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The 70 Best Valentine’s Day Desserts You’ll Swoon Over

Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day (“It’s the best!” or “It was invented by the devil!”), you have to admit that it’s a great excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth. This year, bake one of these 70 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes (with love, of course) to complete your romantic dinner menu. We’ve got recipes for everything from chocolate cake to heart-shaped brownies to no-bake cheesecake jars that are perfect for indulging on February 14 with your other half.

The 35 Best Valentine’s Day Cookies to Make with Your Family


1. Berries And Cream Cookies

This pretty-in-pink recipe only requires 40 minutes of your time. The secret to the cookies' blush color? Freeze-dried raspberries.

2. Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies

Your S.O. will be totally impressed that you took the time to brown butter for these crackly, caramelly, cinnamon-kissed bars.

3. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

That’s a cream cheese and marshmallow filling, in case you needed another reason to make these.

6. Red Velvet Lava Cakes

The gooey chocolate center really seals the deal. (A scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn't hurt either.)

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7. Pink Party Doughnuts

Official proclamation: Dessert for breakfast is totally fine on V-Day.

8. Cupid’s Cupcakes

Between the strawberry-Nutella buttercream and freeze-dried strawberry dust, you’re officially Cupid in an apron.

9. Red Velvet Brownies

Savor everything you love about red velvet cake without fussing with all those layers.

10. Mini Chocolate Tarts

These dainty little tartlets are bound to impress, but they’re actually super easy to make. (You don’t even need a rolling pin.)

11. Valentine’s Day Cupcakes For Two

A pair of chocolate spice cakes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, ready in just ten minutes. Thanks, Coterie member Stefani Pollack.

12. Salted Caramel Brownies

Be still our salty-sweet loving heart. A heart-shaped cookie cutter makes them holiday appropriate in a flash.

13. Lemon Rose Shortbread Cookies

Want a break from chocolate? We love these delicate, buttery shortbread cookies. Add some rose petals if you’re feeling fancy.

14. Mini Berry Nutella Heart Pies

We love the way the berry filling peeks out the tops of these adorable hand pies. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a pile of extra napkins.

15. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies With Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

The raspberry-cream cheese frosting works overtime, adding much-needed tang to the cookie-brownie base.

16. Easy Nutella Mousse

Mousse seems like the kind of dessert reserved for fancy restaurants, but it’s actually so simple to make at home.

17. Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

Two V-Day icons in one decadent dessert. It only takes four additional pantry staples to pull them together.

19. Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Might we suggest wrapping these up in cute goodie bags for the kids' classmates?

20. Chrissy Teigen’s 3-ingredient Chocolate Mousse

You only need dairy and chocolate chips for the mousse, but the salty crackle of Rice Krispies and hazelnuts is well worth the extra work.

21. Valentine's Day White Chocolate Popcorn

Three ingredients, plus the optional (read: essential) addition of sprinkles and conversation hearts.

23. Mini Tiramisu

Feel free to pour the brandy or rum with a heavy hand when preparing this coffee-laced treat.

24. M&m Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Chewy, tangy, creamy and flat-out festive.

25. Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta

This Italian treat is timelessly elegant and only calls for six ingredients.

26. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

Use Dutch processed cocoa powder for a richer chocolate flavor.

27. Gluten-free Apple Rose Tart

The press-in pecan crust is a breeze to assemble, meaning you'll have plenty of time and energy left to craft the apple-rose toppers.

28. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Tiny meringues stuffed with chocolate-hazelnut spread? Excuse us while we inhale the whole plate.

29. Raspberry Rose Chocolate Cupcakes For Two

The keys to the frosting are raspberry preserves and a dash of rose water.

30. 3-ingredient Blood Orange Granita

This grown-up take on shaved ice isn't limited to summertime, especially during citrus season.

31. Easy Frosted Valentine Sugar Cookies

Your kids will be chomping at the bit to help decorate them.

32. Rosé Poached Pears With Ginger And Vanilla

The only way we're eating fruit for dessert from now on is if it's soaked in wine.

35. Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

Your date is sure to ask what fancy candy store you bought them at.

37. Pink Chocolate Dipped Palmiers

How classy are these? No one would guess you started with store-bought palmiers.

41. Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

Scared of your soufflé deflating before it hits the table? This foolproof recipe calls for freezing it for a few hours instead of baking.

42. Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies

They're stuffed with creamy raspberry-chocolate candies.

43. Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

Ending dinner with coffee and dessert has a whole new meaning.

44. The Easiest 3-ingredient Brigadeiro

Our pink strawberry milk version has V-Day written all over it.

45. Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate-cream cheese ice cream + chocolate cookies = a one-way ticket to our happy place.

46. Chocolate Raspberry Fool

As simple to make as a microwave mug cake, but so much more satisfying and impressive.

49. Heart Pancakes

Serve them to the kids for breakfast or stack them with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries for dessert.

50. Neapolitan Pie

Complete with layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry custard. The nostalgia is real.

51. Gluten-free Lemon-raspberry Pavlova

One perk of having pavlova instead of cake? You can have two (or, ahem, three) slices without feeling too bogged down.

53. Chocolate-stuffed Brownie Bites

Chewy at the edges, fudgy in the middle and stuffed with your favorite milk chocolate.

54. Angel Food Cake

It's light as air, leaving you with plenty of room for another glass of vino.

55. Puff-pastry Plum And Thyme Galette

Just lay the puff pastry in a skillet, pile on the fruit and bake to golden-brown perfection.

56. Churro Bites With Chocolate Sauce

Fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar is our love language.

57. Chocolate Charcuterie Board

Alternative charcuterie boards are ever-trendy for a reason. Pair chocolate with cookies for crunch, popcorn for salt and fresh raspberries for tartness.

58. Caramel-stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

We have nothing against old-school gingerbread, but we’re swooning over the gooey, molten caramel centers in these sweets.

59. No-bake Mini Mason Jar Spiced Cheesecakes

Thanks to store-bought red currant jelly, these little cheesecakes take ten minutes to prepare before magically coming together in the fridge.

61. Spiced Palmiers

These patisserie-quality cookies are a labor of love...but that's what Valentine's Day is all about, isn't it?

62. Espresso Streusel Coffee Cake

Best served alongside a cup of joe. (Or even better, coffee spiked with Baileys.) Savor the leftovers the next morning.

63. Raspberry Choux Puffs

Just looking at these cuties gives us all the warm fuzzies. The crème pâtissière has a surprise whipped inside: passionfruit pulp.

64. Chocolate And Salted Peanut Crêpe Cake

Forget fussing over piped frosting and daintily cut fruit. This shockingly simple crêpe cake is a lazy baker's dream.

65. Cardamom Crème Brûlée

Steeping whole cardamom pods in the cream not only offers warm spice to the custard, but it also modernizes the dessert and plucks it right out of '90s territory.

66. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

They're essentially double chocolate chip cookies dusted with cayenne-spiked cinnamon sugar. We'd make a pot of hot cocoa for dunking them in, if we were you.

67. Espresso-chocolate Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze

Believe it or not, this crowd-pleaser starts with an unexpected ingredient: active sourdough starter.

68. Fig–dark Chocolate Brownies

Honey-like fig jam, dark chocolate and Dutch process cocoa powder make for the coziest winter dessert of all time. You'll need a tall glass of milk for this one.

69. Tie-dye Sugar Cookies

If Valentine's Day is a family affair at your house, look no further than these marbled handhelds that the kids will be eager to help you decorate.

70. Giant Peanut Butter Cup

Nothing says "I love you" like a piece of homemade candy that's nine inches wide. Consider your dinner date wooed.


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