Valentine's Day

Attention, lovebirds: It's not a successful Valentine's Day if it doesn't end with a lavish, romantic dinner. (After all, we all know that it's food, not French, that's the real language of love.) So when you're planning your date-night meal, go all out with Valentine recipes meant to impress. Start with a cocktail (something with Champagne is always good bet), then offer a few small nibbles. (Icy cold oysters on the half shell are sensual and have a lingering reputation as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps more importantly, they won't fill you up before the meal.) Your main course should feel luxurious; so fill your plate with foods that make you feel special. Calories be damned - what you want dishes with a major wow factor, like tender, juicy filet mignon or sweet steamed lobster (served with melted butter, of course). And don't even think about skipping dessert. Nothing says "I love you" like a plate piled high with plump strawberries dipped in rich chocolate or a heart-shaped dessert like molten chocolate cake.

See Popular Valentine's Day Recipes
Total: 35 mins

Ooey Gooey Hearts

Better Homes and Gardens

Combine two favorites for most kids marshmallows and popcornfor Valentine desserts and snacks.

Nutty Shortbread

Better Homes and Gardens

The warm, gooey nut mixture that tops this shortbread is also fantastic over ice cream.

Pink Pelican

Parents

Puffed Heart Lemon Cookies

Midwest Living

These cake-like confections are a little tart with citrus and slightly sweet from a pink glaze.

Valentine Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Have fun personalizing these cut-out cookies. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion.

Cupid's Cookies

Parents

Kiss-Me Cake

Parents

Valentine's Snack Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

Dried strawberries and raspberries, pretzels, and pistachio nuts combine to make this good-for-you snack mix.

Total: 30 mins

Chocolate-Raspberry Turnovers

Family Circle

These delightful pastries are filled with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips for a quick and easy holiday dessert. This recipe takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.

Raspberry-Chocolate Fondue

Family Circle

Add this rich and delectable dessert to your party menu. Serve with pound cake and fruit to dip into this chocolate-raspberry concoction.

Bittersweet Cheese Truffle

Better Homes and Gardens

A light fruity red wine goes well with this sweet cheese dessert, which could also be served as a party appetizer.

Maple Nutty Candy

Midwest Living
Total: 35 mins

Meringue-Topped Raspberry Cupcakes

Midwest Living

Raspberry liqueur in the recipe brings a light, fruity flavor to these Christmas cupcakes crowned with a crisp meringue topping.

Apricot Cakes for Two

Better Homes and Gardens

Pick your flavor for this dessert. For an adult version, try apricot brandy or raspberry liqueur in the cake batter.

Sweetheart Cake Pops

Family Circle

Start with store-bought marble cake to make quicker-than-ever cake pops. Customize this recipe for any holiday by choosing an appropriately-shaped pan, mold or cookie cutter.

Double-Cherry Supreme Pie

Midwest Living
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