Food & Drink

Be Mine: 12 Homemade Sweets For Your Valentine

Nothing says “Be Mine” like a decadent homemade dessert. From Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes to Chocolate Fondue, these yummy desserts are sure to win hearts. (And if you don’t have a special someone at the moment, treat yourself!)

Spoon into these lemon cakes and discover a delightful surprise: the batter separates while baking into a fluffy cake atop a luscious lemon pudding. They have all the flavor of lemon pie with none of the fuss — and they’re practically guilt free! GET THE RECIPE

There’s much to love about this pie: a chocolate cookie crust, a creamy chocolate pudding center, and a pillowy whipped cream topping. GET THE RECIPE

This dreamy dessert was inspired by the “Obsessive Ricotta Cheesecake” in Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano, Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen. Made with cream cheese, ricotta cheese and a ground almond crust, it’s a hybrid between an American-style cheesecake and an Italian-style cheesecake. GET THE RECIPE

Who can resist a red velvet cupcake? These have a subtle chocolate flavor, deep mahogany color, and lavish swirl of tangy cream cheese frosting on top. GET THE RECIPE

“Forget” these cookies in the oven overnight, then wake-up to kiss-shaped chocolate chip meringues that are as light as a cloud. GET THE RECIPE

With a chocolate cookie crust, creamy peanut butter layer and smooth-as-silk milk chocolate topping, these squares are simply to-die-for. GET THE RECIPE

AKA chocolate lava cakes, these individual treats ooze with rich molten centers. Surprisingly, they’re easy enough for even the novice baker to make at home. GET THE RECIPE

Latin Flan is a rich, sweet custard topped with caramel sauce. This version tastes like a cross between pudding and cheesecake. GET THE RECIPE

What’s better than homemade chocolate pudding? Homemade chocolate pudding sundaes, of course! Kids love them, adults love them — these are hard to beat! GET THE RECIPE

Popular in Latin America, Tres Leches Cake is a light and fluffy cake soaked with a mixture of three milks. In this version, rum is added to the soaking liquid and a simple rum-spiked dulce de leche glaze covers the cake. My husband calls it “heaven on earth.” GET THE RECIPE

Spiked with bourbon and studded with chunks of dark chocolate, this warm, chocolate-y bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with vanilla ice cream and it’s like a grown-up brownie sundae. GET THE RECIPE

Who doesn’t love a bowl of melted chocolate surrounded by cookies, marshmallows and fruit?! This swoon-worthy dessert has only four ingredients and can be made in the microwave. Happy Valentine’s Day! GET THE RECIPE