Best Valentines Day Desserts

Valentines Day Desserts

Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day (“It’s the best!” or “It was invented by the devil!”), you have to admit that it’s a great excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth. This year, bake one of these 68 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes (with love, of course) to complete your romantic dinner menu. We’ve got recipes for everything from chocolate cake to heart-shaped brownies to no-bake cheesecake jars that are perfect for indulging on February 14 with your other half.

RELATED: THE 35 BEST VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIES TO MAKE WITH YOUR FAMILY

 

red velvet whoopie pie recipe

ERIN MCDOWELL

1. RED VELVET WHOOPIE PIES

That’s a cream cheese and marshmallow filling, in case you needed another reason to make these.

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gluten free chocolate rose petal brownies recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

2. NO-BAKE, GLUTEN-FREE ROSE PETAL BROWNIES

Psst: They’re also vegan and sugar-free.

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strawberry shortcake cupcakes recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

3. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CUPCAKES

You know how we feel about dessert mash-ups.

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red velvet lava cake recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

4. RED VELVET LAVA CAKES

The gooey chocolate center really seals the deal. (A scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t hurt either.)

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pink heart shaped doughnuts recipe

SALLYS BAKING ADDICTION

5. PINK PARTY DOUGHNUTS

Official proclamation: Dessert for breakfast is totally fine on V-Day.

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valentines day dessert recipes cupids cupcakes

SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION

6. CUPID’S CUPCAKES

Between the strawberry-Nutella buttercream and freeze-dried strawberry dust, you’re officially Cupid in an apron.

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valentines day dessert recipes red velvet brownies

THE RECIPE CRITIC

7. RED VELVET BROWNIES

Savor everything you love about red velvet cake without fussing with all those layers.

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valentines day dessert recipes mini chocolate tarts

SAVING ROOM FOR DESSERT

8. MINI CHOCOLATE TARTS

These dainty little tartlets are bound to impress, but they’re actually super easy to make. (You don’t even need a rolling pin.)

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valentines day dessert recipes valentines day cupcakes for two

THE CUPCAKE PROJECT

9. VALENTINE’S DAY CUPCAKES FOR TWO

A pair of chocolate spice cakes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, ready in just ten minutes. Thanks, Coterie member Stefani Pollack.

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valentines day dessert recipes salted caramel brownies

PINCH OF YUM

10. SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES

Be still our salty-sweet loving heart. A heart-shaped cookie cutter makes them holiday appropriate in a flash.

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valentines day dessert recipes lemon rose shortbread cookies

HALF BAKED HARVEST

11. LEMON ROSE SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Want a break from chocolate? We love these delicate, buttery shortbread cookies. Add some rose petals if you’re feeling fancy.

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valentines day dessert recipes mini berry nutella heart pies

HOW SWEET EATS

12. MINI BERRY NUTELLA HEART PIES

We love the way the berry filling peeks out the tops of these adorable hand pies. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a pile of extra napkins.

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valentines day dessert recipes chocolate sandwich cookies

WELL PLATED BY ERIN

13. CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES WITH RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

The raspberry-cream cheese frosting works overtime, adding much-needed tang to the cookie-brownie base.

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valentines day dessert recipes easy nutella mousse

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

14. EASY NUTELLA MOUSSE

Mousse seems like the kind of dessert reserved for fancy restaurants, but it’s actually so simple to make at home.

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LAURA WING AND JIM KAMOOSI

15. RED WINE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Two V-Day icons in one decadent dessert. It only takes four additional pantry staples to pull them together.

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valentine s day dessert recipes almond raspberry cake bites recipe

PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

16. BITE-SIZE ALMOND RASPBERRY SPOON CAKES

Indulge a little or a lot (like, a dozen).

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valentine s day dessert recipes valentines day cookies conversation heart cookies

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17. CONVERSATION HEART SUGAR COOKIES

Might we suggest wrapping these up in cute goodie bags for the kids’ classmates?

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valentine s day dessert recipes Chrissy Teigen s 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

AUBRIE PICK/CRAVINGS: HUNGRY FOR MORE

18. CHRISSY TEIGEN’S 3-INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

You only need dairy and chocolate chips for the mousse, but the salty crackle of Rice Krispies and hazelnuts is well worth the extra work.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Valentine s Popcorn

GIMME SOME OVEN

19. VALENTINES DAY WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN

Three ingredients, plus the optional (read: essential) addition of sprinkles and conversation hearts.

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valentine s day dessert recipes strawberry magic shell recipe

PHOTO: MARK WEINBERG/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

20. 3-INGREDIENT STRAWBERRY ICE-CREAM SHELL

It’s never too cold out for sundaes in our book.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Mini Tiramisu Recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

21. MINI TIRAMISU

Feel free to pour the brandy or rum with a heavy hand when preparing this coffee-laced treat.

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valentine s day dessert recipes m m cheesecake cookie bars

WHATS GABY COOKING

22. M&M CHEESECAKE COOKIE BARS

Chewy, tangy, creamy and flat-out festive.

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valentine s day dessert recipes ruby red grapefruit panna cotta recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

23. RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT PANNA COTTA

This Italian treat is timelessly elegant and only calls for six ingredients.

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valentine s day dessert recipes valentines day cookies chocolate shortbread heart cookies

TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

24. CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD HEART COOKIES

Use Dutch processed cocoa powder for a richer chocolate flavor.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Gluten Free Apple Rose Tart

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

25. GLUTEN-FREE APPLE ROSE TART

The press-in pecan crust is a breeze to assemble, meaning you’ll have plenty of time and energy left to craft the apple-rose toppers.

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valentine s day dessert recipes meringue nutella sandwiches 921

ERIN MCDOWELL

26. NUTELLA SANDWICH COOKIES

Tiny meringues stuffed with chocolate-hazelnut spread? Excuse us while we inhale the whole plate.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Raspberry Rose Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

BROMA BAKERY

27. RASPBERRY ROSE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES FOR TWO

The keys to the frosting are raspberry preserves and a dash of rose water.

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valentine s day dessert recipes blood orange granita recipe

PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

28. 3-INGREDIENT BLOOD ORANGE GRANITA

This grown-up take on shaved ice isn’t limited to summertime, especially during citrus season.

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valentine s day dessert recipes easy frosted valentine sugar cookies

FOODIE CRUSH

29. EASY FROSTED VALENTINE SUGAR COOKIES

Your kids will be chomping at the bit to help decorate them.

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valentine s day dessert recipes rose poached pears 921

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

30. ROSÉ POACHED PEARS WITH GINGER AND VANILLA

The only way we’re eating fruit for dessert from now on is if it’s soaked in wine.

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valentine s day dessert recipes berry souffles vertical

PHOTO: MARK WEINBERG/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

31. BLUEBERRY, BLACKBERRY AND RASPBERRY SOUFFLÉS

The secret to foolproof soufflé? Don’t overmix the batter.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Easy Valentine s Day Nougat

A PRETTY LIFE IN THE SUBURBS

32. EASY VALENTINE’S DAY NOUGAT CANDY

We didn’t know mini marshmallows had this in them.

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valentine s day dessert recipes marshmallow cups recipe

PHOTO: MATT DUTILE/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

33. EASY CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW CUPS

Your date is sure to ask what fancy candy store you bought them at.

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valentine s day dessert recipes red velvet crinkle cookies

TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

34. RED VELVET CRINKLE COOKIES

Boxed cake mix never looked this good.

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valentine s day dessert recipes pink chocolate dipped palmiers

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35. PINK CHOCOLATE DIPPED PALMIERS

How classy are these? No one would guess you started with store-bought palmiers.

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valentine s day dessert recipes No Bake Dessert Lasagna

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

36. NO-BAKE DESSERT LASAGNA

This frees your oven up to cook Valentine’s Day dinner.

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valentine s day dessert recipes strawberry cake mix cookies

AVERIE COOKS

37. STRAWBERRY CAKE MIX COOKIES WITH VANILLA CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Pair it with a batch of chocolate-covered strawberries.

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valentine s day dessert recipes vegan gluten free dark chocolate ginger tart recipe

NISHA VORA

38. VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE DARK CHOCOLATE GINGER TART

No butter, eggs or milk to be found here.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Frozen Chocolate Souffle Recipe

PHOTO: ERIC MORAN/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

39. FROZEN CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ

Scared of your soufflé deflating before it hits the table? This foolproof recipe calls for freezing it for a few hours instead of baking.

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valentine s day dessert recipes raspberry hugs chocolate cookies

TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

40. RASPBERRY HUGS CHOCOLATE COOKIES

They’re stuffed with creamy raspberry-chocolate candies.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake Recipe

ERIN MCDOWELL

41. CHOCOLATE GLAZED ESPRESSO CHEESECAKE

Ending dinner with coffee and dessert has a whole new meaning.

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valentine s day dessert recipes brigadeiro recipe RCP

TARYN PIRE

42. THE EASIEST 3-INGREDIENT BRIGADEIRO

Our pink strawberry milk version has V-Day written all over it.

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valentine s day dessert recipes red velvet ice cream sandwich

FLOATING KITCHEN

43. RED VELVET ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Chocolate-cream cheese ice cream + chocolate cookies = a one-way ticket to our happy place.

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valentine s day dessert recipes chocolate raspberry fool recipe

PHOTO: CHRISTINE HAN/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

44. CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY FOOL

As simple to make as a microwave mug cake, but so much more satisfying and impressive.

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valentine s day dessert recipes valentine s day chocolate chip cookies

A PRETTY LIFE IN THE SUBURBS

45. VALENTINES DAY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These just never get old, do they?

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valentine s day dessert recipes pie crust straws vertical

PHOTO: MATT DUTILE/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

46. BLACKBERRY JAM PIE-CRUST STRAWS

Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, these come together in just 35 minutes.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Heart Pancakes

TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

47. HEART PANCAKES

Serve them to the kids for breakfast or stack them with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries for dessert.

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valentine s day dessert recipes neapolitan pie recipe

PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

48. NEAPOLITAN PIE

Complete with layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry custard. The nostalgia is real.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry Pavlova Recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

49. GLUTEN-FREE LEMON-RASPBERRY PAVLOVA

One perk of having pavlova instead of cake? You can have two (or, ahem, three) slices without feeling too bogged down.

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valentine s day dessert recipes strawberry cardamom and pistachio pavlova bites recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

50. STRAWBERRY, CARDAMOM AND PISTACHIO PAVLOVA BITES

Wow. We can hear your date’s oohs and aahs already.

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valentine s day dessert recipes brownie bites recipe

PHOTO: MATT DUTILE/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

51. CHOCOLATE-STUFFED BROWNIE BITES

Chewy at the edges, fudgy in the middle and stuffed with your favorite milk chocolate.

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valentine s day dessert recipes Angel Food Cake Recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

52. ANGEL FOOD CAKE

It’s light as air, leaving you with plenty of room for another glass of vino.

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valentine s day dessert recipes puff pastry thyme galette recipe 921

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

53. PUFF-PASTRY PLUM AND THYME GALETTE

Just lay the puff pastry in a skillet, pile on the fruit and bake to golden-brown perfection.

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valentine s day dessert recipes churro bites with chocolate sauce recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

54. CHURRO BITES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar is our love language.

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LAURA WING AND JIM KAMOOSI

55. CHOCOLATE CHARCUTERIE BOARD

Alternative charcuterie boards are ever-trendy for a reason. Pair chocolate with cookies for crunch, popcorn for salt and fresh raspberries for tartness.

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valentines day desserts gingerbread cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

56. CARAMEL-STUFFED GINGERBREAD CRINKLE COOKIES

We have nothing against old-school gingerbread, but we’re swooning over the gooey, molten caramel centers in these sweets.

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valentines day desserts no bake cheesecake

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

57. NO-BAKE MINI MASON JAR SPICED CHEESECAKES

Thanks to store-bought red currant jelly, these little cheesecakes take ten minutes to prepare before magically coming together in the fridge.

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valentines day desserts thumbprint cookies

THE ALMOND EATER

58. CRANBERRY CHAI SPICE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Bursting with blood oranges, cranberries and cinnamon.

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valentine s day dessert recipes spiced palmiers recipe

PHOTO: CHRISTINE HAN/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

59. SPICED PALMIERS

These patisserie-quality cookies are a labor of love…but that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, isn’t it?

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valentine s day dessert recipes espresso streusel coffee cake recipe v2

PHOTO/STYLING: KATHERINE GILLEN

60. ESPRESSO STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE

Best served alongside a cup of joe. (Or even better, coffee spiked with Baileys.) Savor the leftovers the next morning.

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valentine s day dessert recipes raspberry choux puffs recipe 921

MARK ROPER/SO FRENCH SO SWEET

61. RASPBERRY CHOUX PUFFS

Just looking at these cuties gives us all the warm fuzzies. The crème pâtissière has a surprise whipped inside: passionfruit pulp.

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valentine s day dessert recipes chocolate and salted peanut crepe cake recipe

KRISTINA CHO/MOONCAKES AND MILK BREAD

62. CHOCOLATE AND SALTED PEANUT CRÊPE CAKE

Forget fussing over piped frosting and daintily cut fruit. This shockingly simple crêpe cake is a lazy baker’s dream.

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valentine s day dessert recipes cardamom creme brulee recipe

PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

63. CARDAMOM CRÈME BRÛLÉE

Steeping whole cardamom pods in the cream not only offers warm spice to the custard, but it also modernizes the dessert and plucks it right out of ’90s territory.

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valentine s day dessert recipes mexican hot chocolate cookies recipe

ED ANDERSON/TREJOS TACOS COOKBOOK

64. MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIES

They’re essentially double chocolate chip cookies dusted with cayenne-spiked cinnamon sugar. We’d make a pot of hot cocoa for dunking them in, if we were you.

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valentine s day dessert recipes espresso chocolate bundt cake with salted caramel glaze recipe

JONATHAN METER/THE SWEET SIDE OF SOURDOUGH

65. ESPRESSO-CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE WITH SALTED CARAMEL GLAZE

Believe it or not, this crowd-pleaser starts with an unexpected ingredient: active sourdough starter.

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valentine s day dessert recipes fig dark chocolate brownies recipe

JONATHAN METER/THE SWEET SIDE OF SOURDOUGH

66. FIG–DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Honey-like fig jam, dark chocolate and Dutch process cocoa powder make for the coziest winter dessert of all time. You’ll need a tall glass of milk for this one.

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valentine s day dessert recipes spring desserts tie dye sugar cookies recipe

PHOTO/STYLING: KATHERINE GILLEN

67. TIE-DYE SUGAR COOKIES

If Valentine’s Day is a family affair at your house, look no further than these marbled handhelds that the kids will be eager to help you decorate.

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valentine s day dessert recipes giant peanut butter cup recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

68. GIANT PEANUT BUTTER CUP

Nothing says “I love you” like a piece of homemade candy that’s nine inches wide. Consider your dinner date wooed.

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