Hot Chocolate Fondue

Recipe created by David Burke

Hot Chocolate Fondue
This recipe for chocolate fondue is a sweet way to eat your recommended servings of fruit. But it isn't all about being healthy—there are few things as fun and romantic as fondue for two.

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Cherry-Ricotta Doughnut Holes with Chocolate Sauce

Recipe created by Vitaly Paley

Cherry-Ricotta Doughnut Holes with Chocolate Sauce
Candied cherries are stuffed into ricotta-spiked doughnut batter and fried until crispy and oozing; a shot of warm sweet chocolate on top makes these little cherry bombs even more explosive.

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Bananas in Lime Juice with Coconut Sorbet and Berries

Photo: John Kernik, recipe created by Colin Cowie

Bananas in Lime Juice with Coconut Sorbet and Berries
This dessert can be made up to 24 hours in advance, so it's an easy way to end a romantic meal.

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Red-and-White Cookies

Recipe created by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Red-and-White Cookies
This plump confection is a Valentine's Day take on a New York classic, the black-and-white cookie.

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This recipe is one of the most decadent (retro) desserts we found in a tiny Brooklyn bakery 


Red-Hot Velvet Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Recipe created by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
Cinnamon flavored frosting gives red velvet cupcakes an added kick—the perfect treats for your sweet.

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This recipe is one of the most decadent retro desserts we found in a tiny Brooklyn bakery


Panna Cotta with Red Fruit Sauce

Recipe created by Catherine Newman

Panna Cotta with Red Fruit Sauce
Yes, it's pure, but this panna cotta heart is hardly innocent. Made with half-and-half, vanilla and sugar—and not much else—it's stained with a splash of blackberry sauce and is perfect for sharing.

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This dessert is one of our sexy vanilla recipes 


Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Sauce and Peach Sorbet

Recipe created by Cristina Ferrare

Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Sauce and Peach Sorbet
This dessert takes no time to prepare. Pour, slice, scoop and you have yourself a colorful, delicious and low-calorie dessert.

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Key Lime Cupcakes

Recipe created by Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis

Key Lime Cupcakes
Ready for a cupcake and a cocktail? These fresh key lime cupcakes with key lime frosting topped with candied limes make the perfect accompaniment to Mojitos.

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Pudding Cakes with Chantilly Cream and Berries

Recipe created by Cindy Pawlcyn

Pudding Cakes with Chantilly Cream and Berries
Individual buttermilk pudding cakes with fresh berry sauce and chantilly cream are a colorful endnote to a special meal.

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This recipe is from Cindy Pawlcyn's Napa Valley Menu 


Three-Layer Chocolate Cake with Blackout Filling

Recipe created by Naomi Josepher & Jon Payson 

Three-Layer Chocolate Cake with Blackout Filling
Naomi Josepher and Jon Payson, co-owners of the Brooklyn dessert café the Chocolate Room, serve their cake with a glass of Bonny Doon Framboise, a liqueur made from raspberries.

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Yogurt "Cheesecake" with Strawberries and Pineapple Syrup

Recipe created by Rozanne Gold

Yogurt "Cheesecake" with Strawberries and Pineapple Syrup
The startling contrast of flavors, colors and textures fools you into thinking you're eating a rich slice of cheesecake, but thanks to the yogurt—you can use regular or low fat—this dessert is rich, creamy and healthy.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Recipe created by Cristina Ferrare

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Cristina Ferrare served these delicious and artful berries as the perfect end to a romantic 25th wedding anniversary dinner with her husband.

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Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mixed Berry Coulis

Recipe created by Dean Rucker of the Golden Door Spa

Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mixed Berry Coulis
Chef Dean Rucker of the Golden Door Spa's Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake turns healthy ingredients into decadence.

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Cinnamon Mocha Drink

Recipe created by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Cinnamon Mocha Drink
If anything could improve the already steamy combo of strong espresso and intense chocolate, it's a dash of cinnamon in the signature mocha. (No espresso on hand? You can replace the espresso with extra-bold coffee, using twice the recommended amount of ground coffee when brewing it.)

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Spicy Caramelized Walnuts, Figs, and Triple Creme Cheese

Recipe created by Sarah Kate Gillingham-Ryan

Spicy Caramelized Walnuts, Figs, and Triple-Crème Cheese
This easy-to-assemble appetizer is simple yet has a wonderful contrast of textures and flavors. You can make the wa up to 3 days in advance and store them in an airtight container in a cool place.

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Gingerbread with Spiced Honey Butter

Recipe created by Rori Trovato

Gingerbread with Spiced Honey Butter
Even better than the traditional cookies, a slice of gingerbread is a moist, delicious taste of heaven.

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Doughnut-Hole Cake Pops

Recipe created by Bakerella

Doughnut-Hole Cake Pops
Who needs a whole slice when you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cake pops?

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Sweet and Salty Cookies

Recipe created by Kim Boyce

Sweet and Salty Cookies
Classic chocolate chip cookies get updated with pumpkin seeds and a hint of red chili pepper.

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Toasted Almond Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Amarena Cherries

Recipe created by Gina DePalma

Toasted Almond Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Amarena Cherries
This heavenly confection pays homage to the flavors of pastry chef Gina DePalma's Italian childhood. Her toasted-almond cake is layered with a rich mascarpone filling studded with amarena cherries.

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Black Forest Cake

Recipe created by Bill Yosses

Black Forest Cake
Bill Yosses, the White House pastry chef, makes this Black Forest cake in a chocolate box, "a very modern dessert with classic underpinnings—dark chocolate cake, cherries, whipped cream," he says.

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Milk Chocolate and Milk Stout Cupcakes

Recipe created by Mindy Segal

Milk Chocolate and Milk Stout Cupcakes
Tiny chocolate cupcakes with scooped-out centers lined with chocolate shells are filled with liquid butterscotch, topped with milk chocolate buttercream, and decorated with toffee pieces and other miniature confections.

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Orange-Scented Scottish Shortbread with Dark Chocolate

Recipe created by Liz Pearson

Orange-Scented Scottish Shortbread with Dark Chocolate
This giant cookie breaks into wedges come dessert time, but the real magic is in its few, yet decadent, ingredients: just butter, sugar, orange zest, chunks of dark chocolate, and flour. If you're hand-delivering, present the cookies on vintage plates, found at flea markets and garage sales.

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Chocolate-Covered Cognac Cranberries

Recipe created by Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier

Chocolate-Covered Cognac Cranberries
The perfect thing to nibble on as you linger at the table after dinner, cranberries steeped in cognac and rolled in semisweet chocolate combine dessert and after-dinner drinks into potent little bursts.

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Raspberry Buckwheat Crepes

Recipe created by Susan Spungen

Raspberry Buckwheat Crepes
French crepes layered with fresh raspberries and raspberry jam are the ideal ending to a rich meal—just sweet enough.

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Sea Salt Caramels

Recipe created by Jen King and Liz Gutman

Sea Salt Caramels
These caramels come together quickly, requiring just seven common ingredients. The soft chews, however, are far from standard—a dash of sea salt makes them all grown-up.

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Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Creme Anglaise

Recipe created by Cathal Armstrong

Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise

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