Lining the side of the springform pan helps the cake come away from the pan better when you go to unmold it and results in cleaner layers, but it’s unnecessary if the pan is nonstick. Trim the parchment paper level with top of springform pan so you aren’t reaching down through a tunnel of paper to form the cake layers.
Candy Cane & Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Cookies
Melted chocolate makes this drop cookie extra delicious. Look for dried cherries in the bulk area of the grocery store.
Chocolate Chunk Clouds with Caramel-Coffee Sauce
You’ll never be at a loss for dessert again with this charmer of a recipe in your files. Spoon it into goblets to show off its cloudlike creaminess. Chilling it will make it more mousse-like.
Chocolate Pots de Creme
Pot de crème is a barely set, creamy French custard served in small dishes. Traditionally it is thickened with eggs and baked in a water bath, but we’ve “cheated” by using Devon custard, eliminating the baking step.
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise
Dacquoise is a dessert made from nut-flavoured meringue rounds layered with fruit and whipped cream or buttercream. It makes a stunning dessert to serve to company.
Holiday Truffle Fudge
This cross between fudge and a chocolate truffle is pretty on a dessert tray, and makes a great gift.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are a holiday tradition, and look great on a dessert tray. Substitute another type of nut, if you prefer.
Macadamia and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These golden chunky cookies are positively irresistible with their craggy peaks of chocolate and creamy white nuts. Sensational and rich!
Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies
This fabulously tender shortbread is made in the food processor to ease preparation; be careful though as over processing dough will cause the dough to become greasy and the butter will melt out as they bake.
Mincemeat Pinwheel Cookies
Pinwheel cookies are a Christmas classic. This version uses pre-rolled puff pastry as the dough, and seasonal mincemeat as the filling. Much easier than the traditional version with two colours of home-made cookie dough stacked and rolled.