Valentine's Day Recipes

Here are our favorite Valentine's Day recipes, from appetizers and main dishes to sides and desserts, many of which have been scaled for two. We've also got Valentine's Day recipe ideas for family members, friends, teachers, and neighbors who touch your heart—they deserve a treat too!

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Sweetheart Thumbprint Cookies

Tell your sweeties, "You're my jam!" in a way that'll turn them into jelly. Simply roll butter-cookie dough into balls, and press the handle end of a spoon into each twice to make a V that expands as it bakes (genius!). Then sprinkle with sanding sugar, fill the indentations with warmed preserves, and give your heart away again and again.
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Pink Gin Martinis

Like in the classic cocktail pink gin, Angostura bitters give this drink its lovely blush hue. A splash of vermouth takes it into martini territory, and the addition of kirsch, a clear brandy distilled from cherries and their pits, delivers an unexpected twist.

Fondue for Two

For a romantic Valentine's Day dinner or a cozy date night in, serve a pot of this rich, gooey mix of Gruyere and fontina. It's the perfect partner for all kinds of dippers: roasted potatoes, bread cubes and sticks, fennel, apple, salami, you name it.

Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

In this irresistible Valentine's Day dessert, half the batch is decorated with chocolate hearts stamped out of the cupcakes with a cookie cutter, while the other half is topped with vanilla frosting hearts.

Valentine's Day Cinnamon Toast

Serve up a sweet breakfast by spelling out your feelings on cinnamon-sugar toast. Parchment paper and a pair of scissors are all you need to make the easy stencils.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze

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This cheesecake is a fresh take on a familiar combination. It's not too sweet and has a voluptuous consistency. The glossy chocolate glaze goes on like satin.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.

Ganache

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This ganache recipe (which can easily be multiplied) is the base for Apricot and Ganache Tartlets, Chocolate Cakes with Ganache Glaze, Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Ganache, and Peanut Butter Truffles. For step-by-step photos, see our handy 101.

Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes

There's something extra-special about an individually sized dessert -- especially when it's a molten chocolate cake served warm out of the oven. You can prepare these rich chocolate pudding cakes up to a day ahead and refrigerate them, then just pop them in the oven when you sit down to dinner. They'll be done by the time you're ready for dessert. And they reheat easily, so you can have two one night and two the next. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter).

Chocolate-Mousse Parfaits

In this marvelous make-ahead dessert for two, airy chocolate mousse is layered with crushed store-bought spice cookies and topped with generous dollops of whipped cream.

Chocolate-Mousse Tart with Fresh Berries

In this summery stunner, a gluten-free almond crust cradles dark-chocolate mousse to form a dramatic backdrop for a crown of fresh raspberries.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Charming Heart-Shaped Pot Holders
Patchwork heart-shaped kitchen helpers have homespun appeal. The pot holders are pieced together from quilting fabric and trimmed with bias tape; pockets keep the hands protected from hot pots and pans.
30 Irresistible Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day
There's no better way to say "I love you" than with a delightful, decadent chocolate dessert. Whether you're looking for chocolate cakes and truffles or cupcakes and pies, you'll find your perfect Valentine's Day dessert here.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

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With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.