Foods of Love: Sweets & Treats to Make for Valentine's Day

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We may whisper sweet nothings on Valentines Day but for the food, let it be sweet somethings! From chocolate recipes to heart-shaped dessert recipes, this collection is perfect for year-round romance. Once a year, it's just not enough.

HEART-SHAPED SHORTBREAD
One Perfect Bite ~ Sweetheart Shortbread
"This versatile classic defines simplicity and is very easy to make. It can take any shape you choose to give it. You're going to love this one, I promise."

ROMANTIC SAYINGS
My Own Sweet Thyme ~ Sweet Expressions of Love - Fortune Cookies
"As Valentine's Day approaches I begin to think of some of the most famous words of love, lines from Shakespeare, the Romantic Poets, the Song of Solomon and other wonderful sources of quotes that are so worthy of sharing with those we hold dear. Though not our own original work, sharing the perfect romantic quote can also be a special acknowledgment of love. We are not all writers but we can all appreciate a perfectly chosen word offered at the perfect time or in a creative way, especially by someone we love."

APHRODISIACS in the PANTRY
The Perfect Pantry ~ The Perfect Pantry's Foods of Love
"Why not put together a menu for the first date of the rest of your life -- or for dinner with someone you love? Or like. Or think you might like. Or want to get to know better. Oh, you know what I mean."

FOR the CAKE MIX CROWD
Picky Palate ~ Red Velvet Chocolate-Drenched Heartcakes
"I am in love with these little heartcakes. This is a no fuss recipe that is cute as a button. Give yourself about an hour and you’ll have these perfectly soft, decadent and festive little treats."

MELT HIS HEART with CHOCOLATE
Savory Sweet Life ~ Molten Lava Cakes
"This recipe is really easy, quick to prepare and bake, forgiving, and will make you look like a rock-star. As a warning, if you dust them with a little powdered sugar, whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla or mint ice cream, you may earn a reputation as a 'Dessert Diva' ... "

SEMI HOMEMADE
Your Home-Based Mom ~ Chocolate-Dipped Oreos
"...I decided to just dip half of the Oreo into the chocolate so I still had something to hold onto. This worked great and I sprinkled them with some Valentine colored sprinkles I had on hand. Finally – success!"

EASY ENOUGH for KIDS
Elana's Pantry ~ Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons
"My boys made an entire batch of these sweet confections last night and had a great time. They love taking over my candy projects, the little rascals! I like making these too. Using a small paint brush to spread the melted chocolate into the molds somehow reminds me of painting in kindergarten --where there were no mistakes."

CUTE as CUPCAKES
The English Kitchen ~ Sweetheart Cherry Cupcakes (Important: The music on this site loads automatically, turn off the sound if you're at work or the baby's napping!)
"This versatile classic defines simplicity and is very easy to make. It can take any shape you choose to give it. You're going to love this one, I promise."

GUYS: A DESSERT the APPEALS to WOMEN
Food Blogga ~ Seductive Strawberry Zabaglione (zah-habl-YOH-nay)
"I developed this recipe with men in mind because it's easy to make, allows you to flex some muscle, which will impress her, and makes an elegant presentation. Think of it as your minimal-effort dessert with maximum sex appeal. Though I wouldn't carry that thinking into the bedroom. I'm just saying."

And you?
And you, what's your favorite Valentine's treat -- hey wait, one from the kitchen, I mean! Leave a recipe or a link to a recipe in the comments!

BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg delivered big plates of heart-shaped Cut-out Spice Cookies to a 25th wedding anniversary party on Saturday.

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