The Speckled Palate
February 13, 2015

Dark Chocolate Soufflés

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you’re holding a stay-at-home Valentine’s celebration this year!

Dark Chocolate Soufflés // @speckledpalate

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My husband gave me the prettiest pink flowers for Valentine’s Day yesterday, and I spent the rest of the afternoon swooning over them.

I’m such a girl. And I’m totally OK with this.

In the seven-and-a-half years we’ve been together, Winston has sent me flowers once before. And those fateful roses preceded our engagement.

Apparently, he does flowers before big important events in our lives, and since flowers are not an every day (or every year!) occurrence, yesterday’s bouquet was even more special.

Dark Chocolate Soufflés // @speckledpalate

We’re (obviously) a low-key Valentine’s Day couple. We don’t normally exchange gifts, opting for heartfelt cards and homemade presents. (“Presents” meaning “baked goods.”) We prefer cooking at home instead of braving the restaurant dinner crowds. We spend the evening taking it easy and enjoying time together in the comfort of our own home.

And most years, I bake soufflés to finish off our homemade Valentine’s dinner.

This year is no different… assuming we’re not at the hospital and/or having a baby at the time of our dinner.

Dark Chocolate SoufflŽs // @speckledpalate

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!

I’ve been making a rendition of these soufflés for years, and this might just be my favorite version yet because the chocolate is so rich and intense.

So, if you’re looking for a dessert on the lighter side? These Dark Chocolate Soufflés probably aren’t your thing.

But trust me when I say they are absolutely decadent and the perfect way to end a Valentine’s Dinner with the person(s) you adore most in the world.

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate SouffleŽs, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate SouffleŽs, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!
4.67 from 6 votes

Dark Chocolate Soufflés

Celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 3 7 oz. soufflé dish servings
Calories 415 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 3 egg whites , at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (and additional sugar for prepping the baking dishes)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F, and position a baking rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Spray three 7 oz. soufflé dishes with baking spray and sprinkle with sugar, tilting the dishes to coat all surfaces completely, then tapping to remove excess sugar. Arrange the prepared baking dishes on a baking sheet, and set aside.
  3. Heat a saucepan over high heat, filled halfway with water, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Combine the chocolate and half-and-half in a large glass bowl that fits over the saucepan. When the water is simmering, set the bowl over the saucepan to create a double boiler. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, and set aside.
  5. Using a hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the egg whites until they have formed soft peaks. Sprinkle in the sugar until the egg whites form hard peaks. Set aside.
  6. Stir the egg yolk and salt into the chocolate mixture.
  7. Using a rubber spatula, fold a quarter of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Gently fold the rest of the egg whites into the mixture, stirring until just combined. (This is very important because if you overmix, your soufflés won't rise as much!)
  8. Divide the batter among the prepared soufflé dishes, and fill them completely.
  9. Bake the soufflés on a baking sheet until they have puffed considerably and the tops feel firm, about 14-16 minutes. (If you can peek at your soufflés without opening the oven door, do this around the 10-11 minute mark to check the rise.)
  10. Serve the soufflés immediately, sprinkling with powdered sugar, whipped cream, fresh fruit or simply by themselves!

Recipe Notes

Adapted very slightly from Bon Apetit's Milk Chocolate Soufflés with Nougat Whip.

This recipe can be made into FOUR smaller souffles. I just happened to use my 7 oz. souffle dishes, and it worked beautifully. That said, they are VERY rich, and a smaller serving might be a good idea if you aren't a chocoholic.

Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Soufflés
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 480mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 17g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Calcium 7%
Iron 38.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Will you be baking for your loved ones like I will be?

Have you tried this recipe? Leave a comment and star rating below to let me know what you thought!


  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    STOP. Oh my goodness, these look incredible! Dark chocolate is my love language. These are happening for sure! I can’t wait to taste them.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! Dark chocolate is TOTALLY my love language, too, and I hope you love these as much as I did!

  2. Krayl Funch

    these look amazing. I’m more of a savory cook but chocolate is my weakness. These look like something I can actually make!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Krayl! I’m a sucker for chocolate (and anything sweet), and these are totally easy to pull together! Souffles used to freak me out so much because of the egg whites and not stirring them too much… but they’re not too challenging! (And even if the souffles don’t rise so much… they’re good. We ate these after they fell, and they were still delicious!)

  3. Trish @ Well Worn Fork

    I was thinking about making chocolate souffle for my man this week – yours look amazing!

    • Erin

      DO IT, Trish! Chocolate souffles are the best for this weekend!

  4. Carrie

    I’ve been on the hunt for some small bowls like yours, where did you get those??

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    These dark chocolate souffles look AMAZING. They have risen so perfectly, evenly and appear so rich and decadent in flavour.. I wish I had one now!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Thalia! I wish there was a way for me to send you one and it not to end up flat and sad by the time it arrived on your doorstep. But alas… The good news is these don’t take much time or effort and are totally wonderful!

    • Erin

      Ha! Thanks, Julie! I think I’d be OK without the flowers, too, though they’re always a lovely surprise! And this dessert? So. Darn. Good.

  6. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    What a fabulous Valentine’s you had, Erin and even better with these mouth watering souffles! You described my perfect Valentines evening to a T! I love a quiet evening at home vs braving the crowded and often way to noisy restaurants. Finishing off dinner with a bit of dark chocolate never hurt either! I’ve not made chocolate souffles in over a year. I think it’s time. Thank you for your inspiration! Hope your still enjoying those beautiful pink flowers…. (I’d be gawking at them all day too!!).

    • Erin

      Thanks, Traci! I’m glad y’all like a quiet evening at home as opposed to a hectic one out on the town. You should totally make some chocolate souffles sometime soon because they’re hard to beat and so wonderful as a sweet treat after a lovely dinner!

  7. Connie the chocoholic

    my boyfriend and i are the same, we like to keep it chill and hang out at home with nice homecooked dinner than spend 100+ on a fancy outing

    • Erin

      Nothing wrong with chilling and taking it easy on Valentine’s Day! I hope y’all had a wonderful, relaxing one!

  8. Ida

    This looks amazing! I have to admit I was a little skeptical about attempting to make this, only because of the over beating the egg whites, but as I read all the comments and your replies, I thought, I will try it this weekend. Thank you for sharing. P.s. Congratulations on your bundle of joy, hopefully she/he arrived in due time

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  10. Ann Bourbonnais

    I’m anxious to try your soufflé! Could you tell the approximate cooking time?
    Thank you very much,

    • Erin

      Hey Ann! It took 16 minutes in my oven, but my oven is SUPER old. If you can view food as it bakes in your oven, I’d take a peek at the 12-13 minute mark. It’ll be a little different in every oven, unfortunately, but hopefully, this gives you a jumping off point. Let me know how these turn out for you!

  11. Random Pinterest Using Chocolate Lover

    Heeeeeeeeyyyyyy! So, these look delicious. I. mean. DELICIOUS!!! Valentine’s day is coming up this Tuesday and I’m going to need these. (I’m forever alone) Now, Since I’m such a lone fox this year imma need a single serving of this only. (I’d have no issue eating all three but I don’t think that’s exactly in the best interests of staying healthy.) Can you please reduce the recipe for me! I know I just divide by three but the ONE egg yolk is killing me. So is the 1/4 cup of half and half, AND the pinch of salt. (honestly, how should I know what a THIRD of a PINCH is?!) Anyway, help me out, please! Thanks so so much!

    • Erin

      Hiiiiiiii! Thanks so much! They are absolutely delicious, and I’m glad you think they might be, too.

      So… bad news about making this a single serving: I’ve yet to find a good way to make that happen. :/ Not the news you wanted to hear, I KNOW, but unfortunately, there’s no way to cut this recipe into a third.

      If you want to experiment — and by that, I mean try something I’ve never tried and might not work — you could use 1 1/3 tablespoons half-and-half, a pinch of salt, and use a small egg yolk. The yolk adds richness and fat to the souffle, so you’ll still need it. I’m unsure if this would work, but it *might* be worth a shot if you’re dead-set on making a solo souffle this Valentine’s. If you do give it a go, please let me know how it turned out!

      And if you decide you don’t want to risk it, make the recipe as-is, and store the other two in the fridge. They’ll sink back into the ramekins and be more dense when you eat them later, but they’re still darn tasty.

  12. Lani

    What is half and half???

    • Erin

      Half-and-half is a dairy product sold in the U.S. that’s essentially half whole fat milk and half cream. You can make it easily at home by using equal parts of both.

    • Minoushe

      I was going to ask the same question! Thank you Xx

  13. Ritu

    Do these go flat if not served immediately?

    • Erin

      It’ll flatten if it’s not served immediately. That said, it’s still delicious, just a bit more dense than the fluffy souffle that comes out of the oven.

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  15. Paula

    How do I make this for four??

    • Erin

      Hey Paula! You can probably use the same amount and just put less into the souffle dishes. The souffle dishes I use fit 7 ounces. (And that’s a lot for an individual serving.) I’m unsure if this is a standard size for a souffle dish, but you can easily divide the batter among four souffle dishes instead of three and let them be a little smaller. I don’t think anyone would complain. 😉

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  17. Albert Bevia

    This is the ultimate valentines day dessert! I love making chocolate souffles, but never tried it with dark chocolate, awesome recipe!

    • Erin

      I totally agree, Albert! If you’re a fan of dark chocolate, I think you’ll like these souffles. They’re crazy rich but perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert. Enjoy!

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  19. Sophia

    Hi Erin! If I were too use different sized ramekins(I only have 4oz and 8oz), would I need to adjust the baking time?

    • Erin

      Hey Sophia, great question! Yes, if you were to use a 4 oz. ramekin, your baking time would need to be shorter, though I’m not 100% sure how much shorter since I’ve never made this recipe in 4 oz. ramekins. I’d think an 8 oz. ramekin’s baking time would be similar to the 7 oz. one I used in this recipe.

      Let me know what you end up doing (and how it works out!) Happy baking!

  20. Gerry

    Oh wow. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Gerry! We absolutely love these, and we hope you do, too.

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