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Photo: Allie Chanthorn Reinmann Valentine’s Day is, among other things, a great excuse to eat obscene amounts of chocolate (as is any day before or after Valentine’s Day). Relationships are cool and everything, but whether you’re in one or not, you deserve to celebrate love with delicious treats. You can easily find recipes that serve two or more, but for those of us observing a glorious day of self-love, I’ve engineered three recipes that are just the right size for the original bae. Since the ingredient amounts are unusually small, a stand mixer won’t be effective; all of these recipes can be done by hand or with an electric hand mixer. Petite Peanut Butter Cheesecake This is for the dessert-lover who thinks everything can be improved by adding more peanut butter. Though petite, this thick, fudgy, New York-style cheesecake is still capable of exceeding all of your cheesecake expectations. An 8- or 10-ounce ramekin is optimal for a taller looking personal cheesecake, but a ramekin up to 14 ounces (like I used) will work just fine. Plan ahead to ensure your ingredients are room temperature and you’ll be rewarded with a silky-smooth spoonful. (I go as far as microwaving the cream cheese for 20-30 seconds until it has a mayonnaise-like consistency.) Ingredients: Crust: ¼ cup of chocolate cookie crumbles 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon butter (melted) Cheesecake Batter: 4 ounces cream cheese (warm) 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 1 pinch salt (*omit if using salted peanut […]