What better way to treat your loved ones or yourself than by putting all those warm fuzzy feelings into a delicious chocolate dessert?
Since Valentine's Day falls on Feb. 14, which is a Friday this year, here are 14 rich, chocolaty cakes, truffles, cookies and more. Choose one or make all 14 — you are hereby granted permission to indulge.
This impressive layer cake takes a little time to make, but it's sure to impress your valentine. It's also a great centerpiece for a Valentine's Day party.
If it's good enough for a queen, then it's good enough for everyone else, right?
"This cake is probably the only one that is sent into the royal dining room again and again until it has all gone," chef Darren McGrady, former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, told TODAY Food.
Now that's love.
Only six ingredients are needed to make these rich mini-flourless chocolate cakes. They're great to serve at a dinner party and are also gluten-free, in case your special someone has a sensitivity.
Chocolate truffles tucked into the batter create the lava centers of these ultra decadent molten chocolate cakes. The best part is that they can be made in a microwave in only 10 minutes!
With a little white chocolate, food coloring and a bowl of cherries, it's easy to try this pretty spin on chocolate-covered strawberries. The 3-ingredient ombré treats are bite-sized and look beautiful when plated.
This is not your typical chocolate dessert. Deep and decadent, this confection is incredibly moist. The warm ganache really puts it over the top and will send any lovebirds into a chocolate-induced oblivion.
This dessert may look like it took a lot of work to make but it's made with instant pudding and a box cake mix. It's so impressive that no one will suspect that it wasn't made entirely from scratch.
Making fudge is way easier than it seems, especially when the slow cooker does most of the the work. Simply toss in chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, honey and vanilla extract. The hardest part is resisting the urge to dig in before it's finished cooling. It's perfect wrapped up with some red ribbon for a Valentine's Day gift or to serve after dinner for the whole fam.
Love is definitely in your future if you make this tart filled with salted caramel, lavender-infused ganache and toasted marshmallow topping.
Chocolatiers are always looking for the next big ingredient for their creations. The secret ingredient here is toasted panko breadcrumbs. The texture of the breadcrumbs is light and crispy, and when toasted, it lends a lovely crunch and almost nutty flavor to these super-simple chocolate drops.
Why spend money on a box of divine chocolate truffles when you can make a batch for everyone you love at home? With just a handful of high-quality ingredients, you can make a batch to give as gifts or serve for dessert.
What's better than a heart-shaped cake? That's easy: A heart-shaped cake that's topped with mascarpone cream and caramel sauce!
Yes, these are made with avocados. The surprising ingredient deepens the chocolate flavor and adds an amazing creaminess. Eating just one of these brownie bites is super satisfying because they're so rich and fudgy.
The reason this cake is so perfect is because all of the elements balance each other well. The moist chocolate cake is only lightly sweet so it is acts as a delicious foil to the much sweeter (and richer) creamy ganache. If you're looking for love, this recipe is it!