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By Megan O. Steintrager

Whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two, a family get-together or a gathering with friends, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to make a special dessert — or why not 14 special desserts, one for every day in February leading up to the holiday? Be a cupid in the kitchen and make some sweets for your sweetie (and yourself) with these decadent recipes for chocolate fondue, heart-shaped cookies, chocolate truffles, individual molten chocolate cakes and more must-make Valentine's Day desserts.

Impress your sweetheart on Valentine's Day with this rich chocolate fondue. Or get all your friends together for a Galentine's Day treat — and stir up a batch. Feeling extra saucy? Make it adults-only with a splash of your favorite liqueur. Just make sure to use high-quality chocolate for the creamiest, smoothest fondue.

Valentine's Day Ombre Cherries

These pretty ombré treats are a fun twist on chocolate-covered cherries — and they require just three ingredients!

There are so many recipes for chocolate mousse but Julia Child's, which uses egg yolks and butter, yields silky, smooth and decadent results every time.

Christina Tosi's Valentine's Day Layer Cake

This impressive layer cake takes a little time to make, but it's sure to impress your special someone. It's also a great centerpiece for a Valentine's Day party.

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cakes

If you don't feel like spending all day making a cake, make these super easy flourless chocolate cakes instead! Serve them warm (with a scoop of ice cream, if you'd like).

Hidden Surprise Valentine's Cookies

These pretty cookies have a pretty sweet surprise inside ...

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Gesine Bullock-Prado

With just a handful of high-quality ingredients, you can make your own chocolate truffles to give as gifts or serve for dessert.

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," says Martha Stewart, who shared this recipe. Bonus: These cakes take just 25 minutes to bake.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Joy Bauer's sweet little cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are easy to make and won't weigh you down.

Love is definitely in your future if you make this tart filled with salted caramel, lavender-infused ganache and topped with toasted marshmallow.

Not every Valentine's Day dessert has to involve chocolate, so if you're ready for a different kind of sweet treat, try this strawberry shortcake recipe from Al Roker. "Individual desserts are the perfect way to add a little romance," says Roker. "I love these made-from-scratch strawberry shortcakes because they're small, sexy and a great mix of flavors and textures. Put in the extra effort to make homemade whipped cream and biscuits, and you'll surely be rewarded!"

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

A decadent cream cheese frosting makes these rich red-velvet brownies extra special.

Rainbow Heart Cake

Rainbow Heart Cake

Amanda Rettke

Desserts don't get much prettier than this rainbow heart cake, and we've got the step-by-step instructions to help you make it.

What's better than a heart-shaped cake? That's easy: A heart-shaped cake that's topped with mascarpone cream and caramel sauce!