15 Romantic Desserts To Make This Valentine's Day

15 Romantic Desserts To Make This Valentine's Day

You can make brownies, but please anything but boxed


Valentine's Day is legit only a real holiday cause it's an excuse to eat sweets and make desserts. Or maybe just for me 'cause I'm single. The only thing that will stop me from making these desserts on Valentine's is if I have a much of assignments due that day, which is honestly sad but is my life right now. The following desserts are traditional, with the occasional European dessert that usually takes up the whole day in baking (joking! But not really!). If you're like me and like to be challenged, make anyone one of these! But if you're looking for a more chill dessert, brownies are probably the way to go (but please I am literally begging you to not make boxed brownies because it literally just tastes like the box).

1. Russian Napoleon Cake

My favorite dessert, that is actually pretty common in Mexican panaderias! It's multiple thin puff pastries with pastry cream in between each layer, and if made in a panaderia, usually with some cajeta (Mexican caramel sauce) in the bottom or top layer.

2. Cheesecake

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A classic and honestly who doesn't like cheesecake. Even seen in the name, dairy is one of the primary ingredients, but there are some variations where cashews can be easily substituted to make a vegan version. AND if you end up with a cracked top, it could easily be covered with some fresh berries and a compote!

3. Brownies

Another classic that literally takes 30 minutes, with them being homemade. Because nothing is worse than a box brownie and anyone can fight me on this (i.e. the boxed brownies that literally just taste like the box). Top with some whipped cream or ice cream and sprinkle with some powdered sugar.

4. Apple-Puff Pastry Rose

One of the most difficult desserts that require ALOT of patience. But when they're done it is so worth it! And is pretty impressive when you give them out. The main ingredients are puff pastry and apples (that are thinly sliced and not peeled).

5. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes: easy (especially red velvet because it's just chocolate with red food coloring). Frosting: a simple cream cheese frosting. Both of these together make an amazing dessert that complements each other so well and is a perfect fit for Valentine's day!

6. Petit Fours

Not necessarily difficult, but definitely time consuming. Especially in the decorations. But like the apple rose pastries, they're such an impressive dessert that will literally have people think you're a professional baker.

7. Truffles

Truffles are pretty much just chocolate (okay ganache, but chocolate either way). I'm honestly not the biggest fan of this, but it wouldn't be Valentine's day if a chocolate dessert wasn't included in this list...

8. Crepes (Crepe Cake!)

This seems easy... but it's actually a bit harder than it looks. The trick here is to make sure whatever filling you use is the same for each layer. For a more clean look, you can also trim around the edges using a large plate fitted over the cake.

9. Mini Cream Cheese Danishes

With wontons or puff pastry, cream cheese danishes are usually simple but can be so versatile as you can see above. But a variety of fruit fillings and create different designs with the puff pastry-- whatever you do it will not only taste good but look good too.

10. Macarons

Besides eclairs, this is the biggest challenge that I have faced in the kitchen. Probably because I measured in volume and not in mass, but honestly once you get the hang of it and practice a few times, you can easily make these cute treats. The problem I'm still having is having a proper filling for the cookie since I'm not the biggest fan of whipped cream or buttercream. Besides buttercream, berry compote and jelly are also common, contrasting with the sugary taste of the macaron cookies.

11. Cream Puffs

As you can see in the picture, there's a layer of pastry cream and then one of whipped cream. With puff pastries, although it is traditional to fill with pastry cream, it is a bit heavy. By mixing some whipped cream into the mixture (or even stacking the two fillings on top of each other as seen in the picture) it creates a more balanced flavor and a lighter mixture.

12. Mini Eclairs

After failing countless times and failing for each, I have stil not mastered the art of eclairs. And I wouldn't say that they are the most difficult of this whole list, but they are up there. It consists usually of a pastry cream filling (or what I do is mix the pastry cream and whipped cream together), a choux pastry and a piping bag.

13. Decorated Shortbread Cookies

A sugar cookie does not have to be decorated (or professionally created), but cookies that are able to be enjoyed and not just stared at.

14. Danish Butter Cookies

Nope it's not actually the sewing kit. No more being disappointed when you found the metal can but it's filled with miscellaneous files

15. Crème Brûlée

I've never tried this before, but I am assuming that it is like flan, except in a smaller form such as in a ceramic cup or small coffee cup. And if this was presented in this same way, not only will you be impressing other people, but the people you're spending V-day with get to also be impressed.

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15 Best Instagrammable Dessert Places In NYC

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1. Spot Dessert Bar

I personally have tried the Chocolate Green Tea Lava cake and The Harvest (shown above) and highly recommend them! I also recommend the Golden Toast, one of their most popular desserts.

Multiple locations.

2. Taiyaki NYC

My favorites are the Choco- Lit cone and Unicorn Taro Slush!

119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

3. T-swirl Crepe

I recommend the Chocolate Nut Party if you're a chocoholic like me. The Matcha Chocolate Tuffles is also really good!

Multiple locations.

4.10Below Ice Cream

Shown: Strawberry Shawty and Cookie Monster.

Multiple locations.

5. Crazy Shakes from BlackTap.

Shown: Sweet N' Salty Shake, Cookie Shake, and the Cake Shake.

Multiple locations.

6. Soft Swerve

Choose from unique flavors such as Ube Purple Yam and Matcha Green Tea!

85B Allen St, New York, NY 10002

7. Eggloo

Have you ever seen such an Instagram-worthy dessert?

60 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

8. Viiza

Drinking out of cups is so last season.

401 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

9. Momofuku Milk Bar

Multiple locations.

10. Chip

These come in unique flavors, such as blueberry cheesecake and oatmeal apple pie.

3006 34th St, Astoria, NY 11103

11. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

The Salty Pimp cone is a favorite.

Multiple locations.

12. Amorino

Is there anything cuter than rose shaped ice cream?

Multiple locations.

13. Serendipity 3

This frozen hot chocolate is the star of the show.

225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

14. Max Brenner

A chocolate lover's dream.

841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

15. Wowfulls

309 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Happy snackin'! (And 'gramming!)

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5 Things All Chocolate-Lovers Will Understand

Cadbury Eggs? Basically like crack.


Anyone who loves chocolate as much as I do will know the pure joy and excitement of... the day after Valentine's Day.

1. When hair salons or nail spas have Hershey's Kisses in a bowl

If you're a true chocolate fan, you'll understand the excitement of sitting down at a hair salon or nail spa and looking to your left or right and seeing a bowl full of shiny, silver-wrapped Hershey's Kisses. Us chocoholics find happiness in even the littlest things, and a Hershey's Kiss is enough to curb our cravings (at least for a little while).

2. When Easter time rolls around

I know that one of my favorite times of the year is around Easter, when the Cadbury eggs are being sold everywhere. C'mon, those things are like crack. Ask my mom, she feels the same way. The crunchy coatings surrounds the perfect piece of chocolate, and to top it off, they look cute in a clear glass bowl, too!

3. The joys of seeing chocolate brownie chocolate everything ice cream flavors

Sometimes when I go to ice cream shops, my heart beats a little bit faster when I see the chocolate ice cream, but not just ANY chocolate ice cream. I get excited about the chocolate ice cream that has brownies, and chocolate chips and anything chocolate. Top it off with some hot fudge and chocolate jimmies and you've got yourself perfection.

4. The excitement of the day after Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is for lovers. We all know this. But the day AFTER Valentine's Day is for us chocolate maniacs. Not only is everything leftover from the holiday, but it's all ON SALE!!!! That means as much chocolate as we can handle (and afford) at a discounted price! That's downright crazy!

5. Being able to share your chocolate with friends

Finally, one of the best parts of always getting excited to eat chocolate is getting excited to share it with other people. The only thing that's better than eating chocolate alone is eating chocolate with other people. You don't even have to talk to each other. You just have to enjoy the moment. Never skip out on indulging, even if it's just a tiny piece of chocolate. Anything helps.

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