16 Valentine's Day Breakfast Recipes for a Romantic Start to Your Day

XO cinnamon toast and yogurt
Photo: Pernille Loof

There's no better way to show your love and affection than by treating your beloved to a Valentine's Day breakfast. Whether you breakfast in bed or share a special meal at the table, we have many sweet ideas—and some savory ones, too—for a romantic start to your February 14th. Some of these Valentine's Day breakfast recipes can be made ahead, others are quick to prepare—and some you can even cook together. All are Cupid approved.

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Skillet Pancake for Two

skillet pancake for two topped with blueberries
David Malosh

Sharing a puffy pancake just might be the best Valentine's day breakfast. This flapjack for two crisps up on the stovetop in no time at all. Serve it with your sweetheart's favorite fruit and plenty of maple syrup.

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Puff-Pastry Waffle Hearts

puff-pastry waffle hearts puffles topped with strawberries
Lennart Weibull

These decadent little heart-shaped waffles hide a deeply tasty secret: They're actually pockets made from store-bought puff pastry (no need to bust out a bowl or plug in the mixer) that are stuffed with chocolate-hazelnut spread. You can fill them with chopped fruit, peanut butter, or dulce de leche if you prefer.

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Cappuccino Heart Foam


Relive your first coffee date by becoming your own barista at home. This easy cappuccino recipe has you trace a heart of foam on top for an extra sweet—not to mention professional-looking—presentation.

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Rhubarb-Elderflower Bellini

Rhubarb Elderflower Bellini

Looking to start your romantic morning with a little more sparkle? This bubbly brunch sipper comes with a pinkish hue thanks to a homemade elderflower-rhubarb syrup that can be made well in advance.

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Herb-Cheddar Scones

herb cheddar scones
Yuki Sugiura

The nice thing about these scones—besides the obvious—is that you can bake them ahead of time and keep them in your freezer. When the morning alarm clock goes off, pop them in the oven to reheat and they'll be ready to eat by the time the coffee is made.

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Maple-Candied Bacon

Maple-Candied Bacon

The perfume of smoky bacon and candied maple wafting through the house means your loved ones will be able to smell this special treat before they even see it.

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Valentine's Day Cinnamon Toast

XO cinnamon toast and yogurt
Pernille Loof

If your mornings are hectic but you still want to make an edible nod to the holiday, just put a heart on it! Almost as easy to make as plain toast (but so much cuter), this recipe has you create a heart stencil out of some parchment paper and uses cinnamon sugar to make it stand out.

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Poppy-Seed Danishes with Cherry-Cream Cheese Filling

Poppy-Seed Danishes with Cherry-Cream Cheese Filling
Ditte Isager

These Danishes—which are shaped to resemble blooming flowers—are like the extra-credit assignment of breakfast recipes. If you're looking to impress this year, making these sweet pastries will bring you high marks for effort and thoughtfulness.

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Baked Eggs

three variations of baked eggs in skillets
Chris Simpson

No need to be a short order cook (after all, it's your holiday, too); this recipe for baked eggs looks impressive and helps free you from the stove by being mostly hands-off.

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Yogurt, Fruit, and Honey Toast

fruit yogurt honey toast
Ngoc Minh Ngo

With pretty fruits that are thoughtfully placed, even something as simple as a piece of toast can look like something special for your sweetheart as they rush out the door for work.

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French Omelets

Romulo Yanes

Do you and your sweetheart love to cook together? Then take on a team breakfast challenge then and make perfect omelets for one another! Bonus points if you can guess your partner's favorite fillings.

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Coconut-Raspberry Breakfast Pudding

coconut raspberry breakfast pudding
Chris Simpson

This heart-healthy pudding is both pretty to look at and pretty good for you, too—the whole grains and berries contribute fiber and antioxidants and coconut milk makes it vegan-friendly.

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Cloud Pancakes

Lennart Weibull

What's better than a box of chocolates? A stack of these light and fluffy "cloud" pancakes is the winner, no contest. A pat of this pink-hued strawberry butter will take them over the top.

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Fruit Salad

Bryan Gardner

A side of bright and tropical fruit is a sweet and healthy way to start your Valentine's day.

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Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries

Strawberry Tart with Yogurt Pastry Cream
Christopher Testani

We'll admit that this is basically dessert, but we're calling it breakfast because of the tangy yogurt that goes into the creamy pastry filling. Agree or disagree—there's no day like today to treat yourself and your loved ones.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Bostock

strawberry-rhubarb bostock topped with sliced almonds
Kirsten Frances

Have you ever heard of a bostock? It's French toast with a custard-like inside and a crunchy, croissant-like outside thanks to a make-ahead almond frangipane. It is also baked in the oven, which means less time for you at the stove (and more time in bed)!

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