Can you believe Valentine’s Day is almost here? There is so much preparation that has to happen to make this special time as spectacular as possible.
So you have your kids to think of with what festive outfit they’ll wear, Valentine’s Day cards to be passed out to their friends, and what festive foods you can fix that day.
Then you have your spouse or loved one. You have to find the perfect gift, perfect outfit, and again, the perfect food to serve that day as well.
Well, if there is one thing I know, it is food. So I wanted to help take some of the load off of you this year by bringing you a plethora of Valentine’s Day recipes and help save some time scouring the internet for the something spectacular.
Now, some recipes are kid-friendly, and some are not. So just browse through and see what will work for your Valentine’s Day plans this year.
Spectacular Valentine's Day Recipes
Here are some festive Valentine’s Day recipes to enjoy this year:
1. Rose Sangria
I don’t usually indulge in alcoholic beverages for the simple fact that I don’t often get that kind of time to relax, and I don’t need the empty calories.
However, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion. So if I’m going to indulge, then Sangria would be one of my preferences. This recipe is so easy; even if you aren’t great at playing bartender, you can probably handle this recipe.
2. Love Martini
What a perfect drink for Valentine’s Day. It sounds delicious too! This recipe calls for rum, peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry juice, and strawberry to garnish.
So the red color should pop on this Valentine’s Day and would be a perfect addition to a romantic dinner at home with your love.
3. Steak with Heart Shaped Shrimp
Who says you have to have a cheap Valentine’s Dinner to sneak in some festive points? Well, according to this recipe, you don’t have to.
Instead, just follow the recipe for the perfect steak and then finish it out with a shrimp on top that you shape into a heart for a fun, classic touch.
4. Heart Shaped Sushi
Do you love sushi? If so, why not shape it into a heart and make it Valentine’s Day appropriate? Thanks to this tutorial you can.
So if you want sushi to be a part of your romantic dinner for two, then you’ll be so glad to have these instructions to easily incorporate it into your meal plans.
5. Valentine’s Day Caprese Salad
Again, who says you can’t have adult foods as a part of your Valentine’s Day meal that is also festive?
Well, thanks to this dinner idea, you can have a delicious Caprese salad shaped into hearts. It can be a healthy, festive, and fun addition to your meal.
6. Heart Shaped Salad
Do you like to have a salad at dinner time? Well, don’t let Valentine’s Day stop you. Instead, make this heart-shaped salad.
Then you can still get your veggies while remaining festive. Just chop your vegetables into fun little heart shapes. The kids may even enjoy it.
7. Heart Shaped Fruit Salad
Do you like to keep your Valentine’s Day meals healthier since it tends to be a holiday filled with tons of candy?
Well, then consider incorporating this heart-shaped fruit salad into your meal to add a fun, healthy option for the day.
8. Swirl Valentine Cake
This cake is a fun way to enjoy Valentine’s Day as a family. It is also super simple to make. It all comes from a boxed cake mix.
Then you make different colored icing to give the cake a finishing touch. It certainly looks both delicious and festive.
9. Heart Shaped Pizza
If you have kids, this recipe will probably excite them because most kids adore pizza. I know my boys are a huge fan of it.
But this pizza is so fun because you make it into the shape of a heart and stuff it with all kinds of delicious ingredients.
10. Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs
Fruit kabobs are a fun way to get your kids to eat their fruits. It is also a fun way to eat them easily and also dip them into other delicious goodness too.
So why not include them as a part of your Valentine’s Day meals? This tutorial shows you how to make them easier.
11. Cherry Pie Bars
These cherry bars look delicious and easy to make too. Not to mention, their red color makes them incorporate quite well into a special Valentine’s Day meal.
So if you love cherries as much as I do, then you’ll want to check out this recipe and consider adding it to your menu.
12. Heart Shaped Cake
When I was growing up, my mom would make heart shaped cakes on Valentine’s Day as a special treat. However, she used a special cake pan.
But what if you don’t have a heart-shaped cake pan and you are working on a budget, so you can’t buy one? No fear, this tutorial shows you how to make a heart shaped cake freehand. This looks to be a delicious treat.
13. Easy Soft Pretzel Hearts
Are you looking for a fun and festive snack for your kids on Valentine’s Day? You won’t have to look much further once you see this idea.
So if your kids like delicious, fresh pretzels, then consider making this version where the pretzels are heart shaped.
14. Strawberry Mimosa
Are you hosting Valentine’s Day brunch? If so, then you might want to consider adding an adult beverage to the brunch festivities.
Well, what better option than a mimosa that is strawberry flavored and red? It will undoubtedly add to the décor.
15. Strawberry and Vanilla Waffles
Would you like a fun way for your kids to wake up on Valentine’s Day? What about giving them a heart shaped breakfast?
If so, then consider making these delicious strawberry and vanilla heart shaped waffles. They look scrumptious!
16. Roasted Herb Potatoes
Are you making a meat dish as the main course to your Valentine’s Day dinner? Then it sounds like you might want potatoes to go with it.
But don’t do a plain potato dish. Instead, try these herb roasted potatoes that are cut into adorable hearts to stick with the theme of the special day.
17. Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe
When I was younger and dating someone I wasn’t big on buying gifts, so I’d usually bake them something.
So if you have a special friend that you aren’t super serious with, then consider baking them this delicious cookie cake (and save some money in the process.)
18. Heart Shaped Quesadillas
I’m seriously considering making this our Valentine’s Day lunch. The reason? My youngest is an extremely picky eater.
So nothing will say love to him like letting him have a cheese quesadilla for lunch (and he’ll think it’s fun because they’ll be heart shaped.) Such a fun idea for kids!
19. Strawberry Glazed Doughnuts
This is another festive yet delicious Valentine’s Day breakfast idea. You make homemade delicious glazed doughnuts.
Then you glaze them with a typical glaze that is laced with delicious fresh strawberries. It is not only delicious but also gives the food a festive feel to it.
20. XOXO Rice Krispy Treats
Rice Krispy treats are a delicious treat for anyone, no matter what age. But you can take these one step further.
So you’ll make the treats, as usual, then you add food coloring. Finally, you finish the dish by shaping them into the shapes of X and O.
21. Valentine’s Crack
This looks like a delicious and frugal treat for Valentine’s Day. It is made from saltine crackers. Then you layer caramel and white chocolate over the top.
To say it is delicious, would probably be an understatement. I don’t think they named it ‘crack’ just for a trendy name. It must be rather addictive… in a delicious way, of course.
22. Valentine’s Cookies
This is another great recipe to use for a Valentine’s Day dessert, as a gift, or as an excellent addition to classroom Valentine’s.
So if you are looking for a festive cookie recipe, then consider giving this one a try and see what you think of it.
23. Pink Velvet Hot Chocolate
This would be such a fun recipe to incorporate into your Valentine’s Day. It is a strawberry, white hot chocolate recipe, which sounds great.
Then they add pink food dye to it to add a touch of festivity. So if you want a fun, family-friendly drink, then consider this recipe.
24. Homemade Reese’s Valentine’s Day Hearts
Do you like Reese cups? If so, then you’ve probably purchased the hearts they come out with around Valentine’s Day.
Well, you don’t have to buy them anymore. Instead, you can make them yourself thanks to this recipe and tutorial.
25. Heart Shaped S’more Cookies
Would you believe I’m not a fan of S’mores? I know, I’m nuts! But I’m not a huge marshmallow person.
However, that doesn’t deter my children. They love S’mores, which is why these cookies would be a special treat for a Valentine’s Day meal, party, or small gathering.
26. Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops
Cake pops have been all the rage for the past couple of years. These are no exception. You get red velvet cake, layered in cheesecake.
Then they are topped with festive sprinkles. Not to mention, you get it all conveniently on a little stick, so it’s portable too.
27. Egg-Shaped Eggs in a Basket
If you’ve never had eggs in a basket, let me be the first to tell you, you are missing out. It is a simple and super scrumptious breakfast.
So the fact that you can use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and turn this delicious breakfast into an easy festive breakfast idea, just makes it all the better.
28. Cupid Floats
I’m a huge float person. They are a super frugal and straightforward dessert idea. This recipe certainly fits into both of those categories as well.
So you just take vanilla ice cream and pour cherry 7-Up over top of it. Then you use red licorice as a straw. How cute and easy!
29. The Best Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies seem to be Valentine’s Day tradition. Most recipes are pretty traditional. This recipe isn’t necessarily all that different.
But it is a tried and true recipe, so it must be pretty good and is definitely worth the try this Valentine’s Day.
30. Valentine’s Day Macaroons
Do you enjoy macaroons? If so, then consider adding these to your Valentine’s Day menu. They are cream filled.
But they are more festive because they are tinted pink. So if you want a dessert you can enjoy, consider trying these.
31. Heart Shaped Bacon
My husband and I follow a low-carb diet. I’ve wondered if this Valentine’s Day was going to be a ‘break day’ or not.
But after seeing that I can make bacon into a heart, I may not have to take a break from our usual routine.
32. Classic Cherry Bread
I’ve shared how I’m a huge fan of cherries. They are just so delicious, and so are most things that are cherry flavored.
So when I saw this pink cherry bread, I couldn’t help but think what a great addition it would be to your Valentine’s Day.
33. Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies
This recipe is a super simple recipe, which makes it easier to be festive around the holidays. You use wafer cookies, the pink ones.
Then you dip them in icing and put heart-shaped sprinkles on them. What a delicious way to get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
34. Chocolate Raspberry Swiss Roll
Do you like the Little Debbie Swiss Roll Cakes? This recipe is like a giant swiss roll cake, which sounds fantastic to me.
However, instead of being an essential cream fill, it is filled with raspberry cream instead. It adds to the festive look and the taste as well.
35. Raspberry Pink Champaign Float
I shared a float recipe already that is kid friendly, but what if you don’t want a kid-friendly recipe? What if you want something special for an all adult crowd?
Well, then you’ll love this simple float. You put raspberry sorbet in a glass, then pour Champaign over top of the ice cream.
36. Mini Heart Shaped Pizzas
Do you have little ones that get excited about festive dishes? If so, then don’t disappoint them this Valentine’s Day.
Instead, make them these cute miniature pizzas. Then you can let them dress the pizzas themselves for some added fun.
37. Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
If you like red velvet cake, then you might want to consider exploring these red velvet sugar cookies. They are a mixture of red velvet cake and sugar cookies.
Then they are topped with a white chocolate chip, which adds to the rich flavor. So if you want a festive Valentine’s Day dessert, consider these cookies.
38. Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cupcakes
Chocolate dipped strawberries are a favorite dessert of mine, especially on Valentine’s Day. When I saw these cupcakes, I knew they’d be a great addition to a Valentine’s Day celebration.
So you have a chocolate cupcake with a strawberry icing. The finishing touch is a chocolate dipped strawberry.
39. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts
Did you know that turning chocolate covered strawberries into a heart-shaped design isn’t that difficult?
Well, thanks to this tutorial, you can learn how to make this traditional treat into something a little more special.
40. Valentine Trifle
A trifle is a simple dessert that you can make in advance. So when Valentine’s Day falls on a weeknight, don’t feel like you have to be a superhuman to have a nice dinner.
So this recipe makes it all the easier because it is loaded with strawberries, raspberries, pudding, cream, and angel food cake. Then you just pop it in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy.
41. Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts
Do you enjoy Italian? Don’t think that you can’t make it a festive meal just because you want to go with a pizza-type dinner.
Well, thanks to this tutorial, you can make heart shaped stuffed crusts filled with cheese. Then you can dip them in a delicious marinara sauce.
42. Valentines Linzer Cookies
I’ve always enjoyed Linzer cookies. They are a shortbread type of cookie that seems rather simple on the outside.
Then the inside has a jam filling. They are delicious, and these cookies are even better because they are heart shaped and festive.
43. M&M Valentine’s Cookie Bars
I love cookie bars because they are even easier than baking cookies. Instead of having to make the dough into little balls, you can just put them in a pan and cook.
Then when they are finished, you cut them and enjoy. So this recipe includes both chocolate chips and M&M’s, which sounds delicious.
44. Pink Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls can work both for Breast Cancer Awareness month and also for Valentine’s Day. Yes, they are that pink and festive.
So if you love cinnamon rolls, then consider making this rendition of them and see what you think.
45. Cherry Heart Pies
I love having little hand pies because they are easy to eat and make. They also can be easily made into more festive options.
So if you love cherry pies, then you should give these hand pies a try and see what you think this Valentine’s Day.
46. Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are kind of a staple for most holidays. They can be quickly cut into different shapes, which makes them an easy choice.
However, this recipe for sugar cookies does spice things up a little. They make the cookies marbled with both white and pink which adds to their festivity.
47. Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls
I am a huge fan of cinnamon rolls. I particularly love the homemade kind because they grow into these huge masses of deliciousness.
So when I saw these cinnamon rolls, I knew they had to be shared because not only are they big and delicious, but they are also heart shaped and uniquely iced.
48. Valentine’s Pancake Recipe
These pancakes look so fun! My kids would love to wake up to them on Valentine’s Day. Not only because they are pancakes but because of the bright colors.
So if you are looking for a fun way to start Valentine’s Day, then consider giving this recipe a try.
Well, you now have almost 50 different recipes to try out and hopefully utilize this Valentine’s Day to make your day extra special.
But I’d like to hear from you. What recipes do you use to make Valentine’s Day extra festive year after year?
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