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By Erica Chayes Wida

Desserts always taste a little sweeter when they're made with love.

Booking a last-minute dinner reservation on Valentine's Day can feel like a full-time job. But after a short trip to the grocery store, you'll be armed with the ingredients for a beautiful DIY date night — which is truly the labor of love. If Ina Garten's romantic advice has taught us anything (like how to keep a 50-year marriage feeling like a first date), it's that cooking for someone is one of the best ways to spark a little romance and make a partner feel loved.

Even if you do dine out, what could be more romantic than coming back to enjoy a homemade treat?

Strawberries and whipped cream is one of the most classic food combinations known to spark a little romance. These shortcakes from Joanna Gaines have only five ingredients (many of which you probably already have in your pantry), but they are totally decadent and delicious.

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes

There's something extra special about a personal, individually sized dessert — especially when it's a molten chocolate cake served warm out of the oven. These cakes are enhanced by a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

This fudge recipe is incredibly simple, because it has only four ingredients ... and one of them is Velveeta cheese! Don't worry, the creamy fudge doesn't taste savory. And you can use peanut butter or cocoa powder (or a mix of both) to customize the whimsical Valentine's Day dessert.

This is not your typical chocolate dessert. Deep and decadent, this delicious confection is incredibly moist. The warm ganache really puts it over the top and will send any lovebirds into a chocolate-induced oblivion.

Jean-Georges' Molten Chocolate Cake

Jean-Georges' Molten Chocolate Cake

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

These cakes are truly a treat for the senses: the rich chocolaty scent, the decadent taste and, of course, the satisfying surprise of seeing the river of warm chocolate pour out when you cut into them.

Mini Conversation Heart Cakes

Design these sweet hearts for your sweetheart. These cakes are so much fun to bake, decorate and customize. Make messages funny, sexy or serious (like a proposal, perhaps?), and the person eating them will surely swoon.

These rich chocolate cakes are perfect for eating in just one bite. And since they're so small, you can keep dessert conservative and enjoy just one, or indulge and eat as many as you like.

Anyone with an Instant Pot can make Ree Drummond's special lava cakes. The dish takes only 5 minutes to prep, which is great for anyone executing their dinner menu after work. From there, it only 25 minutes to cook.

Hidden Surprise Valentine's Cookies

These cookies feel like a fun craft project to bake, and not only are they festive, they also contain a secret surprise inside.

If your sweetie likes more complex flavors, don't worry. This exciting dessert tart is filled with salted caramel and lavender-infused ganache, and topped with a toasted marshmallow topping.