Homemade Chocolate Gifts

Whether you're assembling a basket filled with treats for the kids or hosting a brunch for grown-ups, chocolate is always a favorite at Easter.

Here you'll find recipes for cookies and candies that are great for gift giving. Tuck chocolate-hazelnut biscotti or pieces of crunchy toffee bark in waxed tissue paper and tie with a colorful ribbon. For a luxurious gift, arrange bourbon truffles in a gift box or tin. And who says the Easter bunny doesn't bake chocolate brownies? Ours will be a guaranteed hit with the kids.

We also feature recipes for desserts that are ideal for sharing and make an impressive ending to an Easter meal. Our bittersweet chocolate cake is sure to please the whole family. Chocolate fondant—individual soufflé-like cakes with molten centers—are perfect when you're entertaining a small group.

Working with chocolate is not as difficult as you might imagine. We offer tips on everything from melting chocolate to making fanciful curls, so you can turn out creations that will rival those of professional bakers and candymakers.