The saying goes that the way to someone's heart is through the stomach. So, be sure to show the people around you how much they mean to you this Valentine's Day by making them a special, yummy treat. This isn't limited to your significant other. This is a great time to recognize your closest friends, family members, and even your favorite cashier at the supermarket.
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No one will be able to resist cracking a smile when presented with homemade sweets. Prepackage the Valentine's Day dessert for them with cellophane and ribbon or go all in on an intimate dinner. Either way, you'll always come out on top when you do things with intention for the people you care about. Besides, there's never a wrong time for delicious desserts. Why not try out a few dessert ideas and save them in your arsenal for the perfect occasion?
Whether you're an experienced baker and want to challenge yourself by making something complex, like chocolate macaroons filled with dark chocolate ganache, or you'd prefer to keep it simple with no-bake treats, like cheesecake and chocolate bark, we have something for everyone. No matter which Valentine's dessert you decide to make, the important part is that you do it with love. Here are 30 homemade recipes to make for dessert for Valentine's Day.
1. Starburst Rose Bouquet
Give your valentine a bouquet that looks good enough to eat. This candy rose bouquet is made from starburst candies. The unwrapped candies are softened in the microwave before being formed into flat disc shapes. Mold the flattened candies around a wooden skewer until it's as full as you'd like it. Expect to use between six and nine candies per rose.
This two-in-one sugar cookie bouquet will cover flowers and dessert this Valentine's Day. Bake a dozen cookies and attach them to skewers using royal icing as the glue. Add some pieces of live greenery and tie the whole thing with kitchen twine and brown craft paper.
Say hello to your new favorite dessert. Raspberry linzer cookies feature two buttery shortbread sandwich cookies with a layer of jam in the middle. These treats look ultra impressive but are actually so easy to make. Just roll out your basic cookie dough and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make all the shapes. Then, take a smaller heart cookie cutter and use it on half the hearts you already cut out to make the window for the jam.
4. Sparkling Rosé Gummy Bears
Surprise your valentine with a batch of adults-only gummy bears this year. These rosé gummy bears are made with easy to find ingredients, like sparkling wine, gelatin and sugar. Purchase a few gummy bear molds and use a small dropper to fill the spaces with the warm liquid. Place the filled molds in the refrigerator for a few hours before popping out all the bears. Serve the gummy bears chilled and store any leftovers in the fridge.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cups
There's no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter. This perfect pairing comes together in these chocolate peanut butter heart cups to make a dessert so good that you'll be looking for any excuse to whip up another batch. Drizzle the tops with white chocolate and get ready to indulge.
6. Heart-Shaped Cake
Show all your closest girlfriends how much they mean to you by hosting a Galentine's Day dinner this year. We have just the perfect dessert — this adorable heart-shaped cake. Even the most inexperienced baker can handle this easy recipe. You don't even need a special-shaped pan either since this cake is made with one round and one square cake. Frost the cakes and add a special message with gel icing. Now, dig in!
7. Jolly Rancher Candy Roses
This is one bouquet you won't be able to find at your local florist. Turn your favorite hard candy into beautiful, translucent Jolly Rancher candy roses with a little help from your microwave. Place the still-wrapped Jolly Ranchers in a small bowl of water and heat in the microwave for 30-second increments until the candies are soft and malleable. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and gently mold the candy into a flat disc shape before wrapping it around a wooden skewer. Add as many petals as your heart desires. If the candy gets too hard to work with, just return it to the hot water for a few seconds and start again.
8. Easy No-Bake Cheesecake
Are you planning a romantic date night this Valentine's Day? Well, these mini no-bake cheesecakes are a perfect addition to the menu since they're delicious and easy to make. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting to eat them. Just prepare a basic graham cracker crust mixture and press it down into a papered muffin tin. Refrigerate for half an hour before topping it with the cream cheese layer. Chill again for six to eight hours. Then, add fresh berries and enjoy.
9. Red Hot Cinnamon Lollipops
Spice things up with a batch of these cinnamon lollipops. Crush hard cinnamon candies and use the small pieces to fill a lollipop mold. Place it in the oven for a few minutes until melted. Then, just add a stick and a few more pieces of the broken candy and bake again. Let them cool before decorating them with things like sprinkles and edible gold glitter.
10. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
You can't go wrong with chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert on Valentine's Day. Wash fresh strawberries and make sure they are completely dry before dipping them in the melted chocolate so it will stick properly. Semisweet chocolate or dark chocolate are the most common choices, but don't be afraid to get creative and add some white chocolate drizzle too. Place the dipped strawberries on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets and let them set up in the fridge for about an hour before digging in.
11. Sweetheart Candy Cake Pops
Tell your valentine how you really feel with a batch of sweetheart candy cake pops. Use boxed strawberry cake mix, store-bought frosting and silicone molds to make this an easy project. Cover the cake pops in different-colored candy melts and use a food-safe pen to write your favorite phrases on each one, just like the conversation hearts candy you've always loved.
12. Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Take your classic whoopie pie recipe to the next level with this recipe. Featuring a red wine buttercream filling, these sandwich cookies will make you fall in love with the light and fluffy dessert all over again. Package them in cellophane and give them out to all your friends. Just make sure you save a few for yourself to enjoy too because these are too good to miss.
13. Cupid's Arrow Cakes
Try your hand at these mini cupid's arrow cakes for a yummy V-Day dessert. Perfect for sharing with kids because of the small servings, these cakes will satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth. Make a basic chocolate cake pop recipe (cooked, crumbled cake mixed with frosting) and press the mixture into heart-shaped molds. Let them cool and then cut each heart in half and fill them with raspberry jam for a fun surprise. Glue the two halves of the heart back together with frosting and cover the entire thing in red candy melts. Add a few arrow decorations and no one will be able to resist these treats.
14. Tootsie Roll Roses
Made from a chocolate-covered strawberry and flattened chocolate candies, these tootsie roll roses will impress even your hardest to please friends. Simply mold the flattened Tootsie Rolls around the strawberry base. Keep layering on petals until your rose is nice and full. This would be a great activity to do with a group of friends, so put on your favorite rom-com and host a DIY night for all your closest pals.
15. Bumblebee and Flower Cupcakes
Dress up your Valentine's Day brunch table with a dozen bumblebee cupcakes. These chocolate cupcakes are covered with piped buttercream petals and topped with a fondant bumblebee. They may look intricate and difficult to make, but each step is actually easy enough for even the most novice baker to handle. Your friends will all be patting you on the back once they see these beauties.
16. Chocolate Turtles
You don't have to make an overly complicated dessert to make something delicious for the special occasion. Sometimes, keeping it simple is best, and this is one of those times. Go with a simple classic, like chocolate turtles, for a guaranteed winner. Grab a handful of cashews and cover them with caramel, dried cranberries and melted chocolate chips. It doesn't get much easier than this.
17. Rose Cupcakes
Practice your piping skills and turn the most basic cupcakes into miniature works of art. All you need to make these rose cupcakes are a pastry bag and a 2D tip. Fill the pastry bag halfway full with icing and twist the end of the bag shut. Start icing the cupcake starting from the center and working in circles toward the outside. With a little practice, you'll be frosting cupcakes like a pro in no time.
18. Succulent Cupcakes
Make a big impression with a show-stopping display of succulent cupcakes. Instead of piping the decorations directly on the cupcakes, pipe the flowers and greenery accents on a piece of parchment paper instead. Once the cupcakes are cooled, you'll carefully use a spatula to transfer them to your plate of cupcakes.
19. Beer Brownies
Thanks to the three eggs in the recipe, these extra-fudgy beer brownies will be your new go-to dessert for date night. The stout beer in the batter doesn't hurt either. Allow the brownies to fully cool before cutting into them. It may be hard to wait, but you'll thank us if you can manage. Cut the brownies with a plastic knife to keep it from sticking and making a mess. The brownies are actually best the day after they're made, so get a head start and try not to sneak any bites until Valentine's Day.
20. Sunflower Cupcakes
It's hard not to smile when you're looking at a tray of bright yellow sunflower cupcakes. You'll need extra-stiff frosting to hold the details of the petals, so avoid the store-bought stuff for this one. If you don't feel up to the task of making your own icing, go to a specialty baking store and look for something labeled "decorator's icing." This should be stiff enough to hold its shape until you dig in.
21. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
There's nothing more satisfying than cutting into a lava cake and watching the warm chocolate ooze out onto your plate. Timing is everything with this recipe. If you leave the cakes inside the ramekins too long, the center will cool. If you take them out of the oven too soon, the cake part will still be liquid. Ten minutes in the oven seems to be the sweet spot. Don't forget to serve this alongside a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
22. Twix Candy Bar Cake
Turn your favorite candy into your new favorite cake with this recipe. Who can resist a Twix candy bar cake anyway? Did we mention that it's also a no-bake recipe? Just layer melted milk chocolate, caramel sauce and shortbread cookies in a loaf pan, freezing between each layer. Store your completed candy bar cake in the refrigerator for up to five days, but there's no way it's going to last that long.
This dense, chewy red velvet cake skillet cookie will quickly become a new Valentine's Day treat tradition from the first bite. Start with a basic red velvet cake recipe and stir in a few handfuls of white chocolate chips. Bake in a cast iron skillet until the edges are crisp. Serve with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup for a dessert that you'll be talking about for weeks. Whether you turn this into a romantic dessert or a centerpiece for a catch-up session with your friends, no one will go home angry about it.
24. Chocolate Macaroons
Calling all chocolate lovers! These chocolate macaroons are filled with an easy to make dark chocolate ganache that is sure to make you fall in love. Macaroons are known for being tricky to make, so be sure that all your ingredients are measured precisely so there is little room for error. Weighing ingredients is often more accurate than using a measuring cup. Your loved ones are sure to feel special when they see (and taste) what you've made for them.
25. Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
There are just some flavor combinations that can't be beat, and chocolate and strawberry is one of them. This chocolate strawberry cupcake recipe includes ingredients like cocoa powder and espresso powder for an extra kick. Whip up naturally pink frosting by incorporating some strawberry puree into the buttercream mixture and you'll never look at store-bought frosting again. Garnish the cupcakes with cookie crumbles or sprinkles to take the presentation to the next level.
26. Edible Floral Lollipops
There's just something about a lollipop that's almost impossible for anyone to resist. Add a few dainty edible flower petals to the actual lollipop mixture and you have one treat that is hard to one up. While this may not be enough to warrant using as an actual dessert after an elaborate Valentine's Day dinner on its own, these edible floral lollipops are sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Package each one separately with cellophane and tie with a ribbon and you'll certainly have something special to share with your friends and family.
27. Easy Chocolate Truffles
If you prefer to keep things simple when it comes to choosing a dessert to indulge in on Valentine's Day, look no further. These easy Italian-inspired chocolate truffles are pretty much foolproof since there's no baking involved (just heating on the stove top), and there's only four basic ingredients with which to work. Coat the truffle balls in different toppings, like cocoa powder, powdered sugar and chopped nuts. While these are best when devoured right away, you can keep any leftovers in an airtight container for a few days. Just be sure you let them come to room temperature before eating them.
28. Tie-Dye Cupcakes
Tie-dye is everywhere right now, even in your dessert recipes. Make your favorite cupcake batter and split it between four different bowls, each one dyed a different color. Layer in spoonfuls of each color batter in lined muffin tins. The end result is a tie-dye cupcake masterpiece that almost looks too good to eat. Top it off with matching tie-dye frosting by carefully putting all those same-color frostings inside a single piping bag,
Now these chalkboard cookies are a work of art. Made from a basic sugar cookie recipe, the real magic happens once the black icing layer sets, and the hand painting begins. Draw your own custom design or write a personalized message with white gel icing and vodka to get the perfect consistency.
30. Marbled Chocolate Bark
If you're on the hunt for an easy but still delicious recipe, this one is for you. It doesn't get much easier than marbled chocolate bark. Just pull out any chocolate chips you have and melt them before pouring them onto a sheet of parchment paper. Add a layer of chopped peanuts and more chocolate. Take a skewer or button knife and gently swirl the different chocolate together to achieve a cool marbled effect.