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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...

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Valentine's Day recipes

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Valentine's Day recipes

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.

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Neon "LOVE" fudge

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Neon "LOVE" fudge

Literally spell out your love in neon fudge.

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Valentine love bug snacks

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Valentine love bug snacks

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

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Chocolate-cherry martini

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Chocolate-cherry martini

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

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Triple-chocolate brownie waffles

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Triple-chocolate brownie waffles

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

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Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookie valentines

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Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookie valentines

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

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Easy heart-shaped napoleons

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Easy heart-shaped napoleons

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

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Heart-shaped French toast stacks

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Heart-shaped French toast stacks

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

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3-D lovebird cookies

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3-D lovebird cookies

These lovebird cookies are such sweet tweets.

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Brownie heart sandwiches

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Brownie heart sandwiches

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

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Red velvet pancakes

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Red velvet pancakes

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

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Heart-shaped s'mores pops

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Heart-shaped s'mores pops

Valentine's Day is as good a reason as any for s'mores.

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Gluten-free soft frosted sugar cookies

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Gluten-free soft frosted sugar cookies

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

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Heart-shaped brownies with caramel

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Heart-shaped brownies with caramel

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

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No-bake red velvet cheesecake

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No-bake red velvet cheesecake

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

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Red velvet cheesecake ball

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Red velvet cheesecake ball

The even easier version of the no-bake cheesecake. No crust required.

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Ancho chili-chocolate truffles

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Ancho chili-chocolate truffles

The perfect combination of sugar and spice.

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Angel's kiss cocktail

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Angel's kiss cocktail

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

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Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats

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Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats

For that random box of conversation hearts that ended up in your candy drawer.

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Be-my-valentine mini cupcakes

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Be-my-valentine mini cupcakes

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

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Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes

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Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes

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

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Chocolate-stuffed red velvet monkey bread

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Chocolate-stuffed red velvet monkey bread

Your Valentine's Day must include plenty of sprinkles.

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Strawberry cake with brownie frosting

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Strawberry cake with brownie frosting

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

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Valentine's Day petits fours

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Valentine's Day petits fours

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

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Chocolate-covered nibbles

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Chocolate-covered nibbles

Sweet, salty or spicy. Cover it all in chocolate this Valentine's Day. 

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Red velvet fondue

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Red velvet fondue

Is there anything sexier than chocolate fondue?

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Red hot cinnamon fudge

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Red hot cinnamon fudge

This fudge is too hot to handle.

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You'll want to make these recipes every February.

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