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25 Best Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine dessert recipes include decadent cakes, glazed Valentine treat cookies, easy truffles and chocolate souffles.

Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts

Honey gives these cinnamon-spiced cookies great flavor and a slightly soft texture.

Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts

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.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

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.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

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.

Three-Tiered Chocolate Cake

Candy-Box Caramels

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.

Candy-Box Caramels

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.

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

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.

Softhearted Chocolate Cakes

Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles

Minnesota's Saint Paul Hotel features these truffles at its annual Chocolate Lovers' Tea.

Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles

Cookie canvas

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.

White-Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

Chocolate-Raspberry Souffle

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.

Chocolate-Raspberry Souffle

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.

Valentine's Cocoa Angel Cake

Double-Dipped Strawberries

This juicy Valentine treat teams up fresh strawberries and two kinds of chocolate.

Double-Dipped Strawberries

Double Thumbprint Cookies

Fill these pretty Double Thumbprint Cookies with cherry or raspberry preserves for a Valentine dessert.

Double Thumbprint Cookies

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.

The Original Chocolate Fondue

Candy treats

The recipes for chewy, chocolate-coated Coconut-Caramel Treats and decadent Almond Truffle Temptations come from the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory in Lebanon, Ohio.

Coconut-Caramel Treats

Almond Truffle Temptations

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.

Puffed Heart Lemon Cookies

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.

Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes

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.

Heavenly Devil's Food Cake

Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts

Honey gives these cinnamon-spiced cookies great flavor and a slightly soft texture.

Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts

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.

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.

Black Tie Cupcakes

Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle

Bittersweet chocolate gives this Valentine dessert its deep, dark chocolate color and flavor. 

Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle

Mocha Meringue Kisses

These light-as-air sweet kisses, flavored with cocoa and espresso powders, are fat-free and just 32 calories each.

Mocha Meringue Kisses

Cake Bites

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!

Cake Bites

Chocolate Truffles

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.

Chocolate Truffles

Box-mix makeovers

Roll the edge of a pink-frosted cupcake in multicolor sprinkles to add a Valentine touch to a box-mix treat.

More ideas for box-mix makeovers

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