Go the extra mile this Valentine’s Day with one of these 25+ Valentine’s Day dessert recipes, including no-bake treats, cakes, cupcakes, and beautiful hand-crafted desserts for 2. Each one is easy to make and guaranteed to woo that special someone!
Some would say I go a little overboard around Valentine’s Day, but personally, I don’t think I go big enough.
As much as I love store-bought candy, there is something extra special about breaking out the oven mitts and making a dessert from scratch.
While I have no shortage of dessert recipes to choose from, I wanted to narrow down the list to include more romantic, two-serving treats. So, I’m making a roundup of the best dessert recipes to show your Valentine how much you care (and maybe enjoy a little treat yourself, too).
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Why make dessert from scratch
- WAY more romantic. Seriously, what sounds more darling than your significant other surprising you with a homemade dessert? It doesn’t have to be fancy–unless you want it to be!
- An excuse to stay at home. I’ve virtually stopped going out to eat on February 14th because the restaurants are so crowded, not to mention expensive. Since we started spending the night in, we’ve been having a way more romantic time.
- Better ingredients. Store-bought cakes are usually full of, in my opinion, way too much sugar and unnecessary ingredients. By making dessert at home, you can use wholesome ingredients and satisfy allergy accommodations much easier.
Valentine’s Day cookie recipes
Cookies are a go-to for pretty much any holiday. They’re easy to make, so I always have to come up with a new recipe to outdo myself. To that, I say, challenge accepted!
- Single-serve chocolate chip cookie– Surprising your sweetheart with a single cookie made just for them is the epitome of selflessness. But don’t worry- you can easily make a double batch and have one, too.
- Flourless chocolate cookies– Skip the flour, and you get a softer cookie with perfectly crisp edges.
- Hot chocolate cookies– Packed with warm hot chocolate flavor and studded with gooey marshmallows.
- White chocolate raspberry cookies– Creamy white chocolate morsels mixed with tart cranberries are the perfect out-of-the-box cookie combo that’s guaranteed to impress.
- Chocolate peppermint cookies– Chocolate peppermint treats are hard to come by, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re better off making them yourself!
Valentine’s chocolate lover desserts
Let’s be real; V-Day is all about chocolate. Whether you bake a whole chocolate cake or whip up some no-bake truffles, no one (repeat, NO ONE) can resist these chocolate desserts.
- Nutella brownies– If I could ask healthy Nutella to be my Valentine’s, I probably would. These Nutella brownies have classic crinkled tops but with a gooey center that’s seriously addictive. I suggest popping them in the microwave for 10 seconds, then adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can thank me later!
- Chocolate espresso cake– The ultimate layered cake recipe. Featuring a moist chocolate cake infused with rich espresso powder, all layered with sheets of creamy chocolate frosting.
- Brownie truffles– A no-bake chocolate treat made with only 4 ingredients. I suggest dipping them in white chocolate with a few drops of red food coloring to make pink truffles.
- Chocolate creme brulee– This is one of my favorite dark chocolate recipes. With a gooey center and slightly crisp exterior, it’s hard to believe it’s only made with 4 ingredients.
- Death by chocolate cake– Literally layer after layer of chocolate flavor. Need I say more?
Valentine’s fruity recipes
Each of these fruity dessert recipes is full of fresh flavor and guaranteed to surprise your partner ten times over.
- Mango mousse– Even if your Valentine isn’t a big dessert person, I think they’ll still love this mousse. It’s so light and airy, with a refreshing tropical flavor and creamy white chocolate– how could they not?
- Lemon poppyseed cake– Vibrant lemon cake with a delicate crumb, sweet poppyseeds laced throughout, and an addictive (dairy-free) cream cheese frosting.
- Low-carb strawberry shortcake– Whether you’re on a low-carb diet or not, you HAVE to try this cake. It’s deceptively decadent, with beautiful fresh strawberry flavor and sweet vanilla frosting.
- Orange cake– A flourless, gluten-free cake recipe that’ll instantly woo anyone you share it with.
- Cherry cheesecake– Not many people go out of their way to make a cheesecake from scratch, but let me tell you, it makes all the difference.
No-bake Valentine’s desserts
I love no-bake desserts because they’re easy, and I can make them in advance. Plus, they’re less fussy than other types of treats, yet they taste just as decadent.
- Banoffee pie– Literally one of my favorite flavor combinations ever. Gooey caramel, fresh banana slices, and airy whipped cream, all layered on a buttery pie crust–how amazing does that sound?
- Chocolate tart– Featuring a thick, creamy chocolate ganache atop buttery pie crust, this is perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.
- Tiramisu cookies– I love tiramisu as much as the next guy (especially tiramisu cake), but these cookies are way easier to make and don’t skimp on the richness.
- Pot de creme– Velvety-rich chocolate custard covered in thick whipped cream, it’s the perfect dessert that’s easy to make in advance.
- Coconut bars– If you have a coconut lover in your life, they’ll never see these bad boys coming. They’re basically the gooey center of bounty bars but as a standalone treat.
Valentine’s cakes, pies, and tart recipes
Some Valentine’s Days, I really want to go above and beyond. Each of these recipes are simple to make yet look incredible, and will surely convince your partner you really know your way around the kitchen!
- Peanut butter cheesecake– As if chocolate and peanut butter couldn’t get any better.
- Red velvet mug cake– Red velvet cake is the queen of Valentine’s Day cakes, but this single-serving microwave mug cake is a close second. Ready in under a minute, it’s a great morning treat if you’re going out for dinner that night.
- Almond flour cupcakes– The almond flour adds a delicate crumble and makes for even richer chocolate cupcakes. Plus, they’re gluten-free and easy to customize.
- Chocolate raspberry cake– Made in one bowl in under 30 minutes, this is the height of decadence. Plus, there’s no milk, eggs, or butter needed.
- Honey cake– Perfect for the honey in your life, of course!
More dessert recipe roundups
25+ Valentine’s Day Desserts
- In a mixing bowl, add your almond flour and maple syrup and mix until combined. If the dough is too thick, add a little extra syrup. If it is too thin, add more almond flour.
- Using your hands, shape the mixture into a smooth ball of dough. Cover it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it between two sheets of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is half an inch in thickness.
- Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out. Place the cookies on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies begin to brown around the edges.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely, before adding your icing, if desired.
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