Not really a breakfast-in-bed type, but still want to give a sweet little something to your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Allow us to be your romance sherpas, guiding you through the mountain of Valentine’s dessert ideas, straight to the best of the best recipes—most of which can be put together in less than 40 minutes.
All you need to make these classic cookies—featuring health-promoting dark chocolate—are six common ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry. We love this buttery, crisp-tender Valentine’s cookie recipe for a few reasons: it’s simple, it’s crowd-pleasing, and it makes plenty of leftovers for the next day, which are perfect for dipping in your morning coffee. (Don’t expect these shortbread cookies to last much longer than that!) Whisk a little rum, Frangelico, or Amarula into the ganache for a grown-up kick.
It’s not that we advocate getting yourself or your Valentine drunk. (Though, by all means, don’t let us stop you.) But these vodka-laced cherries remind us of a cross between boozy Polish cherries with brandy and Polish vodka-filled chocolates –without the squirty mess—both of which we buy at Maria’s European Delights, our local Eastern Euro specialty shop. Warning: this Valentine’s dessert is addictive.
What do you get when you cross moist red velvet with Oreos and a chewy, fudgy ganache? These little slices of heaven, quite possibly the most perfect brownie for impressing your Valentine. Sure, the quadruple layers of tasty goodness require a little more kitchen time than other recipes, but, holy moly, the results are worth it. Be sure to plan ahead and bring all your ingredients to room temperature before mixing; this is key to proper brownie, frosting, and ganache mixability and consistency.
Valentine’s Day desserts don’t get much easier than this 15-minute, cinnamon-spiked fondue. But why limit yourself to serving with strawberries? We’d arrange it on a big platter with little plates of homemade marshmallows, sliced pineapple and orange, chunks of sweet brioche or waffles, graham crackers, and biscotti.
If your honey loves a bit of savory with his or her sweet, then toss together this 4-ingredient dessert. (Note: skip the conversation hearts. They’re cute and all, but nobody really likes to eat them. Instead, glue a few to the outside of your popcorn bag, and stick with mini heart sprinkles, like these, for garnish. Be sure to use white chocolate for this one; the higher fat content from the cocoa butter makes a smoother, creamier complement to the salty, crunchy popcorn.