56 Delicious Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes That Are Better Than a Box of Chocolates
Jam-Filled Hand Pies
This Valentine's Day cake is a showstopper! Topped with colorful heart sugar cookies and plenty of sprinkles, this party-worthy dessert is easy and impressive. It's covered with a luscious almond whipped cream frosting and filled with tart strawberry-rhubarb jam.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
These beautiful red velvet bars are the perfect Valentine's Day treat. Be sure to add a generous drizzle of chocolate over the yummy cheesecake filling.
Make-Ahead Tip: Bake and freeze this easy dessert up to three months before serving.
Dark Chocolate Pudding
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to indulge in something decadent. This rich dark chocolate pudding is just that—with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon. Top each bowl with a swirled heart made from whipped cream.
Double-Mint Chocolate Cookies
Calling all mint- and chocolate-lovers: These cookies were made for you. Wrap store-bought chocolate-mint patties in a homemade chocolate dough and bake. To finish, top each Valentine's Day cookie with melted chocolate.
Red Velvet Heart Cookies
Fudgy Cherry and Port Brownies
Step up your brownie game this Valentine's Day with these chewy and decadent treats filled with dry cherries. Top with fresh raspberries for more fruity flavor.
There is nothing better than an old-fashioned cherry cobbler, so why not try making one this Valentine's Day? The fruit dessert is topped with spoonfuls of sweet biscuit dough that turn golden brown when baked. For variety, replace the cherries with blueberries, peaches, or apples.
Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake
This Valentine's Day cake recipe is a total showstopper. Layer our rich buttermilk almond cake with piles of whipped cream and fresh strawberry sauce.
Test Kitchen Tip: To get the classic flavors and texture of tres leches cake, we recommend soaking the cake for at least three hours or overnight.
Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding
Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red velvet could vie for the title Official Flavor of Valentine's Day (if it weren't for that pesky dark chocolate that always seems to take the win). These cupcakes hit all the holiday high notes: Taste, color, and a powdered-sugar dusting in the shape of a heart. Get the look by placing a heart-shape cookie on top before sprinkling.
Bourbon Cranberry Cookies
Something sweet (oat-and-chocolate cookies) with something salty (flaked sea salt) with something indulgent (3-ingredient Bourbon Ganache) makes an adults-only cookie that your valentine will swoon for.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
Red Velvet Heart Cake
White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes
Creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread and rich chocolate swirl together in these gooey chocolate pudding cakes. Coffee or vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries complete the indulgent chocolate Valentine's Day dessert.
Chocolate-Pistachio Heart Cookies
These nutty cookies are almost too pretty to eat! Dip half of each finished chocolate cookie into melted chocolate and pistachios. These heart-shape desserts are perfect for Valentine's Day, but feel free to vary the shape depending on the season.
Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream
Brownie-textured cake layers are topped with smooth, rich buttercream frosting. The result? A decadent Valentine's Day cake enjoyed by chocolate and fruit lovers alike.
Fresh Strawberry Bars
These strawberry bars boast a peanut butter base, which can be made and frozen ahead of time. In a pinch, simply thaw and top with strawberries and jam.
Jelly Doughnut Cake
Take a love of doughnuts to the next level. Layers of cream filling and ruby red jam between soft yellow cake mimic your sweetheart's favorite breakfast treat.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cakes
For a fancy finish to your romantic Valentine's Day dinner, serve your loved one a chocolaty twist on classic Italian cannoli. Rolled up with love in a homemade chocolate shell, creamy ricotta cheese flavored with cocoa and orange peel gets a gorgeous garnish from shaved dark chocolate.
Sparkling Grapefruit Sorbet Floats
Cinnamon Sugar Sticks
Shortbread-like sticks make great companions for cinnamon candies. Bake and cut the sticks, then dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed cinnamon candies.