21 Valentine Desserts that Won’t Break the Bank

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What is Valentine’s Day without a little bit of sugar?  Check out this lineup of 21 delicious Valentine desserts that won’t break the bank.

triple chocolate sundae with cherry on top

Pictured: Triple Chocolate Sundaes

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? It can be a pretty sweet day. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, I think it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a little dessert.

Seriously. Dessert makes everything better. It’s true. It’s a law of nature. Don’t you think?

I’ll confess that we’ve never done anything really big for Valentine’s Day… except for the time when I was 6 months pregnant, a blizzard was coming, and we actually had a babysitter lined up. We still went out to Cheesecake Factory. No one else was there!

And you better believe it. We had some Chocolate Cheesecake.

But, now, rather than going out to celebrate. I bake my own:

chocolate cheesecake with a bowl of raspberries

Make your own Valentine Desserts.

While it’s nice to pick up a bakery or catering dessert when you’re pressed for time, when you make your own Valentine desserts…, well, it’s more special. 

Cheaper, too!

I’ve got a huge delicious list of Valentine desserts to share with you, but first I want to offer these three tips for saving on Valentine’s food and goodies.

3 Ways to Save on Valentine’s Day

1. Consider celebrating on the 15th.

Yes, really. What difference does a day make? About 50%! You can easily cut your celebratory costs in half if you buy your flowers and candies a day after the holiday.

2. Shop your pantry and freezer.

I love a fancy celebratory meal just as the next person, and I’m really good at justifying the costs in my mind. But even so….

Check the cupboard and fridge before you head to the store for ingredients. There’s no use buying duplicates. And you just may find that you already have everything you need for a fantastic dinner or dessert!

3. Enough is as good as a feast

On holidays — and yes, Valentine’s Day is technically a holiday, sorta — it’s all too easy to justify big spending. But, seriously? You don’t need a lot to make an occasion special.

Light some candles, prepare a simple but special dinner, and choose one of these Good Cheap Sweets for a very nice Valentine celebration.

With those money-saving tips in mind, choose a Valentine dessert to prepare this year. It can be to share with anyone you love: spouse, partner, soul mate, best friend, child, or even co-workers. 

Dessert can make a friend out of anyone.

21 Sweet Valentine Desserts

What is Valentine’s Day without a little bit of sugar? I mean, sweets for the sweeties, right? Check out this lineup of 21 delicious Valentine desserts.


Chocolate Strawberry Scones

Scones are one of my favorite things to bake. They can be dressed up in so many ways, with fruit and chocolate or even cheese and formed into all kinds of shapes. Try out these delicate Chocolate Strawberry Scones. Bits of rich chocolate and sweet-tart strawberries add flavor and texture to […]

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Gramma John’s Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you love crispy chocolate chip cookies? Then you’ll love Gramma John’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are crispy and crunchy and tender inside. […]

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Peppermint Brownie Bites

Enjoy a super easy dessert with these Peppermint Brownie Bites. Lots of crunchy edges and a gooey center with just the right amount of mint! […]

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Lemon Meringue Sundae

Enjoy a sweet treat with a Lemon Meringue Sundae. Tart citrus flavor plays with creamy vanilla goodness for a taste combination that will knock your socks off. […]

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

With its sweet crumb top, tart cranberries, and rich chocolate, this Cranberry Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is perfect with coffee or milk. […]

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Buttery, Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter makes everything better. At least when it comes to baking these Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Make a batch and see for yourself! […]

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Jessika’s Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think these just might be the best chocolate chip cookies in the whole wide world. Try them and let me know. […]

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Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Enjoy salted toffee, chocolate-y goodness with these Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies. They are perfect for gift giving — or hoarding them all to yourself. […]

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Sorbet & Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache

Blood orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate ganache come together so nicely in this easy and delicious ice cream pie. […]

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Nanna’s Fantasy Fudge

Nanna’s Fantasy Fudge is foolproof. You don’t need any special equipment. It’s creamy, chocolatey, delicious homemade candy. […]

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Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake

Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you’ll see what I mean. […]

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Salted Caramel Mocha Icebox Cake

This icebox cake mimics the flavors of the Salted Caramel Mocha Frap, making it a must-do for the holiday season. It’s super easy to prepare, so there’s no reason not to. […]

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Strawberry and Chocolate Icebox Cakes

Want a most delicious dessert without heating the oven? Make these Strawberry and Chocolate Icebox Cakes for one of the easiest treats under the sun.

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Sweet Almond Toasts (Poorman’s Bostock)

These Sweet Almond Toasts are like the French Bostock, but with less expensive ingredients and a simpler preparation — and with all the great almond flavor and texture. […]

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Strawberry Oatcakes

Brighten someone’s morning with a batch of these buttery Strawberry Oatcakes. They’re hearty, flavorful, and not too sweet — a perfect start to the day! […]

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Enjoy the ice cream shop experience with this homemade Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made with just a few whole ingredients. […]

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Coconut Berry Salad Recipe

Enjoy in-season berries in this deliciously simple Coconut Berry Salad that can be made in just minutes. It’s the perfect healthy dessert that tastes super special. […]

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade chocolate pudding comes together in just a few minutes. Rich in chocolatey flavor, it makes a deliciously elegant dessert to serve to friends and family. […]

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

This Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake will be a hit with your holiday guests this year just as much as it will please the regulars around your coffee table. With flavors of raspberries, orange, and luscious cream cheese, it’s a delicious way to start the day! […]

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Chocolate Fondue for One or More

Chocolate fondue is a delicious dessert that can be customized in any number of ways. It's particularly delicious with berries and cinnamon puffs.

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Cinnamon Puffs

Cinnamon Puffs come together easily with commercial puff pastry and cinnamon sugar. They are delightful with tea, but even better dipped in chocolate.

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What’s YOUR favorite Valentine dessert?

21 Valentine Desserts That Won't Break the Bank

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Stephanie M. says

    Hi Jessica:

    All of your desserts look wonderful. The one that struck me the most and I printed out the recipe was the Robert Redford layered dessert in a jar. But as suggested, I am going to make this in a baking dish. I don’t recall seeing the size jars you mentioned in my local craft store; only the larger ones. I only wish Robert Redford was years younger and could eat some with me. He He He 🙂

    A nice dessert that comes to mind for Valentine’s Day is a parfait that I make sometimes.

    Make 1 box of raspberry jello and pour equally into 4 wine glasses. Refrigerate till cold.
    When cold, mix up 1 box (4 serving size) of chocolate mousse. I use Dr. Oetker’s. Divide that between each of the four glasses and top over jello. Refrigerate.

    When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

    On Christmas, I substitute pistachio pudding for the mousse so it’s red and green.

    Another Valentine’s snack I like to make are Linzer Tarts.

    2 cups flour
    2/3 cups cornstarch
    2 sticks of butter, softened
    1 cup confectioner’s sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp. Vanilla

    Mix together in a small bowl, flour and cornstarch. Cream together in another bowl butter and confectioner’s sugar. Add egg and vanilla to the butter mixture. Then, gradually add the flour mixture. Roll flat 1-inch to 2-inch thick. Refrigerate overnight. Next day, the dough will be a little hard so work it till it softens up a little and roll to desired thickness. Press with a tart press, or a glass or for Valentine’s Day a heart shaped cookie cutter. With a small round hole maker, (I use an orange juicer), put a hole in the center of half of the cookies. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Do not overbrown. When removing from oven, put cookies on a cotton dishtowel or something that won’t leave fibers on the cookies. Let cool. Dust tops of cookies (the ones with the holes) with confectioner’s sugar and spread bottom halves with whatever jam you like; I usually make half raspberry and the other half I use Nutella. Then put cookies together and enjoy.


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