Heart-Shaped Dessert Recipes For Valentine's Day (PHOTOS)

They may sound too cute to eat, but we assure you that is not the case.

Instead of heart-shaped boxes filled with so-so chocolates or a reservation at a restaurant crowded with the worst kind of couples, give your Valentine a gift with a little more personality: Homemade, heart-shaped desserts.

Cookie cutters, stencils and specially-shaped pans can transform ordinary desserts into treats that are unique to the occasion. Make your desserts heart-shaped may take a little extra effort, but the results are completely adorable.

Heart-shaped cookies, pies, pancakes and cakes may sound too cute to eat, but we assure you that is not the case. See for yourself -- check out these 20 lovely Valentine's Day desserts:

Lavender-Infused Caramels
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Cherry Cordial Cupcakes
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Peppermint Hearts
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Sugar Hearts
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Chip Cookies
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Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies
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S'more Chocolate Pots
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Chocolate Souffle and Lava Cake
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Surprise Heart Cake
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Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies
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Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies
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Heart Cake
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Strawberry Pancakes
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Heart Shaped Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cakes
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Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies
Little Leopard Book
Heart Brownies
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Valentine’s Sugar Cookies with Poured Royal Icing
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Caramel Pot de Creme
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Chocolate Nutella Alfajores
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Sprinkled Strawberry Scones
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