Sweet dessert recipes for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and what better way to woo that special someone than with some aphrodisiac sweets and treats. Charlie Palmer of Aureole restaurant in New York shares desert recipes that are sure to make you a successful cupid in the kitchen.

Almond and Bittersweet Chocolate FondueCharlie Palmer

Serves 6

Place the chopped bittersweet chocolate into a bowl and sift the coco powder over. Add the butter to the bowl and melt all together over a double boiler.

Heat the milk, cream, amaretto, and sugar together in a small pot. Bring to a simmer and then remove from the fire, stir to make sure all of the sugar has dissolved.

Whisk the cream mixture into the melted chocolate and then transfer to a fondue pot.

Serve with garnishes.

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Recipes courtesy of Charlie Palmer.