Valentine's Day

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Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Dessert Inspiration

Cakes, and cookies, and hand pies, oh my!

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Cards are nice, flowers are pretty, but a heart-shaped dessert is the sweetest way to share the love on Valentine’s Day. From donuts and fudge to cookies and cakes, let these heart-shaped treats inspire you ahead of the loveliest day of the year.

Using a heart-shaped pan and this recipe for red velvet cake from A Classic Twist, you can bake layers and layers of cocoa and buttermilk goodness to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Top it all off with heart-shaped sprinkles and strawberry.A Classic Twist

Bake a batch of heart-shaped macarons for Valentine’s Day with step-by-step piping instructions from Cookie Named Desire. Filled with luxurious chocolate ganache, raspberry batter gives these cookies a beautiful pink color.

This recipe for strawberry fudge from Cookies and Cups comes together using just two ingredients — strawberry frosting and white chocolate chips. Decorate with sprinkles, let the fudge set, use a cookie cutter to stamp out the heart shapes, and enjoy!

Whether you enjoy it for breakfast or as a sweet treat to end the day, these heart-shaped donuts from Baked by Rachel are a fun Valentine’s Day dessert to make.Baked By Rachel
Rice cereal treats are a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids. Covered with candy melts and sprinkles, this heart-shaped version from DIY Candy is just perfect for school parties or a kid-friendly dessert at home.DIY Candy

Use a heart-shaped cookie press to achieve the look of these strawberry spritz cookies from Bake Love Give. Once baked, dip each cookie in dark chocolate to complete this sweet Valentine’s Day dessert.

How about a beautifully rustic heart-shaped cupcake to celebrate V-Day? This recipe for strawberry conversation heart cupcakes from Half Baked Harvest breaks down how to achieve the illusive shape in a muffin tin.

You can definitely buy heart-shaped candies at the store for Valentine’s Day, but with this recipe for naturally-sweetened peanut butter chocolates from Gimme Some Oven (and a candy mold), you can make them right in your own kitchen!Gimme Some Oven
These raspberry shortbread cookies from That’s What Che Said are not only heart-shaped, but they have a cute little heart window on top so that you can see the beautiful pink filling inside. That's What Che Said

With warming spices, chopped apples, and a flaky crust, these heart-shaped hand pies from Baked By Rachel are sure to hit the (sweet) spot this Valentine’s Day.

Use a heart-shaped cake pan to bake a batch of Valentine’s Day cookie bars from the No. 2 Pencil blog. Filled with chocolate chips and M&Ms, it’s a crowd-pleasing dessert to make.No. 2 Pencil

These pink, puffy clouds of baked meringue from Cookies And Cups are the perfect heart-shaped topper to add to any Valentine’s Day dessert. Like a cookie, they also pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea!