47 heart-shaped recipes for Valentine’s Day

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Strawberry pie pops

We’re not sure what we love more about Johlene Orton’s strawberry pie pops — the fact that they’re just as beautiful as they are tasty, or the fact that their pop form means we can quite literally walk around eating them all day long. Er, sharing them … we mean sharing them, sure.

Sweetheart fruit salad

Need a break from processed sugar? We gotcha. Lean into the healthier side of Valentine’s Day cravings by making Butter with a Side of Bread’s sweetheart fruit salad. Just think of it as using nature’s candy: watermelon, apples, kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe and mandarin oranges.

Heart-shaped black and white cookies

What’s black and white and red all over? Why, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen’s heart-shaped cookies, of course. Feel free to get carried away with the piping bag if you want to create additional designs or spell out sweet nothings atop these impossible-to-stop-snacking-on treats.

Heart-shaped breadsticks

Adding a romantic touch to your Valentine’s Day dinner doesn’t have to be hard. Case in point? The shape of these garlic breadsticks from Dessert Now, Dinner Later hint at matters of the heart — and the only extra step they require is a bit of creative twisting.

Super-soft sour cream sugar cookies

We’ve all fallen prey to those impossibly pillowy, icing-coating sugar cookies sold in supermarket bakery sections during holidays. But guess what? It’s time to graduate to something even better! Heather Likes Food’s super-soft sour cream sugar cookies boast the same dreamy texture and sweet topping, but — since they’re homemade — they give you control over the ingredients. In other words, you can feel slightly better about your Valentine’s Day cookie binge.

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