanatory. I love this--you can just print the recipe once and reference it.

      2. I'd make a big pan of brownies, which can also be done ahead and frozen.

        1. Can you hand him a chocolate bar after dinner? :-)

          How bout some chocolate cookies of some sort that you can make ahead(and even freeze if you make them now)?

          I don't like all chocolate desserts myself but for guests my two go-to's are either chocolate creme brulee or flourless cake.

          1. Make cookies. I just made chocolate-ginger cookies - improvised recipe, but pretty darn good. They disappeared in a flash at the office.

            1. my vote goes for chocolate bread pudding.

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              1. re: Emme

                Flourless chocolate cake. It takes about ten minutes to make, freezes or keeps beautifully in the fridge and you do not get any more chocolate.

              2. I would do something easy since you are already making some wonderful desserts. How about a Chocolate Pecan Derby Pie. I will post b/c it is just that easy and oh so good:

                2 eggs slightly beaten
                1 cups sugar
                6 oz pkg semisweet chips melted
                1/2 cup sifted flour
                1 stick butter melted
                1 teaspoon vanilla or spash of Bourbon
                2 cups chopped pecans
                1 deep dish pie shell

                Preheat oven to 350
                Combine egg, sugar and melted chocolate in bowl. Add flour & mix well, stir in remaining ingredients and pour into shell. Bake for 30 minutes.
                Of course I would make a pie that is a variation of a cc cookie!
                A friend of mine rattled this off and I have been making it ever since. It sets up nice in the fridge but then take it out to come to room temp before serving.

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                1. re: chocchipcookie

                  Fudge made from condensed milk is always a success even though it is so easy it feels like you're cheating. Another easy, and happily chocolate, dessert is chocolate dipped anything. Melt good chocolate in the microwave and add a drop of oil. Dip dried apricots, nuts, marshmallows, pretzels, your finger :). Let dry on a rack and serve along with your wonderful pies. Another thought, since you have such great pies why not make a batch of chocolate whipped cream for him?

                  1. re: chocchipcookie

                    Yeah, that was my suggestion too -- choclify (if that's a word) the pecan pie. Mmmmm.

                    1. re: Dizzied

                      I'm also going to go with chocolate bread pudding -- here's the recipe:


                  2. I don't know how many people will be at your Thanksgiving dinner, but adding another pie to your list could be overdo (and you might be killing yourself for little return). So I second the brownie idea, and would also suggest making the pecan pie a chocolate pecan pie (I apologize if this makes any Southerners cringe!).