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.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1087
Decadent and delicious, chocolate lovers will adore this four-ingredient dessert. The edges and top of our flourless chocolate cake develop a delicately crisp crust, while the center remains moist and fudgy. It's the last course you didn't know your dinner party menu was missing.

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).

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.

Individual Chicken Potpies

Rating: 4 stars 31
This mini potpie recipe is homemade comfort food at its best. Prepared with love, it's classic chicken potpie but in individual portions. We use frozen puff pastry for a quick crust that makes a crisp, flaky topping for the chicken breast filling. This recipe makes two potpies; if you want to feed the whole family, just double it. 

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.
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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.
Chocolate-Pistachio Tartufo

Is there anything sweeter than a Valentine's Day treat designed for sharing? This elegant, easier-than-it-looks take on tartufo, the Italian frozen dessert, is made by packing two types of ice cream into a bowl, topping them with a cookie-crumb mixture, then turning the whole thing out and coating it with a chocolate shell. It usually has a maraschino cherry hidden inside -- but ours, of course, has two.