25 Best Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes
Valentine dessert recipes include decadent cakes, glazed Valentine treat cookies, easy truffles and chocolate souffles.
Gâteau au Chocolate
This exceedingly moist and rich (but so simple!) cake is all about chocolate and butter; if you can swing it, choose top-quality brands.
Mini Raspberry White Chocolate Whoopie Pies
This special-occasion dessert will disappear quickly. Soft cookies sandwich a white chocolate mascarpone filling and seedless raspberry preserves.
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Top these gooey-center, intense chocolate desserts with powdered sugar.
Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Treats
Dress up rice cereal hearts with frosting, pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate and other toppings for Valentine's Day sweets.
Red-Hot Velvet Brownies
These cinnamon-spiked red velvet bars taste just like red-hot candies-with a layer of luscious cream cheese frosting on top!
Mini Chocolate Soufflés
These warm, bittersweet puffs have coffee in them, but you'd never know it. Performing culinary sleight of hand, the hidden ingredient just helps chocolate taste more chocolatey, like a capful of vanilla would, but with a darker intent.
White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread
Dip these cookies in melted white chocolate, then roll in nonpareils and edible glitter for Valentine color.
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.
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
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!
Fudge Brownie Hearts
These Valentine treats combine bittersweet and semisweet chocolate with plenty of butter, eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar for a moist, rich dessert. After the brownies have cooked and cooled, you can cut them into bars or use 3-inch heart-shape cutters. Drizzle with a vanilla glaze.
Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix
Sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy-this trail mix has everything you want in a snack. Plus chocolate, of course!
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.
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.
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.
Cocoa and Brown Butter Shortbread Bites
Salted Almond Truffle Tart
One of our testers described this tart's filling as "chocolate butter." We couldn't agree more. It's fantastically rich, with roast-toasty salted almonds in the crust and flaky sea salt on top to balance the sweetness.
Vanilla Pudding with Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle
Put a twist on old-fashioned cookies and milk with this creamy vanilla pudding topped with crispy-buttery cookie bits.
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.
Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles
Minnesota's Saint Paul Hotel features truffles similar to these at its annual Chocolate Lovers' Tea.
Red Velvet Pots
For a cake that comes together in minutes, just mix and microwave. Top with a powdered sugar heart.
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.
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.
Mocha Meringue Kisses
These light-as-air sweet kisses, flavored with cocoa and espresso powders, are fat-free and just 32 calories each.
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.
Double Thumbprint Cookies
Fill these pretty Double Thumbprint Cookies with cherry or raspberry preserves for a Valentine dessert.
Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts
Honey gives these cinnamon-spiced cookies great flavor and a slightly soft texture.