We all know that everything is better with chocolate, so why not Thanksgiving?
Among the holiday’s traditional desserts, seasonal flavors rightly loom large: pumpkins, apples, pears, persimmons, nuts. Chocolate doesn’t really figure in.
But a little chocolate can only make things better. And don’t fret about tradition. After all, when was the last time you went to a Thanksgiving meal with only one dessert? (Me? Never.)
So I say this year, let at least one of the many offerings include something rich and dark and fudgy. Even if you’re not a chocolate lover yourself, someone at the table will be. And they will be ever so thankful.
This recipe will accomplish the goal. As every cook knows, the attachment to one’s family’s Thanksgiving recipes runs deep. Making a case for a black-bottomed pumpkin pie to replace your great-aunt’s sacred recipe (even if it was from the back of the evaporated milk can) would be futile.
I wanted to come up with chocolate-laced desserts that would gracefully accompany your family’s favorites.
I added coconut and pecans to a buttery chocolate shortbread crust and baked it until the whole thing was glossy and crisp on top. It tasted a little like pecan pie, a little like a candy bar and a lot like a celebration. Which is just what you want for Thanksgiving.
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