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.
Chocolate and romance are synonymous. That's why Valentine's Day is only rivaled by Easter in terms of chocolate sales. But better than any box of store-bought bonbons is a homemade dessert or treat to share. Whether you enjoy it with your partner, the family, or a group of friends is up to you, but we're offering a stellar selection of cacao recipes just right for the holiday of love. There are classic heart-shaped cookies and decadent raspberry-filled whoopee pies (of course, we have more heart-shaped ways to express your affection if your significant other isn't a chocolate lover), as well as cupcakes that aren't just cute—they're sophisticated and heartfelt, too.
If individual treats aren't what your heart desires, consider making a dessert that's meant to be shared, like the Triple Chocolate Espresso Mousse Pie that's pictured here. Another option is to make a one plate, two spoons dessert, like a chocolate-covered ice-cream bombe. We also have a dense and fudgy deep, dark flourless chocolate cake as well as smooth and creamy chocolate mousse. If your loved one likes a little crunch with their chocolate, there are crisp pastry tarts with melting chocolate fillings and our unique heart-shaped chocolate couscous bar. If a decadent nip of chocolate is how you'd like to end the meal, handmade truffles, chocolate-peanut butter cups, or chocolate-peppermint creams are just the thing for you. Package them in a special stenciled box or present them on a gilded platter—either way, your Valentine is sure to swoon over these heartfelt creations.
There's no doubt about it: The best, most most delicious way to end a romantic dinner is with a homemade chocolate dessert or treat.
Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze
Sweet messages written in white chocolate adorn these easy one-bowl chocolate cupcakes.
Vanilla Pudding Pie
For white chocolate lovers, there's this creamy, dreamy pie with white chocolate in the silky vanilla filling and a chocolate wafer cookie-crust.
Chocolate-Olive Oil Crisps
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts
Give a sweet new meaning to the idea of "warm hearts" when you plop fluffy homemade marshmallow cut-outs into rich, creamy hot cocoa.
Soft-Serve Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Talk about spectacular, these cupcakes are one tall treat. Under the semisweet chocolate glaze lies a both swirl of peanut butter and vanilla buttercream and under them, chocolate buttermilk cupcakes.
It's so easy to make your own version of this classic, coveted Valentine's Day treat. Coat the chocolate-dipped strawberries in pistachios as shown in this recipe, or branch out with other kinds of nuts, coconut, crushed cookies, edible glitter, and more fun surprises.
Espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor in this light and luscious make-ahead mousse.
Chocolate Heart Cupcakes
Sometimes love is black and white, as in these adorable heart-adorned chocolate-cherry cupcakes topped with vanilla-bean frosting.
Soft, chewy homemade peppermint patties are bathed in dark chocolate to make gift-worthy bonbons for your Valentine.
No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Sweet, fluffy peanut butter filling luxuriates between two blankets of dark chocolate in our homemade version of the classic candy. Swirl peanut butter hearts on top for an extra-loving touch.
Dark- and White-Chocolate Shortbread Hearts
Your Valentine's heart will grow four sizes when you present them with these beautiful (and totally Instagram-worthy) layered shortbread cookies.
Inspired by Brazilian brigadeiros, these chewy truffles have a heart of rich, fudgy caramel made from sweetened condensed milk, cream, and chocolate.
Couscous Crunch Bar
Crispy-rice crunch bars are for amateurs! Double down on the toasty, crunchy goodness when you make chocolate treats filled with pearl couscous and flaky sea salt.
Layers of ice cream and cookie crumbs coated in chocolate make the perfect romantic dessert for sharing. Grab two spoons and dive in to discover the two surprise maraschino cherries inside.
Whoopie Hearts with Raspberry Meringue
Make your Valentine shout "whoopeeee!" with these heart-shaped chocolate whoopie pies filled with fluffy pink raspberry meringue.
Fudgy Brownie Cake
Simple yet seductive, this dense, almost-flourless cake is pure chocolate bliss. Serve with an understated dusting of cocoa powder or dial up your garnish game with berries and whipped cream.
Chocolate Pots de Creme for Two
These elegant chocolate custards will transport you to romantic French bistro with every silky bite.
Chocolate Eclair Hearts
Declare your love with heart-shaped cream puffs coated in a glossy chocolate ganache glaze.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Use your favorite dairy-free creamer to concoct this decadent vegan chocolate-mocha layer cake.
Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Tart
A chocolate pastry crust envelops a fudgy pecan filling to create the most dreamy grown-up candy bar. A sprinkle of flaky sea salt takes things to the next level.
Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake
Spelt flour and puréed beets are the healthy secrets behind this moist, ganache-coated chocolate cake.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Cookies, like love, are meant to be shared, and there's plenty to go around when you bake up this great big chocolate-chip beauty.
Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes
Achieve ultimate chocolate nirvana in these chocolate cupcakes filled with milk-chocolate pudding, coated in milk-chocolate ganache and decked out with chocolate curls.
Chambord raspberry liqueur and a fresh raspberry filling build layers of bright berry flavor into this centerpiece-worthy chocolate-buttermilk cake.
Flourless Chocolate-Date Cake with Salted-Caramel Sauce
A seductive mixture of dates and bourbon is at the base of this sophisticated cake.
Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust
Crisp, buttery layers of phyllo dough are coated in a layer of chocolate and then heaped with fluffy chocolate mousse in this all-new interpretation of chocolate cream pie.
Raspberry-Filled Molten Chocolate Cupcakes
Tender, chewy, rich, and gooey—these molten chocolate cupcakes hit all the right notes. Don't forget the vanilla ice cream!
Chocolate Tart with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
This restaurant-worthy dessert is easy to make at home, especially if you use store-bought chocolate chip cookies to make the crust.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Caramel Corn
Semifreddo is Italian for "half-cold," and this dessert is a mousse-like riff on ice cream cake. This one is for the chocolate and peanut-butter lovers among us, with meringue folded into dark chocolate and PB ganaches, layered in a loaf pan, and frozen. To knock it out of the park, serve it with our extra-nutty rendition of Cracker Jack.