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27 Recipes that make Valentine's Day totally worth it

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine's Day as an actual holiday, it's a great excuse to make over-the-top breakfast in bed, ridiculously indulgent desserts and pink cocktails. Here are all the recipes that will make you wish Valentine's Day happened every month.

Breakfast

1. Heart-shaped Nutella-strawberry French toast stacks recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

The ultimate breakfast in bed is anything that includes a healthy dose of Nutella.

2. Pretty-in-pink strawberry waffles recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Since it's Valentine's Day, it's OK to dye waffles pink. It's practically required.

3. Triple-chocolate brownie waffles with red velvet ganache recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Make sure you eat these over-the-top chocolaty waffles in bed so you're in the right place when the food coma hits.

4. Red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Red velvet had to make its way into breakfast too, right?

Edible valentines

5. Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Make everyone think you're the queen of Pinterest with these totally edible valentines.

6. Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookie valentines recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

You'll win Valentine's Day with these Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookies.

Too-cute Valentine's Day food crafts

7. Neon "LOVE" fudge recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Literally spell out your love in neon fudge.

8. 3-D lovebird cookies recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

These lovebird cookies are such sweet tweets. (See what I did there?)

9. Valentine love bug snacks recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

You can even get olives and tomatoes in on the Valentine's Day action.

Heart-shaped treats

10. Brownie heart sandwiches with raspberry buttercream recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Even if you're not the queen of Pinterest, you can make these brownie sandwiches, I promise.

11. Heart-shaped brownies with salted caramel and pecans recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Chewy homemade brownies and salted caramel? What's everyone else having?

12. Easy heart-shaped napoleons recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Finally, a good reason to use that package of puff pastry that's been sitting in your freezer since the holidays.

13. Heart-shaped s'mores pops recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Someone should figure out how to make these s'mores giant sized, because I would require many of these in one sitting.

14. Funfetti conversation heart Rice Krispies Treats recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

For that random box of conversation hearts that ended up in your candy drawer. (Doesn't everyone have a candy drawer?)

15. Gluten-free soft frosted valentine sugar cookies recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Image: Nicole Hunn

I don't know a lot about gluten-free baking, but I do know these sugar cookies look delicious.

Decadent desserts

16. Easy, no-bake, red velvet cheesecake recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Easy and no-bake? Now you're speaking my language.

17. Ancho chili-chocolate truffles with spicy cocoa powder recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

The perfect combination of sugar and spice.

18. Be-my-valentine mini cupcakes recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting can be my valentine all day long.

19. White chocolate-stuffed red velvet monkey bread recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Your Valentine's Day must include plenty of sprinkles.

20. Strawberry cake with brownie frosting and chocolate-covered strawberries recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

If you think the outside of this cake looks good, wait until you slice into it. Hello, gorgeous!

21. Red hot cinnamon fudge recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

This fudge is too hot to handle.

22. Valentine's Day petits fours recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

When the cakes are this tiny, it's OK to eat a dozen.

23. Red velvet cheesecake ball recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

The lazy version of the cheesecake above. No crust required.

24. Sweet, spicy and salty chocolate-covered nibbles recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Make it a chocolate-covered Valentine's Day. Isn't that the best kind?

25. Red velvet fondue recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

Is there anything sexier than fondue?

Cocktails

26. Angel's kiss cocktail recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

It's pretty, it's pink, it's the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail.

27. Chocolate-cherry martini recipe

The most drool-worthy Valentine's Day recipes you need to make this year

I would take a chocolate-covered cherry martini over a box of chocolates any day.

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