21 Heart-Shape Treats to Make Your Valentine's Day Extra Sweet
Valentine's Day Cookie Cutouts Three Ways
Conversation Heart Cut-Out Cookies
Baking a batch of cookies is a great way to show friends and family you care—adding personalized messages to each cookie makes the gesture even sweeter. Use food coloring to make your hearts any color you want, and tiny stamps to create special messages.
Red Velvet Heart Cake
Red Velvet Heart Cookies
You won't need frosting for these bright red velvet cookies—a dusting of powdered sugar on top is all they need. Create your own powdery patterns using our free stencils, or take inspiration from a few of our creations!
The star of these heart-shape sugar cookies is the sweet almond glaze on top. We like to tint some of it pink or red with paste food coloring for a more vibrant hue.
Test Kitchen Tip: Look for a colorful sprinkle mix that includes sugar pearls, jimmies, and nonpareils. We love this Wilton Rose Sprinkles Mix, $3.99, Target.
Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes
Of course, these Valentine's Day cakes work in any shape you want, but they're much cuter in heart-shape ramekins. No matter what shape you bake them into, these creamy pudding cakes reach perfection with a sprinkle of rock sugar and lavender on top.
Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies may look ordinary, but they're hiding a trio of zesty citrus flavor: Orange, lemon, and lime peel all have a part to play. To make these cookies extra festive, decorate with pink icing and a handful of colored sprinkles.
Jelly Donut Cake
Start your day off right with a heart-shape treat. These yummy hearts are made of dried cranberries, marshmallows, and toasted oat cereal, so they can serve double-duty as a sweet snack or a special breakfast.
Heart-Shape Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Pull your heart-shape cookie cutter our for days other than just Valentine's Day. As this heart-shape reindeer demonstrates, it works for sweets of all seasons! And if you look closely, you can see that this reindeer's antlers are made up of teeny-tiny heart cookies.
Favorite Gingerbread Cookies
If you can enjoy heart-shape foods year-round, why not gingerbread, too? Decorate these cookies for any occasion, but don't skip the cream cheese frosting!
Chocolate Pistachio Heart Cookies
Chocolate Hearts with Honey Caramel Sauce
Calling all chocoholics. You're sure to fall in love with these rich heart desserts. Loaded with bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and sprinkled with cocoa powder, this Valentine's Day dessert will definitely cure any cravings.
Oaty Doodle Hearts
Not your average cookie, this recipe uses rolled oats and whole wheat flour to make a healthier-than-usual treat. The cookies form easily with your hands, so you can make heart-shape sweets even without a special cookie cutter or pan.
Editor's Tip: This big-batch recipe makes 60 cookies—perfect for Valentine's Day parties or gatherings.
Red Hot Sugar Cookies
Jam-Filled Hand Pies
These mini hand pies make a delicious Valentine's Day breakfast or dessert! Fill the baked goods with colorful strawberry jam, chocolate hazelnut spread, or both!
Test Kitchen Tip: Brush the tops of the pastries with milk before baking to ensure they come out golden brown.
If you've been waiting for a heart cookie for Valentine's Day, it's finally here! Use alphabet cookie cutters to slice a sweet message into cookie, then fill the gaps with crushed cinnamon candies. In the oven, the candy melts into a bright red valentine message!
Crispy Chocolate Heart Cookies
Turn your usual rice cereal treats into chocolaty, heart-shape Valentine's Day desserts with help from your cookie cutter. Add a few frosting decorations, and these no-bake sweets are the perfect way to show your friends and family how much you care!
Test Kitchen Tip: Make these easy chocolate desserts up to two days ahead and store them in the fridge.
Raspberry Swirl Brownies
A swirl of homemade raspberry puree adds a sweet flavor to these rich dark chocolate brownies. While they're delicious cut and served in squares, we love the special touch of cutting them into heart-shape treats.
Test Kitchen Tip: If cutting the brownies into shapes, use the scraps to create a decadent brownie trifle.