Show your loved ones you care with easy-to-make desserts, all baked with love from yours truly
Cost per serving: 17¢
Finish these pretty cookies with tiny nonpareils in red, pink and white. Craft stores sell them in individual colors or “rainbow” for about $3 per 4-oz. jar.
See recipe: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Cost per serving: 60¢
Add some festivity to this moist delight with heart-shaped sprinkles.
See recipe: Chocolate Marble Cake
Cost per serving: $2.14
Adjust this recipe to work with your taste buds. Sub in milk chocolate, or swap raspberries for strawberries.
See recipe: White and Dark Chocolate Pudding Parfaits
Cost per serving: 66¢
Play with flavors. If you prefer chocolate to mocha, cut back to 1 tsp. instant espresso powder – you won’t taste the coffee, but it will still add some depth to the flavor. Try almond, coconut or orange extract instead of the vanilla for another taste.
See recipe: Mocha Truffle Cake
Cost per serving: 85¢
These heart-shaped Chocolate Paninis are as tasty as they are cute. For the best texture, make these just before serving so they will be crisp and hot.
See recipe: Chocolate Panini
Cost per serving: $4.22
This Rosé-Poached Pears recipe will not only satisfy your sweet teeth tooth, but it wins points for a pretty presentation. Serve with vanilla ice cream or a few small butter cookies (store-bought or homemade) if desired.
See recipe: Rosé-Poached Pears
Cost per serving: 15¢
Swap peppermint or coconut extract for the vanilla to give the marshmallows a surprising flavor. The peppermint flavor would be especially delicious in hot cocoa.
See recipe: Heart-Shaped Marshmallows
Cost per serving: 31¢
These teatime sandwich cookies look super fancy, but you won’t believe how easy they are to make.
See Recipe: Raspberry Linzer Heart Cookies
Cost per serving: 99¢
Large heart-shaped sprinkles add a sweet and whimsical touch to these decadent pots de creme.
See recipe: Chocolate Pots de Creme
Cost per serving: $1.73
Cut the bars into squares or triangles with a large knife, or use a heart shaped cookie cutter. Rinse the knife or cutter in hot water and dry completely between cuts.
See recipe: Raspberry-White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Cost per serving: 8¢
Love can be both sweet and spicy, just like these delicate cookies. Watch out for broken hearts!
See recipe: Heart-Shaped Spice Cookies
Cost per serving: 64¢
Add a shot of color by dyeing some of the meringue mixture pink with a few drops of food coloring. Arrange meringues in a pretty tin lined with tissue for a simple gift idea.
See recipe: Strawberry Mousse with Meringue Hearts
Cost per serving: $1.11
If you see blood oranges in your grocery store, buy one and use it in place of one of the oranges.
See recipe: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Minted Citrus Salad