25 Best Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes
Red Velvet Cheesecake
We took the red velvet cake we love and gave it a creamy twist. Don't let the red color fool you: The flavor is all chocolate.
Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
Use a basic sugar cookie dough to create any of four heart-shape designs for this sweetheart of a Valentine cookie.
Three-Tiered Chocolate Cake
Few foods say "celebration" like cake, especially chocolate. We challenged our Test Kitchen to come up with a fresh, delicious twist on this all-time favorite. The result is a decadently rich dessert. The recipe includes variations such as Hot Chocolate Cake, Spice is Nice Chocolate Cake and Mocha Chocolate Cake.
Make packaged caramel squares a perfect, easy Valentine treat by dipping them in sprinkles, crushed nuts and bits of candy. Drizzle with dark or white chocolate to add even more color.
Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies
Bright green pistachios and subtly spicy flavors give this buttery chocolate Valentine heart cookie plenty of personality. Serve a plate of them with coffee.
Softhearted Chocolate Cakes
A rich, soft center makes these chocolaty Valentine desserts irresistible. The Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, serves the cakes with custard and raspberry sauces. We've simplified the recipe by calling for whipped cream and a fruit topping.
Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles
Minnesota's Saint Paul Hotel features these truffles at its annual Chocolate Lovers' Tea.
Whip up flavored icing for cookies, sweet rolls, cakes or coffee cake in minutes. Just mix 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar with 2-3 tablespoons liquid, then drizzle away. For a Valentine's Day treat, try maraschino cherry juice for pretty pink color.
Maraschino cherry juice, coffee and creme de menthe add color as well as flavor. Most other liqueurs and citrus juices yield white or cream-color icing. For unflavored drizzle, use milk.
White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread
Dip these cookies in melted white chocolate, then roll in nonpareils and edible glitter for Valentine color.
A cross between a cake and a souffle, these individual chocolate desserts make a fitting finale for any special dinner—particularly Valentine's Day. Fresh raspberries add a burst of color and flavor.
Valentine's Cocoa Angel Cake
Flavored with cocoa powder and generously frosted with sweetened whipped cream, this tender Valentine's Day dessert from our Test Kitchen was featured on a Midwest Living® cover.
This juicy Valentine treat teams up fresh strawberries and two kinds of chocolate.
Double Thumbprint Cookies
Fill these pretty Double Thumbprint Cookies with cherry or raspberry preserves for a Valentine dessert.
The Original Chocolate Fondue
Fondue stars at the Melting Pot restaurant in Indianapolis. We offer The Original Chocolate Fondue recipe as well as versions based on s'mores and caramels. Dippers include fruit, angel food cake, pound cake cubes and marshmallows.
Puffed Heart Lemon Cookies
A lemon-flavor glaze, colored white or pink, adds a sweet-tart topping to these cakelike confections for a Valentine's dessert.
Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes
Drizzle this chocolate cupcake with Powdered Sugar Glaze and then rolled in chocolate shavings if you want it to look like ours. Or top the glaze with nuts, hard candies, chopped chocolate or colored sugar.
Heavenly Devil's Food Cake
This moist and rich creation includes unsalted butter, eggs, cocoa powder, two kinds of sugar and buttermilk. Serve with whipped cream and berries, if you like, or your favorite flavor of ice cream. Or frost with desired cake frosting.
Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts
Honey gives these cinnamon-spiced cookies great flavor and a slightly soft texture.
Tinted Angel Cake
The many colors of Kool-Aid, a Nebraska invention, mean there is an array of choices for this angel food cake that starts with a mix. Pink lemonade Kool-Aid adds pastel Valentine dessert prettiness and a delicate flavor to Tinted Angel Cake.
Black Tie Cupcakes
You can get creative with the finishing touches on these cupcakes, which are topped with seedless red raspberry or blackberry preserves, chocolate ganache, decorative icing and small decorative candies.
Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle
Bittersweet chocolate gives this Valentine dessert its deep, dark chocolate color and flavor.
Mocha Meringue Kisses
These light-as-air sweet kisses, flavored with cocoa and espresso powders, are fat-free and just 32 calories each.
Candylike tiny cakes require just a basic recipe using a mix, frosting and candy coating. Customize to suit your tastes with extra flavor and toppings!
Even novice cooks can master this simplified candy recipe. Just melt chocolate, add whipping cream, and follow our easy instructions for Chocolate, Mint-Chocolate or Orange-Chocolate Truffles.