18 Easy Valentine's Day Desserts

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These last-minute easy Valentine's Day desserts are perfect for families who've had a busy week but want to celebrate the holiday with their kids with a sweet treat.

A jar full of rice crispie bar pops with pink icing and sprinkles.

Not everyone has time for baking from scratch. I get it! We're in an especially busy season right now, too.

Just because life is busy, doesn't mean you have to totally skip the holiday. Instead, I've gathered a list of super-fun Valentine's Day treats for you to make either for or with your kids this weekend.

Most of the items start as a grab-and-go ingredient to grab from your grocery store and maybe add a little personal touch.

If you're feeling a little extra the night before and want to step up your dessert game just a bit, I've also included some really easy from-scratch upgrades for each dessert suggestion.

This way, you can mix and match the Valentine treat to your personal energy level!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

Easy Valentine's Day Treats for Kids

The photo collage shows 4 easy Valentine treats for kids.

Heart-Shaped Brownies

Grocery Store Grab: Make a boxed mix of brownies, use heart shaped cookie cutters for each serving or top with canned pink frosting.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: With just a little more time, your kids can have a blast making homemade brownies with or without frosting and sprinkles on top.

Easy Brownies for Kids
These are the BEST brownies for kids to bake for their families. Chewy centers with crispy edges and loaded with extra chocolate chips for the fudgiest brownies ever.
4.70 from 49 votes
A round platter of a pile of chocolate brownies with a bite taken out of the one on top and a sprinkle of chocolate chips to the side.

Valentine's Day Brownie Pops

3-ingredient brownie pops coated in pink candy melts with heart-shaped sprinkles is an adorable Valentine's Day treat to make with kids:

Easy Brownie Pops
These easy brownie pops are so fun to make as a sweet treat with kids. Color them pink for Valentine's Day or swap the color to match any holiday or party you're celebrating.
5 from 4 votes
A mason jar filled with pink brownie pops on white sticks with red and white sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Popcorn

Grocery Store Grab: It doesn't get easier, or more last-minute than this. Pop a big batch of popcorn and sprinkle in some Valentine's Day M&M candies. 

Plan Ahead Upgrade: With just a little more time, you can turn it into our favorite snack mix.
Get the Cupid's Crunch popcorn recipe here.

Valentine's Day Popcorn Mix
The original birthday cake popcorn recipe could be easily tweaked for a simple Valentine's Day party treat by using red, pink, and white M&M candies and sprinkles.
4.53 from 38 votes
A batch of red and pink Valentine popcorn.

Frosted Valentine Cookies

The easiest sugar cookie to decorate for any holiday starts with my soft frosted sugar cookies recipe.

This frosted Valentine sugar cookies recipe uses that base recipe with pink frosting, heart shaped sprinkles, and red, white and pink jimmies:

Soft Frosted Valentine Sugar Cookies
This copycat Lofthouse cookies recipe is just like your favorite store bought soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Ice them with pretty pink frosting and sweet heart sprinkles for Valentine's Day.
5 from 1 vote
A white platter has pink frosted Valentine cookies with sweet red and pink sprinkles.

Heart-Shaped Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Grocery Store Grab: Buy pre-baked cookies or grab a tub of cookie dough and make heart-shaped sugar cookies. Top with canned pink frosting and sprinkles.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: With just a little more time, you could make our very favorite cut-out sugar cookies and top them with our favorite cream cheese frosting.

Cut Out Sugar Cookies
This is the best cut out sugar cookies recipe because they make the perfect blank canvas for your creative designs. You can decorate them to match any season or celebration during the year. Try them with a simple cookie glaze or spread your favorite frosting over them and top with sprinkles for a special treat your family will love.
4.53 from 19 votes
How to host a cookie decorating party for Valentine's Day. Sugar cookies with pink icing and a spoon.

Fancy Decorated Valentine Sugar Cookies

If you want to take a little more time with your sugar cookie project, you could make a batch of this easy royal icing recipe.

Then plan one or two of these easy Valentine sugar cookie design ideas:

2-Color Valentine Sugar Cookies
Simple Valentine's Day sugar cookie design ideas using a simple 2-color palette to keep things easy for decorating cookies with kids.
A photo collage shows examples of the easiest 2-color icing Valentine's Day cookie designs.

Peanut Blossom Cookies with Valentine Kisses

Grocery Store Grab: You could grab a package of cookie dough or bag of cookie mix at the store to make these. Just drop some food coloring into the dough before rolling to turn them pink.

Plan Ahead Bonus: The homemade from-scratch version doesn't take too much more time but tastes so much better. Get our recipe for the best peanut blossoms here.

Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms
This classic peanut butter blossoms recipe is an essential cookie for every baker. The soft and chewy peanut butter cookie base is topped with a sweet chocolate Hershey Kiss. Perfect for Christmas or baking all year round.
4.84 from 56 votes
Peanut butter blossom cookies are on a white tray on a pink background.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip with Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Chips

Grocery Store Grab: Looking for a fresh fruit dessert for the kids to keep things a little healthier? You could serve fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and mini chocolate chips for a simple snack platter. 

Plan Ahead Upgrade: With just a little planning, you could also whip up a batch of my favorite strawberry cheesecake fruit dip!

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip with Cookie Crumble Topping
This easy strawberry cheesecake dip is made from cream cheese and marshmallow fluff but has a delicious cookie crumble topping that tastes amazing when you dip fresh fruit into it!
5 from 1 vote
A heart shaped dish of strawberry cheesecake dip has cookie crumbles on top and is surrounded by fresh strawberries for dunking.

Heart-Shaped Almond Cherry Scones

My girls have always loved baking homemade scones with me.

For Valentine's Day, I tried these heart-shaped almond cherry scones with a pretty drizzle over the top:

Almond Cherry Scones
Sweet almond cherry scones can be patted out and cut into shapes or you can simply spoon and drop them in rounds. Dried cherries plump up while baking and you'll love the drizzle of almond glaze over the top.
5 from 44 votes
A heart-shaped almond cherry scone with a drizzle of icing over the top is in a heart-shaped plate.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Tastes like it came from a fancy French bakery but is made in 10 minutes or less with a box of pudding and a tub of chocolate frosting! Don't miss this easy old fashioned chocolate eclair cake you can make the day before.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Eclair Cake
Layers of creamy vanilla pudding with softened graham crackers and a rich fudgy frosting on top tastes just like a chocolate eclair! This classic church dessert is a popular potluck party treat because you can make the no-bake pudding torte in advance and it travels so well.
5 from 2 votes
A serving of chocolate eclair cake is on a blue plate with a fork.

Valentine's Day Waffle Sundaes

Grocery Store Grab: Get a package of Belgian waffles from the bakery department. Toast them in the toaster and then top with your kid's favorite ice cream and Valentine's Day sprinkles.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: You can make homemade chocolate Belgian waffles and even freeze them in advance if you need! These would be delicious with strawberry ice cream on top and a drizzle of hot fudge.

Chocolate Belgian Waffles
Light and fluffy chocolate Belgian waffles use a touch of espresso powder to highlight that rich chocolate flavor. Griddle a batch and serve them family style for an easy weekend brunch or freeze them for quick weekday breakfasts before school
5 from 36 votes
A white plate has a pile of freshly griddled chocolate belgian waffles.

Cherry Delight

While this may not be a last-minute dessert, it certainly is easy.

My mom often made a similar cherry delight dessert for Valentine's Day because of the pretty red and white colors and I still remember it super fondly.

Cherry Delight Dessert
This old fashioned cherry delight recipe is the perfect party dessert to bring to a potluck. Buttery graham cracker crust is topped with a cool and creamy cream cheese layer and topped with a pretty red cherry pie filling.
5 from 51 votes
A layered cherry delight dessert slice on a white plate. You can see layers of graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and cherry pie filling on top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Dip

Pile up the chocolate wafer cookies for dunking into this super-easy make ahead hot cocoa cheesecake dip loaded with mini chocolate chips and topped with marshmallows.

For a Valentine's Day spin, you could use pink marshmallows and add a dash of festive sprinkles.

Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Dip
Dunk a crispy wafer cookie into this deliciously sweet and creamy hot cocoa cheesecake dip made from actual hot cocoa packets. You can prep it in under 5 minutes for an easy holiday no bake dessert.
5 from 44 votes
A white bowl filled with chocolate dip that has marshmallows and chocolate chips on top. A chocolate cookie is being dunked into the dip.

Chocolate Croissant Puffs

You just need 3 ingredients to make my easy chocolate croissant puffs with your kids. Sprinkle the tops with pink sparkling sugar for a festive touch.

This would be such an adorable treat if you plan to watch one of these family-friendly movies set in Paris for the holiday.

Easy Chocolate Croissants
The best beginner baker recipe for young kids to make! This chocolate croissant recipe has just 3 ingredients but tastes like you've been in the kitchen all day.
4.98 from 46 votes
A white platter of homemade chocolate croissants made from puff pastry. One has been broken in half to show the melted chocolate filling, there's a Hershey's square of chocolate next to it.

Valentine's Chex Mix

There are tons of super-easy Valentine snack mix ideas on Pinterest. Just mix and match whatever cute candies you find at the store to invent your own!

Or start with my coconut Chex mix and add pink and red M&Ms for a chocolate-covered coconut crunch.

Coconut Chex Mix
Sweet coconut Chex mix with toasted almonds is a perfect party treat for the holidays. This no bake dessert can be prepped in under 10 minutes. Add mini chocolate chips or festive sprinkles to personalize it for your special event.
5 from 1 vote
A blue container is filled with a coconut Chex Mix with toasted almonds.

Valentine's Day Donuts

Grocery Store Grab: Get heart-shaped donuts or pink-frosted donuts from your local bakery. 

Plan Ahead Upgrade: Homemade baked donuts are 110% worth the effort. They are so easy to make, even if you've never done it before.

Our favorite recipe is for the birthday cake donuts from The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book. Top them with pink frosting and sprinkles for a sweet surprise.

Homemade Donut Recipes for Kids
Learn how to bake donuts from scratch in The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book by Tiffany Dahle.
Read More Here
Breakfast for dinner party features heart-shaped donuts.

Pink Rice Crispy Treats

Grocery Store Grab: You can buy pre-made rice crispy treats from the store and decorate them yourself but these are also so easy to make in a pinch from scratch.

Plan Ahead Bonus: Turn them into crispy pops on adorable stripey straws. Get all the details and a recipe to make them from scratch in The Ultimate Kid's Baking Book.

Pink Frosted Rice Crispie Treats
Get the recipe for these adorable frosted rice crispie treat pops in The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book by Tiffany Dahle.
Read More Here
A jar full of rice crispie bar pops with pink icing and sprinkles.

Mini Funfetti Cupcakes:

Grocery Store Grab: A container of mini funfetti cupcakes with pink frosting and sprinkles can often be found in the bakery department or you can grab a box mix to make your own.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: Skip the box mix and make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch for the kids. We included the perfect funfetti recipe in The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book.

Grocery Store Grab: Grab a package of cookie dough from the store. Roll it out into a large pie plate or pizza pan and top with red and pink chocolate candies.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: One of my very favorite recipes in The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book is the Giant Cookie Cake dotted with buttercream frosting. In fact, I loved it so much I made it for my own birthday last year!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

2 heart-shaped bowls are filled with chocolate covered pretzels.

Grocery Store Grab: It is likely they will have these at the grocery store to grab, but you could also buy the package of white chocolate covered pretzels and then drizzle them with pink candy melts and sprinkles for an easy 10-minute treat.

Plan Ahead Upgrade: Get pretzel wands and the fixings to make homemade chocolate covered pretzels decorated with tiny red and pink candies or sprinkles with the kids.

More Valentine's Day Ideas

Looking for more ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids? Don't miss these sweet ideas:

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