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Valentine's Day Desserts Guaranteed To Delight Your Date

To relieve the pressure of making Valentine's Day special, we picked out 16 of our favorite Valentine's Day desserts guaranteed to delight your date.

Valentine’s Day — truly one of the best days for dessert recipes. (It’s up there with Christmas and Easter. And every other holiday. And non-holiday.)

Love may be in the air, sure. But no amount of love will magically determine what’s for dessert. For this day, dessert needs to be special, right? Maybe a little flashy, maybe a little down-home — either way, certainly a lot delicious and festive. If you’re stuck for Valentine’s Day ideas, allow us to swoop in with these Valentine’s Day dessert recipes. You will heart them.

Valentine’s Hand Pies

Valentines Hand Pies

Valentines Hand Pies by Nerdy Mama
Oh, now here’s a simple and beautiful Valentine’s Day treat! Sandwich bread slices are stuffed with fruit filling, stamped into heart shapes, and then baked for just 10 minutes. The fruit in the center can be pie filling or preserves. No matter how you slice (and stuff) it, this makes for a low-effort dessert option with top-notch results.

Valentine Rice Krispy Treats

Valentine Rice Krispy Treats

Valentine Rice Krispy Treats by Barbara Bakes
File this under no-bake ways to satisfy that sweet tooth. This dessert is all in on Valentine’s Day: Strawberry heart marshmallows get folded into the puffed rice cereal with Valentine’s M&Ms and Valentine’s sprinkles. Can’t find strawberry heart marshmallows? No problem. Regular mini marshmallows make a fine substitute and this dessert still has enough Valentine’s spirit to go around.

Valentine’s Heart Macarons

Valentine's Heart Macarons

Valentine's Heart Macarons by Liv For Cake
These adorable little heart cookies look like Valentine’s Day on a plate. But how to get that perfect little heart shape? Liv for Cake has a printable template at the ready. She also has an important tip about shaping: Use a toothpick to perfect the point at the bottom of the heart. One potential problem: They’re better if they rest for a day before eating, but they look so good you’ll want to gobble them up now.

Valentine's Milk Chocolate Cherries

Valentine's Milk Chocolate Cherries

Valentine's Milk Chocolate Cherries by CDKitchen
Chocolate desserts have a special place in the V-Day desserts lineup. This chocolate cherry earns its place of honor by combining maraschino cherries and chocolate to create a delish bite with an adorable built-in handle from the cherry stem. Whip these up and it might look like you’re ready to open your own chocolate shop.

Dreamy 4-Ingredient Valentine's Candies

Dreamy 4-Ingredient Valentine's Candies

Dreamy 4-Ingredient Valentine's Candies by Gourmet Persuasian
If you’re looking for easy desserts, look no further. These candies require only four ingredients and take just 10 minutes to prepare. Spend another 10 minutes cutting the sweet treats with a heart-shaped mini cookie cutter and you’re set. No need for an oven. One piece of bonus flair and possible stress relief as you make them: Lift the pan above the counter and then drop it to help even out and flatten the chocolate mixture before cutting the hearts.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Recipe Girl
Check out Recipe Girl’s take on a surefire hit, a brilliant red cheesecake set on a chocolate cookie crust. Two things to know: No need for last-minute running around because this one is better if made in advance. And don’t sweat any cracks in the top of the cheesecake. Once it’s properly chilled, it gets covered with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. If there are any cracks, only you will know. And you’re not telling, right?

Cake Mix Valentine Cookies

Cake Mix Valentine Cookies

Cake Mix Valentine Cookies by Positively Splendid
Starting with cake mix gives you a leg up on making these treats. Just combine the cake mix with butter and an egg, shape the dough into little balls, and then roll the balls in pretty red sugar sprinkles. When the cookies are just finished in the oven, pop them out and place two little candies on each one. It’s a nice decorative touch that doesn’t take much time.

Lady Love Bug Cake Pops

Lady Love Bug Cake Pops

by Moms & Munchkins
Talk about a recipe with some “wow power”! These little ladybug treats start as cake pops. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the dipping and decorating process. White chocolate makes an appearance to form the eyes. A toothpick helps with some of the more delicate touches. It all adds up to an impressive little something for your loved one or loved ones.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Flying on Jess Fuel
Take red velvet cake mix and turn it into something unexpected with these dramatically textured cookies. The transformation from cake mix to cookies happens thanks to a little extra flour added along with the usual eggs and vegetable oil. Rolling the bright-red cookie dough in powdered sugar gives the finished cookies visual interest beyond the appealingly crinkled surface.

Valentine’s Energy Bears

Valentine’s Energy Bears

Valentine’s Energy Bears by Haute And Healthy Living
Vegans may avoid eating anything with a face, but these super cute bear-faced energy balls might be an exception. Created from a mixture of cashews and dates, the little bears get their look from raw almonds for the ears, red cinnamon hearts for the nose and one mini dark chocolate chip for each of the eyes. (Of course, if the bites are intended for a strict vegan, double-check to ensure the ingredients contain no animal products.)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes by Real Mom Kitchen
These cupcakes get a rich chocolate flavor from the addition of instant pudding to the cake mix. Real Mom Kitchen declares the cream cheese frosting that tops off the cupcakes may just be their new “go to” frosting. It incorporates non-dairy whipped topping, which gives the frosting a nice light texture. All in all, Valentine’s Day recipes don’t get much simpler and better than this.

Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches by Fun and Food Cafe
Starting with vanilla ice cream and adding slightly mashed raspberries is a great way to get that delicious raspberry cream flavor into an ice cream sandwich. Plus, it creates a filling with beautiful and tasty bursts of raspberry stuffed between homemade sugar cookies. A fluted cookie cutter lends an elegant edge to the cookies and helps you stamp out the ice cream filling as well.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Tart by Leite's Culinaria
A fine cookie crust holds an ultra-light peanut butter mousse, made from a blend of lightly whipped cream, peanut butter, and cream cheese. On top of that rests a chocolate ganache that blends both bittersweet and milk chocolate. If you’re a believer that chocolate and peanut butter are better together, then this dessert has your name all over it.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake by Call Me Fudge
Nothing gives a glimpse of summer in February like strawberry shortcake. So how about a recipe where the shortcake is more than just a dry afterthought? That’s what Call Me Fudge set out to make: a fluffy, moist shortcake topped with, of course, fresh strawberries and plenty of sweetened, vanilla-flavored whipped cream.

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake

Go classic with this Rachael Ray recipe. Two layers of chocolate cake are matched with decadent chocolate frosting for a chocolate extravaganza that draws its deep, rich chocolate flavor from both unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder. A lovely grace note: The recipe tells you how to keep your cake stand nice and neat by using strips of parchment paper.

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue by Big Girls Small Kitchen
What’s more classic and classy than fondue? Give this delicious chocolate version a whirl. Two clever touches contribute a depth of flavor and richness: a splash of coffee and a couple tablespoons of butter. Big Girls Small Kitchen includes a large selection of gluten-free dipping suggestions, among which bacon certainly stands out. Of course, also included are more classic options such as strawberries or (gluten-free) cake cubes. Either way, whip it up in your fondue pot or slow cooker and go for a dip.

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