Around Valentine’s Day, the aromas of chocolate, flowers, and love linger in the air! Whip up a sweet treat with our best Valentine’s Day dessert recipes—including mini-heart pies, molten lava cake, classic sugar cookies, easy turtle candies, and more. Plus, we have Valentine’s Day breakfast and dinner ideas!
Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas
Best Butter Cookies
These cookies are crisp and buttery, and they keep well—if you can keep them hidden for long enough!
Strawberry Hand Pies
Go old-school with these mini jam-filled Valentine heart pies. Fill with strawberry jam (or a similar filling of your choice). Serve warm and toasty.
There’s no need to buy expensive truffles from a store when you can make your own luscious candies.
Easy Turtle Candies
These turtle candies are quick, easy, and popular! See video recipe below.
Classic Sugar Cookies
Use this classic sugar cookie recipe to make delicious cookies that can be shaped and decorated however your heart desires!
Chocolate Lava Cakes
An aura of mystery surrounds this showstopping dessert, which is probably why so few cooks try to make it at home. In fact, it’s easy to make if you pay close attention to the baking time.
This Toll House Pie recipe is an easy one that everyone loves. It tastes like a giant chocolate chip cookie!
Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
This raspberry honey cake is beautiful, isn’t it? Find easy cake recipes that are this delicious (and not out of a box) is amazing!
Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas
Cut the strawberries into heart shapes for added Valentine’s Day panache!
Real Hot Chocolate
Serve breakfast or dessert with real chocolate—and add whipped cream.
Valentine’s Day Dinner
A wise man once posed the question: “How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?” In light of this, here are a few Valentine’s Day dinner ideas to balance out the delicious desserts above.
Chicken in Chocolate Sauce Piquante
This recipe is sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day dinner!
Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary-Walnut Crust and Balsamic Reduction
An elegant and classic dish.
Apple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Marinate the meat the night before and just slip it in the oven when your special guest walks in the door.
Pair any main dish with a refreshing salad such as this Arugula and Watercress Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing—or one of these other great salad recipes!
Are you a chocolate lover? Check our wickedly indulgent chocolate recipes!
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, anyway? Learn the history of the holiday (and find some romantic quotes for that last-minute card…) on our main Valentine’s Day page!