It's true: some of the best things really do come in small packages.

By Samantha Seneviratne
January 22, 2016
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Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

These petite cakes bake up with chewy, chocolaty tops and irresistibly fluffy, creamy centers. A little bit of warm cream is a lovely topping, but these beauties are also divine on their own.

Get the recipe: Milk Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cakes

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Need a dose of sunshine? Bright, refreshing citrus is the star of these silky baked custards. And with only five ingredients, they could hardly be simpler to make.

Get the recipe: Lemon Pots de Crème

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This decadent pudding separates into two lovely layers in the oven: a creamy rice pudding on the bottom and a spiced, coconut custard on top. Topped with a little toasted coconut for color and crunch, it's sure to satisfy all your cravings.

Get the recipe: Coconut Cardamom Rice Pudding

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Because they come together in a flash without any fancy ingredients or equipment, these are a perfect, unexpected dessert to whip up for company. And no one can resist a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Swap the dried cherries for walnuts or pecans if you like.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Cherry Cookie Cakes

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Here's a pro tip: roasting melted white chocolate briefly in the oven deepens its color and adds a wonderful toasted, caramelized flavor. Look for a good quality white chocolate that contains at least 20 percent cocoa butter.

Get the recipe: Roasted White Chocolate Mousse

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Clafoutis is a classic French dessert that tastes something like a soufflé, custard, and pancake all rolled into one. This recipe spotlights caramelized bananas, but berries or cherries would also be delicious substitutes.

Get the recipe: Caramelized Banana Clafoutis