Get inspired and celebrate February 14th with these 36 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes including cakes, cupcakes, and small-batch desserts that are perfect for 2. From rich chocolate cake and crème brûlée to festive Valentine’s Day cupcakes and easy sparkle sweetheart cookies, there’s something on this list everyone will love.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dessert inspiration, I have 36+ Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes gathered together for you today. I actually have even more published in my Valentine’s Day recipes section… just in case you need more than 36 choices! 😉
As a published baking cookbook author, I’ve made my fair share of seasonal treats. February is truly one of my favorite baking months, because the flavors of rich chocolate, sweet berries, and buttery red velvet thrive. (Of course all the pink sprinkles are a lovely bonus.)
If you’re in need of Valentine’s Day dessert recipes, look no further. I have you covered!
Fan-Favorite Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Easier and quicker than a full cheesecake, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars are creamy, sweet, and swirled with layers of homemade fresh raspberry sauce. They’re baked in a 9-inch square pan and sit on an Oreo cookie crust.
Mini Vanilla Pound Cakes
These adorable mini vanilla pound cakes are moist, flavorful, and wonderfully buttery. If you don’t have a mini Bundt cake pan, use mini loaf pans or even a regular loaf pan—see recipe Note.
Chocolate Raspberry Cake
There’s so much to love about this ultra-rich chocolate raspberry cake. Layers of moist dark chocolate sponge, silky chocolate buttercream, and homemade raspberry cake filling are enrobed in a luxurious chocolate raspberry ganache.
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
Top these sugar cookie bars with pink frosting and load them up with Valentine’s Day sprinkles. People go ABSOLUTELY NUTS whenever I make them. And they’re pretty easy, too!
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is the queen of layer cakes. My homemade recipe yields a buttery cake with hints of vanilla and cocoa flavors, all topped with tangy cream cheese frosting.
Homemade Strawberry Cake
Packed with strawberry flavor, this homemade strawberry cake has strawberries inside the cake and in the frosting too. 100% real ingredients—no boxed mix here!
Triple Chocolate Cake
This is my favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe. With a super moist crumb and fudgy, yet light texture, this chocolate cake recipe will soon be your favorite too.
Easy Cheesecake Pie
This cheesecake pie is perfect for cheesecake lovers who want a quicker, easier alternative to making a classic cheesecake. The smooth and creamy filling is made with just 6 simple ingredients, and there’s no water bath step required. (And you don’t need a springform pan, either!)
Sparkle Sweetheart Cookies
Fun and festive sparkle sweetheart cookies glisten with Valentine’s Day sprinkles and a chocolate heart nestled on top. This simple cream cheese drop-style sugar cookie dough requires just 30–60 minutes of chilling before baking.
Peanut Butter Sweethearts
And a peanut butter version, too! Soft-baked and extra thick peanut butter sweethearts are loaded with chocolate-peanut butter flavor. They’re like my peanut butter blossoms, now all dressed up for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Heart Sugar Cookies
Homemade Valentine’s Day cookies are as cute as conversation heart candies… but are much more delicious to eat! Use my beloved sugar cookies recipe as the base and top with royal icing. Craving a chocolate version? Use this recipe for chocolate sugar cookies and follow the same decorating steps.
Soft Cream Cheese Cookies With Nutella Glaze
These soft cream cheese cookies with Nutella glaze are truly the softest sugar cookies. The dough is easy to work with, the cookies hold their shape beautifully, and each bite is smooth and creamy. An added bonus is that the Nutella glaze sets on top, making the cookies convenient for stacking, storing, and gifting.
White Chocolate Red Velvet Cookies
Made from scratch, these white chocolate red velvet cookies are soft and chewy, simple to make, and totally festive. Dunk in pure white chocolate and top with colorful sprinkles.
Strawberries & Cream Cookies
Soft-baked with crisp edges, loaded with chewy dried strawberries and creamy white chocolate, these strawberries & cream cookies deliver a summery-sweet taste any time of year.
Chocolate Lava Cakes
Molten chocolate lava cakes are the ultimate chocolate dessert indulgence. Top each warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this reader-favorite dessert comes together. (Psst… peanut butter lovers: try these peanut butter chocolate lava cakes!)
Homemade Chocolate Truffles
Ditch the boxed chocolates this Valentine’s Day and make homemade chocolate truffles. These extra creamy truffles come together with just 4 simple ingredients.
Chocolate Fudge Cakes for 2
This small-batch recipe yields just 2 chocolate fudge cakes… one for you and one for your sweetheart or best friend/kid/sibling/parent/any chocolate lover in your life.
Red Velvet Layer Bars
These red velvet layer bars are everything you love about classic 7-layer bars, but they’re baked on top of a red velvet cookie crust. These loaded bars are extra chewy, gooey, buttery, and sweet!
Chocolate Cake Pops
Kids and adults alike love chocolate cake pops (and vanilla cake pops). Top with sprinkles for a festive touch! For best results, start this recipe the night before.
Sweetheart Swirl Chocolate Bark
3-ingredient sweetheart swirl bark is wildly festive and incredibly simple to make. Made from semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate tinted pink, the two are swirled together and topped with candy hearts and Valentine’s Day sprinkles.
4-Ingredient Oreo Balls
Oreo balls are a super easy and downright irresistible 4-ingredient chocolate treat you can make at home. Choose regular, golden, or another flavor of Oreo cookies, mix with a little cream cheese, and dunk in white or dark chocolate.
5-Ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles
Easy strawberry cheesecake truffles come together with cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, fresh strawberries, white chocolate, and graham crackers. Cheesecake is now a finger food!
Champagne Cake Roll
This light and spongey champagne cake roll is flavored with reduced sparkling wine and vanilla. Fill with champagne whipped cream to make an extra sparkly and celebratory dessert!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
To make these chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes, make this recipe for extra moist chocolate cupcakes, fill them with sweet strawberry buttercream, and top them with rich chocolate ganache.
Valentine’s Day “Cupid” Cupcakes
Festive Valentine’s Day cupcakes are the ultimate declaration of love: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla all in one! Fill with Nutella and garnish with a chocolate heart for an eye-catching Valentine’s Day treat.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Seriously indulgent and creamy, these chocolate peanut butter cheesecake bars are like eating a peanut butter cup in cheesecake form.
White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
Extra fluffy white chocolate strawberry cupcakes combine creamy white chocolate and real strawberries. Reduced strawberry puree and freeze-dried strawberries are the secrets to the real (nothing artificial!) strawberry flavor.
Creamy Small Batch Cheesecake
Thick and rich creamy small batch cheesecake is baked in a loaf pan and yields only 5 slices. Serve with strawberry topping or raspberry dessert sauce for the perfect cheesecake recipe to share with the lucky few closest to your heart (and your kitchen).
Flecked with espresso and flavored with pure vanilla, this is my favorite crème brûlée recipe. It looks white-tablecloth-restaurant fancy, but is shockingly simple to prepare and always wows dinner guests. Made with 6 simple ingredients, you can and will succeed when you follow my recipe for this iconic dessert.
Small 6-Inch Chocolate Cake
This 1-layer 6-inch chocolate cake serves 4, so it’s perfect for whenever you need a scaled-down cake. You can also use this chocolate cake batter to make a small batch of 6 cupcakes.
Chocolate Hand Pies
Delicious chocolate hand pies come together with chocolate pie dough (!!) and an easy chocolate ganache filling. I’m confident any Valentine will adore these…. who can resist a heart-shaped chocolate pie? Try my homemade chocolate pop tarts, too.
A truly special and romantic dessert! This tiramisu recipe is from the late Maida Heatter and is easily the best homemade tiramisu that I’ve ever tried.
Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake
This rich and deliciously moist flourless chocolate cake is naturally gluten free. A 1-bowl cake recipe without any special tools or assembly required, this is chocolate cake MADE EASY.
Chocolate Soufflé (GF)
A quintessential Valentine’s Day treat! My naturally gluten-free chocolate soufflé recipe is heavily detailed to help give beginner bakers the confidence to try this classic French dessert.
Looking for more gluten-free Valentine’s Day dessert recipes? Try these homemade French macarons.
Just One Giant Monster M&M Cookie
This recipe yields one giant peanut butter monster cookie. It’s enormous and perfect for 2 people who love peanut butter and chocolate. I always make it for my husband… and make him share it with me!
Just One Giant Double Chocolate Cookie
And one giant double chocolate cookie, just in case peanut butter isn’t your thing.
And if you need some Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas:
Pink Party Donuts
Baked pink party donuts are flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; covered in pink-tinted vanilla frosting; and topped with rainbow sprinkles. It’s love at first bite. 😉
8-Ingredient Homemade Crepes
These homemade crepes are ultra thin and delicate with the most buttery crisp edges. Easy to make with just a blender and skillet, they’re ready for your choice of sweet or savory fillings.
Q: Which of these Valentine’s Day dessert recipes have you tried? Do you have any favorites?
Reader Comments & Reviews
Melts in your mouth delicious!
You are my favourite site to go to when I am baking. I love baking and have always had great success with your recipes. I bake for my grandchildren and my son-in-law who is a fireman and takes my baking to work so all those fellows to enjoy.
We’re so happy to hear that our recipes are a hit with your family, Donna. How sweet of you to bake for them!
Sally, THANK YOU for your Valentine’s Day post! Once again, I used your site for my Family and Consumer Science class kitchen lab research to help them prepare for a special Valentine’s Day cookie baking lab. Our maintenance guys happened to be working in our room as I gave the assignment and posted your images on my smart board. Needless to say they asked to be invited back on Monday for samples! Thank you for all you do to share and inspire the best baking message. Love the new website look! XOXO
Making the red velvet cookies with white chocolate dip for Valentine’s Day! Thank you for all these new ideas in this post. Sally’s is still my fav!
My husband can be fussy but he loves chocolate. I have been making your 6 inch chocolate cake. A perfect size for the two of us! I also make chocolate sugar cookies with chocolate frosting and red and pink sprinkles. He always brings an empty tin home with requests for the cookie recipe! Thank you for making it fun and easy to spread the love, Sally!
I made the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies, and Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies the other day (it was a wonderful day full of cheesecake) and they were all a hit! Definitely recommend!
the strawberry cake was so AWESOME. I suggest that to people needing an idea, you could also use the recipe for cupcakes.
I love this blog so much! Any suggestions for mail-able Valentine’s treats?
Hi Abbi, Cookies are always our go-to treat to mail!
Hi Sally and crew!!! I made your chocolate swi meringue cookies a while ago and they came perfectly fine until about 4 days later where they were all hard and super SUPER sweet. I love your recipes so much!! Happy belated Valentine’s Day!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ORGANIZED COMPILATION!
It turns out I’ve made an almost embarrassing number of these recipes! My favorites are the red velvet cheesecake brownies as well as the Triple Chocolate layer cake. For something small I would highly reccommend thelava cakes.
I love that you have divided up your 36 choices into groups of 4! I usually just hit delete on blog posts that offer more than a handful of compiled recipes (10 is the very top of my attention span!). It just gets to be too many choices and usually a large number of “just okay” choices at that! This format made the large selection much more interesting and I found a number of recipes to pin for next week!
Thank you for compiling this, Sally and crew!
I love all of your recipes, and I cannot WAIT to make some for Valentine’s Day! I hope you and your families stay well in these difficult times!!
Have a great day!
Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀 😀
The Red Velvet Kiss cookies are wonderful! I made them at Christmas with my grandchildren, and I was delighted that the method of putting the cookies directly into the freezer after topping with the Hershey’s Kisses actually WORKED to keep the kisses on the cookies! Flavor was good, making them grandchildren was great fun, and having the kisses stay of the cookies was fantastic! Thanks for the method.
The first recipe of yours that I made are the red velvet oreo brownies and they didn’t even make the list I made them for my boyfriend in university for Valentine’s Day and now as husband, he still requests them every year!
What a sweet tradition, Liv! So glad to hear your boyfriend enjoys our Red Velvet Oreo Brownies.
I can’t wait to try the red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies. My daughter just had a birthday “party” and because I made so many desserts, we had plenty left over. All were your recipes and were delicious!!! thank you for all you do!
The dark chocolate raspberry coffee cake is out of this world!
100% can confirm that the red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies are DIVINE. It’s probably a good thing it doesn’t make an enormous pan because no one in my house can resist them. 🙂