Tempting recipes every chocolate lover needs in their life

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."  So said Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts. And Snoopy's maker wasn't exactly wrong — no bad day can't be made better with chocolate. Naturally, lovers of all things cocoa needn't stick to store-bought brands and plain old confectionary — sometimes it feels even better to indulge in something homemade and extravagant. For those times, we have these: Our finest chocolate-based recipes, from cakes to cookies; mousses to tarts. Most of them are a cinch to make if you've got a bit of baking experience, and all of them are guaranteed to please even the most ardent lover of chocolate. Dive in.

Nutella chocolate cake

This Nutella chocolate cake requires only three ingredients: Eggs, flour and the nutty good stuff itself. It's incredibly easy to do, should take under an hour and, well, come on — it's Nutella. What can possibly go wrong?

Bakery-style chocolate chip cookies

Our recipe for chocolate cookies comes straight from the baker's mouth: Gooey on the inside, crisp on the outside and bursting with flavor. Get it right, and you'll have them served up in a matter of minutes.

Two-ingredient chocolate mousse

What's not to love about mousse? It's light, it's rich and it's devilishly chocolatey. This recipe may be quick and easy, but it won't make the end result any less impressive.

Everyday chocolate cake

Ah, the old classic: Chocolate cake, pure and simple. It won't be extravagant and it won't be over-elaborate, but it is a straightforward and delicious dessert. A good one to have in your repertoire.

Peanut butter ganache bars

Another showing for peanut butter and chocolate, here, with these ganache bars. Think cookies on the outside, peanut butter on the inside and a gorgeous chocolate ganache topping to bring it all together.

Chocolate and peanut butter fudge tart

If Nutella isn't your thing, and you're more of a peanut person, then give this chocolate and peanut butter fudge tart a try. It's got that perfect balance between sweet and salty. Charles M. Schulz would be proud.

Chocolate chip cookie cake

If those cookies earlier didn't satisfy your needs, then how about a chocolate chip cookie cake? It takes all the great things about cookies and all the great things about cake, and, well, you can probably guess the rest.

Molten chocolate lava cakes

Just on the name alone, these molten chocolate lava cakes are something you really need in your life. An unassuming outer sponge gives way to a veritable eruption of chocolate from the inside. It's lavish, but it's lush.

Salted dark chocolate granola bars

These granola bars will prove a cheaper alternative to the ones you might find in a store, and should give you a decent hit of sugar if you need it throughout the day. Good to take to work.

Chocolate, candy and caramel ice cream sandwiches

Okay, so this one is a little bit more elaborate. We'd not recommend that you start eating these chocolate, candy and caramel ice cream sandwiches every day, but wow, what a treat. Perfect for the summer.