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Intense chocolate recipes for National Chocolate Day

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Recipes rich with chocolate

October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Celebrate in decadent style with these divine recipes featuring ooey gooey chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Not that you need an excuse to eat chocolate!

Nut Brownies

Chocolate recipes


All recipes courtesy of Hersheys Chocolate

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Makes 36 brownies

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13x9-inch baking pan.

2. Beat butter, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, milk and 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in nuts, if desired, and pour batter into pan.

3. Bake brownies for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. About 5 minutes before brownies are done, combine chocolate chips, condensed milk and remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook, until melted, stirring to combine.

4. Spread melted chocolate over warm brownies and let cool. Place in refrigerator until chilled then cut into 36 bars.

Chocolate Waffles with Chocolate Maple Syrup

Makes 5 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
Hot fudge sauce (recipe follows)
Chocolate maple syrup (recipe follows)

Directions:
1. Combine cocoa and butter in a bowl. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture into cocoa mixture alternately with buttermilk, stirring well. Add nuts if desired.

2. Bake waffles in a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions or make pancakes in a skillet. Serve waffles with hot fudge sauce and chocolate maple syrup.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes 1 3/4 cups

Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5-ounce can) evaporated milk
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine sugar and cocoa in a pot and whisk in milk and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until mixture boils. Boil for 1 more minute and then add in butter and vanilla, stirring until butter is melted.

Chocolate Maple Syrup

Makes 1-1/3 cups

Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine sugar and cocoa in a pot and whisk in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring continually until mixture boils. Boil for 1 more minute and then add in butter and salt, stirring until butter is melted. Stir in maple flavor and vanilla.

Double Chocolate Kisses Cookies

Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients:
36 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 (16-ounce) can chocolate or vanilla ready-to-spread frosting

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.

2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Alternately beat flour mixture into butter mixture with milk until fully combined. Cover dough and chill for 1 hour.

3. Form dough into 1-inch round balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Let cool 1 minute and move cookies to a wire rack. When cool, spread frosting on cookies and top each with kiss.

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