Almost as difficult as choosing the perfect gift for Valentine's Day is selecting the best dessert. The big day deserves a lavish dessert you and your partner can indulge in together. These Valentine's Day desserts will surely spark inspiration in choosing which delicacy you'd love most this year.

Traditional Valentine's Day Desserts

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

cupcakes with chocolate covered strawberries on top

Chocolate covered strawberries on their own are the epitome of a romantic dessert. But this recipe lets you combine two traditional sweets to make one gorgeous product. These chocolate cupcakes are topped with strawberry buttercream and chocolate covered strawberry. You'll yield about 12 servings and you can even up the ante by decorating them with small flowers.

2. Classic Red Velvet Cake

a slice of red velvet cake on a plate

When Valentine's Day rolls around, it's tough not to see red velvet treats make an appearance. The versatility of red velvet allows it to become a dessert that can be crafted in a variety of ways. Cake bites, cake pops, and cupcakes are just some of the ways you can use this cake. But, the best way to celebrate its deliciousness is to go back to basics and prepare a red velvet cake for you and your partner.

3. Chocolate Truffles

overhead shot of chocolate truffles

Bakeries and chocolatiers always bring out their divine selection of truffles when Valentine's Day comes by. This year, though, you can get in on the action by crafting your own truffles for your partner. The possibilities are endless for flavors and toppings, so you can easily create something that suits your every need. This recipe provides about four dozen servings, too, meaning you'll have lots to indulge in!

4. Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

a plate of sugar cookies in shapes of hearts

If you're looking for something a bit easier, you needn't go much farther than the sugar cookie. Sugar cookies are easy to make, can be cut into whichever shape your heart desires, and can be decorated however you like. Frost them with cooking frosting and sprinkles or create intricate patterns. The choice is yours, and you'll be left with a delicious end product regardless.

5. Conversation Heart Bark

conversation heart bark

Chocolate bark isn't only for the holiday season (though peppermint bark has a special place in my heart). You can easily whip up a bar of chocolate bark for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day. The recipe doesn't take much more than two hours from your day, and you'll be left with 8-10 servings of a mouth-watering chocolate blend. White chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and candy hearts make this the perfect option for the holiday.

6. Flourless Chocolate Cake

slice of chocolate cake with raspberries on it

As much as chocolate dominates the holiday season, it also seeps its way into Valentine's Day, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Celebrate the season of love with a flourless chocolate cake you can put together in no time. You can also pair your cake slices with dollops of whipped cream or a few berries.

7. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

cheesecake marble brownies

I mean, who doesn't love cheesecake? As opposed to baking an entire cake, you can try something a little different this year. Combine the rich flavors of cheesecake and red velvet for these beautiful brownies you can decorate however you like. Cut them into hearts to really give them a Valentine's Day feel.

8. Valentine's Heart Macarons

macarons in the shape of hearts

Not to be confused with macaroons, macarons are delicate cookies that come in an assortment of wonderful flavors. Macarons can be made with different fillings as well, such as fruit curd, ganache, or buttercream. Who wouldn't want to make these desserts for Valentine's Day? Shape them into hearts and use whichever filling you'd like. This recipe calls for vanilla, which you can start out with.

9. Valentine's Day Doughnuts

overhead shot of valentines day doughnuts

Ring in the holiday of love with these delectable doughnuts! Just like with cupcakes or sugar cookies, you can decorate your doughnuts however you please. Make them more festive by covering them with pink icing, drawn hearts, or sprinkles. This recipe will give you about six doughnuts as well, so your partner can enjoy them for a few days.

Valentine's Day Desserts With Dietary Restrictions

1. Vegan Cherry Chocolate Muffins

chocolate muffins with cherry in them

Don't think we forgot about those with dietary restrictions! For starters, these cherry chocolate muffins are suitable for anyone on a vegan diet. They only take 35 minutes or so to create, and you'll be able to bake 11 muffins. Sticking a plump cherry in the middle also makes them wonderful Valentine's Day treats.

2. No-Bake Blackberry Coconut Layer Cake

a blackberry coconut cake

Not only does this scrumptious cake bring together two delicious flavors, but you don't even need to bake it. This beautiful cake has a blackberry jam filling with a coconut outer layer; you can top with small flowers to make it friendly for Valentine's Day. This is a terrific recipe for anyone who's vegan.

3. Homemade Oreos

homemade oreos next to glass of milk

Looking for cookies that are both vegan and gluten-free? Well, you've found them with these homemade Oreos! Within about a half hour's time, you'll have 20 cookies prepared for the special someone in your life. Unlike traditional Oreos, these are filled with a mix of vanilla extract, agave, and coconut cream.

4. Paleo Peppermint Patties

paleo peppermint patties on a napkin

It's only natural for Valentine's Day to be filled with pink, red, and white desserts. Go against the norm this year with peppermint patties perfect for paleo diets. In less than 30 minutes you'll have peppermint patties loaded with coconut, peppermint, and honey. They're super easy to make, too, and don't require any fancy decoration.

5. Low Carb Berry And Vanilla Jell-O Ring

jello ring dessert on a plate

As tempting as it is to fill your face with chocolates on Valentine's Day, try something a little healthier this year. This low-carb dessert still brings lots of tasty flavors, but comes with a fraction of the calories. By using both berry and vanilla jello, you'll be able to create a ring dessert appropriate for those on a low-carb diet or just looking for a lighter dessert.

6. Keto Chocolate Silk Pie

chocolate silk pie on a plate next to a fork

Say you're looking for something low-carb, but still chocolate. We've got just the thing with this chocolate silk pie you can easily bake from scratch. This recipe yields about ten servings and doesn't take very long to make. Top with whipped cream and it's ready for consumption. Chocolate pies on their own are great, but now you can indulge in a dessert without any of the guilt!

7. Vegan Chocolate Caramels

vegan chocolate caramel candies on a white surface

Being vegan and/or gluten-free doesn't mean you need to miss out on all fun of chocolate. This recipe lets you make approximately 30 candies using basic vegan dark chocolate, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. You can place them in a heart-shaped tin before presenting them to your sweetie, or just deliver them as is.

8. Strawberry Lemon Rice Krispies

strawberry lemon rice krispie squares

Give your Rice Krispies a Valentine's Day makeover with some beet juice and dehydrated strawberry pieces. These adorable, pink Krispy treats use beet juice for coloring, marshmallows and rice puffs for the Krispy treat we all know and love, and the zest of a lemon to make things extra special. They're vegan and just waiting to be made at home!

You no longer need to go scouring on the internet for great Valentine's Day desserts. This list gives you just the thing you need to make this year a success.

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