There are all kinds of ways you can say, "I love you" on Valentine's day, but we think chocolate is your best bet. We know that a homemade chocolate treat will win our hearts, and we bet you can use it to win hearts, too. So try our Valentine's chocolate recipes for a sweet way to say happy Valentine's Day.
Break Another Piece of My Heart Cookie
Homemade cookies are always a great way to go for Valentine's Day, and these rich chocolate cookies say, "I love you" in no uncertain terms.
- 3½ ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
- 2⅔ cups of powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 325°F.
- Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
- Place the melted chocolate into the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the cocoa powder and ⅓ of the powdered sugar.
- Beat them until they're well blended.
- Add one egg white and beat until it's completely incorporated.
- Add another ⅓ of the powdered sugar, then add the next egg white.
- When these are completely incorporated, add the remaining powdered sugar, the last egg white, and the vanilla extract.
- Beat on a high setting until the batter is smooth, about two minutes.
- Turn off the mixer and let the batter stand for five minutes.
- If the dough seems too dry or is too crumbly to hold a shape, add a tablespoon or two of water.
- If the dough is sticky, add a little more powdered sugar. The dough should be a bit more dry than sticky.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Place one half between two sheets of parchment paper and carefully roll it out to ¼-inch thick.
- Carefully peel off the parchment from one side and then gently place it back.
- Flip the dough over and peel off the top piece of parchment.
- Using a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can.
- Carefully place the cookies on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment. The dough will be soft, and you might need to use a spatula to lift and move them.
- Re-roll and re-cut any unused dough.
- Repeat this process with the second half of the dough.
- Bake the cookies for about ten minutes or until the top of the cookie looks dry, no more than 13 minutes.
- Dust the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar or dip half in white chocolate candy melts and sprinkle with sprinkles.
It's helpful if you have a small amount of powdered sugar handy to dip the cutter into to keep the cutter from sticking to the cookies when you cut them out.
This rich dark chocolate no-bake dessert from France is just fancy enough to say, "Will you be my Valentine?"
- 1 pound of bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 cup of butter softened
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 6 large eggs separated
- 2 yolks
- Pinch of salt
- Butter a small, 8 x 4-inch, loaf pan.
- Line the pan with two sheets of plastic wrap, making sure there's plenty of wrap overhanging the sides of the pan. The two layers of plastic are there to make the removal of the chocolate easier.
- Melt the butter and the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat.
- Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove the chocolate from the heat.
- Beat in the sugar, then beat in the egg yolks. You can use a whisk or a hand mixer for this step.
- Using your stand mixer, beat the egg whites just to stiff peaks.
- Gently fold one-third of the egg whites into the melted chocolate.
- Then gently fold another third of the egg whites into the chocolate.
- Finally, fold in the last third of the egg whites.
- Once all the egg whites have been just blended, stop folding.
- Gently pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan.
- Cover the chocolate with the overhanging plastic and place it into your freezer for at least 6 hours.
- Fifteen minutes before you want to serve your marquise, take it out of the freezer.
- Unwrap it and pop it out of the pan.
- If the marquise is stuck, heat an offset palette knife in hot water and run it around the edges of the pan.
- If the Marquise is not smooth, use the warmed palette knife to smooth out the surface.
- Heat a long, thin knife in hot water and use this to slice ½-inch thick slices from the loaf.
- Serve with strawberries and whipped cream.
This seductive shot of hot chocolate comes from Turin, Italy, and we know that anyone who drinks it will definitely want to be your Valentine.
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 cups of hot strong-brewed coffee (like espresso)
- 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- Bring the milk just to a boil and then remove it from the heat.
- Pour the coffee into a heatproof bowl and melt the chocolate into the coffee.
- Add the sugar to the coffee/chocolate mix.
- Whisk until it's smooth.
- Whisk in the hot milk.
- Taste and adjust the mix for sugar.
- Pour into an espresso cup.
- Top with a small bit of shaved chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder.
Share Your Love in Chocolate This Valentine's Day
These three sweet treats bring all the chocolate flavor this Valentine's Day. So serve your sweetheart something special and from the heart with our Valentine's Day chocolate recipes.