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19 Chocolate Desserts from Around the World

These chocolate desserts from around the world will take your taste buds on a vacation of their own! Find dessert recipes from Germany, Mexico, Poland, Jamaica and more.

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Jamaica: Chocolate Cookies with Caramel CremeTaste of Home

Jamaica: Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme

I made these for an office party cookie contest—and not a crumb was left on the platter! Sweet potatoes are the secret ingredient in this Jamaican-inspired dessert. Canned sweet potatoes will work, too, if you’re short on time. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Agua de Jamaica is another Jamaican recipe that you should try.

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France: Sipping Chocolate

One of my fondest memories of Paris was sipping a cup of thick, dark hot chocolate at one of their patisseries. French hot chocolate is velvety smooth, rich, decadent and almost the consistency of a molten chocolate bar. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Here are some more French-inspired recipes to add to your recipe box.

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Germany: Black Forest Cake

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married, my mother gave me a copy and I hope to someday pass it down to my children. —Stephanie Travis, Fallon, Nevada

Order these German foods you can buy online for an authentic taste of Germany.

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South America: Chocolate Alfajores

South America: Chocolate Alfajores

Chocolate alfajores, also known as alfajores de chocolate, are a popular South American dessert made of slightly sweetened shortbread cookies filled with a rich and creamy milk caramel called dulce de leche. It’s best to chill the dough at least 2 hours so the cookies hold when baking. —Kimberly Scott, Kosciusko, Mississippi

Speaking of South America, these Brazil Nut Cookies belong on your cookie tray.

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United States: Buckeye PieTaste of Home

United States: Buckeye Pie

Everyone that eats this Ohio pie raves about it! You can cover the whole top with ganache, but leaving part of the filling bare is the traditional way to make it. —Mary Northrup, Alpine, New York

These doughnut recipes from around the world are a great way to wake up.

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Mexico: Conchas

Mexico: Conchas

Concha (Mexican sweet bread) is a breakfast or snack pastry found all over Mexico. It has a fluffy brioche-like dough with a crispy streusel topping, scored to resemble a shell. The pastry can come in a variety of colors and other shapes, but I prefer the plain and chocolate streusel. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Go beyond Taco Tuesdays with these authentic Mexican recipes.

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Italy: Almond Chocolate BiscottiTaste of Home

Italy: Almond Chocolate Biscotti

My neighbors look forward to getting my gifts of these Italian cookies. I love that this chocolate biscotti recipe is such a cinch to make. —Ginger Chatfield, Muscatine, Iowa

Check out these other old-world Italian recipes.

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Germany: Chocolate Cake

According to my husband, this is the best German chocolate cake recipe in the whole world. Every bite has a light crunch from the pecans, a sweet taste of coconut and a drizzle of chocolate. —Joyce Platfoot, Wapakoneta, Ohio

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Poland: Chocolate Babka

I love this chocolate babka from my Polish grandma. It’s a rewarding recipe for taking the next step in your bread baking. Even if it’s slightly imperfect going into the oven, it turns out gorgeous. Look at those swirls! —Lisa Kaminski, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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France: MacaronsTaste of Home

France: Macarons

Even decorated simply—a sprinkle of sugar, a drizzle of icing—these French beauties are part of our creative Christmas cookies collection. They will be the showstoppers on any cookie tray. —Josh Rink, Photo Stylist Taste of Home

Here are some more French cookie recipes that will make you say, “oh la la!”

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United States: Dr Pepper Sheet Cake

When we visited the Dr Pepper museum in Dublin, Texas, I bought a Dr Pepper cake mix. It was so delicious that I decided to come up with my own sheet cake version. It’s become a family favorite. —Karen Daigle, Burleson, Texas

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Germany: Chocolate LebkuchenTaste of Home

Germany: Chocolate Lebkuchen

Having lived in Germany, I try to keep my German cooking as authentic as possible. This lovely lebkuchen recipe is a culinary Christmas custom. —Cathy Lemmon, Quinlan, Texas

These traditional German desserts are old-school favorites.

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Italy: Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake PieTaste of Home

Italy: Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

I first prepared an Italian-style cheese pie years ago. When I added a chocolate-hazelnut topping, it proved so popular that I had to give out copies of the recipe.—Steve Meredith, Streamwood, Illinois

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Mexico: Chocolate Wedding Cakes

Mexico: Chocolate Wedding Cakes

These spiced balls are a yummy twist on a traditional Mexican favorite. Sometimes I add mini chocolate chips to the dough and, after baking, dip the cooled cookies in melted almond bark. —Joanne Valkema, Freeport, Illinois

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Austria: Sacher TorteTaste of Home

Austria: Sacher Torte

Guests will be surprised to hear that this Austrian Sacher torte recipe starts with a convenient cake mix. Each bite features chocolate, almonds and apricots. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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France: Chocolate SouffleTaste of Home

France: Chocolate Souffle

A friend invited me to go to a cooking demo at her church years ago, and one of the recipes prepared was this French souffle. It was so easy—and absolutely delicious. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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United States: Boston Cream PieTaste of Home

United States: Boston Cream Pie

This elegant-looking Boston cream pie is so easy to prepare. Our dinner guests always seem to enjoy it. —Jane Uphoff, Cunningham, Kansas

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Italy: Chocolate Amaretti

These classic almond paste cookies are like ones you’d find in an Italian bakery. My husband and children are always excited when I include these goodies in my holiday baking lineup. —Kathy Long, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

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Mexico: Mexican Hot Chocolate

This delicious, not-too-sweet Mexican hot chocolate is richly flavored with cocoa and delicately seasoned with spices. The whole-stick cinnamon stirrers come in handy, as the old-fashioned chocolate mixture settles if not stirred before drinking. The blend of cinnamon and chocolate flavors is wonderful! —Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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