Here are 12 reasons to love Christmas in all its gooey, chocolatey glory

 

1. Chocolate roulade with white chocolate frosting

Five simple ingredients make up this delicious recipe for light, fluffy chocolate sponge with a rich creamy filling.

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2. Baked chocolate and clementine cheesecake

Rich dark chocolate mixed with creamy mascarpone and tangy orange fondant sits on a crumbly ginger snap base in this deliciously decadent dessert. We dare you to resist!

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3. Pomegranate, cranberry and white chocolate cake

Possibly even more Christmassy than Christmas cake, this show-stopper is a good option if you’re looking to try something a bit different to the traditional fruity fare this year. 

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4. Fruit & nut chocolate rounds

These sweet treats make a great chocolately gift for friends and family, and we show you how to make pretty pouches to present them in too.

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5. Chocolate pecan spread

Another great gift idea. All this nutty spread requires is a quick pulse of the food processor and a good stir to make – and it'll keep for up to two months if stored in sterilised jam jars. 

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6. Chocolate and clementine pudding

With tangy clementines and a hint of ginger, this chocolate dessert is a delicious take on a traditional Christmas steamed pud for those that want their pudding that little bit sweeter.

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7. Chocolate espresso pots

A creamy dessert with rich dark chocolate and crumbly biscotti base, these espresso pots have an added devilish dash of Baileys.

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8. Chocolate fondue

This fun, sweet fondue is ideal for sharing this Christmas.

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9. Snow-sprinkled Black Forest log

Morello cherries with kirsch add a devilish twist to the traditional Christmas log.

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10. Chocolate orange freezer cookies

A super-handy recipe to have to hand at Christmas – these delicious cookies can be made in advance and frozen, then just whacked in the oven when you’re ready to serve.

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11. Chocolate and coffee tarts

A rich chocolate and coffee filling set in crisp pastry cases. These decadent individual desserts are the perfect ending to a festive meal.

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12. Chocolate brownies

A classic treat universally loved by chocolate fans, these easy-to-make brownies are chewy in the middle and crisp on the top – just as they should be.

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