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.

Ganache

Rating: 3 stars 358
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.

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.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 642
With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

Chocolate Creme Brulee

Rating: 4 stars 136
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.
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Sprinkles' Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1260
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

Rating: 3.5 stars 312
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.
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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.
These Homemade Chocolate Treats Are Guaranteed to Make Your Valentine Swoon
From easy marshmallow fudge and peanut butter cups to elegant Earl Grey truffles and chocolate-dipped cherries, these are the most gorgeous—and delicious—chocolates to make for your sweetheart this February 14th.
Mini Cheesecake Jars
Rating: 3.5 stars 362

Single-serving cheesecakes made in glass jars are adorable and easy mini alternatives to their full-size cousins. They bake in just half an hour and can be cooked a few days ahead of time.