10 Perfect Valentine’s Day Desserts

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It seems that most people fall into one of three categories when it comes to Valentine’s Day:

Group #1: They enjoy the holiday and celebrate. Usually gifts and dinners at nice restaurants are involved.

Group #2: They think Valentine’s Day is nice, but over the top. They still recognize the day with cards, maybe a small gift, and prepare a nice dinner in.

Group #3: This last group completely hates the holiday, brands it a “Hallmark holiday” and wants nothing to do with acknowledging it.

Where do you fall on this spectrum?

Well, for any of you that fall somewhere in the #1 or #2 range, I have prepared for you a list of the most Valentine-worthy desserts that have graced this site over the last three years. Rich and decadent, just like the love you’re celebrating, these dishes are the perfect way to cap off a wonderful meal together.

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Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake
It’s the best chocolate cake I have ever made, and paired with the chocolate frosting – it’s to die for.

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Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte
I am a lover of all things cheesecake, and this torte falls into my Top 3 favorite cheesecakes. The crust is a shortbread and the combination of that with the berry flavor and cheesecake just can’t be beat.

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Almost Fudge Gateau
Incredibly rich, decadent, and chocolatey, it just screams Valentine’s Day!

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Tiramisu
Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and this recipe rivals those I’ve tasted in fabulous Italian restaurants. If a whole recipe will be too much for you, scale it back and serve it in individual cups or goblets.

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Cheesecake Truffles
Again with my cheesecake infatuation, but really – cheesecake covered in smooth dark chocolate? In my world, a better truffle could never exist.

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Gooey Chocolate Cakes
These cakes are soft in the center, allowing the warm chocolate to rush like flowing lava into the vanilla ice cream. Throw in some berries, and you have a perfectly cozy and delicious dessert.

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Strawberry Mirror Cake
A lighter alternative to the richness of most other desserts, this is a delicious sponge cake filled with strawberry mousse and topped with a shiny strawberry gelatin “mirror”. Complete honesty here – this one is a bit complicated and I would rank it on an “intermediate” level in terms of difficulty.

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Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake
Another cheesecake in my Top 3 and for good reason: an Oreo crust, a cheesecake filling dotted with bits of brownies, and all topped with a chocolate ganache. One of the most popular recipes on Brown Eyed Baker, it’s sure to become one of your favorites as well.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
Chocolate and peanut butter are as natural a combination as bologna and cheese, chips and dip, beer and wings…you get the picture. This is phenomenal: Oreo crust with a peanut butter mousse filling and chocolate ganache topping. I just made it again this past weekend for my Chief Culinary Consultant’s birthday and we spent four days devouring it (and there is still some left!). A definite five-star, two thumbs up dessert.

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Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
The perfect accompaniment to many of the desserts above, or enjoy a bowl with your favorite toppings. Think “make your own sundae”!

*NOTE: For an updated list with over 35 recipes, check out the 2011 version of Valentine’s Day Desserts

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?