Among all the critical pieces of a perfect Valentine’s Day celebration, a romantic dessert may be the most important.
It comes at the end of dinner, when the evening is winding down (or heating up), and every couple deserves a sweet note to end on. Here are eight flawless dessert recipes to wow your partner.
Giant Candy Bar
Skip the boxed chocolates and make your beloved a giant candy bar. Filled with peanuts, nougat and caramel, it’s like a fancy version of your favorite packaged sweet, but big enough for two happy diners to share.
Find the recipe from Epicurious
Not all Valentine’s Day desserts need to include chocolate. These cheesecake-filled delights are easy to whip up and even easier to eat by the handful.
Get the full recipe from Allrecipes
Chocolate Heart Doughnuts
Don’t say “I love you” with words. Say it with doughnuts. These heart-shaped pastries are stuffed with Nutella, but you can swap in any chocolate, fruity or creamy filling of your choice. You’ll need to pick up a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make them, but consider that an investment in loving treats you can make year-round.
Find the recipe on Half Baked Harvest
Chocolate Puddle Cakes
Molten lava cake is a classic romantic flourish to finish off a cozy meal for two. The recipe makes two small cakes, so you don’t even have to share a single dish. Feel free to customize the gooey insides with caramel, butterscotch, espresso, citrus, or whatever else you prefer.
Learn how to make them on Smitten Kitchen
Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups
Ending a Valentine’s Day meal with a heavy, overly sweet dessert is a quick way to end the evening in a flash. Instead of making you and your partner feel bloated or gross, pick a dessert that’s semi-good for you. These chocolate date-caramel cups come packed with raw nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, sesame seeds and dates, all ingredients that fit with a healthy but decadent romantic meal.
Get the recipe from Bon Appetit
Broken Heart Chocolate Cake
For all those ex-lovers who are spending Valentine’s Day with their girl squad or their boys, this supremely rich chocolate cake will make up for lost love. Don’t worry about the crunching sound. That’s not actually a broken heart, but the delicious topping of mixed nuts and chocolates.
Find the recipe on Food Network
Pink Peppercorn Macarons
Want to serve something festive but exciting? These pink macarons pack spicy zing, and a nice fruity flavor, with the inclusion of peppercorns, which pair perfectly with buttercream and chocolate ganache.
Get the recipe from Style Sweet
Raspberry Rose Angel Food Cake
Roses are a staple of Valentine’s Day. Instead of buying a bouquet that will wilt, whip up this rose water-scented angel food cake. Top it with fresh berries and a single red rose for the ultimate romantic treat.
Get the recipe on Joy the Baker