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Best Chocolate Recipes For Valentine’s Day

I am a big fan of homemade gifts. Every year, I make up dozens of cookies of at Christmas to give to friends and family. If it’s your birthday, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get something homemade and fattening from me.

Valentine’s Day is no exception. I have been accused of trying to make my sweeties fat in the past, and I am most likely guilty. I can’t help it–if I like you, I want to make you yummy things. It’s just my way of showing I care.

best chocolate recipes for valentines day including gluten free and vegan

I went back through my recipe archive and pulled for you all of my favourite chocolate recipes, including ones that are vegan and gluten-free. There’s something here for everyone.

Have some fun making something nice for your sweetie. And remember–only you can add the secret ingredient… love. Awww.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take an insulin shot. I might die from all this sweetness.

Best Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day


Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (chocolate and bacon in a bed of soft cookie dough…)

Chocolate Souffle (so easy a 10-yr-old could make it!)

Chocolate Beer Cake (let’s just say my sweetie flipped for this one)

Decadent Chocolate Brownies Made with Wine (chocolate and red wine? Hells to the yes)

Miniature Brownies for Valentine’s Day (my fave recipe of all time–I make this one every year, it’s my go-to)



Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze

Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes


Gluten Free

Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten-free Fudgey Chocolate Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Beer Cake

I just got back from a glorious long weekend in Tofino. Everything was perfection.

Normally, when you go on vacation, you hope for good weather. But Tofino might be the one place in the world where people go hoping for bad weather. I spent quite a long time just staring at the ever-changing colours and surf just outside my window, and never felt even remotely bored.


The Tourism Tofino people were extremely kind. They showed us around, and we got to eat at some really great places (I’m still writing that blog post). One of the places we had to visit was the Tofino Brewing Company. Craft breweries are all the rage right now, and Tofino Brew Co, housed in an industrial park just outside the main town, has been making a name for themselves for nearly 3 years.

They do small batches that are seasonally influenced, and they take risks. One of the brews currently on tap is the Kelp Stout. Seaweed is used in all three stages of brewing, the owner Bryan told us. Yup, that’s right. Seaweed in beer. But the end result is this kind of salty-sweet-dark combo that I thought would pair really nicely with chocolate. Plus, the carbonation in beer makes cakes light and fluffy. I would love to try this with Tofino’s Coffee Porter, as well, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on some.

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Chocolate Beer Cake

(recipe adapted from the Butter cookbook)


  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Tofiino Brewing Kelp Stout or Coffee Porter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or soured milk–add 1 tbsp of vinegar to it and let it sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Mix together the coffee and cocoa until they are well combined, and then allow to cool a little.
  2. In the mean time, in a large bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add in the beer and the vanilla.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients all together, and slowly beat them into the wet.
  4. Pour into two round 9″ cake pans that have been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Brown Butter Stout Icing:


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup stout
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 cups icing sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the butter until it starts to brown. Remove from heat, and add the brown sugar, mixing well to combine, until the sugar melts into the butter. Allow to cool. Add in the beer.
  2. In a mixer, place the butter/sugar/beer mixture, and add the cinnamon and vanilla. Add the icing sugar in, 1/2 cup at a time, until the icing becomes your desired consistency.
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