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Five Ingredient Chocolate Recipes

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Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Linda Larsen
Chocolate is essential on Valentine's Day (and any other day, for that matter). So why not make things easy on yourself and make a few of these quick, easy, and delicious chocolate recipes that use five ingredients or less? Just a reminder: my five ingredient recipes don't count flour, oil, water, sugar, seasonings, or leavening ingredients.

You, of course, can add more ingredients if you'd like. But these recipes are really perfect as-is. When you're starting with such a wonderful ingredient, it doesn't need much help!

Five Ingredient Chocolate Recipes

  • Molten Chocolate Cakes
    A brownie mix is the secret ingredient in these fudgy little cakes. Be sure to serve them with some softly whipped cream and a few raspberries.
  • Chocolate Cupcake Trifle
    Use bakery cupcakes in this easy and indulgent trifle for a spectacular dessert with almost no work.
  • Updated Chocolate Nut Toffee
    I love this wonderful and super easy recipe. There's just one thing to be careful about: the boiling sugar mixture is super hot, so be careful when using it.
  • Decadent Chocolate Fudge Cake
    This wonderful recipe turns a two layer cake into a single layer of the most incredibly dense, rich fudge cake you've ever tasted. It's fun to make and so easy.
  • Rocky Road Sandwiches
    Rocky Road is made from chocolate, marshmallow, and nuts. This fabulous version of ice cream sandwiches is delicious and fun to make.
  • Brownie Pie
    A brownie in a pie crust is a wonderful idea. It's crisp, smooth, and creamy, and even better if drizzled with some melted white chocolate (which makes six ingredients, so I can only suggest it!).
  • Best Truffles
    This magical recipe is unbelievably creamy and smooth. You will love it!
  • Chocolate Almond Pastries
    Pie crust, ground almonds, and chocolate combine to make fabulous little pastries that look like they came from a gourmet shop.
  • Easy Tartufo
    If you haven't tried this recipe yet, please do! They are little balls made of chocolate ice cream studded with cherries, rolled in crushed cookies, all enrobed in more luscious chocolate. Yum.
  • Fastest Chocolate Cheesecake
    With just four ingredients and a pie crust, you can have a decadent cheesecake for your Valentine's Day dessert.
  • Haystacks
    This simple candy is made with melted chocolate, nuts, and those delicious little crisp Chinese noodles.
  • Updated Chocolate Layer Cake
    By starting with a cake mix, you can make this cake with just five ingredients. And it's gorgeous and luscious too.
  • Tunnel of Fudge Cake
    You can still find the dry frosting mix used to make this cake; Jiffy makes it. Just make sure that you buy enough boxes to equal the 3-1/3 cups needed for the recipe.
  • Dark Chocolate Cookies
    Once again, cake mix comes to the rescue in these tender little chocolaty cookies.
  • Chocolate Dainties
    This chocolate version of Mexican Tea Cakes is tender, crumbly, and buttery.
  • Chocolate Meringue Cookies
    Cocoa powder and chocolate chips transform simple meringue cookies into special treats.
  • Easiest Fudge in the World
    Just two ingredients and a microwave oven (oh, and a pan and spoon) are all you need to make a fabulous creamy fudge. Think about adding other ingredients, like nuts, chopped candy bars, or different types of chocolate to make infinite variations.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
    Omit the nuts and you have a delicious chewy and creamy chocolate pie that uses just five ingredients.
  • Puff Pastry Cream Cheese Cookies
    Milk chocolate chips combine with cream cheese and two other ingredients to make crisp and creamy tiny cookies.

When you're working with chocolate, there are a few rules to follow.

  • Be careful with water when melting chocolate. A little bit of water, from a rinsed but not dried spoon, or from steam, can make chocolate seize, or thicken into an unworkable mass. If this happens, adding a bit of solid shortening (NOT butter or margarine, which contain water) may help smooth it out.
  • Melt chocolate over very low heat. A double boiler is a good way to melt it, but be careful of the steam; keep the water in the bottom pan at a low simmer, not furiously boiling.
  • A microwave is a good appliance for melting chocolate because it prevents scorching. You'll need to stir the chocolate during the melting process, because it will soften but not melt until it is stirred.
  • If you're working with large blocks of chocolate, chop them into smaller pieces using a chef's knife; it will melt more evenly and smoothly.
  • For an easy way to temper chocolate so it stays firm at room temperature, melt 3/4 of the chocolate in the microwave oven and stir until smooth. Then add the remaining 1/4 of the chocolate and stir constantly until smooth. This 'seeds' the chocolate, creating crystals which will form as the chocolate cools.

And remember that chocolate is good for you!

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