Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, and my collection of 33 Romantic Desserts and fun treat recipes, updated with new recipes for 2023, will give you the perfect opportunity to show the special people in your life how much you care!
Whether you are looking for easy romantic dessert ideas for two, holiday-themed desserts, cute baking ideas for Valentine’s Day, desserts for a family dinner, a potluck, or simple treats for kids, you will find them here.
This collection showcases 33 of the best Valentine’s Day dessert and treat recipes, including luscious and decadent romantic desserts. Believe it or not, some healthy Valentine’s Day dessert options, such as gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, keto, and vegan recipes, are also included that won’t destroy your diet!
As you might imagine, there are also many options for chocolate lovers, and if you like cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, you are in luck! I’ve also included several easy dessert options for those of you that are beginning cooks and some no-bake recipes.
So pull up an easy chair and plan to spend some time perusing these luscious desserts and then the hard part, trying to decide which of these awesome desserts you are going to make.
Heart- Shaped Chocolate Cake with Cherries – Grits and Pinecones
My Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cake with Cherries is the perfect cake, in the ideal shape, to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day!
This romantic dessert features three layers of rich, decadent heart-shaped chocolate cake, with sweetened whipped cream and luscious cherry pie filling between the layers. Then, the sides are covered with creamy, chocolate whipped cream icing, and cherry pie filling is spooned over the top and surrounded by more piped whipped cream.
Meringues Chantilly – Pudge Factor
Meringues Chantilly is one of the most elegant and romantic desserts that you can imagine. A perfect Valentine’s Day dessert is also one of the easiest desserts you can make. Imagine light and crispy meringue shells filled with whipped cream and topped with fruit and a decadent raspberry sauce.
Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Curd Parfait – The Rising Spoon
Want an easy Valentine’s Day dessert that’ll leave you fighting over the leftovers? Look no further than these strawberry shortcake & lemon curd parfaits, a.k.a. blissful bursts of sunshine and sweetness in a glass.
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce – Grits and Pinecones
Easy to make, silky smooth, creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce is the ultimate decadent Valentine’s Day dessert. A classic Italian dish, this recipe is made with fresh strawberries, sweetened heavy cream, a bit of sour cream, and thickened with unflavored gelatin.
Giant Filled Valentine Kiss – Pudge Factor
This Giant Filled Valentine Kiss is the perfect way to make a big impression on someone special, with no baking or cooking required. This fun Valentines’s Day treat is not only visually appealing but also easy and economical to make. Made with a plastic funnel and filled with your choice of chocolate treats, it’s so simple your kids can make it.
Chocolate Ganache Tart with Raspberry Sauce – Grits and Pinecones
Chocolate Ganache Tart with Raspberry Sauce is the ultimate dessert for Valentine’s Day and the chocolate lovers in your life. The rich and decadent filling with two kinds of chocolate is almost truffle-like in its consistency, and you won’t believe how incredibly delicious the biscotti crust is!
Coeur à la Crème with Grand Marnier Raspberry Sauce – Pudge Factor
Coeur à la Crème with Grand Marnier Raspberry Sauce is an elegant dessert to serve for Valentine’s Day. This classic dessert (French for heart of cream) is quite easy to prepare but amazing in its presentation and taste.
Low-Carb Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – Simply So Healthy
Celebrate Valentine’s day with our Low-Carb Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. This cheesecake is a refrigerator cheesecake that is simple to whip up. It makes a perfect dessert for people on low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, ketogenic, diabetic, LC/HF, and Banting diets.
Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake – Grits and Pinecones
Chocolate and cherries are a classic flavor combination. Put them together in a simple dump cake with only four ingredients, and you have an irresistibly delightful Valentine’s Day dessert that’s so easy even your kids can make it. As a bonus, it’s as perfect for Valentine’s Day as it is for a neighborhood potluck.
Flourless Chocolate Cake – Pudge Factor
Surprise your Valentine with this dense, rich, and decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake. Every bite is packed with intense bittersweet chocolate flavor. While this cake looks amazingly impressive, it is pretty simple to make.
No-Bake Raspberry White Chocolate Tart – The Unlikely Baker
Chocolate cookie crust, white chocolate mascarpone filling, fresh raspberry topping. This no-bake raspberry white chocolate tart is an awesome Valentine’s Day dessert and a perfect romantic treat!
Homemade Chocolate Pudding – Grits and Pinecones
Homemade Chocolate Pudding is creamy decadence, and it’s the ultimate chocolate fix! But the best part, this easy chocolate dessert is ridiculously simple to make and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare! Don’t let the humble name fool you; this luscious pots-de-creme confection is the perfect romantic Valentine’s dessert.
Chocolate Blancmange – Pudge Factor
Chocolate Blancmange, pronounced “blah-mahnj,” is an old English dessert that is light and velvety smooth. Even though it contains no eggs, the texture of Chocolate Blancmange reminds me of a chocolate mousse. A good Blancmange has a slight wobble to it and is amazingly delicious and easy to make.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Dump Cake for Two – The Seasoned Mom
Make dessert quick, easy, and incredibly delicious with a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dump Cake that’s ready for the oven in just 5 minutes!
Whether you need a single-serving treat to satisfy a sweet tooth, a special dessert for a romantic date night for two, or a full-size cake to feed a crowd, this rich and fudgy dump cake is a perfect solution — no baking skills required!
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits – Grits and Pinecones
You have come to the right place if you are looking for an easy but elegant Valentine’s Day dessert! Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits are full of fudgy goodness, sweet luscious cherries, and light-as-air whipped cream! And this rich and decadent dessert is the perfect way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day.
Double Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce – Dani’s Cooking
This delicious Double Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry sauce is the best dessert you can prepare in less than one hour! It is decadent and full of flavor: a fantastic treat for every chocolate lover on Valentines’s Day!
Vanilla Rose White Chocolate Cocktail – The Flavor Bender
Love White Chocolate? Alcohol? Vanilla? Then this is the kind of cocktail that’ll turn your life upside down! Vanilla Rose and White Chocolate Cocktail (AKA Falooda Cocktail) is a delicious, sweet, creamy, floral cocktail that’s pure decadence and gorgeous to look at!
Red Velvet Madeleines – Pudge Factor
Heart-shaped Red Velvet Madeleines with a lemon glaze are a perfect confection for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s day was first associated with romantic love in Chaucer’s 14th-century poetry about “Valentines.”
Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake – One Clever Chef
These Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake bars are super creamy and perfectly sweet. This easy no-bake dessert is also extremely healthy! You would never believe it’s a dessert by simply looking at the nutritional values. This recipe is also Paleo, Gluten-free, and Dairy-Free!
Sweetheart Brownie Bliss – Buy This Cook That
You will love Sweetheart Brownie Bliss. And your sweethearts will love YOU! The bottom layer? Thick, fudgy brownies. Then we loaded it with a smooth and creamy layer of no-bake cheesecake.
The wow factor? Bright and cheerful cherry topping. This sweet treat hits all the dessert must-haves in my book. Chocolate. Cheesecake. Cherries. What a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.
Strawberry Trifle with Angel Food Cake – Grits and Pinecones
My easy no-bake Strawberry Trifle with Angel Food Cake is made with fresh, luscious strawberries, heavenly whipped cream, and layers of light-as-a-cloud angel food cake. I guarantee that this make-ahead wonder will be one of the easiest and most delicious family-friendly Valentine’s day desserts you will ever prepare!
Cupid’s Crunch – Pudge Factor
Wow, your sweetheart with some Cupid’s Crunch. It’s a no-bake Valentine’s Day treat that combines sweet and salty to produce a perfect surprise. It just takes minutes to make and is sure to put a smile on the face of your special Valentine!
Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel – Platings and Pairings
This Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel is like a pudding cup for grown-ups. It’s a rich and creamy indulgent treat that’s not overly sweet, and it’s perfect for Valentines’s Day!
Three Ingredients Strawberry Mousse (Vegan and Gluten-Free) – Easy Cooking with Molly
Creamy, light, and absolutely divine mousse that’s perfect for a quick Valentine’s dessert. It’s made using three simple ingredients and ready in 12 minutes.
No-Churn Red Wine Strawberry and Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Pass Me Some Tasty
Leave your ice cream maker in the cupboard because when it comes to crazy good ice cream, we don’t want to have to wait around for it. No pre-freezing your ice cream container, no cooking heavy cream and milk, and then whisking in egg yolks hoping to create a no-clump custard, and no waiting for your ice cream maker to finish churning before you can even get to the freezing process.
This ice cream is happening now, friends, and just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Vegan Vanilla and Berry Cake – Lauren Caris Cooks
Who said going vegan meant kissing delicious, light, fluffy layer cakes goodbye? Well, not me… If no one had told me this cake was vegan, I would probably never know. A perfect dessert for your vegan sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake – Delicious Meets Healthy
A chocolate lover’s dream come true and an easy romantic dessert that is perfect if you love chocolate or have a chocolate lover in your life. It’s a wonderful Paleo flourless chocolate cake, and the texture is AMAZING, dense, rich, and creamy.
And the raspberry apricot glaze is oh-so-good; it pairs wonderfully with the dark creamy custardy cake and adds a nice sweet fruity flavor. Yum! This flourless chocolate cake is also gluten-free and paleo (if you use ghee).
Strawberry Lemon Cream Crepe Cake – Taste and See
This Strawberry Lemon Creme Crepe Cake is light and creamy and perfectly sweet! With mascarpone cheese, lemon juice, fresh strawberries, and buttermilk crepes – it’s the perfect romantic recipe for celebrating a Happy Valentine’s Day and sharing the love this holiday.
Bananas Foster Mini Skillet Flambe – The Kitchen Girl
One of my favorite things about this recipe, besides caramelized bananas smothered in ice cream, is that it’s a delicious Valentine’s Day dessert for two!
Sous Vide Crème Caramel – Pudge Factor
A perfect dessert for Valentines’s Day, Crème Caramel is silky smooth with a velvety texture. Sous vide is the way to achieve this perfection. It allows for precise temperature control, which is the key to producing the perfect crème caramel.
Raspberry Dusted Chocolate Fudge Brownie Truffles – Spabettie
Raspberry Dusted Chocolate Fudge Brownie Truffles – rich and chewy chocolate brownie-filled truffles get a bright tart topping of raspberry dust! So fudgy good. The filling is divine even on its own – super chocolatey rich, like a chewy brownie.
Dip them into melty chocolate and finish with a sprinkle of vibrant tart raspberry dust, and you have an easy romantic Valentine’s Day dessert.
Baked Alaska – The Missing Lokness
Baked Alaska is a stunning showstopper dessert for Valentine’s Day. Ice cream, cake, and toasted meringue all in one. Easier to make than you think!
Oh, my goodness! What a roundup of delicious and decadent-looking Valentine’s Day desserts! How can you choose?
Frequently asked questions:
Pastel, multi-color candy hearts, sometimes called conversation hearts, with cute sayings, such as “be mine” and “true love,” have been around for over a hundred years and are still a popular Valentine’s Day treat, especially with kids.
For adults, a heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates continues to be the most popular treat!
This varies depending on where you live. In the South, desserts with chocolate and cherries or strawberries reign supreme, with chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate cakes in the shape of a heart, chocolate mousse, chocolate flourless cake, chocolate parfaits, and chocolate tarts.
The best dessert would be one that is easy to pack up, travels well, and doesn’t have to be refrigerated. Examples included my chocolate cherry dump cake, brownies, cupids crunch, red velvet madeleines, and chocolate truffles.
Baked Alaska is a good example of a dessert that would not travel well.
Bananas foster, sous vide crème caramel, butterscotch bourbon budino with salted caramel, strawberry mousse, and creme brulee are all popular romantic desserts that can easily be made for two.
Need even more dessert recipes?
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**This post was originally published on January 17, 2018.