Sweet Treats: Valentine’s Day Desserts

This might make me a wee bit boring, but I’m not a hugely romantic person who likes to make (or receive) grand gestures or elaborately planned-out celebrations. That’s probably why Harrison and I never make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day—a holiday that typically consists of us going out for a simple dinner or making a nice meal at home, just like we would do on any other weekend. No gifts are needed or exchanged, of course, but if they were, I know exactly what I would want: Sweets. (That, or a shopping spree.)

As much as I like to be on the receiving end of sweets, I also love to make desserts and candies for any possible holiday or occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), we’ll be in London for the holiday this year, so I won’t be able to whip up any yummy, heart-shaped sweets and treats. But that doesn’t mean a girl can’t look!

Even though we won’t be celebrating with homemade desserts, I found myself searching for them anyway, and I’ve managed to come up with a lineup of six Valentine’s Day desserts and candies that look adorable, delicious and just plain fun to eat. Check them out:

Clockwise from top left: Hazelnut Hearts via Good Housekeeping; Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies via Sally's Baking Addiction; Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies via Days of Chalk and Chocolate; Cherry Heart Cutout Cupcakes via Food, Family & Finds; Heart-Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt via Say Yes; and Brownie Mix Truffles via Iowa Girl Eats

Clockwise from top left: Hazelnut Hearts via Good Housekeeping; Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies via Sally’s Baking Addiction; Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies via Days of Chalk and Chocolate; Cherry Heart Cutout Cupcakes via Food, Family & Finds; Heart-Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt via Say Yes; and Brownie Mix Truffles via Iowa Girl Eats

Whether you’re baking up some treats for your Valentine, making holiday-themed goodies for your girlfriends or whipping up some sweets for the office, any one (or all!) of these six recipes would be perfect. Those hazelnut hearts and red velvet brownies look divine, and there’s nothing prettier than those hand pies or cutout cupcakes. Even beginner bakers can make the truffles in no time, and the heart-shaped pretzels would be great for anyone who likes salty more than sweet (if that kind of person even exists …).

Which of these sweets would you make for Valentine’s Day, and what’s your favorite dessert for the holiday?

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