No-Bake Valentine’s Day Desserts by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2012
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Whether or not you have elaborate Valentine’s Day plans (or a valentine) on Tuesday, it’s practically required that you indulge in a few sweet treats to mark the holiday. But what if you’d prefer to spend time with your someone special instead of baking the perfect Red Velvet Layer Cake or indulgent Molten Lava Cakes? Then rely on our quick-to-prepare, no-bake recipes to serve up a lovingly made dessert in a flash. With chocolate candies, mousse, strawberry cheesecake and more, our list of Valentine’s Day desserts is sure to please your sweetie’s sweet tooth.
A generous splash of brandy offers after-dinner decadence to Alton’s two-bite Chocolate Truffles (pictured above), made with bittersweet chocolate and cream. Gently roll these beauties in soft cocoa powder, sweet coconut or crunchy chopped nuts to add a touch of texture and flavorful elegance.
Believe it or not, you can make Cooking Channel’s show-stopping No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake (pictured above) without the use of an oven. To prepare the buttery, crumbly crust, just press a nutella-graham cracker mixture into the bottom of spring form pan, which will create a tightly packed bottom layer. Cover that with a rich strawberry-cream cheese center, and let it chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, so that it can become firm and hold its shape when you add the glossy topping and fresh berries.
Just whisk together classic cake fixings, such as cocoa, sugar and vanilla, in an oversized mug (no pan is dirtied!) to enjoy Food Network Magazine’s Instant Chocolate Cake (pictured above). Ready to eat after just 2 quick minutes in the microwave, this moist, dense cake is ideal for an impromptu dessert.
Though strawberries are perhaps the most commonly chocolate-dipped fruit, there are no rules and the possibilities are endless when it comes chocolate-covered treats. Use Cooking Channel’s recipe for Dipped Chocolate Anything to learn how to best melt and temper chocolate, so that it will stick to whatever you dunk in it. Graham crackers, pretzels (pictured above), marshmallows and pound cake are just a few of the snacks that lend themselves to delicious chocolate dipping.
Smooth, creamy and velvety, Food.com’s White Chocolate Mousse is simply sweet and satisfying. Sprinkle each bowl with a few fresh raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream to complete this easy-to-make dessert.
Visit Food Network for more Valentine’s Day eats and drinks.