Valentine's Day isn't always about couples. Sometimes your best pals are the ones you want to be with on February 14 for fun, laughter, sparkly drinks, and, of course, lots of sweets. You can keep it simple and low-key with a chocolate sheet cake, fancy it up with riesling rhubarb crisp cake, or make fun favors with little bags of raspberry-coconut French macarons. However you do it, celebrate friendship this Valentine's Day!
Are you and your girlfriends celebrating Valentine's this year? This chocolate sheet cake is a great way to share a group indulgence. Just serve the cake in the middle of the table and pass out the forks — no plates needed. Oh, and be sure to pour the best Champagne you can get your hands on.
These fun, festive fudge bars are made with just four simple ingredients and taste like old-fashioned birthday cake. Put three or four pieces in a cellophane bag, tie a pretty bow around it, and give your friends a sweet, playful Valentine's treat!
Not all Valentine's desserts need to be decadent. This bark is made with frozen yogurt and fresh fruit and nuts. It's a perfect ending to a Valentine's meal at your home with a few best friends.
These elegant pastel pink meringues are sure to get a lot of oohs and ahhs and certainly plenty of mmms as your guests bite into these crunchy, chewy, sweet little cloud puffs. Perfect with a cup of black tea or slightly bitter matcha or, of course, a flute of sparkling Champagne.
These mini two-bite apple pies are a pretty and delicious way to say that you care. Bask in all the love and admiration when you bring a tray full of these beauties — a bouquet, if you will — to the table. Go ahead, it's Valentine's Day!
A layer cake is something special, right? It's a step or two above the usual pan of brownies or sheet cake from a box. And this layer cake in particular has it all: tender white cake, rhubarb-strawberry compote and matching buttercream, a crispy oat crumble, and a ruffled finish.
There's bound to be at least one pal in your crowd that's vegan or is watching her dairy intake (or will basically eat chia seeds but nothing else). If so, this dessert will please her and the rest of the gang at your Galentine's Day party. Healthy, yes, but rich and delicious, too.
Is someone in your gang going through a breakup on Valentine's Day? Here's a way to gather together and work out some cathartic energy with ... cupcakes!
These pretty-in-pink macarons would make a perfect gift or party favor. The cookies get their pink color and zippy flavor from freeze-dried raspberries and the filling is made with creamy coconut milk and white chocolate. Elegant and delicious!
Every Galentine's Day party needs a brownie course, and these brownies are all dressed up and ready to party! Their thick, fudgy bottom is studded with raspberries and topped with a sweet, creamy goat cheese swirl.
Of course you're going to make creme brûlée for your Valentine's gal pals! That silky-rich custard flecked with vanilla beans, that first crack of the brûlée top, its crunchy texture and slightly bitter caramel playing off of the custard below — why wouldn't you bring this piece of heaven to your dearest and most trusted people?
You love your posse, which is why you'd rather be spending time with them than slaving away in the kitchen. So if you're hosting a Galentine's Day gathering, these super-quick and easy raspberry tarts are your answer to something that's tasty but not at all fussy. And rather pretty, too.
It's not Valentine's Day unless there's some red velvet around somewhere, right? This fun variation uses gingerbread spices to make things a little more interesting (it also includes fresh ginger!). The frosting is classic cream cheese with even more fresh ginger. It's a nice, spicy take on an old classic.