Most cultures throughout the world include cooking as an important part of hospitality and a way to show you care for someone. People all over the world, from every race, cook for those they love. Participate in this time-honored tradition by cooking up something for someone you love this Valentine’s Day. Everyone can find something to make, from the most novice cook to those who make their own pasta. To help with inspiration here’s 25 Valentine’s Day recipes to make your foodie heart flutter.
Gummy Bear Heart Cookies
These cookies are a delicious homemade shortbread with melted gummy bears for the hearts. Bright & Happy & Sweet, just like a Valentine should be.
German Chocolate Pecan Bars
These aren’t heart shaped or red, but that does not in any way detract from their ability to convey love and fondness. Chocolate shortbread, topped with chocolate chips, and THEN topped with pecan coconut gooey magic. Pretty sure that says “I love you” in about a dozen different languages.
Berry Citrus Gelatin Gummies
Paleo and Gluten Free people need love and treats too! Make them these adorable and good for you gummies for happy hearts and healthy tummies.
Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp
If you have a significant other on Valentine’s Day – or a significant platonic roommate who’s also single and cool with it – Make them and yourself risotto with shrimp. It’s actually pretty simple, as long as you can pay attention and stay in the kitchen with it, you can totally make this, and make someone feel special.
Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie
Being vegan is not an excuse to forgo indulgence on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie is good for vegans and non vegans. It’s good for everyone (excepting those people allergic to chocolate or coconut and to those people…we’re sorry).
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No Bake Raspberry Chocolate Truffles
Valentine’s Day…Leif Erikson Day…Arbor Day, whatever you’re celebrating, just make them. No special weird equipment needed, and so fancy. What says “I love that you’re a part of my life” more than hand made chocolate truffles? Who is going to love someone more than that, ever?
Fresh Beet Pasta
Beet Pasta is both amazingly pink and vegan. While homemade pasta might be a little beyond the realm of some home cooks, for the more experienced among us, this pasta is perfect for both Valentine’s Day and any random little princesses or super-heroines you know who love all things pink.
Filet Mignon in Mushroom Wine Sauce
Filet Mignon in mushroom wine sauce sounds intimidating if you aren’t an experienced cook, but you can do it! Everyone needs one good steak dish in their repertoire (uh, unless you’re a vegetarian) and this could be yours! It’s a one pan dish, which means cleanup won’t take you forever and a day.
Valentine's Apple Rose Tart
Did you know that Roses and Apples are in the same plant family? It’s called Rosaceae, and it’s a lovely family. Celebrate family love by cooking something delicious for your family, such as a fancy tart that looks like rose petals but is actually made of apples.
Kahlua Fourless Chocolate Cake With Berries And Cream
Flourless chocolate cakes are pretty much the definition of the word “decadent” – as in, they’re luxurious and indulgent. Adding Kahlua and freshly whipped cream just takes it to an entirely different level. Make a dessert fit for royalty to show your hunny bunny you love them. Or your mom. Or yourself.
Baked Eggs with Mushroom and Parmesan
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start the day with a little love in your heart (and stomach)? Try baked eggs with Mushrooms and Parmesan for a loving but definitely adult breakfast. Not everyone loves sweet, but that doesn’t exclude them from special treats.
Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa
This “cocoa” is made with strawberry icecream. Melted strawberry icecream. Splurge for the good stuff. It’s like a warm strawberry milkshake of joy, definitely meant to be shared.
Roasted Heart Potatoes
Everyone loves potatoes. It’s the magical dish that herbivores, omnivores and carnivores alike can agree on. Everyone can also agree that teeny tiny roasted heart potatoes are amazing and adorable. Par cooking your potatoes before roasting makes them extra crispy on the outside.
Love Bark: Rose + Chocolate
Candy bark is one or several kinds of chocolate swirled together, usually topped with nuts, candy or pretzels, and then broken into rough pieces. This “Love Bark” is topped with dried rose petals (yes you can eat them!), making it very pretty and romantic, and since it doesn’t have any nuts, if you wanted to make some for work or school, there’s no common allergen issues.
Raspberry Sweet Rolls
What could be more romantic than waking up to the smell of coffee and raspberry sweet rolls? These are a classic yeasty sweet roll, but with raspberry filling as opposed to cinnamon and topped with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Valentine’s Breakfast, Brunch or Elevenses.
Valentine Rainbow Heart Cookies
All kinds of love should be celebrated, so if your love falls on the LGBTQ spectrum, here’s an idea for Hearts & Rainbows on your Valentine’s Day. These particular treats are a little more labor intensive but so worth it.
Love Potion #9 (Triple Berry) Martini
Dry ice gives this drink it’s misty magic, and Black Raspberry Liqueur, strawberry vodka and pomegranate juice give it the ruby hue. As a general disclaimer, dry ice should never be ingested, but it’s oh so pretty and fun and perfectly safe once it’s melted. For this drink, there’s no non alcoholic version, so this is definitely for once the kiddos are in bed.
White Chocolate Rose Mini Cake
If you or your sweetie aren’t into gobs of dark chocolate, red velvet, and raspberry, make this lovely and light rosewater cake with dried rose petals and white chocolate buttercream. Unique but oh so sweetly festive, and the perfect size for two.
Baked Macaroni And Cheese
For many people born in the United States, Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. If your ideal Valentine’s Day is binge watching Netflix in PJs, this may be the romantic meal to accompany such an evening.
Champagne & Raspberry Cupcakes
It seems like everyone does chocolate and strawberries or red velvet on Valentine’s Day. And those are lovely, good, and classic. But if you’re looking to change it up a little while staying on theme, may we suggest Champagne & Raspberry Cupcakes? Made with actual champagne?
Note: Blog and recipe are in Spanish, but Google translate works fine. Also “Chemical Yeast” means Baking Powder.
French Toast With Mascarpone, Nutella & Fresh Strawberries
Some people write songs to declare their love. Some buy or make cards dripping with glitter and hyperbole. And some…just sit this in front of their beloved, hoping that it will convey with taste, emotions that words alone cannot.
Valentine's Day Play Dough
While this isn’t for an edible treat, it IS a recipe that you and your little ones can make to share with their friends at school! As long as you use food safe glitter, it won’t hurt anyone who does decide to try a bite…we all know..or were…that kid…
Gooey Red Velvet Brownie Cake
Red Velvet is a Valentine’s Day classic for obvious reasons. Level up your Red Velvet game by making this – Red Velvet cake, swirled with brownies, topped with white chocolate cheesecake frosting and chocolate bits. The best part? The brownie and cake mixes are from a box.
Heart Shaped Meringue Cookies
5 ingredients and a piping bag, and you can make these simple heart shaped cookies quick and easy. They’re beautiful and so darn tasty. You might even make enough to share.
Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats
Perfect for your Galentine’s Day Brunch, these champagne floats made with raspberry sorbet and topped with fresh berries can be made with sparkling juice if you’d prefer a less boozy option.