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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.