Making something sweet and special is my favorite way to spread the love to my nearest and dearest on Valentine's Day. Whether your Valentine's Day plan includes a girls' night in, a romantic evening with your main squeeze, a special family night, or helping your little ones spread some love through the classroom, sweet treats made for sharing are a must.
From something rich and chocolatey to a nostalgic treat to eat by the handful, here are five sweet recipes to share the love this Valentine's Day.
Start with the Good Chocolate.
Save those chocolate morsels for your next batch of cookies — now's the time to reach for those good bars of chocolate. This little touch has all the power to deliver a super-special (and utterly delicious!) Valentine's Day treat. When your goal is an impressive dessert for your partner or pals to swoon after, look no further than easy chocolate pudding cakes. With a lush center surrounded by tender cake, it's the perfect treat for that specialty chocolate bar you have in the pantry.
A couple bars of really good milk chocolate are also the key to making the most amazing two-ingredient crunch bars you've ever tasted. They're my new go-to no-bake treat to wow a crowd. Don't forget the flaky sea salt to make them feel like a real upgrade.
Reach for Your Cookie Cutters
No, not for making sweet heart-shaped cookies — we've got a better idea. A pan of butterscotch-studded one-bowl pantry blondies or frosted sugar cookie bars are always a crowd-pleasing treat, but this Valentine's Day make that basic bar special by stamping it out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Keep It Fast and Fancy
My favorite kind of desserts are the ones that seem special with a hint of fanciness, yet are so deceptively easy to make. Your friends are in love with your sweets treats and you feel like a rockstar — everyone wins. If you're longing for the simplicity of elementary school Valentine's Day, I recommend giving this classic no-bake puppy chow a go. It gets a festive upgrade by using white and pink candy melts to make it a pretty two-toned affair. It's sweet, but amongst the Valentine's M&Ms there's a burst of heat from cinnamon hearts.