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Celebrate February 14th and get inspired with these 36+ Valentine’s Day dessert recipes. From rich chocolate cake and crème brûlée to easy cupcakes and festive sparkle sweetheart cookies, there’s something everyone will love.

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If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, I have 36+ Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes for you today. (We actually have even more than that in the Valentine’s Day recipes section, too.)

February is truly one of my favorite baking months, so if you’re in need of Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, look no further!

Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

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Collage of four Valentine's Day 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 a buttery 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.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry cheesecake brownies combine everything we love about fudge brownies and creamy raspberry cheesecake. They’re swirly, twirly, and indulgently rich.

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!

Collage of four Valentine's Day cake recipes

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 chocolate cake has a super-moist crumb and fudgy, yet light texture. The post was recently updated with helpful recipe tips, clearer explanations, and a recipe video.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Homemade raspberry chocolate chip layer cake is an older recipe on the site, but it’s always been a favorite. It combines vanilla cake, chocolate chips, raspberries, and creamy chocolate buttercream.

Collage of four Valentine's Day cookie recipes

Sparkle Sweetheart Cookies

Beautifully festive sparkle sweetheart cookies are dressed up in Valentine’s Day sprinkles with a chocolate heart nestled on top. This simple cream cheese drop-style sugar cookie only requires 30-60 minutes of cookie dough chilling.

Valentine’s Day Heart Sugar Cookies

Homemade Valentine’s Day heart sugar cookies are like conversation heart candies– as cookies! Use our beloved sugar cookies recipe as the base and top with royal icing. Interested in 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. You’ll enjoy our raspberry sugar cookies, too.

White Chocolate Red Velvet Cookies

Made from scratch, these white chocolate red velvet cookies are soft-baked, chewy, simple to make, and totally festive. Dunk in pure white chocolate and top with colorful sprinkles.

Collage of four Valentine's Day dessert recipes

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. (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 4 simple ingredients.

Red Wine Chocolate Ganache

You only need 15 minutes to make luxuriously rich red wine chocolate ganache. It’s thick, dark, and delicious on everything.

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.

Collage of four Valentine's Day dessert recipes

Chocolate Cake Pops

Kids and adults alike love chocolate cake pops (and vanilla cake pops). We’ll use homemade chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, and top with sprinkles for a festive touch! For best results, start this recipe the night before.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies are thick, chewy, and moist. You’ll love the vanilla and chocolate flavor of the red velvet brownies paired with the tangy and sweet cream cheese swirl. These are ALWAYS a hit.

Sweetheart Swirl 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.

Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles

Easy 5 ingredient strawberry cheesecake truffles are made with cream cheese, fresh strawberries, white chocolate, and graham crackers. Cheesecake is now a finger food!

Collage of four Valentine's Day cupcake recipes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

These chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are extra moist chocolate cupcakes filled with creamy strawberry buttercream and topped with smooth chocolate ganache. A triple threat dessert.

Cupid Cupcakes

Festive cupid 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.

White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Extra fluffy white chocolate strawberry cupcakes combine creamy white chocolate and real strawberries– zero artificial flavor. Reduced strawberry puree and freeze-dried strawberries are the secrets to wholesome strawberry flavor. Top each cupcake with decadent white chocolate strawberry frosting and a white chocolate dipped strawberry.

Wedding Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

Cheers to simply sweet and sparkly wedding cupcakes with champagne frosting. We use champagne in both the cupcake batter and frosting for an extra special dessert.

Collage of four Valentine's Day dessert recipes

Creamy Small Batch Cheesecake

Thick and rich creamy small batch cheesecake is baked in a loaf pan and only yields 5 slices. Serve with strawberry topping for the perfect cheesecake recipe to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Hand Pies

Delicious chocolate hand pies come together with chocolate pie dough (!!) and a chocolate ganache filling. I’m confident any Valentine will adore these– who can resist a heart-shaped chocolate pie?


A truly special and romantic dessert! This tiramisu recipe is from the late Maida Heatter and is easily the best homemade tiramisu recipe that I’ve ever tried.

Crème Brûlée

Flecked with espresso and flavored with pure vanilla, this is our favorite crème brûlée recipe. It’s fancy, wows dinner guests, and is shockingly simple to prepare. Made with only 6 simple ingredients, you can and will master this smooth and creamy dessert.

Collage of 4 valentine's day desserts including flourless chocolate cake and red velvet cookies

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

These red velvet kiss cookies are a festive and colorful spin on traditional peanut butter blossoms. While the cookies are still warm, press Hershey’s Kisses into the centers.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This dark, rich, and deliciously moist flourless chocolate cake is naturally gluten free. A 1 bowl cake recipe without any special tools, decorating, or assembly required, this is chocolate cake MADE EASY.

Chocolate Soufflé

A quintessential Valentine’s Day treat. Our naturally gluten free chocolate soufflé recipe is heavily detailed to help give beginner bakers the confidence to try this classic French 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 cupcakes.

Collage of four Valentine's Day cookie recipes

Drop Sugar Cookies

Use festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles. These are my soft and chewy drop sugar cookies made from only 8 ingredients. No rolling pin or cookie cutters required!

Peanut Butter Sweethearts

Soft-baked and extra thick peanut butter sweethearts are adorably festive! Loaded with peanut butter, they’re incredibly soft and flavorful. They’re like my peanut butter blossoms all dressed up for Valentine’s Day.

One Giant Monster M&M Cookie

This recipe yields one giant monster cookie. It’s enormous and perfect for 2 people who love peanut butter and chocolate. I always make it for my husband and I to share.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft-baked red velvet chocolate chip cookies are bursting with wonderful red velvet flavor and studded with chocolate chips. A delicious marriage of two classic desserts. Or, for a classic chocolate chip cookie, add Valentine’s Day sprinkles to these chocolate chip cookies!

Collage of four Valentine's Day breakfast recipes

These last 4 aren’t dessert, but just as sweet and special for Valentine’s Day breakfast.

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. 😉

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

These buttery strawberry cheesecake muffins are studded with strawberries, layered with a light cheesecake filling, and topped with brown sugar streusel. Acceptable for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

This soft and moist dark chocolate raspberry coffee cake is dotted with juicy raspberries, filled with chocolate chips, and topped with a buttery almond streusel. It’s downright IRRESISTIBLE!

Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes

There’s nothing quite like waking up to homemade strawberry buttermilk pancakes.

Q: Which of these Valentine’s Day dessert recipes have you tried? Do you have any favorites?

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 😀 😀


  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. I’ve never had luck with the layer cakes. A toothpick comes out clean but they never dump out after completely cooling without sticking to the pan creating a mess. I’ve tried nonstick spray and shortening and flour. I have high quality bakeware so I’m not sure what’s going on. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Holly, We always spray our pans with non stick baking spray, then line the bottom with a round piece of parchment paper, then lightly spray again. Run a knife around the edge of the baked cake to be sure the sides don’t stick before inverting and it should come out cleanly!

      1. 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!!


  9. the strawberry cake was so AWESOME. I suggest that to people needing an idea, you could also use the recipe for cupcakes.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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

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