Heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day Heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day Heart-shaped almond cookies are a sweet way to say "I love you" this Valentine's Day. (Photo: AnjelikaGr / Shutterstock)

Homemade desserts for Valentine’s Day

Who needs a box of chocolates when you can create delicious treats in your own kitchen?

Love is in the air, and all things sweet are on our minds. It's time to head to the kitchen and try your hand at creating a delicious, romantic dessert for your loved one! We've got a few suggestions for you, straight from Israeli Kitchen.

Chocolate is a must-have for Valentine's Day, but this time, try diverting from the typical store-bought box of chocolates. Instead, make your own chocolate fruit and nut clusters – they're easy to make and easily customizable according to what your significant other likes. Just mix melted chocolate with fruits and nuts, place in little cupcake papers and freeze for at least a half an hour before serving!

Heart-shaped strawberry sorbetFreeze strawberry sorbet in a heart-shaped container for an added artistic element. (Photo: Barbara Neveu/Shutterstock)

If you're feeling ambitious, try preparing a strawberry sorbet ahead of time. It's light, refreshing and takes on a beautiful pink hue perfect for the holiday. Serve with fresh strawberries, chocolate or heart-shaped almond cookies.

Cheesecake topped woith chocolate-covered strawberriesCheesecake topped with chocolate-covered strawberries and drizzled with chocolate. It doesn't get much better than this! (Photo: Eduardo Carrasco /Flickr)

Speaking of chocolate and strawberries, both pair perfectly with New York cheesecake, and what's more impressive than making one from scratch? Top each slice with a chocolate-covered strawberry for a double-dose of dessert.

For an edgier spin on cheesecake, take it up a notch with our cheesecake with dulce de leche and whiskey glaze. It's a rich option that pairs well with coffee or cocktails.

If you prefer red wine to whiskey after dinner, reserve some for a sophisticated Poires au Vin. A much lighter fare, and seasonal, too!

Though rare, we get it that some folks don't care for sweet desserts. Instead, we recommend a spin on the cheese plate with these delicious cheese fritters with dried fig jam and créme fraîche

Hot cocoa with heart-shaped foamA carefully swirled foam heart adds a lovely touch to a cup of hot cocoa. (Photo: Randy Auschrat/Flickr)

Don't stop there! Take it a step further with an after-dinner drink like energizing Turkish coffee or spicy homemade hot chocolate.

Happy eating!

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