Sweetheart Thumbprint Cookies
Tell your sweeties, "You're my jam!" in a way that'll turn them into jelly. Simply roll butter-cookie dough into balls, and press the handle end of a spoon into each twice to make a V that expands as it bakes (genius!). Then sprinkle with sanding sugar, fill the indentations with warmed preserves, and give your heart away again and again.
Fondue for Two
For a romantic Valentine's Day dinner or a cozy date night in, serve a pot of this rich, gooey mix of Gruyere and fontina. It's the perfect partner for all kinds of dippers: roasted potatoes, bread cubes and sticks, fennel, apple, salami, you name it.
Chocolate Heart Cupcakes
In this irresistible Valentine's Day dessert, half the batch is decorated with chocolate hearts stamped out of the cupcakes with a cookie cutter, while the other half is topped with vanilla frosting hearts.
Valentine's Day Cinnamon Toast
Serve up a sweet breakfast by spelling out your feelings on cinnamon-sugar toast. Parchment paper and a pair of scissors are all you need to make the easy stencils.
Individual Chicken Potpies
Homemade comfort food prepared with love, like these classic chicken potpies, can inspire as much romance as any four-star restaurant meal on Valentine's Day. Want to feed the whole family? Just double the recipe.
Easy Chocolate Truffles
For these five-ingredient truffles, it takes only a few minutes to whip up a batch of rich ganache from heavy cream and semisweet chocolate. After pouring the mixture into a pan and chilling, you can choose to take the easy route and simply cut them into bite-size squares, or roll up your sleeves and form them into beautiful bonbons.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.
Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes
There's something extra-special about an individually sized dessert -- especially when it's a molten chocolate cake served warm out of the oven. You can prepare these rich chocolate pudding cakes up to a day ahead and refrigerate them, then just pop them in the oven when you sit down to dinner. They'll be done by the time you're ready for dessert. And they reheat easily, so you can have two one night and two the next. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter).
Skillet Pancake for Two
Is there a more romantic breakfast than a pancake for two? This oversize blueberry version is infinitely adaptable, too. Stir in either buttermilk or a combo of milk and yogurt for a kick of tangy flavor, and sub in just about any fruit. The result is a skillet-size, super-airy, crispy-edged delight to share.