Valentine’s Day Desserts for People Who Just Aren’t That Into Chocolate

Enjoy these fruity red and pink desserts from Food Network this Valentine's Day instead of chocolate.

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Whether you’re planning a romantic evening or you’ll celebrate Gal-entine’s Day (or, hey, even Guy-entine’s Day) this Feb. 14, you’ve likely got dessert on the brain. Valentine’s Day is a close second to Halloween as the patron holiday of candy, after all, and boxes of surprise-inside chocolates are everywhere by now.

If you’re not a fan of chocolate, don’t dismay. These red and pink desserts are just as appropriate (and delicious).

Heart-Shaped Cereal Treats (pictured above)

Even if you and your significant other weren’t high-school sweethearts, re-create the joy of those simpler times with a pink spin on the dessert you might have shared at the cafeteria table.

Who can resist a cookie filled with raspberry jam peeking through a petite heart? Ina Garten’s linzer cookies look adorable piled on a platter.

Because two people probably shouldn’t power through an entire regular-size trifle by themselves, Giada De Laurentiis’ smaller ones are perfect — and they’re full of Italian flavors, thanks to balsamic vinegar and amaretto liqueur.

hot to roll red hots into cinnamon rolls by Jackie Alpers for the food network

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Jackie Alpers, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

hot to roll red hots into cinnamon rolls by Jackie Alpers for the food network

‘Tis the season to spice things up, after all. These amped-up pastries might traditionally be for breakfast, but the Red Hot component certainly bucks tradition. Serve these as brunch-inspired dessert instead.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

It’s a classic for a reason: Strawberries and cream never fail to disappoint, and they’re just so perfectly dressed for the holiday.

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

FNK CHEESECAKE FOR TWO Food Network Kitchen Food Network Graham Crackers, Unsalted Butter, Sugar, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Egg, Allpurpose Flour, Lemon Zest, Vanilla Extract, Strawberries, Strawberry Jam

This is a pared-down recipe that’s anything but puny — especially since you make the cute, cheesy treats in a jumbo muffin tin.

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