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

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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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Best Signature Creations From Cold Stone

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Cold Stone Creamery is famously known for the mix-ins they put in their ice cream. However, their signature creations are something you do not want to miss. With 20 different creations, there is something for everyone. Here is a ranking of my top six signature creations.

6. Cheesecake Fantasy

Ingredients: Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie Crust, Blueberries and Strawberries

I have always been a big fan of cheesecake, but this ice cream takes it to a whole new level. The ice cream mimics the flavor profile of cheesecake, very rich. And the graham cracker pie crust adds the sweet honey flavor to the mixture. Mixed with the berries, this creation is a refreshing dessert.

5. Germanchökolätekäke

Ingredients: Chocolate Ice Cream with Pecans, Coconut, Brownie and Caramel

At first, I was a little skeptical of this creation, but all my doubts vanished right as I put the ice cream in my mouth. The coconut mixes so well with the chocolate flavors of the brownie and ice cream and the pecans give a good crunch.

4. Founder's Favorite®

Ingredients: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Pecans, Brownie, Fudge and Caramel

A favorite of Cold Stones founders, Donald and Susan Sutherland , Founder's Favorite® is one of the more popular creations. The brownie, pecans and caramel give this creation a "Turtle candy" flavor.

3. Cookie Minster



Ingredients: Mint Ice Cream with double the OREO® Cookies and Fudge

Mint chocolate chip is a classic ice cream flavor and an American favorite. Cold Stone puts their own twist on it, adding oreos and fudge, making the ice cream even more irresistible and delicious!

2. Peanut Butter Cup Perfection

Ingredients: Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter, Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup and Fudge

PEANUT BUTTER!!! Peanut butter is one of my favorite food and mixed with chocolate…mmhhh. The fudge brings this creation from a 9, on a 1-10 scale, all the way to a 10. This creation tastes like an ice cream peanut buyer cup.

1. Birthday Cake Remix

Ingredients: Cake Batter Ice Cream® with Rainbow Sprinkles, Brownie and Fudge

This is my all time favorite, go to ice cream creation from Cold Stone. I personally replace the fudge with caramel and it is absolutely amazing. I am in love with everything birthday cake and this is no disappointment. The brownie adds almost a cake texture, making this dessert seem like an ice cream cake.

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The Cheesecake Recipe You NEED To Add To Your Repertoire

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Everyone loves a good cheesecake. It is a classic dessert staple appropriate for all occasions. Although I'm sure you're all aware of the delicious tase of a cheesecake that melts in your mouth you have never seen anything like this. Prepare yourselves to experience the most magical cheesecake of all time. Follow this simple recipe, garnish with your favorite fruits, add whipped cream if desired, and enjoy with family and friends!


Cooking Time: 10min/60 min

Preheat Oven to: 350/300

Crust:

1.5 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 teaspoons sugar

3 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:

20 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

.5 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

Mix crust ingredients, form into pie pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300. with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Pour into crust and bake at 300 for one hour or until firm. Cool completely and top with fruit.

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