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Decadent Dessert Ideas

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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Valentines Day is almost here, and you may be wondering how to surprise and delight the ones you love without spending time in a crowded restaurant or nibbling on store-bought chocolates. Give your special someone the gift of a decadent dessert made with love by yours truly, and consider whipping up a dessert that will make their heart swoon.

You don’t have to be a master baker or pastry chef to create delicious dessert ideas in the middle of the week. Simple dessert ideas are often the best, and we’ve scoured the internet to choose recipes that will wow your crowd without wasting your day away in the kitchen.

Whether your loved one prefers rich molten lava cake or peanut butter balls on-the-go, we have recipes designed to satisfy and inspire. Give your special sweetie a delightful sweet treat made with your own two hands this year, and prepare any of these decadent dessert ideas this Valentines Day.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
This elegant and decadent recipe comes from famous chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and is every bit as delicious as it sounds. Perfectly cakey on the outside and oozing with molten chocolate on the inside, your loved one will swoon after just one bite of this popular Valentines Day dessert. As an added bonus, this recipe is fairly easy to make and can be ready to eat in under an hour.

Red Velvet Brownies
These delicious and gooey red velvet brownies are perfect served plain or with cream cheese or chocolate drizzled on top, and they make for a perfect dessert to serve at a class party or to a crowd at your friendly Valentines Day dinner gathering. Most of the work in this recipe is done in prep, and once your pour your batter into the pan, you’ll be ready to bake and go for ultimate convenience.

Peanut Butter Truffles
It doesn’t get much easier than this peanut butter truffle recipe, when you need to whip up a sweet treat for a loved one or a group in a flash. Simply combine and mix ingredients, then roll into balls on parchment paper and chill for 20 minutes, then serve in whatever fashion you choose! Peanut butter fans will love these chewy, gooey, bite-sized treats that are perfect for office parties, school celebrations or sweet treats on-the-go for your littlest loved ones.

Chocolate Fondue
This rich, creamy and easy-to-make fondue recipe from Betty Crocker is a perfect way to charm your loved one or Valentines Day crowd without a lot of fuss. Simply cut up chunks of shortbread and fruit and let your guests dip and nibble as they like!

Devil’s Food Cake
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with the most decadent and seriously sinful devil’s food cake recipe yet. This rich and flavorful recipe makes one 8 inch round cake for your loved one or Valentines Day dinner crowd, and will win their hearts after just one bite!

Double Chocolate Pudding
Give your special someone the gift of intense flavor and silky texture in this decadent pudding dish from Food and Wine. Pudding lovers will appreciate your using quality cocoa powder and chocolate for ultimate flavor, and you’ll enjoy creating a Valentines Day dessert dish that will wow your chocolate-loving loved one instantly.

Red Velvet Cake Bites
These incredibly easy-to-make and delicious cake truffles are a perfect treat to bring to your child’s Valentines Day party, a work event or simply to your special someone to show them how much you care. Red Velvet cake fanatics will especially love that these are bite size, so they won’t be tempted to over-indulge, and you’ll enjoy plating up these beautiful treats for the ones you love.

Valentines Day Donuts
If you’re planning to start your Valentines Day with something sweet for your special someone, this easy Valentines donut recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread is your winner! You can choose between chocolate or vanilla glaze frosting, and decorate with or without sprinkles, depending upon your loves one’s preferences.

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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