There is nothing better than making something from scratch for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. Not only is it less costly, but the thought and effort show that you care far more than a box of truffles or expensive dinner ever could.
From all over the web, here are some excellent finds for chocolate-y Valentine's treats. If you don't have a lot of time, consider some simple truffles, the espresso cookies, or the chocotorta. But if baking is in your blood, give the souffles, truffle tarts, or cherry chocolate cake a shot.
Chocolate Cherry Cake
Designed as the ultimate chocolate cake to fulfill chocolate cravings, this marriage of chocolate and sour cherries hits the right notes for those in the move for chocolate and those wanting something with a light, fruity taste.
recipe by No Recipes
Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle with Earl Grey Custard Sauce
Just the name of this dish by is tantalizing - imagine how your significant other will feel about the final product! You really can't go wrong with Bon Appetit recipes for complex foods. Their recipes practically come with the guarantee: bake this and people will think you are a professional chef.
recipe by Bon Appetit
Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies
The chef's note says it all: "Two warnings about these cookies: don't give them to young children before bedtime and don't leave them lying around (if you want any left for yourself)."
recipe from Food 52
Chocotorta a la Adam
The photography is enough reason to check out Matt Bites, but this flavorful, no-bake Argentine recipe is perfect when you want something exotic, delectable, and downright sinful in no time at all.
recipe by Matt Bites
Chocolate Truffle Tarts
Beautiful and gluten-free, these simple tarts stick to the basics cooking-wise, so don't feel overwhelmed by the three separate recipes. Deep chocolate-y crust, ganache, and truffle filling give you three different chocolate tastes all on one plate.
recipe by Tartlette
A version of this article originally appeared on The 30 Minute Dinner Party