Valerie Bertinelli's Favorite Sweet Treats

Satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with decadent desserts from Valerie's Home Cooking.

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Pumpkin Love Cake

Valerie’s tops creamy mascarpone-ricotta filling with spice cake and a pumpkin-mascarpone frosting to create a layered masterpiece.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Love Cake

Chewy Schmaltz Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Valerie replaces some of the fat in this recipe with rendered chicken fat for a unique cookie that will get everyone talking.

Get the Recipe: Chewy Schmaltz Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

The flavors of strawberry shortcake and trifle marry in this simple dessert, which features pound cake, strawberry preserves, fresh strawberries and a cream cheese filling.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Chocolate-Mint Love Cake with Mint Ganache

Valerie uses her magic technique to layer the classic flavors of mint and chocolate together in this showstopping cake.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Mint Love Cake with Mint Ganache

Valerie's Spumoni

Make the classic Neapolitan tricolor dessert of spumoni with store-bought ice creams and a few mix-ins.

Get the Recipe: Valerie's Spumoni

Mexican Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Infuse the taste of Mexican hot chocolate with its spicy chipotle and cinnamon into cake form with this recipe. A cream cheese frosting adds a decadent finishing touch.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Lemon Love Cake

The colorful layers of this fruity cake magically switch in the oven.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Love Cake

Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello 

The light, eggy quality of challah bread pairs perfectly with the lemony custard in this indulgent bread pudding. 

Get the Recipe: Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello

Neapolitan Holiday Cookies

These layered almond cookies topped with chocolate make a beautiful dessert that will impress any guest.

Get the Recipe: Neapolitan Holiday Cookies

Tropical Sundae with Guava Coulis and Banana Chips

Even if you’re trapped in your normal day-to-day grind, this fruity sundae will take you on a tropical vacation, if only for a moment. 

Get the Recipe: Tropical Sundae with Guava Coulis and Banana Chips

Butterscotch Love Cake

Part butterscotch yellow cake, part mascarpone-ricotta filling and part creamy butterscotch-mascarpone frosting, it’s no wonder this rich layered dessert is called a “love” cake.

Get the Recipe: Butterscotch Love Cake

Mixed Fruit Tart

Celebrate summer with this mixed fruit tart made with a delicate pastry crust, a cream cheese filling and your choice of berries.

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Chocolate Scuffins 

These breakfast-worthy chocolatey bites are what Valerie calls her "love child between a muffin and a scone."

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Scuffins

Lemon Love Cake

Valerie doctors up boxed lemon cake mix and instant lemon pudding to create her famous Lemon Love Cake.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Love Cake

Helen's Black Pepper Walnut Biscotti

A flavorful twist on a classic Italian treat, Valerie’s recipe combines chopped walnuts and orange zest with fresh black pepper for a savory kick.

Get the Recipe: Helen's Black Pepper Walnut Biscotti

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Layer lemon-cheesecake filling with blueberry mash, crushed amaretti cookies and lemon curd in a clear martini glass for a visually stunning dessert.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Lynn’s “Sick” Brownies Bites

Valerie mixes graham cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts and melted chocolate for a bite-sized treat that’s easy to make and is the perfect solution to any chocolate craving.

Get the Recipe: Lynn's "Sick" Brownies Bites

Lemon-Basil Granita

These super-elegant desserts are inexpensive and incredibly easy to make. Valerie makes hers with the fresh flavors of lemon and basil, and she adds a splash of vodka for kick.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Basil Granita

Cherry Coconut Scuffins

Scones and muffins come together with coconut and dried cherries for a semisweet treat that's great for lunchboxes or breakfast on the go.

Get the Recipe: Cherry Coconut Scuffins

Valerie's Pumpkin Pie

Valerie’s recipe for this classic American dessert combines fresh flaky pie dough, pumpkin-bourbon filling and cinnamon-buttermilk whipped cream for a tasty fall treat with plenty of spice.

Get the Recipe: Valerie's Pumpkin Pie

Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Crust

Valerie uses her lemon-rosemary shortbread cookies as the crust in this cheesecake recipe, which includes cream cheese, sour cream, lemon curd and fresh lemon for extra tang.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Crust

Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

This creamy vanilla panna cotta topped with fresh berry sauce makes for a delicate yet decadent dessert for any occasion.

Get the Recipe: Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

Sicilian Love Cake

Using the same technique as her Butterscotch Love Cake, Valerie’s Sicilian Love Cake tops creamy mascarpone-ricotta filling with chocolate cake and a cocoa-mascarpone frosting to create a layered masterpiece.

Get the Recipe: Sicilian Love Cake

Blueberry Tart

This easy-to-make tart made from fresh blueberries and spices is a simple yet tempting treat. 

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Tart

Creme de Menthe Sundae with Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Instantly dress up store-bought vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce, a drizzle of creme de menthe syrup and fresh raspberries.

Get the Recipe: Creme de Menthe Sundae with Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Grape and Ricotta Galette with Fennel Crust and Red Wine Syrup

This rustic tart starts with a fennel seed crust that's then filled with an almond paste and ricotta mixture studded with red and green grapes. Serve drizzled with a red wine syrup.

Get the Recipe: Grape and Ricotta Galette with Fennel Crust and Red Wine Syrup

Bacon Caramel Scuffins with Caramel Clotted Cream 

Make these salty-sweet delights as a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for dessert tonight, and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow. 

Get the Recipe: Bacon Caramel Scuffins with Caramel Clotted Cream

Berries with Limoncello and Basil

Try this creative take on fruit salad by combining berries with sweet and sour limoncello and a bit of basil.

Get the Recipe: Berries with Limoncello and Basil

Affogato

Made from just three ingredients — freshly brewed espresso, vanilla ice cream and chocolate-covered almonds — this simple Italian dessert takes 5 minutes to make and is a must-know for all coffee lovers.

Get the Recipe: Affogato

Cherry Cheesecake Pie 

Valerie uses almond flour in her pie crust, making it a perfectly nutty base for her creamy cheesecake and cherry filling. 

Get the Recipe: Cherry Cheesecake Pizza Pie

Apricot Clafouti

Valerie’s take on this elegant French dessert calls for apricots and lemon zest, topped with a lemon-vanilla whipped cream.

Get the Recipe: Apricot Clafouti

Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Bread

Laced with hazelnuts and chocolate stripes, this dish is made even more decadent with the addition of a rich whipped cream with hazelnut liqueur. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Bread

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Upgrade your next batch of cookies with sweet caramel bits and a touch of sea salt. 

Get the Recipe: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Gooey Brownies

These decadent brownies have a surprise ingredient: Espresso powder makes this dessert even richer.

Get the Recipe: Classic Gooey Brownies

Cinnamon-Buttermilk Whipped Cream

This whipped cream made from fresh buttermilk and cinnamon takes 5 minutes to make and is the perfect topping for any fall dessert.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon-Buttermilk Whipped Cream

White Pepper Cherry Cookies

Offering a less complex bite than black pepper, white pepper pairs nicely with dried cherries in these shortbread-type cookies. 

Get the Recipe: White Pepper Cherry Cookies

Blueberry Cake with Lemon-Mascarpone Cream

Lemon juice and zest add zing to this simple blueberry cake in the batter and the cream.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Cake with Lemon-Mascarpone Cream

Salted Hazelnut Toffee

If you’re head over heels for salted caramel, give this homemade toffee a try. The sweet chocolate and toffee is an ideal base for toasted hazelnuts and a touch of salt.  

Get the Recipe: Salted Hazelnut Toffee

Strawberry Love Cake

Ricotta cheese adds a silky texture to store-bought strawberry cake mix. Strawberry pudding and mascarpone combine to create the luscious frosting.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Love Cake

Mini Caramel Apples

Using small apples (Valerie suggests about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) allows your Halloween treats to have an ideal caramel-to-apple ratio.

Get the Recipe: Mini Caramel Apples

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are the best thing to wake up to on Christmas morning, or any morning for that matter.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls