27 recipes that make Valentine's Day worth all the effort

Jan 20, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is gonna come every year — so why not embrace it?

It's a great excuse to bathe in champagne, make an over-the-top breakfast in bed, and sip on pink cocktails. Even if you're single, these decadent recipes make celebrating the holiday worthwhile.

Originally published February 2016. Updated January 2017.

1 /28: Strawberry waffles

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1/28 :Strawberry waffles

2 /28: Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookie valentines

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2/28 :Fruit Roll-Ups fortune cookie valentines

3 /28: Heart-shaped French toast stacks

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3/28 :Heart-shaped French toast stacks

4 /28: Brownie heart sandwiches

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4/28 :Brownie heart sandwiches

5 /28: Red velvet pancakes

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5/28 :Red velvet pancakes

6 /28: No-bake red velvet cheesecake

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6/28 :No-bake red velvet cheesecake

7 /28: Ancho chili-chocolate truffles

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7/28 :Ancho chili-chocolate truffles

8 /28: Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes

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8/28 :Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes

9 /28: Valentine love bug snacks

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9/28 :Valentine love bug snacks

10 /28: Chocolate-stuffed red velvet monkey bread

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10/28 :Chocolate-stuffed red velvet monkey bread

11 /28: Chocolate-cherry martini

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11/28 :Chocolate-cherry martini

12 /28: Triple-chocolate brownie waffles

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12/28 :Triple-chocolate brownie waffles

13 /28: Easy heart-shaped napoleons

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13/28 :Easy heart-shaped napoleons

14 /28: 3-D lovebird cookies

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14/28 :3-D lovebird cookies

15 /28: Heart-shaped s'mores pops

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15/28 :Heart-shaped s'mores pops

16 /28: Gluten-free soft frosted sugar cookies

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16/28 :Gluten-free soft frosted sugar cookies

17 /28: Heart-shaped brownies with caramel

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17/28 :Heart-shaped brownies with caramel

18 /28: Neon "LOVE" fudge

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18/28 :Neon "LOVE" fudge

19 /28: Red velvet cheesecake ball

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19/28 :Red velvet cheesecake ball

20 /28: Angel's kiss cocktail

20/28 :Angel's kiss cocktail

21 /28: Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats

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21/28 :Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats

22 /28: Be-my-valentine mini cupcakes

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22/28 :Be-my-valentine mini cupcakes

23 /28: Strawberry cake with brownie frosting

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23/28 :Strawberry cake with brownie frosting

24 /28: Valentine's Day petits fours

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24/28 :Valentine's Day petits fours

25 /28: Chocolate-covered nibbles

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25/28 :Chocolate-covered nibbles

26 /28: Red velvet fondue

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26/28 :Red velvet fondue

27 /28: Red hot cinnamon fudge

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27/28 :Red hot cinnamon fudge

28 /28: Pin it

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28/28 :Pin it