Are you looking for dessert recipes for Valentine’s day? Need something you can whip up in your own kitchen to please someone you love? Maybe you want to surprise somebody, thank them, or show your appreciation.
Need something to take to a Valentine’s Day party or an office celebration? Keep reading for some helpful tips on choosing the best recipe for your situation.
How To Choose the Best Recipes To Take To a Party
Ask yourself these questions.
- Do I have a good way to transport this recipe?
- Will it still be good if I have to make it the day/night before?
- Does this recipe need to be chilled ahead of time?
- Will there be refrigerator space when I get there if recipe needs to stay cold?
- Will the food be sitting out for awhile? If so, will it still be delicious (and safe) at room temperature?
- Will this recipe still look appetizing after several people have served themselves? Mini-tarts, cookies, nuts, or cupcakes might be good choices for a buffet situation.
It goes without saying you should choose something others besides yourself would like to eat. Unless, that is, you want to take it all back home and have a party of one.
Personally, I like to take something that will most likely be cleaned up 100% so I can take my dish back home empty. When I take deviled eggs, this is guaranteed. Why do you think that is? Do you have a a guaranteed winner in your pocket?
Where Do I Start?
Check out the collection of Valentine’s dessert recipes below for inspiration. You’ll find pink, heart-shaped, fancy, simple, elaborate and chocolate. Lots of chocolate!
There’s something for all kinds of cooks and all kinds of tastes.
Don’t procrastinate. Valentine’s Day is closer than you think.
Iced Shortbread Cookies for My Valentine
These miniature, heart-shaped shortbread cookies are covered with pink icing for Valentine's Day or a special occasion. Includes a secret method for rolling out the cookies that doesn't require flour and it's not a sticky mess.Stay fresh for days and are easy to transport or pack for gift-giving.Continue Reading
Chocolate Ganache Mini-Tarts
Homemade chocolate or vanilla tart shells are filled with a decadent chocolate ganache and garnished with fresh fruit or whipped cream. Crusts can be made ahead but tarts should be filled the same day served.Don't miss the video showing you exactly how to make the shortbread mini-tart crust shells.Continue Reading
Black and White Red Velvet Cookies
Black and White Red Velvet Cookies are a fun and unique version of traditional black and white cookies. The red color makes them perfectly suited for Valentine's Day. The frosting process is a bit tedious so allow time for drying. (Practice helps.)Continue Reading
Chocolate and Vanilla Angel Food Cake with Dipped-Cone Icing
Chocolate and vanilla angel food cake frosted with whipped cream icing and chocolate ganache that will remind you of a dipped cone from the DQ.Includes tutorial for dripping the chocolate.Continue Reading
Aunt Marg's French Silk Chocolate Pie
Silky smooth chocolate pie inside a crumbly pecan crust. Top with chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bars like Skor or Heath Bars.Needs to chill ahead of time. Not good to sit out in the office kitchen for hours. Easy to make and easy to transport.Get the Recipe
Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts
Fun and girly, baked and glazed strawberry cake donuts are easy to make with a donut pan. Easy to transport but don't stack.Continue Reading
Chocolate Cupcake Tops
These will remind you of the top of a chocolate cupcake--a soft, tender cookie with ganache-like, fudge-y frosting.Continue Reading
Kay’s Swiss Chocolate Cake – A Crowd Favorite
A feather-light Swiss chocolate cake iced with whipped cream. It's my sister's most requested cake. Needs to be refrigerated because of whipped cream icing.Continue Reading
Chocolate Cream Tart (Made in a Microwave)
Chocolate cream pie filling (made in the microwave) in a graham cracker pie crust. Rich chocolaty flavor. Can also be made with a standard homemade or store-bought pastry crust. Comes together quickly but needs to chill several hours before serving.Yes, you can make fabulously smooth and delicious cream filling in the microwave. No more scorching!Get the Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles--a Valentine's Day Treat
Easy candy made from baked and crumbled chocolate chip cookies and cream cheese. Form into balls and dip in melted chocolate. Spectacular taste and appearance. Makes a fun gift. Easy to make ahead and stays fresh for days.Continue Reading
Mint Cookies and Cream Brownies
If you are a mint and chocolate fan, don't miss these brownies. They are as rich as fudge. Cut in small pieces. Skip the mint and make plain cookies and cream brownies. Just as heavenly!Continue Reading
Gooey Chocolate Cakes
Individual chocolate cakes with a gooey chocolate center--need to be eaten straight out of the oven. Good leftover but the chocolate in the middle will harden.Get the Recipe
Crunchy Caramelized Nuts
Quick microwave method to make sweet, shiny and caramelized nuts. Make nice gifts when packed in small packages. These are extremely quick to prepare if you are in a hurry. Recommend a test run to figure out the time in your particular microwave.Continue Reading
Spicy Dark Chocolate-Pecan Bark
Melt your favorite dark chocolate and add spiced pecans to make this Spicy Dark Chocolate-Pecan Bark--a sweet and spicy taste sensation for dark chocolate lovers. My personal favorite for an easy dessert.Continue Reading
Orange Pecan Waffles
Belgian waffles flavored with orange juice, zest ,and pecans would make a special breakfast. Of course, you don't have to use a heart-shaped waffle maker.Continue Reading
Did you try one of these recipes? If you liked it and have time, I would really appreciate if you would give that recipe a star rating located inside the actual recipe on the post below the picture. Thanks much! Happy Valentine’s Day.
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