You could buy the dark red wine. Get the box of chocolates from the drugstore. Do takeout. All of these things are acceptable; after all, we reckon, the best sort of love is the least stressed-out kind.
But there’s something pretty gorgeous about putting on Beyoncé’s “XO” and adding a heart-shaped treat, to boot. We’re talking Bundt cake and pizzas, cookies and more. We’re talking about knocking it out of the park.
Here are a few of our favorite things—treats that get us all aflutter.
Maybe you can’t wrap your head around making a special extra heart-shaped anything, because even though it’s 2021, 2020 dinged your romantic heart perhaps the tiniest bit. We feel you. So consider this heart-shaped Dutch oven, all the better to dampen cynicism on the regular. Fill it with mussels on the big day, or risotto, and bring out the whole shebang to place on a pretty trivet between you and your beloved. Then do it again in March. And September. Because real-deal love isn’t a one-day only affair.
ZOMG. What is cuter than heart-shaped ravioli? It’s a lo-fi way to show you care. And do we have the right ravioli recipes for you, to match the stamp? You betcha: corn and ricotta; pumpkin with sage; even that most beloved four-cheese.
Chocolate and espresso mingle in the batter. Pretty-pink buttercream gets slathered on top of this Chocolate Espresso Valentine’s Heart Cake. If your person goes crazy for pink, or chocolate, or coffee, this is what you’re making him, her or them. And creating that gorgeous heart shape is as simple as combining square and round cake pans to delightful effect.
Man, this Red Velvet Bundt Cake recipe is easy. SO easy. Our heart-shaped Bundt pan does all the heavy lifting here, making it easy to prepare a make a spectacular treat in a little more than an hour. (It’s the hands-off time we love; electric beaters, and you’re off to the races!) Its fans say it’s remarkably moist, and it’s so stunning.
For those who obsess over them, there are Linzer cookies, and then there’s… everything else. The best Linzers (as their aficionados call them for short) are crunchy and just-sweet-enough, laced with exactly the right amount of raspberry jam. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to ship these traditional European cookies, handcrafted using an Austrian-born baker’s family recipes, straight to your door. They’re tasty with tea, Champagne, or coffee on Valentine’s Day morning.
Ah, yes. You knew it was coming, but it’s a heartbreaker none the less: the iconic heart-shaped box of chocolates. Look, if you’re going to go this way, which is as wonderfully classic as proposing in Paris or falling in love at first sight, make yours incredible. These, by La Maison du Chocolat, absolutely are. Think: silken pralines brimming with roasted almonds and hazelnuts; creamy, delicate ganache; orange zest; passion fruit; dark chocolate with raspberry. The Parisian shop La Maison du Chocolat has been around since 1977, bowling over people around the world with their exquisite sweets. As is true of all our heart-shaped chocolate boxes, these are at the top of their game.
You must be familiar with the adage “variety is the spice of life?” Well, candy boards are just the spot to put the old saying into play—mixing and matching bite-sized sweets and treats into a tantalizing spectrum of flavors, shapes and colors. Start with our lovely heart-shaped marble board, then follow our Instagram-worthy tips on how to load it up with a creatively curated array of Valentine’s confections.