55+ Valentine's Day Recipes That Score All the Brownie Points

Pour your heart into these easy dessert, dinner, and cocktail ideas.

Mike Garten

Yep, on Valentine's Day, dessert comes first — but each and every meal is still important. From our favorite cookies to breakfast specialities, these recipes will give you a well-rounded (and sugar-packed) menu on the big day. Best. V-Day. Ever.

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Courtesy of Honestly Yum
Cocktail: Valentine's Day Cocktail

Start by making your own grenadine with pomegranate and juice (an aphrodisiac!). Finish with a heart-shaped ground cinnamon garnish.

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Leah Bergman of Freutcake
Cocktail: Cupid's Kiss Cocktail

All you need to know about this stupid-cute cocktail is that it's made with infused conversation heart vodka. Finally, another good use for those guys.

Get the recipe for Conversation Heart Vodka and Cupid's Kiss Cocktail »

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Courtesy of French by Design
Cocktail: Kiss on the Lips

The name says it all. Take a sip and pucker up!

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Courtesy of The Cookie Rookie
Cocktail: Love Potion #9 Martini

Your Valentine is probably already under your spell, but just in case, this cocktail will make him fall in love.

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Courtesy of Jillian Harris
Cocktail: Lady Rose

Short on time? Float some rose petals in your drink for a simple and classy garnish.

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Courtesy of That's So Michelle
Cocktail: Pink Champagne Heart Shaped Jello Shots

The classic Jell-O shot gets a classy makeover: stir in champagne, chill, and then cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Cheers, cupid!

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Courtesy of Hungry Girl por Vida
Cocktail: The Love Spell Cocktail

Shake up this lush floral cocktail for you and your love to start the night on the right note. 

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Courtesy of Olivia's Cuisine
Cocktail: Chocolate Martinis

What's better than a box of chocolate? Chocolate blended with booze and poured into a fancy glass, of course.

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strawberry cheesecake flapjacks
Mike Garten
Breakfast: Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjacks

Because you can eat as much sugar as you'd like on Valentine's Day. It's an unspoken rule. 

Get the recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjacks »

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spiced plum and quinoa muffins
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Breakfast: Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins

Drizzle with honey for a shot of sweetness (it's Valentine's Day, after all!).

Get the recipe for Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins »

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Mike Garten
Breakfast: Strawberry Granola Yogurt Parfait

Make your your S.O. this to-go breakfast parfait for work and score all the love points.

Get the recipe for Strawberry Granola Yogurt Parfait »

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Emily Kate Roemer
Breakfast: Love Toast

Even the manliest man can't resist toasty bread and runny, heart-shaped yolk. 

Get the recipe for Love Toast »

What you'll need: heart cookie cutter ($5, )

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Courtesy of Sugar & Cloth
Breakfast: Heart Shaped Donuts

No need for words. These heart-shaped doughnuts are the fried equivalent of shouting "I love you!" from the rooftops.

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Courtesy of Cook Republic
Breakfast: Valentine Smoothie

Got an morning gym date? Sip on one of these festive (and healthy!) smoothies first.

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Courtesy of A Latte Food
Breakfast: Red Berry Vanilla Almond Smoothie Bowl

Forget the artificial food dye. Raspberries and strawberries turn yogurt festive-pink, naturally. 

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Courtesy of Design Love Fest
Breakfast: Heart Waffle Sandwiches with Prosciutto

Show off your domestic goddess talents with these waffle sandwiches, topped with rosemary-butter hearts.

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Courtesy of Say Yes
Appetizer: Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Sea Salt

Create these perfect-for-Valentine's pretzels: shape dough into a heart, sprinkle with pink sea salt, and bake.

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Courtesy of Le Passe Vite
Appetizer: Roasted Beet Hummus

Pretty in pink, this hummus is perfect for snacking, spreading and dipping.

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Courtesy of The Culinary Chase
Appetizer: Savory Palmiers

Some say these easy-to-make French pastries look like elephants' ears. Others argue they look like hearts. Either way, these pastries are perfect for your amour!

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cheddar beer fondue
James Baigrie
Appetizer: Cheddar-Beer Fondue

Nothing is more romantic than a pot of melted cheese. Add a blanket, baguette, and fireplace and you're golden.

Get the recipe for Cheddar-Beer Fondue »

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Con Poulos
Dinner: Tomato Soup with Cupid Croutons

These cozy cups of soup will warm both hearts and souls. To make the Cupid croutons, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on bread, then toast — that's it!

Get the recipe for Tomato Soup with Cupid Croutons »

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Mike Garten
Dinner: Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken

Chicken gets (deliciously) dressed up for Valentine's Day with oranges and olives.

Get the recipe for Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken »

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Mike Garten
Dinner: Steak and Fingerling Frites

Would you believe this steakhouse-quality dinner takes less than 20 minutes to throw together? It's true.

Get the recipe for Steak and Fingerling Frites »

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Mike Garten
Dinner: Almond-Crusted Creole Salmon

This meal is ready in less than 25 minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen (and more time in the other rooms in your house...).

Get the recipe for Almond-Crusted Creole Salmon »

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Danielle Occhiogrosso
Dinner: Portobello Parmesan

Stuff meaty mushrooms with marinara, mozzarella and breadcrumbs for an easy, elegant dinner for two.

Get the recipe for Portobello Parmesan »

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Emily Kate Roemer
Dinner: Warm Wild Mushroom and Lentil Salad

You should only have salad for dinner on Valentine's Day if it's as fancy as this one. Truth.

Get the recipe for Warm Wild Mushroom and Lentil Salad »

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Mike Garten
Dinner: Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms

Impress your vegan Valentine with this creamy, "cheesy" tasting pasta that doesn't use cream or cheese.

Get the recipe for Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms »

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Con Poulos
Dinner: Sweet 'n' Sticky Pork Chops with "Dirty" Rice

Ditch those dinner reservations and cook up this delicious dinner for her, instead.

Get the recipe for Sweet 'n' Sticky Pork Chops with "Dirty" Rice »

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Emily Kate Roemer
Dinner: Blue Cheese Lemon Pasta

Looking for a last-minute romantic dinner idea? This dish has only 7 ingredients and is ready in 10 minutes. You're welcome.

Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Lemon Pasta »

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Use red wine to cook this easy spaghetti recipe for dinner.
Erin Phraner
Dinner: Red Wine Spaghetti

Crack open a bottle of wine, pour a glass for you and your S.O., and then use the rest in this genius boozy spaghetti.

Get the recipe for Red Wine Spaghetti »

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