Valentine’s Day is a time to show how much you love someone, so don’t do it with store-bought flowers and chocolates. We’re not implying that you give up chocolate altogether – that’s crazy talk – but instead we suggest that you put some love and care into the dessert by making it yourself. For some romantic inspiration, try celebrating this Valentine’s Day with one of these 22 Chocolate Dessert Recipes.
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Based on the German dessert known as “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte”, Black Forest Cake is actually called “Black Forest Cherry Torte”, according to the direct translation. It is made with several layers of chocolate sponge cake and, as the name suggests, it is topped with cherries. The cherry flavor actually comes from a cherry liqueur, as shown in this recipe from Liv For Cake.
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Drizzled hot chocolate
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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
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If you’re the type of person who had cookie cake for their birthday as a kid (or last year – no judgment), then welcome to the grown-up version: the chocolate chip skillet cookie. Not only is this giant cookie from How Sweet Eats both chewy and gooey, but super fun to make in your cast iron skillet.
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Strawberries covered in chocolate
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To make chocolate covered strawberries, you really only need two ingredients: strawberries and high-quality chocolate. Natasha’s Kitchen can show you how to make them and provide creative suggestions for more elaborate versions. If you’re in the mood for a romantic snap, resist the urge to lovingly give yourself the strawberries – it’s always messier and awkward than expected.
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Chocolate cream pie
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This chocolate cream pie via Tastes Better from Scratch comes complete with three layers: whipped cream on top, chocolate pudding in the middle, and an Oreo crust underneath. It may sound complicated, but the crust can be made ahead and the pudding needs several hours to set, so the batter is well broken up.
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The chocolate cake is delicious and the chocolate frosting is delicious, which would mean chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, like those of Handle the Heat, are twice as good. Except due to a synergy-like situation, the result is actually better than the sum of its two parts, especially if you add chocolate chips.
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For some reason, chocolate fondue gives off a romantic vibe – and we’re fine with that because it’s easy to make and delicious to eat. This Messy Chelsea Apron Recipe only requires six ingredients, two of which are chocolate! All you have to do is decide what to dip into. (We suggest fruits like strawberries and pineapple, or cakes like angel food and pound cake.)
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chocolate lava cake
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A classic dessert for two, chocolate lava cake isn’t as tricky as it looks. In reality, this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction will show you how to make them in ramekins or muffin tins. And yes, the chocolate will ooze like a miniature choco-cano.
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Five simple ingredients are enough to this chocolate mousse from Recipe Tin Eats: chocolate, butter, cream, eggs and caster sugar. You can use it on cakes or brownies, or just eat it with a spoon…and whipped cream and chocolate shavings, of course.
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There’s a lot of satisfaction in making a rich, fluffy soufflé, but it’s a delicate process. Keep the Valentine’s Day shenanigans out of the kitchen while this chocolate soufflé from Sally’s Baking Addiction is prepared and cooked, because it could fall faster than a fool in love.
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If chocolate cream pie is too pudding-like for your taste, try chocolate pie instead. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated or fancy as it sounds. It’s actually quite simple, especially with this recipe from the Food Network.
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One of the richest desserts of the moment is the chocolate truffle, and it is a dangerous thing for our diet. But sometimes it’s fun to live dangerously on Valentine’s Day, so why not make some truffles with it? this recipe from Petite Gourmets?
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Double chocolate brownies
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Brownies are already a chocolate dessert thanks to cocoa powder (get out of here with that blondie talk.) But those brownies from Like Mother Like Daughter claim a half cup full of chocolate chips, which makes them even more chocolaty and so gooey.
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
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When regular chocolate chip cookies aren’t enough, you call in double chocolate chip cookies. And while some people like their cookies crispy and others like them soft, we prefer ours to be like Han Solo’s best friend: chewy. These cookies from the Sugar Geek Show adapt to the law.
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flourless chocolate cake
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Desserts don’t get much richer than a flourless chocolate cake – and we’re not talking about the money. In fact, you can do this decadent, gluten-free recipe from Gimme Some Oven with only three ingredients: eggs, butter and lots of chocolate. But if you want to impress your date, dress this dessert up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar (and maybe some raspberries, too).
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german chocolate cake
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Layered chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting makes up this German chocolate cake recipe via Tastes Better From Scratch. If you’re wondering what German is about coconuts and pecans, the answer is nothing. Unlike the Black Forest cake, the German chocolate cake has no connection to Germany – it was invented by an American baker named Samuel German.
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Do you have an ice cream maker that needs a little love and attention? Get out for Valentine’s Day! Making ice cream can even be a nighttime activity, whether it’s your first date or you’ve been married for years. Joy Food Sunshine has an easy seven-ingredient version.
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If you think brownies are a little basic, especially for a special Valentine’s Day dessert, classify them by making marbled brownies instead. This version of AllRecipes actually comes from the Philadelphia brand because, as you might guess, it’s cream cheese. Aside from the cream cheese and brownie mix, all you need is sugar, vanilla, and eggs!
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Peanut butter cup
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Peanut butter and chocolate are kindred spirits, and the easiest combination of the two is a cup of peanut butter. Not a store bought one with a long list of ingredients, but a simple version like this recipe from Tastywhich only uses peanut butter, powdered sugar and chocolate.