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26 Romantic Desserts
Looking for a sweet way to say "I love you"? Try these delightfully tempting desserts.
Hot Chocolate Fondue
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise