36 Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

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 my 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. (I actually have even more than that in my Valentine’s Day recipes section, too!)

February is truly one of my favorite baking months. Must be all the chocolate and pink. ♥

If you’re in need of Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, look no further!

36 Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

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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 my recipe notes.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry cheesecake brownies combine everything we love about ultra fudgy brownies and creamy raspberry cheesecake. They’re swirly, twirly, and mega indulgent!

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 for these whenever I make them. And they’re pretty easy, too!

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Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is the queen of all 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 tons of strawberry flavor, my homemade strawberry cake has strawberries inside the cake and in the frosting as well. 100% real ingredients– no boxed mix here!

Triple Chocolate Cake

My chocolate cake has a super-moist crumb and fudgy, yet light texture. Just updated with helpful recipe tips, clearer explanations, and a new recipe video. Need a gluten free option? Here’s my flourless chocolate cake recipe.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Homemade raspberry chocolate chip layer cake is always a crowd pleaser. To vanilla cake batter we add chocolate chips and raspberries, top with a creamy, rich chocolate frosting, and garnish with more fresh raspberries.

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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! We use my sugar cookies recipe as the base and top with royal icing. Interested in a chocolate version? Use my 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 I’ve ever made. The dough is easy to work with, the cookies hold their shape beautifully, and each bite is smooth and creamy. The Nutella glaze sets on top– making the cookies convenient for stacking, storing, and gifting.

White Chocolate Red Velvet Cookies

Made entirely from scratch, these white chocolate red velvet cookies are ultra soft and chewy, simple to make, and totally festive. They’re dunked in pure white chocolate and topped with cute sprinkles!

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten chocolate lava cakes are the ultimate dessert decadence. Top each rich, fudgy, and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this indulgent dessert comes together. (Peanut butter lovers– try my 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 easily 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 indulgent– delicious on everything.

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for 2

My chocolate fudge cakes for 2 recipe is perfect when you don’t need to feed a crowd. This small batch recipe yields 2 rich and fudgy cakes– one for you and one for your sweetheart or best friend/kid/sibling/parent/any chocolate lover in your life.

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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! I recommend beginning this recipe the night before serving for best results.

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. Aren’t they stunning?

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 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!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

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

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 over-the-top festive 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.

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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 and decadent chocolate hand pies come together with chocolate pie dough (!!) and a chocolate ganache filling. Shaped like hearts, your valentine will adore these.

Tiramisu

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 my 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.

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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.

valentine's day breakfast recipes

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

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

Buttery and soft 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

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. NOTHING!

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

18 Comments

  1. I must try the chocolate cake for two. As empty nesters that love chocolate but don’t need a huge dessert, this is perfect! I’m always on the lookout for smaller desserts. Now I just need to purchase a couple of ramekins.

    1. I hope you love the chocolate cake for two, Susan! Happy baking 🙂

  2. Making your strawberry rhubarb pie, at my 94 years young Mom’s request, for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Love that she requested strawberry rhubarb pie! Hope she enjoyed it, Nancy 🙂

  3. I made your banana cake with cream cheese butter cream frosting a few weeks ago and it was wonderful! Soft, moist and absolutely one of the best cakes I have ever made! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the banana cake, Diana! Thanks for your positive feedback! It’s one of my favorite recipes ever 🙂

  4. Let me see, I’ve made the red velvet cake, the triple chocolate cake, fudge cakes for 2, chocolate cake pops, chocolate truffles, white chocolate strawberry cupcakes, cut out sugar cookies (LOTS), giant monster cookie and strawberry buttermilk pancakes! I actually even use the same pancake batter sans strawberries when I don’t have any – to make plain buttermilk pancakes. YUM! You are like a celebrity in my house lol.
    Too hard to pick a favourite. 🙂

    1. So sweet! Loved reading this, Stephanie 🙂 Thank you so much for baking and trusting my recipes!!

  5. Donna Mueller says:

    So many look so good! I’m going to have to make one a week 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! Happy baking!

  6. All look delicious — wold like a taste of each on Valentine’s Day (or any day) !!! Sally, thanks for all your baking addictions , including your precise instructions !!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nita!

  7. Thanks for putting this list together! So many great ideas!! The Triple Chocolate Cake is my go-to birthday cake. Such amazing, rich chocolate flavor! It will be hard to pick one of these desserts to make for Valentine’s Day this year!

    1. You are so welcome, Hannah! I’m thrilled you enjoyed this list 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. This is such a great list! I’m sharing this article to my friend- she is a baking maniac just like me. Few weeks ago I made your triple chocolate cake for my younger sister’s birthday, and she LOVED it! All the guests and her friends said it was an amazing recipe! Definitely planning to try out some of these in the coming weeks (especially the cake pops). 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing this with your friend, Meg! And I’m so glad your sister enjoyed the triple chocolate cake- it’s the perfect birthday cake!! 🙂

  9. I can’t get over your recipes. Anything I try worksout!!! I am very grateful for the time and genius you share.

  10. Wow, all of this look so good I really like the Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles

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