40 Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes That You'll Fall in Love With
These homemade Valentine's Day treats are the sweetest way to say "I love you" to someone special.
Valentine's Day is the sweetest holiday around. While we believe in spreading the love everyday, there's no reason why you can't go the extra mile one day a year and show your family members, close friends, and even that special someone how much you love them. And what better way to say "I love you" than with a Valentine's Day dessert? Here, we're sharing 40 of them. From the Galentine's Day-friendly Iced Heart Cookies that are pictured here to romantic desserts for two (think: rice pudding or molten lava cakes), we have a sweet treat for all of the most important people in your life.
If you're having a special date night-in with just you and your partner, how about making our totally indulgent, luscious, and over-the-top Chocolate-Mousse Parfaits? Semisweet chocolate and Dutch-processed cocoa powder create the rich, chocolatey base for the mousse. They're mixed with an egg custard, then folded with whipped cream, which creates a light and luscious texture. Once they're chilled, top them with even more whipped cream and crushed spiced cookies for serving—we guarantee that your loved one will be seeing hearts for this Valentine's Day dessert.
Looking for a treat that you can serve to a group of people (socially distanced or with your quarantine pod) such as your best gals, co-workers, or family? How about a batch of our Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze? Use melted white chocolate to write phrases such as "Be Mine" and "Call Me"—it's a delicious excuse to express yourself. Or keep it simple with cookies. Our Peanut-Butter-and-Jam Heart Cookies are a match made in heaven, as are our cute and creative Lovebird Cookies. Make this year's holiday sweeter than ever with our Valentine's Day dessert recipes.
Easy Chocolate Truffles
Love saves the day. But these quick truffles will save you a whole lot of time and rolling. Rather than scooping and shaping each truffle from a rich ganache made with heavy cream and semisweet chocolate. Pour the mixture into a pan, chill it, and slice it into bite-size squares. Toss them in cocoa powder and box them up for a homemade treat your friends will adore.
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Coffee Crème Caramel
Sweetheart Thumbprint Cookies
Raspberry and Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepe Cake
Meringue Letters and Hearts
Have a way with words? Spell out your love by hand-piping meringue cookies and baking them until they're set.
Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes
Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze
Dark- and White-Chocolate Shortbread Hearts
Whoopie Hearts with Raspberry Meringue
Make kid-friendly whoopie hearts a Valentine's Day special by mixing frozen raspberries into Swiss meringue and pipping it between spongy chocolate pies.
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes With Multicolored Frosting
Create a festive spread of cheerful Valentine's Day cupcakes by arranging them in the shape of a heart and decorating them with various colors of frosting (choose different shades of pink and red, which is apt for the holiday).
Baked Alaska with Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate Eclair Hearts
We've turned the French pastry into a heart-shaped dessert for Valentine's Day. Use good-quality chocolate, which makes all the difference.
Rice Pudding with Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze
Instead of the usual graham cracker crust, make a crust using finely ground chocolate wafer cookies and butter for this romantic cheesecake recipe. The filling is half peanut butter and half chocolate, which is swirled together for the ultimate marble dessert.
Couscous Crunch Bar
No one would ever guess that Israeli couscous provides the secret crunch in this chocolate bar; but life is full of surprises, isn't it?
Chocolate-Dipped Luxardo Cherries
Instead of the usual chocolate-dipped strawberries for a Valentine's Day dessert, how about rich, syrupy Luxardo cherries?
No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Bars
It's not really Valentine's Day if you don't indulge in chocolate, right? Wow your sweetheart with these handmade truffles; they're rolled in an assortment of red, white, and pink sprinkles for a festive finish that will make your heart skip a beat.
Although the combination of chocolate and peppermint may make you think of Christmas, once these candies are shaped into hearts, they're the sweetest Valentine's Day dessert.
Peanut-Butter-and-Jam Heart Cookies
Alexis' Heart Cake
Martha's daughter Alexis loves to make this banana and coconut cake for Valentine's Day. For festive flair, it's frosted with a cream cheese buttercream and covered in flaked coconut.
Coconut Meringue Cakes
Falling in love is like floating on cloud nine, so we created a dessert that is light as air for Valentine's Day. Generous scoops of coconut sorbet are layered between individual coconut meringue discs for a simple dessert that makes a big impact.
Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes
If you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a socially-distanced, outdoor group, then you need a COVID-friendly dessert to mark the occasion. How about these individual molten lava cakes? The secret ingredient is instant espresso powder, which brings out the flavor of bittersweet chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate is indulgent, but these vegan truffles provide a healthy spin for a Valentine's Day dessert recipe—they're made with coconut oil instead of the usual heavy cream and dare we say, they're better than ever.
Chocolate Heart Cupcakes
Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries
Almond-Rye Heart Cookies
Sometimes the most understated things are the most special. You won't be able to help falling in love with these nutty cookies that get a delicate dusting of powdered sugar.
Find your happily ever after with these wise cookies for a Valentine's Day dessert. They look too good to eat—but wouldn't it be a shame to not take a bite?
Conversation Heart Cookies
Since the nostalgic candies always have a place in our heart, we decided to turn them into a batch of sugar cookies that are as sweet as can be. Use our recipe for Royal Icing for colorful, precise icing in an array of colors.
Brownie Heart Cupcakes
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes
If there's one day that's made to impress, it's Valentine's Day. So, why not serve a dessert that will knock someone's socks off? This sweet recipe needs to be made at least four hours in advance, which gives you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones during the holiday.
Chocolate-Flecked Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting
Go big or go home on Valentine's Day. That's why we recommend baking this multi-layered cake stuffed with finely chopped chocolate and topped with a lighter chocolate frosting.
Chocolate Pots de Crème For Two
Make this romantic French-inspired dessert for Valentine's Day. We've scaled down the serving size so that it makes enough for just you and your sweetheart.