These 3 Pink Desserts Prove That Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just About Chocolate

You’ll even use strawberry milk to make one of them!

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Anyone who was ever tuned in to Lasheeda Perry’s live cooking classes on the Food Network Kitchen app knows that when it comes to creating eye-catching desserts, Lasheeda is a true master. Not only is she a pro at using store-bought cakes, cookies and other sweet treats to create something entirely different (be sure to check out her Fake Bake course), as a professional pastry chef, Lasheeda also knows a thing or two about switching up your go-to holiday dessert menu. Just check out the three brand-new Valentine’s Day recipes she created for Food Network Magazine’s newest issue. Not only are they deliciously unique (we’re talking to you Strawberry Tres Leches Cake), each one is also bright pink in color, so there’s absolutely no mistaking what holiday you’re making them for. Here’s how to make them for your very own “sweetie” this Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry-Rose Panna Cotta (pictured above)

If you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day dessert that looks just as good as it tastes, these miniature raspberry-rose panna cottas are sure to fit the bill. What we love most about these fruity treats is just how easy they are to put together — apart from the six ingredients you’ll use to make your panna cotta custard, your rose-shaped baking mold does most of the work for you! They’re also sooo elegant that you and your s/o will feel just like you're sitting in a fancy restaurant when you each dig into one after dinner.

Chances are you’ve enjoyed a slice of tres leches cake before; now throw strawberry milk into the mix. That’s exactly what you’ll use — along with some heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, freeze-dried strawberries and strawberry concentrate — to make this bright berry version. If you’re planning on throwing a virtual Galentine’s Day party with all your closest pals, we love the idea of making this cake together over Zoom while sipping on a pink cocktail or two, like these classic Cosmopolitans.

These yummy sandwich cookies are sure to put everyone in your household under Cupid’s spell. Though the recipe calls for store-bought dulce de leche, Lasheeda notes that you can definitely make your own too. We love the idea of having kids help you roll out and add messages to your cookies with an adorable Valentine's Day-themed cookie stamp like this one — it’s a very 2021 way to “send" a Valentine's Day card.

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