Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas

Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs, and what’s wrong with that?

That’s one of my favorite Paul McCartney songs, and it couldn’t be more apt for Valentine’s Day.

And you know what? Sometimes I feel like this blog is made for Valentine’s Day.

There’s lots of pink, some sexy desserts, a little bit of booze, and of course- chocolate.

Those are the things that usually make up this sweet holiday. This is no time for tofu or salads, my friends. Today I’m giving you a round-up of recipe ideas for Valentine’s Day.  Some may take 3 minutes, some may take 3 hours, but these are desserts that will surely be enjoyed by you and your loves.

Raspberry Beer Floats – these are more sophisticated versions of the root beer floats I used to enjoy in high school with my girl friends. Definitely more adult. Infinitely more feminine.

Strawberries and Cream Cookies – strawberries and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand! This batch of cookies were a little flatter than what I originally wanted, but they were still pretty fabulous.

Strawberries and Cream Granita – I know strawberries aren’t in season though, so here’s another recipe that uses frozen strawberries. Want to take it up a notch? Drizzle some vodka or tequila on top before serving.

Rum Balls – these festive little rum balls are perfect for holiday parties and celebrations (and you can just swap out pink sanding sugar if you think red is too cliche for Vday).  These won’t get you tipsy, but you’ll taste the sweet, heady flavor of rum.

Tiramisu – a classic dessert that’s perfect for date night. I love all the components of tiramisu: the soft sponginess of the espresso-soaked ladyfingers, the creaminess of the mascarpone cheese mixture, and the blanket of shaved chocolate. Plus you can throw out the word zabaglion and pretend to be fancy.

Olive Oil Brownies – this is a classic, fudgy brownie with hints of the nuttiness or fruitiness of olive oil. Make sure you use good quality olive oil and chocolate, and don’t forget the sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top.

Salted Caramel Pot De Creme – French desserts are always romantic, and this silken cup of heaven is luscious and sexy.

St-Germain Pomegranate Jello Shots – these jello shots have matured into something much more chic and sophisticated than their dixie cup cousins. They’re playful, sweet, and spiked with a French liqueur made from elderflower blossoms. They’re perfect.

I’ve been trying to think of puns and sarcastic jokes about being single but I’m a real romantic at heart so I can’t bring myself to do it. It’s a day of love, and I hope everyone will at least get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sweet treat!


13 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas”

  1. #
    Joanne posted February 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Truth – if my boyfriend made ME those salted caramel pot de cremes…I might propose to him. On the spot.

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    Simply Life posted February 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I agree! Your blog is perfect to celebrate the holiday with!

  3. #
    Megan posted February 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    So many good ideas!

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    christina posted February 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    The granita is so pretty!

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    Daisy posted February 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    you hands down make some of the prettiest desserts ever

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    Rhonda posted February 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Those Raspberry Beer floats look so good, what a great idea for hot AZ summers!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti posted February 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    My husband and I love love love tiramisu. It was actually the first dessert we ever ate together. :) Your version looks decadent!

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    Tracey posted February 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I might be anti-valentine’s day but I am never anti your blog especially with strawberry and cream cookies and salted caramels!

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    Michelle Collins posted February 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’m definitely making those rum balls! Today, actually. :) Thanks for the idea!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Wonderful recipes and ideas, Bianca – thank you for sharing! I’ve GOT to try those olive oil brownies!

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    CCU posted February 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    What a delicious valentines day round up :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. #
    Susan posted February 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    WHAT. Those recipes look amazing.

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    Molly Galler posted February 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I remember every single one of those Bianca recipes! Happy Valentine’s.

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