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65+ of the Best Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

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Whether you’re hosting a Galentine’s party or a romantic dinner for two, sweets are a big part of a Valentine celebration. So we put this list of Valentine’s Day dessert ideas together. From cakes and brownies to truffles and fudge, there are tons of options to choose from.

the best Valentine's Day dessert ideas

One of the best things about Valentine’s Day is that it’s an excuse to make some really pretty and delicious desserts!

So I decided to find some of the best Valentine’s Day dessert recipes out there.

Whether you’re looking for cakes, brownies, chocolate treats or something a little different like Pavlova, doughnuts and gummies, we’ve got you covered.

There’s even some gluten-free, vegan and no bake options.

And most of them are really easy to make!

Keep reading to see my list of Valentine’s Day dessert ideas.

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Valentine cakes

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How to make a heart-shaped cake

heart shaped cake with pink frosting

Making this heart-shaped cake is actually really easy to do…And you don’t need a heart shaped cake pan to do it. Your Valentine’s Day cake will be the star of your table.

Hidden heart bundt cake

Hidden heart bundt cake
This bundt cake from Infinite Taste is moist and delicious. And has the cutest heart surprise inside when you cut it open!
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Conversation heart piñata cake

Conversation heart piñata cake
Cut into this pretty pink conversation heart piñata cake from Hungry Happenings to find candy hearts hiding inside. For an extra-special touch, personalize this Valentine’s Day cake by writing “Be Mine” on the top.
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Heart mirror glaze cake

Heart mirror glaze cake
This red mirror glaze cake from Cooking Journey Blog is made with white chocolate mousse, strawberries and chocolate in the shape of a blooming heart. The ultimate Valentine’s dessert to wow your sweetheart!
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Conversation heart mini cheesecakes

Conversation heart mini cheesecakes
Conversation hearts are a universal symbol for Valentine's Day. So why not use them as inspiration to create these brightly colored heart cheesecakes from Hungry Happenings for your loved ones?
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Valentine’s Day cake with cinnamon flavor

Valentine’s Day cake with cinnamon flavor
With pink frosting and bright red accents, this cinnamon-flavored cake from Ottawa Mommy Club screams Valentine’s day. The jaw-dropping cake decorations make for a presentation your valentine will never forget.
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Waldorf Astoria red velvet cake

a slice of red velvet cake with traditional frosting
This red velvet cake is a very popular Valentine dessert recipe. Partly because of its red color and partly because it's so delicious! And it also works well for cupcakes.
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Japanese strawberry shortcake

Japanese strawberry shortcake
Made of soft layers of sponge cake, fresh strawberries & fresh whipped cream, this Japanese strawberry shortcake from Drive Me Hungry is a light and fluffy Valentine's Day dessert.
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Red velvet cake with cream cheese mousse

Red velvet cake with cream cheese mousse
For a non-traditional version of red velvet cake, try this one made with cream cheese mousse from Spatula Desserts. It's a lighter version of the well-known cake we all love and a must make for Valentine’s Day!
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Chantilly cake

Chantilly cake
This chantilly cake from Love From The Oven brings easy & delicious elegance to dessert with layers of vanilla cake, mascarpone frosting and fresh berries in every bite.
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Red velvet cake balls

red velvet cake balls
These red velvet cake balls from Maria's Mixing Bowl look so fancy, but they're actually super simple to make. A great bite-sized Valentine's Day treat.
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Brownies

Chocolate covered strawberry brownies

Decadent chocolate covered strawberry brownies
This over-the-top brownie recipe from Amy Casey Cooks features a fudgy base with chocolate chips. Topped with fresh strawberries and decadent chocolate ganache, it’s the perfect treat for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.
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Heart-shaped frosted fudge brownies

Heart-shaped frosted fudge brownies
These brownies from Scotch and Scones take a family-favorite rich chocolate fudge brownie recipe and make them heart-shaped topped with whipped chocolate ganache. A delicious way to say “I love you” for the special people in your life.
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Fudgy chocolate brownies for Valentine’s Day

Fudgy chocolate brownies for Valentine’s Day
These fudgy brownies from XOXO Bella are rich, indulgent and decorated with cute heart shaped sprinkles. The perfect Valentine treat for chocolate lovers.
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Chocolate whiskey brownies

Chocolate whiskey brownies
These chocolate whiskey brownies from Saporito Kitchen are an easy Valentine dessert recipe that is fudgy & decadent; drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with sea salt!
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Red velvet cream cheese brownies

red velvet cream cheese brownies
These red velvet brownies from Flavor The Moments are swirled with cheesecake for an extra special flavor that's sure to be a hit with your Valentine.
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Red wine brownies

Red wine brownies
Fudgy and packed full of chocolate, these red wine brownies from Inspired Epicurean are the perfect end to a Valentine's Day meal.
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Chocolate

Easy No-Bake Valentine Oreo Balls

Valentine Oreo ball with a bite out of it
This Valentine Oreo balls recipe is an easy, no-bake Valentine's Day treat that only requires 4 ingredients. And looks so pretty with its pink coating and sprinkles.
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Valentine’s Day chocolate bark

Valentine's Day chocolate bark
Made with only 4 ingredients, this Valentine's Day chocolate bark recipe from Every Day Family Cooking is both easy and delicious. The perfect Valentine treat!
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Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate is a traditional Valentine's Day dessert. And this chocolate cupcakes recipe is one of my favorite recipes. They're super easy to make!
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Mexican chocolate fondue

Mexican chocolate fondue
This Mexican Chocolate Fondue from Mama Maggie's Kitchen is over-the-top delicious that's super easy to make. Then all you have to do is start dipping strawberries, and enjoy the chocolatey richness!
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Chocolate pots de crème

Chocolate pots de crème
For the chocolate lovers! This amazing Valentine dessert from A Sprinkle and a Splash is like pudding, but sooo much better! Made with only FIVE ingredients and takes only TEN minutes to make! It’s unbelievably quick and easy and will impress everyone!
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Chocolate covered cheesecake bites

Chocolate covered cheesecake bites
These chocolate covered cheesecake bites from The Forked Spoon are made with mini bite-size pieces of cheesecake covered in a delicious chocolate shell coating. They are the perfect party treat for Valentine's Day.
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Heart cookie dough truffles

Heart cookie dough truffles
These dark-chocolate-covered cookie dough truffles from Ottawa Mommy Club are made into a heart shape. A rich and decadent treat to make for that special someone on Valentine’s Day.
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Chocolate champagne truffles

Chocolate champagne truffles
These truffles from Live To Sweet have a dark chocolate filling flavored with a champagne reduction, then coated in *even more* chocolate. And topped with heart sprinkles. A truly decadent Valentine dessert.
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Heart chocolate mousse

Heart chocolate mousse
This heart chocolate mousse from Veena Azmanov is a classic recipe made with cooked eggs, whipped cream, and good quality chocolate poured in a silicone heart mold. So delicious!
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Strawberry desserts

Strawberry mug cake

strawberry mug cake in a red cup
This strawberry mug cake from Sweet Tea and Sprinkles is a light and airy dessert filled with bits of fresh strawberries and cooked in just 7 minutes using your microwave. And the individual servings are great for a Galentine's Day party.
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Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What would Valentine's Day be without chocolate covered strawberries? Learn how to make them from Drive Me Hungry, including tricks for how to melt the chocolate & how to dip and decorate the strawberries.
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Strawberry pavlova

Strawberry pavlova cake
Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside and covered with whipped cream and strawberries, this pavlova from Spatula Desserts is such a beautiful and delicious dessert, it's worth the effort to make it.
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Strawberry tiramisu with white chocolate

Strawberry tiramisu with white chocolate
Light, creamy and delicious strawberry tiramisu from Inside The Rustic Kitchen is made with juicy strawberries, Cointreau liqueur, and shavings of white chocolate. The perfect dessert after your Valentine's Day dinner.
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Bailey’s strawberries & cream trifle

Bailey's strawberries & cream trifle
This easy trifle from Barth Bakery is creamy, fruity, and spiked with a boozy element for luscious and completely addicting dessert. Layers of light and spongy angel food cake and peaks of fluffy whipped cream perfectly compliment the fresh sweet strawberries in this divine dessert.
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Heart shaped strawberry hand pies

Heart shaped strawberry hand pies
These cute little heart shaped strawberry hand pies from Barley and Sage have homemade strawberry filling sandwiched between two layers of my perfect flaky pie crust! They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
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Strawberry jelly cheesecake

Strawberry jelly cheesecake
Made with a graham cracker crust, no-bake cheesecake, and cranberry jelly layer encasing fresh strawberry slices, this strawberry jelly cheesecake from Teak and Thyme tastes as delicious as it looks.
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Vegan strawberry cupcakes

Vegan strawberry cupcakes
These easy vegan strawberry cupcakes from Rainbow Nourishments are packed with real strawberries and flavor. And there's a gluten-free option, too!
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Strawberry cake pops

Strawberry cake pops
These made-from-scratch strawberry cake pops from Tao of Spice are the ideal addition to your Valentine’s Day menu, especially if you're serving for a crowd. It's so easy for everyone to grab one…no cake cutting required!
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Raspberry desserts

Raspberry cheesecake cupcakes

raspberry cheesecake cupcakes
Cream cheese and raspberries swirled together in a cupcake. Need I say more? These raspberry cheesecake cupcakes are awesome!
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Frozen lemon mousse with raspberry sauce

a slice of frozen lemon mousse with raspberry sauce
For a Valentine's dessert that can be made ahead of time, tastes delicious and looks really pretty, try this frozen lemon mousse with raspberry sauce. It looks a lot more complicated than it actually is!
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Heart shaped meringues

Heart shaped meringues
These heart shaped meringues from What A Girl Eats are made with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. They're a light and airy dessert for Valentine’s Day that can be put together ahead of time which is always a bonus for special occasion dinners!
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Raspberry chocolate swiss roll

Raspberry chocolate swiss roll
For a Valentine dessert that combines chocolate and raspberries, try this easy to make chocolate swiss roll from Spend With Pennies.
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Raspberry chocolate ganache tart

vegan raspberry chocolate tart
Silky chocolate ganache with hidden fresh raspberries and a raspberry brownie base. This recipe is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and no-bake. Quite possibly the yummiest, tastiest, easiest tart you will ever make.
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Raspberry almond cupcakes

Raspberry almond cupcakes
These light almond cupcakes from Gastronotherapy are topped with rich raspberry buttercream and fresh raspberries. Easy enough for beginners and beautiful enough for your Valentine's Day dessert table!
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Cherry desserts

Mini cherry cheesecakes

mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes
These mini cherry cheesecakes take less than half an hour to make and everyone loves them. The perfect bite-sized dessert for a Valentine's Day party.
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Cherry hand pies

Cherry hand pies
These adorable cherry hand pies from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog are heart shaped and are an easy way to make and serve pie for your Valentine's dessert!
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Sugar cookie cherry pie bars

Sugar cookie cherry pie bars
These cherry pie bars from We Dish It Up use sugar cookie mix for a sweet and crispy crust. And they're super easy to make.
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Cherry chocolate chip cake

Cherry chocolate chip cake
This super moist cherry cake from Baking Beauty tastes like a chocolate covered cherry in cake form! And it literally melts in your mouth.
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Gluten-Free options

Keto Valentine’s Day cake

Keto Valentine’s Day cake
Easy to make and delicious to eat, this Valentine’s Keto Cake is about to sweep you off This Valentine’s Keto Cake from Keto Focus is a great gluten-free, low-carb keto dessert that is easy to make and delicious to eat. Perfect for people with dietary restrictions.
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Gluten free chocolate mayonnaise cake

Gluten free chocolate mayonnaise cake
This easy gluten free chocolate mayonnaise cake from Small Farm Big Life is an updated version of a classic 1950s southern recipe. This old fashioned homemade chocolate cake is so moist your Valentine won't be able to resist it.
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Gluten free red velvet cupcakes

Gluten free red velvet cupcakes
Moist, fluffy, and soft gluten free red velvet cupcakes from Science and Crumbs are topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. With its red color, this cupcake recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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Gluten free chocolate cupcakes

Gluten free chocolate cupcakes
Or if you prefer chocolate cupcakes try this gluten-free version from Gluten Free Tranquility that is topped with whipped chocolate ganache frosting. These Chocolate cupcakes are so simple to make but taste and look stunning.
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Chocolate raspberry ice cream cake {gluten-free}

Chocolate raspberry ice cream cake {gluten-free}
Chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream swirled with sweet raspberry make up this gluten-free ice cream cake recipe from Bright Eyed Baker. And it will look so pretty on your Valentine table.
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Chocolate maca tahini brownies

Chocolate maca tahini brownies
Fudgy and full of flavor, these gluten-free Chocolate Maca Tahini Brownies from Natalie's Health are beyond delicious. No dairy, no flour, no refined sugars. So good and totally guilt-free!
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Gluten free mini strawberry tarts

Gluten free mini strawberry tarts
These gluten free mini strawberry tarts from Gluten Free Tranquility are such an easy recipe. They look beautiful and taste amazing. The perfect Valentine's Day dessert recipe!
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Vegan lemon strawberry cheesecake

Vegan lemon strawberry cheesecake
This vegan lemon and strawberry cheesecake from The Vegan Larder is gluten-free but you wouldn't know it! Great for Valentine dinner parties, a romantic night in or casual family dinners since everyone loves it.
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Keto French silk pie

Keto French silk pie
Made with almond flour, this silky, creamy chocolate French Silk Pie from Real Food Rn will make eight people deliriously happy! A wonderful addition to your Valentine dinner menu.
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No Bake desserts

White and pink Valentine’s Day fudge

Valentine’s Day fudge
Your valentine will love this pink and white chocolate fudge from Crayons and Cravings. It is easy to make in the microwave and is super sweet and delicious.
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Valentine’s rice krispie treats

Valentines rice krispie treats
These Valentines Rice Krispie Treats from Berly's Kitchen are packed with melted marshmallows, chocolate candies, and more mini marshmallows for extra gooiness! They're a fun way to add a holiday twist on the original recipe.
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Heart shaped rosé gummies

Heart shaped rosé gummies
These heart shaped rosé gummies from Barley and Sage are super fun and easy to make! You only need 3 ingredients for these Valentine’s Day treats!
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Healthy and elegant strawberry dessert

Healthy and elegant strawberry dessert
Strawberry desserts are so popular on Valentine’s day. But this one from Cooking Journal Blog is actually healthy, as well as being tasty and easy to make while still looking elegant. And there's no baking involved!
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Easy Valentine’s Day fudge

Valentine’s Day fudge
This Valentine’s Day fudge recipe from Simply Stacie is made with a secret ingredient – white cake mix! With just 5 ingredients, it's a super simple dessert to make for your special dinner.
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Brunch recipes

Heart shaped sourdough donuts

Heart shaped sourdough donuts
These heart shaped sourdough donuts from Barley and Sage are light and airy and made with a combination of sourdough starter and instant yeast. They are deep fried to perfection and then dunked in the most amazing strawberry glaze.
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Baked raspberry and rose donuts

Baked raspberry and rose donuts
With their natural pink glaze and delicious raspberry and rose flavor, these baked donuts from Spatula Desserts are a great recipe for a Valentine's Day brunch menu.
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Easy heart shaped doughnut holes

Heart shaped doughnut holes
Try this cinnamon roll hack recipe to make heart shaped mini sugar doughnut holes from XOXO Bella. A tasty treat for your Valentine's Day brunch.
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Strawberry cheesecake stuffed waffles

strawberry cheesecake stuffed waffles
These strawberry cheesecake stuffed waffles are the perfect treat for a Valentine's Day brunch. So decadent and delicious!
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Cookies

Red velvet whoopie pies

red velvet whoopie pies
These red velvet whoopie pies from Love From The Oven are heart shaped for an adorable Valentine’s Day dessert! A rich cream cheese filling gets sandwiched between cakey red velvet cookies for an impressive cookie that’s made with love.
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Gold trimmed white chocolate covered Oreos

Great Gatsby Oreo cookies
These white chocolate covered Oreos look a lot harder to make than they actually are. And you'll be amazed at how good Oreos and white chocolate taste together!
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White chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies

cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies on a wire rack
Speaking of white chocolate, these oatmeal cookies made with white chocolate and cranberries are another great Valentine cookie recipe. They're one of my favorite cookies of all time!
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Valentine’s Day cookie cups

Valentine’s Day cookie cups
For the perfect individual treats, try these Valentine’s Day cookie cups from Savoring The Good. They are made with refrigerated cookie dough, store-bought icing, sprinkles and a heart-shaped York peppermint pattie.
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I don’t want to spend too much time on Valentine cookies because we have a whole list of them (get the recipes HERE).

With all of these delicious sweets available, this year’s Valentine’s Day is sure to be a special one!

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