Whether you’re planning a dinner for two, a few, or just a cozy night in for one, Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to dessert! I’ve collected some of my favorite Valentine’s day dessert recipes and have all sorts of ideas for you to browse. From full-size cakes to single-serving mug cakes and a few brownies, cookies, and lava cake recipes plus keto desserts sprinkled in, too, here are a bunch of different ways to celebrate with a sweet treat.
When I think of Valentine’s day desserts I think of individual-sized cakes that have molten centers that ooze when you cut into them. I’ve shared many lava cake recipes over the years and so here are a few favorites that are perfect for Valentine’s day.
Chocolate Lava Cake | Chocolate lava cakes with molten centers. This is an easy chocolate dessert you can make at home! These lava cakes look fancy and taste like the ones served at restaurants, but you only need about 30 minutes to make them and just five ingredients. I also have a Keto Chocolate Lava Cake if you’re trying to eat low carb.
4-Ingredient Instant Pot Nutella Lava Cakes | Your Instant Pot isn’t just for dinner – you can use it to make decadent desserts, too! Plus, you only need four ingredients and about 20 minutes to get these ooey-gooey cakes on the table.
Oreo Lava Cakes | These Oreo lava cakes start with a warm chocolate cake filled with Oreo cookies and cream lava pudding center. They’re easy to make and you don’t need a mixer!
Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cakes | If you love peanut butter these individual-sized cakes with a molten peanut butter center are for you! This easy-to-make recipe is a perfect Valentine’s dessert for two. If you’re following keto you should try my Low Carb Peanut Butter Lava Cake.
Molten Nutella Lava Cakes | Whether it’s for a cozy Valentine’s day date night or a dinner party, these Molten Nutella Lava Cakes are the perfect dessert for Nutella lovers. You only need four ingredients and they taste just like traditional molten chocolate cakes but made with Nutella instead. I also have a Keto Nutella Mug Cake which is similar but low carb.
Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes | You only need one bowl for this dessert – the red velvet cake with the chocolate lava center is a perfect color combo for Valentines’ Day!
Cookies and Brownies
Flowers and candy might be traditional gifts on Valentine’s day, but I think a plate of cookies or brownies is the way to go! Who can resist a fudgy brownie or chewy cookie? So, here are some of my favorite treats to make and share for Valentine’s day.
Easiest 3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies | You don’t need a lot of time or ingredients to whip up a batch of these rich Nutella brownies. They taste like bakery brownies and no one will guess how easy they were to make!
Red Velvet Brownies | These brownies are made with cake mix and couldn’t be easier to pull together. They’re a sweet treat to share on Valentine’s day.
Keto Brownies | These keto low carb brownies are fudgy and chocolatey. It’s also an easy one-bowl recipe.
Mochi Brownies | If you’re looking for something a little different than traditional brownies, give these mochi brownies a try! These are a perfect blend of chocolate brownies and butter mochi cake. They look just like traditional brownies, but they have a chewy mochi texture when you bite in. They are also gluten-free.
4-Ingredient Chewy Nutella Cookies | If you can’t decide between cookies or brownies, you should try these easy Nutella cookies. They taste just like Nutella brownies, but in cookie form.
Copycat Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies | These rich chocolate cookies studded with melted chocolate chips are my make-at-home version of the ones sold at Levain Bakery in New York City. If you love chocolate chip cookies be sure to check out my Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies, too!
Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies | I love red velvet desserts for Valentine’s day and these chocolate chip red velvet cookies are stuffed with a layer of cream cheese frosting which help keep the cookies moist and chewy.
Chocolate Nutella Lava Cookies | If you can’t decide between lava cakes or cookies then give these gooey cookies a try. These rich and chocolatey cookies have a molten Nutella center – just like a lava cake but in cookie form.
If you’re planning for a party of one for Valentine’s day, I’ve got you covered with easy-to-make single-serving desserts. With just a few simple ingredients, a mug, and a microwave you’re only a few minutes away from a sweet treat that isn’t meant for sharing! If you want even more ideas be sure just to check out my round-up with all of my most popular mug cake recipes in one place.
4-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake | This mug cake has everything you love about a rich flourless chocolate cake but served up in a single-serving size in just a few minutes! You might like my 3-Ingredient Keto Chocolate Mug Cake, too.
Brownie Mug Cake | You don’t need to make a whole pan of brownies to get a chocolate fix. This easy brownie mug cake is rich, fudgy, and tastes just like a regular brownie. I have a Low Carb Keto Brownie Mug Cake, too!
3-Ingredient Nutella Brownie Mug Cake | If you’re craving brownies and Nutella this mug cake is for you! In just a few minutes you can have a chewy chocolatey Nutella brownie.
Red Velvet Lava Mug Cake | This red velvet mug cake has a molten chocolate center and is a single-serving sweet treat.
3-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Mug Cake | This Nutella mug cake is ridiculously easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It’s like a flourless cake scaled down to serve one.
Chocolate Chip Mug Cake | This single serving microwave chocolate chip mug cake starts with a fluffy brown sugar cake base mixed with chocolate chips. It cooks in just 1 minute and tastes like a chocolate chip cookie that got turned into a cake. I also have a Keto Chocolate Chip Mug Cake!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug Cake | I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and so I created this peanut butter chocolate chip mug cake. This cake is super moist and peanut buttery with lots of chocolate chips mixed in.
If you need a dessert for a crowd, here are some of my favorite cakes that are perfect for your Valentine’s day celebration.
The Best Chocolate Cake | You can’t go wrong with a simple chocolate cake and this recipe is by far my favorite! The cake has a rich chocolate flavor, with a moist and tender crumb.
3-Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cake | Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be all about chocolate! This flourless peanut butter cake topped with peanut butter cups is simple to make (only 3 ingredients!) and just as decadent as a traditional flourless chocolate cake.
Healthier Chocolate Cake | This chocolate cake doesn’t need eggs, butter or oil! It is fluffy and moist and tastes like regular cake even though it is healthier and lower in fat. It’s also an easy one-bowl recipe and only needs five ingredients.
Keto Pound Cake | This low carb vanilla pound cake is an easy one-bowl recipe. The cake comes out very moist and has a tender crumb.
2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake | This two-ingredient cake takes less than 10 minutes to make! Plus, it’s made with Nutella!
3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake | If you want a flourless cake and want to keep things classic, this is the cake to make. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and so easy to make.