20 Heart-Shaped Foods for Valentine’s Day

Spread the love on Valentine's Day with these tasty heart-shaped food ideas. Turn it into a date night by making the treats together!

Valentine’s Day is all about showing your friends and family how much you love them. And while you could book a reservation at a crowded restaurant, it’s much more fun to make Valentine’s Day dinner at home. Whether you’re making vintage Valentine’s Day recipes or adorable desserts, these heart-shaped food ideas will make them swoon. Bonus points if you pair them with a pretty pink bottle of rosé.

For even more ideas, check out our favorite pink and red recipes!

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Marbled Meringue Hearts

You only need five ingredients to make these lighter-than-air meringue sweets. Add more food coloring for bright red hearts, or a few drops less for pinker hearts.

Need a last-minute dessert for your sweetheart? Here are our top picks for quick and delicious Valentine’s Day treats.

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Valentine Heart Brownies

These brownies are the perfect way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day. Find heart-shaped sprinkles online or at specialty baking stores.
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Conversation Cupcakes

Ditch the drugstore candy and show your love with these clever cupcakes. To create the heart shape, place a marble (or a marble-sized ball of foil) between the cupcake liners and the muffin pan.
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Heart’s Delight Eclair

Instant vanilla pudding and puff pastry sheets make this recipe foolproof. With only 30 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking time, you’ll fall in love with it too.
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Chocolate Heart Cookies

After seeing the two types of chocolate drizzle, your date will think you bought these fancy cookies at a bakery. You don’t have to tell them how easy they are to make at home.
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Raspberry Meringue Hearts

Whip up this restaurant-quality dessert for someone extra special. You’ll need a hand mixer and a food processor for this recipe, but the extra work is well worth it.
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Valentine Cutouts

Cherry or raspberry gelatin and vanilla pudding mix are the secret ingredients in these cool and refreshing snacks. Serve as is, or with homemade whipped cream.
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Lemon Shortbreads

Turn a classic shortbread recipe into bright yellow hearts bursting with citrusy sweetness. Don’t skimp on the lemon zest, which adds a welcome tang to these sweet, soft cookies.
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Chicken Potpie Soup

Valentine’s Day dinner just got cozy and romantic. Use the extra pieces of heart-shaped crust for dipping.
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Candy Pizza Heart

This decadent candy “pizza” features everything but the kitchen sink: butterscotch chips, mini marshmallows, milk chocolate chips, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries, M&M’s, vanilla chips, salted peanuts and even potato chips. Add any extra toppings your heart desires.
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Butter Cookies

Simple butter cookies make baking fun and easy, plus you can pull out your cookie press fitted with the heart disk to make these more suited to Valentine’s Day. Top with red, white and pink frosting.
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Strawberry Heart Brownies

In this dessert, fresh strawberries are cut into hearts instead of the brownies themselves. They’re simple, elegant and most importantly, low-maintenance.
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Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

Move over, sugar cookies. Kids and adults alike will have tons of fun decorating these peanut-buttery sweets.
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Shortbread Hearts

Baking your own shortbread is easier than it looks—you only need seven ingredients, 20 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking time. Make sure to use our favorite butter for baking.

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Heart’s Desire Pizza

Thanks to store-bought flaky biscuit dough and a jar of pizza sauce, these mini pizzas come together in a snap. Add your favorite toppings, like olives, green peppers and pepperoni.
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Sweetheart Coconut Cookies

You’ll need to bake solid heart cookies for the bottom, plus cookies with a cutout to lay on top of the glaze. While it sounds like a lot of work, both sets of cookies can bake at once, cutting down on cooking time.
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Oatmeal Rollout Cookies

These sweet oatmeal cookies are both tasty and cute. Butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract transform into a quick and tasty cream cheese frosting.
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Linzer Heart Cookies

Bust out your Christmas cookie spices for these fragrant delights. Cinnamon, nutmeg, baking cocoa and ground cloves add depth of flavor, while ground almonds create texture.
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Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Coffee Cakes

Nothing says “I love you” like a delicious homemade breakfast. This recipe involves active dry yeast, so you’ll need to wait at least an hour for the dough to rest.
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Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are thicker and more cakey than regular sandwich cookies. Cream cheese and mini chocolate chips make the filling extra special.

Lindsay Champion
Lindsay has worked in digital media for more than a decade, covering topics like food, health and wellness, and life in New York City. Though she now writes for sites like Taste of Home, PureWow and Well+Good, she originally got her start at Broadway.com as a features editor. Lindsay is the author of the novel "Someday, Somewhere" and is working on a second.
When she isn’t writing, you can find Lindsay curled up with a book, spending time with her family or exploring NYC.