20 Valentines Day Dessert Ideas
Updated: Mar 1, 2022
Valentine’s Day is the day for expressing affection for your loved ones by showering them with store bought Sweetheart’s candies, chocolate bonbons, and floral bouquets; however, it’s also a perfect opportunity to demonstrate your affection with a more personal touch by displaying your baking and decorating skills in the form of homemade cakes, cookies, brownies and more. I've found the perfect sweet recipes for you to say just how you feel. But first, fun fact: in Japan women traditionally gift men with confections on February 14 and men gift the ladies with candies in March. All over the world Valentine’s Day has become known as a day of love. I hope this post filled with lovely bake-spiration ideas inspires you to make some for the one you love.
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1. Raspberry Chocolate Heart Tart
If you're pressed on time yet want to create a show-stopping dessert in under 25 minutes, this tart will have your sweetie singing your praises for days to come.
2. Rice Cereal Treat Candy Hearts
Put your own sweet spin by writing personalized conversation hearts with these adorable candy coated rice crispy cereal treats.
Follow this fun and easy tutorial as it walks you step-by-step on how to create this heart shaped cake using a square and round cake pan. If you're like me and have cake pans of all shapes and sizes, you could also take the direct route and bake up this cake using a heart-shaped pan.
4. Valentine's Day Cookies from Reynolds® Kitchens
Reveal your inner artist by getting creative with Valentine's Day themed cookie designs using these perfectly themed cookie cutters. Follow this simple recipe that uses refrigerated sugar cookie dough and take the time this shortcut gives you to really express your devotion in your decorative choices.
5. Inside-Out Chocolate Strawberries
We're all familiar with chocolate covered strawberries; however, if you're looking for a unique twist on a classic favorite these will be sure to dazzle. My go to chocolate brand with all things baking is Ghirardelli and you can snag of bag of the semi sweet chocolate chips this recipe calls for from any major supermarket.
There's no better way to say you're a couple than this perfectly proportioned recipe for you and your sweetie. These beauties will bake up perfectly in a jumbo muffin tin that you can also use to bake up a batch of morning muffins...wink wink.
7. Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry White Chocolate Buttercream
If you want to tell your bae how well the two of you go together try this white chocolate and strawberry dessert. These delicious and luscious strawberry cupcakes will do it perfectly. For added flair dress up your tasty treats in these Valentines Day themed cupcake wrappers and toppers.
You'll likely have all the ingredients on hand to make these tasty heart shaped sugar cookies STAT. Get creative with colors and patterns to yield your very own unique batch.
9. Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts
More over strawberries, this decadent dessert leaves tastebuds satisfied and will have you and your love gazing at each other with emoji like heart eyes after.
10. Chocolate Cherry Merlot Brownies
Valentine's Day isn't all just about the chocolate. For us adults, a little wine is just as fine. Enjoy both by incorporating your favorite Merlot in this brownie batter to yield a batch of just-right boozy brownies. Who said adulting can't be fun and tasty?
This cake is worthy of being a centerpiece for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The recipe calls for using raspberries; however, you can easily swap them out for strawberries depending on your preference.
12. Valentine Chocolate Cookie Pops
Kids love saying I love you too. Help them express it while having fun by mixing up some cookie dough and creating these tasty treats. Decoration is where the heart is, so encourage them to be creative with it.
Fudgy brownies enrobed in a light glaze topped with Valentine’s themed sugar sprinkles makes for this perfectly understated decadent treat.
14. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Guaranteed to elicit a heart eyes emoji expression for those who are fortunate enough to indulge in this delectable dessert. This adaptable recipe can be prepared two to three days beforehand, which is recommended as the resting time will only enhance the richness in flavor. You can also opt to forego the raspberry topping and glaze if you’re short on prep time. Whichever way you decide to go, present your finished cheesecake on this classic 10-inch porcelain cake stand.
15. Strawberry Cream Shortbread
Not only is this cake aesthetically pleasing to the eye with it’s pastel pink hue, but the combination of creamy strawberry filling and golden butter shortbread crust are a match made perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration. This recipe calls for setting the cake in a 9-inch round springform pan, which makes for an easy release when transferring to a serving plate. For added flair, garnish the top of the cake with fresh strawberries.
This classic dessert with Southern roots is the ultimate comfort food as the subtle hints of cocoa incorporated in this moist cake meld seamlessly with the rich cream cheese frosting, which will leave no crumbs behind.
17. Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Box’ Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love taking a short cut every now and again? This semi-homemade recipe calls for using boxed cake mix and earns high praise for churning out these tasty on-the-go treats as it combines the classic pairing of one of my favorite duos…chocolate and peanut butter. Garnish with a regular or mini sized peanut butter cup.
This easy recipe is all about expressing your love in a BIG manner with this giant sized sugar cookie. Let your inner sculptor shine through as you hand sculpt the ready made sugar cookie dough into a 9-inch heart shape and bake directly on your greased baking sheet. Decorate as desired.
No need to turn on your oven, this recipe only calls for refrigeration to set the crust and filling once fully assembled. Before you slice and serve, adorn the top of your pie with these milk chocolate curls.
If you truly enjoy chocolate, this recipe is one that’ll definitely be in your regular rotation. The espresso powder called for in this recipe, while optional is highly recommended as it enhances the flavor intensity of the chocolate. I purposely left this recipe for last to inspire you to make this first.
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