Valentine’s Day Recipes

May I admit something? I am the least romantic person I know on the planet. I was born on Valentine’s Day and even with that incentive, have never been one for hearts, lace, or pink, though you gotta love those goofy Valentines we used to give each other in grade school.

That said, as an excuse for cooking something special, Valentine’s is one of the best. Here are some of the Valentine appropriate sweet delectables you’ll find on Simply Recipes, followed by a few recommendations for romantic dinners, as well as some terrific ideas from fellow food bloggers. Are you cooking up something special for Valentine’s Day? If so, tell us about it in the comments.

Enjoy the day!

Sweet recipes

Walnut Mocha Torte – Incredibly light and delicious cake with ground walnuts and beaten egg whites for leavening

Walnut Mocha Torte


Mason Jar Raspberry Cheesecake – Perfect little individual servings of raspberry cheesecake with an oreo cookie crust and raspberry sauce topping

Mason Jar Raspberry Cheesecake


Valentine Linzer Cookies – Heart-shaped Linzer cookies with berry jam filling

Valentine's Linzer Cookies


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Fresh strawberries dipped first in white chocolate then dark chocolate

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Chocolate Truffles – a perfect homemade Valentine’s treat!

Chocolate Truffles


Special dinners

Rosemary-Crusted Lamb Chops – Perfect for a romantic dinner for two!

Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops


Roast Filet of Beef Tenderloin – It’s like a filet mignon, but in roast form for elegant slicing

Roast Filet of Beef with Sautéed Mushrooms


Broiled Lobster with Brown Butter Sauce – so EASY and delicious!

Broiled Lobster on Simply Recipes


Seared Sea Scallops with a Brown Butter Sauce – quick, easy, and delicious!

Seared Scallops with Browned Butter and Capers on Simply Recipes


Hoisin Glazed Salmon – so beautiful on a plate

Hoisin Glazed Salmon on Simply Recipes


Valentine recipes from fellow food bloggers

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake from Amanda Rettke of I am Baker



Chocolate Fudge Cakes for 2 from Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction



Chocolate Filled Raspberries from Add a Pinch



Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Hearts from Baker by Nature




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  • ja

    Wow, this page is tooooo much—couldn’t decide on just one thing and think I gain 5# just reading it! Lovely.

  • Mary

    I’m there with you Elise, I’ve never cared to give or receive anything for Valentine’s Day. But I saw Garrett’s recipe for truffles, and I thought I’d make them for my boyfriend…because you know, chocolate!

  • Nana

    My late husband always, always made me a heart shaped cake for Valentine’s day and he used cinnamon red hot hearts to trim it with. On eyear he was laid off from his job and he made me a valentine with the kids’ construction paper and their crayons and I thought it was nicer than a Hallmark!

  • Jaxon Burgess

    My favorite ex-wife (and you can see from this that I am a romantic!), was also a St. Valentine baby. She didn’t like it much better than you, but unlike you I think that was because kids made waaay too much of it when she was in school. She was a shy soul and easily embarrassed.

    But for those who love you a Valentine’s Day birthdate does have one thing going for it – none of them will ever forget your birthday! Ours was a longish marriage, and my memory for dates is atrocious. I can’t tell you how often I thanked the gods she was born a Valentine because I never forgot her birthday.

    Happy Birthday!

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