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20 Valentines Day Dessert Ideas

Updated: Jun 19

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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Heart shaped raspberry chocolate tart

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.

Valentines themed rice krispy candy heart treats

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.

Heart shaped cake topped with vanilla frosting adorned with red and pink sugar sprinkles

3. Heart-Shaped Cake

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.

Valentines themed sugar cookies frosted with royal icing

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.

Fresh strawberries filled with a swirl of chocolate ganache

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.

Individual sized cheesecake topped with strawberry compote

6. Cheesecake for Two

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.

Regular sized Strawberry cupcakes frosted with strawberry white chocolate buttercream garnished with a single fresh strawberry and ghirardelli white chocolate square

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.

Heart shaped sugar cookies with a marbled design of pink and purple

8. Pastel Marbled Hearts

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.

Individual size chocolate raspberry cheesecake hearts

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.

Chocolate cherry merlot brownies

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?

Heart shaped valentines vanilla cake filled with fresh raspberries and whipped cream frosting

11. Valentine Cake

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.

Valentine theme round chocolate cookie pops

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.

Heart shaped brownies enrobed in white glaze and topped with Valentine’s themed sugar sprinkles

13. Queen of Hearts Brownies

Fudgy brownies enrobed in a light glaze topped with Valentine’s themed sugar sprinkles makes for this perfectly understated decadent treat.

White chocolate cheesecake topped with raspberry glaze and fresh whole raspberries

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.

Strawberry cream cake with golden butter shortbread crust served with fresh sliced strawberries

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.

Double layer 8 inch round red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

16. Red Velvet Cake

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.

Chocolate cupcakes topped with peanut butter frosting and garnished with a peanut butter cup

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.

Giant heart shaped sugar cookie with a piped border of vanilla buttercream frosting and Valentine’s Day love message adorned with sugar sprinkles

18. Big Valentine Cookie

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.

Chocolate silk pie topped with a border of whipped cream and garnished with milk chocolate curls

19. Chocolate Silk Pie

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.

Flourless Chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache.

20. Flourless Chocolate Cake

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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