Skip the store-bought sweets this Valentine’s Day in favor of easy dessert recipes for cookies, cupcakes, brownies, homemade candy and more!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than by enjoying some delicious desserts? Whether you’re drawn to the richness of chocolate or the romantic allure of red velvet, we’ve curated a selection of irresistible treats to suit every taste. From classic favorites like chocolate lava cake and red velvet cupcakes to elegant delights like crème brûlée cheesecakes and strawberry Nutella hand pies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Treats
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Piped Cream Cheese Frosting: Moist, rich and topped with the best cream cheese frosting, these treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies: This easy-to-follow recipe transforms a classic red velvet cake mix into chewy, vibrant red velvet cookies that are loaded with white chocolate chips and perfect for any occasion. Best of all, they’re made with just 4 ingredients!
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: These strawberries are so impressive to look at, but couldn’t be easier to make. They’re one of my fave ways to add as a special topper to cakes, cupcakes and brownies.
Red Velvet Brookies: Half red velvet brownie, half chocolate chip cookie, they’re the ultimate combination of two dessert favorites! They’re rich, fudgy and best of all, made with basic pantry ingredients.
Chocolate Truffles: Silky ganache rolled into poppable bites bathed in a bowl of cocoa powder.
Pink Pinwheel Sugar Cookies: These buttery cookies are made with basic pantry ingredients. Best of all, the dough can be prepared up to a week in advance then sliced and baked.
Flourless Chocolate Cookies: They’re extra-rich and fudgy in texture, very brownie-like in taste and the perfect flourless treats for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Easy No-Bake Chocolate Tart with Raspberries: No baking, a little stirring, and a whole lot of luscious flavor packed into an Oreo cookie crust and a silky ganache filling. Pop some juicy raspberries on top and the best no-bake Valentine’s dessert is done!
Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists: Dessert doesn’t get much easier or more impressive than these oversized puff pastry twists that bake up in minutes!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies: Fudgy red velvet brownies swirled with a tangy cheesecake filling that’s luscious, creamy and not too sweet. It’ll be love at first bite!
Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bark: This one’s for all my brownie edge lovers! With a few fridge and pantry staples (and just 15 minutes of your time) you can whip up an entire tray of brownie brittle studded with chocolate chips and loaded with fudgy flavor.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Bites: These chewy red velvet brownies are swirled with tangy cheesecake filling for a bite-sized treat.
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies: Buttery shortbread and velvety ganache join forces for these bite-sized cookies.
Sweet and Salty Dark Chocolate Bark: All you need is six simple ingredients for this sweet meets salty chocolate candy topped with popcorn, pretzels and sprinkles!
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies: Magic happens when fudgy, chocolate chip-studded brownies become the base for such a stellar fruit-filled topping. These are a Valentine’s Day must!
Valentine’s Day M&M Cookies: Some days you really need a chewy cookie, specifically one that’s soft, rich and studded with M&Ms.
Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas: Because the only thing better than a slice of strawberry cheesecake is strawberry cheesecake tucked inside a buttery, fried tortilla that’s rolled in cinnamon-sugar.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart: The pretzel crust bakes up in minutes and the creamy filling requires no baking at all. The result is a crunchy, salty pretzel tart loaded with a rich chocolate-peanut butter filling.
Easy Crème Brûlée Cheesecakes: Cool and creamy cheesecake custard topped with the classic sugary crunch.
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake: Bursting with gooey chocolate chips and baked to perfection, it’s the perfect treat for any occasion.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cake: Dense, moist cake meets rich chocolate glaze meets fresh, juicy berries. This bundt cake is loaded up with all the good stuff, including tangy Greek yogurt and a hearty swirl of strawberry jam.
Easy No-Bake Cheesecake: Creamy, creamy, creamy cheesecake filling sans the stress of a water bath, the potential of a cracked top, and fussing and fretting over texture that commonly accompanies making a stellar cheesecake.
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups: Step aside, peanut butter cups. There’s a new bite-sized sweet stealing the dessert spotlight. Creamy cheesecake-filled dark chocolate cups topped off with a pinch of sea salt.
Strawberry Nutella Hand Pies: Sour cream pie dough pockets stuffed with juicy strawberries and creamy Nutella topped with sanding sugar for a bakery-quality touch.
Easy Homemade Churros with Chocolate Sauce: Hot, crispy, fried batons of delicious dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar. All you need is a few simple ingredients for homemade churros perfection.
Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles: This layered sweet stars fudgy brownie croutons, juicy raspberries and pillowy DIY whipped cream.
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites: Chewy brownies swirled with tangy raspberry cheesecake filling.
Easy Homemade Lollipops: All you need is three simple ingredients for this tried and tested lollipops recipe.
Homemade Salted Caramels: This easy-to-follow recipe delivers perfectly chewy caramels with a hint of sea salt, making each bite a delightful balance of flavors. Whether as a homemade gift or a treat for yourself, these caramels are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Fudgesicles: Cool and creamy chocolate pops loaded with fresh berries are a summer dessert win.
Easy Strawberry Shortcake: This dessert stars a one-bowl biscuit recipe that yields buttery, flaky shortcakes perfect for halving and stuffing with freshly sliced strawberries, and of course, homemade whipped cream.
Frosted Soft Sugar Cookie Bars: Forget the cookie cutters in favor of this foolproof recipe starring a buttery sugar cookie base topped with an easy-to-make buttercream frosting and sprinkles.
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting: Vanilla bean cupcakes, vanilla bean frosting, vanilla bean allllll the things. So if you have a serious passion for intense vanilla flavor, look no further than these extra-moist and fluffy cupcakes.Subscribe to Just a Taste to get new recipes, meal plans and a newsletter delivered straight to your inbox! And stay in touch on Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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