Many people think of Valentine’s Day as the love-themed holiday. They associate it with romance and sappy movies and couples and candlelit dinners. But when I think of Valentine’s Day, only one thing comes to mind – and that thing is chocolate.

To me, this is just another food-centric holiday – just another excuse to bake your little heart out and eat until you’re pregnant with food quintuplets, regardless of your relationship status.


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So when you do indulge this Valentine’s Day, and you KNOW you will, why settle for a lame box of store-bought chocolates just like every other year? Instead, try something new and check out these ah-mazing desserts.

1. Chocolate-Covered Slutty Rice Krispie Treats


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Meet the slutty brownie’s even tastier cousin. Recipe here.

2. Hot Chocolate Cookies


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Why drink your hot chocolate when you can bake it into something this delicious?

3. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


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When you combine your favorite breakfast food and your favorite cookie, magic happens. Get the recipe here.

4. Strawberry And Chocolate Waffles


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Because chocolate-covered waffles are always a good idea. Recipe here.

5. Chocolate Chip Cookie-Stuffed Brownie Cupcakes


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We’re not sure if it’s a cupcake, a brownie, or a cookie. We just know it’s delicious. Find the recipe here.

6. Chocolate Linguine With Chocolate Sauce and Berries


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Who said you can’t have dessert for dinner? Get the recipe.

7. Dark Chocolate Macarons


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There’s no need to go all the way to Laduree for the perfect macaron.

#SpoonTip: But if trendy NYC desserts are indeed your thing, check these out.

8. Chocolate Chip Caramel Peanut Butter Bars


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Sweet, gooey, tooth-rotting, and delicious. Recipe here.

9. Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake


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If you still haven’t tried Biscoff, you haven’t lived. Use this recipe.

10. Cinnamon Roll Waffle Sandwich with Bacon, Nutella, PB and Chocolate Chips


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All of your favorite things combined into one unreal handheld dessert.

11. Double Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cookies


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So good no one will ever suspect that they’re vegan. Recipe here.

#SpoonTip: Click here for even more vegan goodness.

12. Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies


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For when you want to put an elegant twist on the chocolate chip cookie. Find the recipe here.

13. Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes


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Mindblowingly tasty and even more mind-blowingly easy to make. Recipe here.

14. Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes


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Use up your leftover peppermint Oreos from the holidays in these cupcakes. Your tastebuds will thank you.

15. Almond Pecan Brownies


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I’m sure you’ll be NUTS for this crunchy and vegan take on the classic brownie. Find the recipe here.

16. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Biscotti


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One of the world’s oldest and most delicious flavor combinations, guaranteed to impress. Recipe here.

#SpoonTip: Check out this article if you love all things chocolate and peanut butter.

17. Oreo Marshmallow Fluff Brownies


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After eating these, we promise you’ll never look at brownies the same way again. Find the recipe here.

18. Chocolate Mocha Pancakes


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These pancakes are the ultimate morning-after breakfast.

19. Chocolate Chip Cookie and Nutella Ice Box Cake


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Ice cream, cookies, and Nutella. Triple yes. Get the recipe here.

#SpoonTip: Real Nutella-lovers, click here.