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36 Delicious Desserts for 2

Perfectly portioned for two individual servings, these desserts are sized just right for those couples, newlyweds and empty nesters who have a sweet tooth (but no willpower!).

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Rustic Fruit TartTaste of Home

Rustic Fruit Tart

My husband and I love pie, but we can't eat a whole 9-inch pie by ourselves. So I make these easy tarts using rhubarb and raspberries picked at home. Sometimes I substitute apples, peaches or our garden blueberries for the rhubarb. —Naomi Olson Hamilton, Michigan

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Chocolate Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Chocolate Bread Pudding

This is a fun recipe because the chocolate makes it different from traditional bread pudding. It's a rich, comforting dessert. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Strawberry Rhubarb CreamTaste of Home

Strawberry Rhubarb Cream

A friend gave me this recipe a long time ago. It’s rich and creamy yet refreshing. I make this often in early summer when rhubarb is readily available. —Norma DesRoches, Warwick, Rhode Island

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Peach Cobbler for TwoTaste of Home

Peach Cobbler for Two

Everyone notices a special taste in this cobbler. It's orange peel, which enhances the color and gives this traditional dessert a delicious distinction. Cobblers usually serve a large group, so it's convenient to have a recipe that makes just enough for two. — Betty Clark, Mount Vernon, Missouri

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Blackberry CrispTaste of Home

Blackberry Crisp

I adapted this comforting dessert from a recipe my mother-in-law gave to me. Hers fed a family with nine growing kids who were never full, so there was never any left. When I make my downsized version, there are never any leftovers either! —Marliss Lee, Independence, Missouri

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Poached Pears with Orange CreamTaste of Home

Poached Pears with Orange Cream

End the meal with a flourish with this easy and elegant dessert. A hint of orange lends just enough sweetness to temper the wine's bold taste. —Julianne Schnuck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Easy Berry Cheesecake ParfaitsTaste of Home

Easy Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

These sweet little parfaits take everything that's good about cheesecake and make it way easier. You get the rich creaminess, graham cracker crunch and bright berry flavor all in a fun individual portion. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Mocha Pudding CakesTaste of Home

Mocha Pudding Cakes

These mouthwatering mini cakes make the perfect treat for a twosome. My mom used to make these when I was a little girl. Now I whip them up for a speedy dessert. —Debora Simmons, Eglon, West Virginia

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for TwoTaste of Home

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for Two

Tender, moist and sweet, these two luscious but lighter cakes are as special as the person you choose to share them with! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Coconut Meringue PieTaste of Home

Coconut Meringue Pie

This cute coconut pie has a fluffy meringue filling that bakes to beautiful, tall peaks and is sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes. —Lois Bayliff, Findlay, Ohio

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Rosemary Citrus SorbetTaste of Home

Rosemary Citrus Sorbet

This pretty pastel dessert bursts with the fresh flavors of grapefruit, lime and rosemary. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Chocolate Turtle CheesecakeTaste of Home

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

I always get compliments when I whip up this rich little cheesecake. With layers of caramel, chocolate and vanilla, it's an instant classic. —Erin Byrd, Springfield, Missouri

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Coffee Cream Tortilla CupsTaste of Home

Coffee Cream Tortilla Cups

Here's a special dessert for two. Crispy tortilla bowls hold creamy coffee-flavored pudding topped with a mix of colorful fresh berries. —Amber Zurbrugg, Alliance, Ohio

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Warm Pineapple Sundaes with Rum SauceTaste of Home

Warm Pineapple Sundaes with Rum Sauce

Pineapple, rum and sugar have a longstanding and flavorful relationship that takes on new meaning when you add ginger and butter and turn up the heat. —Jamie Miller, Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Li'l Pecan PiesTaste of Home

Li'l Pecan Pies

These tempting little tarts have all the rich traditional taste of a full-size pecan pie in a much smaller package. The tarts are perfect for two. —Christine Boitos, Livonia, Michigan

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Layered Chocolate Pudding DessertTaste of Home

Layered Chocolate Pudding Dessert

This layered dessert is cool, creamy, chocolaty and a winner with everyone who tries it. What's not to like? —Carma Blosser, Livermore, Colorado

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White Chocolate Creme BruleeTaste of Home

White Chocolate Creme Brulee

When you want a dessert for a special occasion, try this one. Serving two, it's perfect for Valentine's Day or an anniversary dinner. But if need be, you can double the recipe, as I often do for my family. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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Parmesan Crisp Baked ApplesTaste of Home

Parmesan Crisp Baked Apples

A dear friend and I wanted to make an easy apple crisp. We made a Parmesan filling, stuffed the apples and baked them whole. They were a hit! —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York

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Spiced Chocolate Molten CakesTaste of Home

Spiced Chocolate Molten Cakes

This splurge dessert is the kind you just have to linger over. Plunge your fork into one of the cakes and the chocolate and conversation start flowing. —Deb Carpenter, Hastings, Michigan

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Semisweet Chocolate MousseTaste of Home

Semisweet Chocolate Mousse

A friend shared this rich velvety chocolate mousse recipe with me. I love to cook and have tons of recipes, but this one is a favorite. Best of all, it's easy to make. —Judy Spencer, San Diego, California

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Lemon Cream DelightTaste of Home

Lemon Cream Delight

Indulging in this creamy dessert is like eating cheesecake out of a bowl. Light and luscious, it's a pleasing finish to any meal. —Inge Schermerhorn, Kingston, New Hampshire

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Strawberry Biscuit ShortcakeTaste of Home

Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake

It seams Mom was always making biscuits. She served them plain for breakfast and dinner, especially when we had stew or baked beans. My favorite was when she served them like this—topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream! —Elaine Gagnon, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Crunchy Peanut Butter TartsTaste of Home

Crunchy Peanut Butter Tarts

For a fun, fuss-free dessert, try these darling tarts. They’re a satisfying, rich family favorite. —Mary Kelley, Wilmington, North Carolina

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Dark Chocolate Pecan CakeTaste of Home

Dark Chocolate Pecan Cake

Made in a single loaf pan, this doubly good chocolate cake has a nutty praline layer and two layers of fluffy whipped cream. This is the only cake my husband really likes. —Laura Draper, Garfield, Washington

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Cherry BombsTaste of Home

Cherry Bombs

You'll win praise for these clever cherry bombs. Serve them for a special occasion with a knife and dessert spoon. —Linda Triplett, Renton, Washington

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Mixed Berry Sundaes for 2Taste of Home

Mixed Berry Sundaes for 2

Before serving yogurt sundaes, get ready for requests for seconds. Our family enjoys them for breakfast, but they're sweet enough for dessert. What an easy way to get our fruit and calcium. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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Contest-Winning Easy TiramisuTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Easy Tiramisu

This recipe makes a great quick dessert for a special supper…or anytime. It's easily doubled if needed. What a fun use for pudding snack cups! —Betty Claycomb, Adverton, Pennsylvania

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Mixed Fruit ShortcakesTaste of Home

Mixed Fruit Shortcakes

This delightful downsized recipe makes just two biscuit-like shortcakes. Fill them with fresh fruit of your choice and top with whipped cream for an impressive dinner finale. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Citrus Cream TartletsTaste of Home

Citrus Cream Tartlets

This rich and creamy dessert is especially nice for company. It's attractive and easy to serve, and much of it can be made ahead of time. The citrus flavor is refreshing after a meal or on its own with coffee. —Brian Barger, Chevy Chase, Maryland

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Cheesecake Berry ParfaitsTaste of Home

Cheesecake Berry Parfaits

The summer berry season is a real treat. This is an easy way to enjoy berries with cheesecake, which is a refreshing change from traditional pudding and fruit parfaits. —Patricia Schroedl, Jefferson, Wisconsin

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Pear PerfectionTaste of Home

Pear Perfection

What makes this dessert especially great is that it can be made in advance and year-round. I use lime sherbet for St. Patrick’s Day and pineapple sherbet for Easter. For a yuletide touch, add a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. —Pat Neaves, Lees Summit, Missouri

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Strawberry White Chocolate TartsTaste of Home

Strawberry White Chocolate Tarts

White chocolate paired with sweet, fresh strawberries is a match made in heaven. The shortbread cookies make a wonderful buttery crust. —Cynthia Wike, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Makeover Irish Cream CheesecakeTaste of Home

Makeover Irish Cream Cheesecake

If you have a 4-in springform pan, this will be your new favorite dessert. The taste of Baileys Irish Cream comes through in every bite of this scaled down cheesecake. It's perfect for splitting with someone special. —Judy Ferril, Shorewood, Minnesota

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Raspberry Ice Cream in a BagTaste of Home

Raspberry Ice Cream in a Bag

Making homemade ice cream is fun for the whole family, and the fresh raspberry flavor of this treat makes it a perfect summer activity. Kids can shake the bags until the liquid changes to ice cream and then enjoy the reward! —Erin Hoffman, Canby, Minnesota

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Cranberry Pear CobblersTaste of Home

Cranberry Pear Cobblers

These individual cranberry-and-pear treats feature a hint of ginger and cinnamon. Served warm, topped with ice cream, their homestyle flavor is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth's craving. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Persian Poached PearsTaste of Home

Persian Poached Pears

These fragrant pears are a dramatic way to finish off a Middle Eastern feast. They’re delicious, aromatic and an unusual twist on basic poached pears. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."

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