Valentine's Day

8 Heart-Shaped Kitchen Tools That Are Not Cheesy At All

updated Jan 28, 2020
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How do you say “I love you” in food speak? With delicious treats and meals prepped in heart-shaped tools! Because if true love isn’t a tummy-warming stew served in an enamel-coated heart or a stack of heart-shaped waffles doused in sweet syrup, we’re not sure what is. While we can totally see how all things pink, red, and heart-covered can quickly veer into cheesy territory, we’ve taken extra care to find practical items that you’ll want to show off on your countertop and include in your daily meal prep. Because, sure, you could cook and bake your way through life with the appliances you have now, but we challenge you to resist the appeal of these kitchen essentials that aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorites.

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1. Le Creuset Heart Cocotte

Two words for this Le Creuset cocotte: adorable and practical! Serve your sweetheart’s favorite dish on Valentine’s Day in this enamel Dutch oven that needs no pre-seasoning, and then regularly pull it out to whip up everything from braised short ribs to peach cobbler!

Buy: Le Creuset Heart Cocotte, $150 (normally $235) at Le Creuset

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2. Dash Mini Waffle Maker

We love Dash’s retro-looking kitchen appliances and have even previously written about their awesome waffle maker. Turns out they also have one that churns out tiny heart-shaped waffles. I mean! Totally cute for a V-Day breakfast-in-bed but also a delightful upgrade for weekend brunch. Besides waffles, the little guy makes paninis, hash browns, and grilled cheese!

Buy: Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $15 at Amazon

3. Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set

These hand-carved bowls are made from wild olive wood and make the sweetest salt cellars to keep on-hand while cooking. And who could resist nuts or dips served in them?

Buy: Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set, $20 at Anthropologie

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4. Striped Mini Spatula

A rather thoughtful present for the chef in your life or even a fun addition to your own utensil crock. Plus, the mini spatulas are conveniently dishwasher safe!

Buy: Striped Mini Spatula (set of 2), $13 at Sur la Table

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5. Nordic Ware Elegant Heart Bundt Pan

We’ve gotta hand it to Nordic Ware for their creatively shaped tins and pans that elevate even a simple vanilla cake to fancy status. While this elegant heart bundt pan screams valentine, we think it works year-round. Because what’s more special than a freshly baked cake? A freshly baked heart-shaped cake!

Buy: Nordic Ware Elegant Heart Bundt Pan, $21 (normally $32) at Amazon

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6. Staub Ceramic Mini Hearts Cocottes

We can’t even with these mini heart cocottes from Staub. Use them to serve individual-sized dishes like eggs and custards or display them on your counter as storage for spices and seasonings.

Buy: Staub Ceramic Mini Hearts Cocottes, $80 (normally $115)

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7. Norpro Non-Stick Cooking Rings

I own these cooking rings, and they are so fun! I use them for making eggs to top my avocado toast and for making heart-shaped sandwiches. I love them so much that I even gifted them to a friend who uses hers to create rice mounds on her dinner plate. The possibilities are truly endless!

Buy: Norpro Non-Stick Cooking Rings, $7 (normally $8) at Amazon

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8. Martha Stewart 4-Pc Measuring Spoon Set

Leave it to Martha Stewart to create an entire Valentine’s Day collection that includes a heart-shaped trivet, whisk, Dutch oven, tool crock, pie dish, and even these measuring spoons. We love it when practical tools get an irresistibly cute makeover!

Buy: Martha Stewart 4-Pc Measuring Spoon Set, $10 at Macy’s