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.
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.
Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing
Finely chopped lemon mixed with grainy mustard, sugar, and olive oil makes a stellar dressing for this radicchio-and-mint salad.
Chocolate Creme Brulee
This chocolate-centric creme brulee retains the creaminess and caramelized-sugar topping of the classic version. Though caramel and chocolate are considered sweets, the real secret to their allure is an undercurrent of bitterness, a natural component of cacao and burned sugar.
Rice Pudding with Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce
With a little love and the right recipe, the humble rice pudding can be positively romantic. Our pudding gets a mousse-like fluff from folding in whipped cream, while toppings such as berries, chopped toffee, pistachios, and a sea-salt-flecked caramel sauce make it dazzle for date night. Pick up your spoons and end the evening on a high note.
Sprinkles' Strawberry Cupcakes
This recipe for delicious strawberry cupcakes is from Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes. There is fresh strawberry purée in both the cake batter and the buttercream frosting.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze
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.