Eat and Drink Valentine's desserts in NYC: Baked cookies, Ample Hills ice cream cakes, Maison Kayser mousse and more By Nicole Levy and Jillian Jorgensen firstname.lastname@example.org Updated February 14, 2018 11:36 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email This Valentine's Day, remember: as much as the apple of your eye may appreciate roses, your sweet will appreciate food that much more. And we're not talking about fruit — truffles and other desserts are hallmarks of the romantic holiday, and there's no shortage of businesses in the city selling sweet specialty items for Feb. 14. Leave the chocolate sampler on the grocery store shelf, and browse some more creative options from the shops, bakeries and chocolatiers below. Dominique Ansel Bakery and Kitchen Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Pretzels are technically heart-shaped, too. And this Valentine's Day, Dominique Ansel's special creations include "You've Got Me All Twisted" pretzel s'mores cookie sandwiches. That's two pretzel shortbread cookie sandwiches filled with strawberry ganache and honey marshmallow and then hand-dipped in white chocolate. Buy a set of two for $10. (Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., 212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., 212-242-5111, dominiqueanselkitchen.com) Breads Bakery Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz Among the bakery's Valentine's Day offerings are marzipan fruit hearts -- large heart-shaped marzipan cookies topped with crème patisserie and fresh fruit -- selling for $10.95 each. (18 E. 16th St., 1890 Broadway, Manhattan, breadsbakery.com) Baked Photo Credit: Erica Price The bakery is putting its spin on Valentine's Day candy hearts with its hand-iced, heart-shaped sugar cookies, decorated with words and phrases like "Always & forever," "Love" and "Today I choose joy." You'll pay $4.50 for one cookie, and $10 for a set of three. (279 Church St., Manhattan; 359 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, bakednyc.com) Ample Hills Photo Credit: Ample Hills Creamery The popular scoop spot is once again whipping up mini heart-shaped ice cream cakes for Valentine's Day. Choose from two ice cream flavors -- Be Mine (strawberry with dark chocolate flakes) or dark chocolate -- which are layered over a brownie base and fudge and topped with whipped cream and pink sprinkles. It's $9 a cake. (623 Vanderbilt Ave. and 305 Nevins St., Brooklyn, amplehills.com) Milk Bar Bakery Photo Credit: Milk Bar Not every truffle must be chocolate. Christina Tosi's bakery is selling Valentine's Day-themed gift boxes of cake truffles in chocolate malt and b'day flavors, the latter of which incorporates vanilla rainbow cake, vanilla-infused milk, white chocolate and rainbow cake crumbs. Surprise your babe with two 12-count truffle boxes for $50, one 16-count box with a tin of assorted cookies for $52, two 16-count boxes for $70 or one 16-count box with an extra-large cookie tin for $95. You can make your purchase in store or online. (Multiple locations, milkbarstore.com) Bodega Negra Photo Credit: Bodega Negra The clubby restaurant serving Mexican fare and mezcal and tequila cocktails in the Dream Downtown hotel has dressed up its signature dessert for the romantic holiday. The Don Huevo, aka "Mr. Egg," is a dark chocolate molten cake topped with a scoop of horchata ice cream and encased in a white chocolate dome sporting a dapper mustache. The shell breaks apart when hot caramel sauce is poured on top. For one day only on Feb. 14, Mr. Egg will arrive at your table in a blushing shade of pink, a lipstick kiss on his cheek. (355 W. 16th St., Manhattan, bodeganegranyc.com) Baked by Melissa Photo Credit: Baked by Melissa Gift boxes with cute names like The Love Letter (a 25-pack for $32) and The Sweet Talker (a 50-pack for $60) are perfect for red velvet fans with not only the traditional cake, but a chocolate version, too. Other limited edition flavors making an appearance include dark chocolate, cookies and milk and white chocolate pretzel. The boxes are available for shipping online (nationwide, for you folks in long-distance relationships) and at all Baked by Melissa stores from Jan. 30 through Feb. 16. (Multiple locations, bakedbymelissa.com) Maison Kayser Photo Credit: Maison Kayser Pick up one of founder Eric Kayser's signature "Mon Amours," a red-glazed pastry filled with raspberry mousse, for your sweetheart from Feb. 9 through Valentine's Day. The French bakery is selling an individual portion for $6.50 and a large version for $26. (Multiple locations, maison-kayser-usa.com) Dean & DeLuca Photo Credit: Dean & DeLuca The high-end grocer and café is stocking a whole variety of V Day-themed gifts, but this box of ballet-shoe pink macarons is particularly enticing. For $48, Dean & DeLuca will ship you a box of 10 confections filled with pink champagne-white chocolate ganache. (deandeluca.com) Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate Photo Credit: Danielle Adams Some of the exquisite bonbons dreamed up by pastry chef Marc Aumont include passion fruit caramel and Tahitian vanilla, pistachio rosemary, pear balsamic marmalade and pain d'epices, and bananas foster. (Prices vary; 43 W. 42nd St., 212-201-1985, kreutherchocolate.com) Cacao Prieto Photo Credit: Cacao Prieto Absinthe, orchid, mandarin and bergamot, and vanilla and cassia (a spice made from the aromatic bark of an east Asian evergreen tree) are just some of the bars concocted by this Red Hook chocolatier. ($8 per bar; various retailers, cacaoprieto.com) Neuhaus Chocolate Photo Credit: Neuhaus The Belgian chocolatier is trotting out three limited edition praline flavors, all included in its array of heart-shaped gift boxes. We're most intrigued by the raspberry and milk chocolate, which comes with raspberry compote and an almond and hazelnut praline spiced with an exotic touch of Serbian pink pepper. Boxes range in price from $34 to $172, so you can be as thrifty or as extravagant as you like. (Multiple Manhattan locations, neuhauschocolate.com) FIKA Photo Credit: FIKA The Swedish company has won awards for its quinoa hazelnut, goat cheese, Key lime pie, cinnamon Tabasco, yuzu licorice and salted caramel chocolates -- all of which are included in its 12-piece "Meet the Medals" box. ($25 a box; various locations, fikanyc.com) Vosges Haut-Chocolat Photo Credit: Vosges Haut-Chocolat The chocolate maker's Exotic Truffle Heart Collection doesn't disappoint: Ingredients like Kalocsa Hungarian paprika, wasabi, Chinese star anise, horseradish and Tuscan olive oil can be found in its chocolates. ($48/box of 16; 132 Spring St., 212-625-2929, vosgeschocolate.com) William Greenberg Desserts Photo Credit: William Greenberg Desserts Upper East Side institution William Greenberg Desserts is well known for its black-and-white cookies, which will get a Valentine's Day makeover as pink-and-white cookies for the holiday. They'll be $45 per dozen and $1.50 for individual mini cookies. The shop also will offer Valentine's-themed petit fours, Linzer tarts and heart-shaped shortbread cookies. (1100 Madison Ave., Manhattan, wmgreenbergdesserts.com) L.A. Burdick Photo Credit: L.A. Burdick Forget the drugstore Whitman's Sampler boxes and head to L.A. Burdick for a fancier version of the Valentine's Day classic -- inside you'll find about 38 chocolate bonbons, including three heart mendiants and three adorable chocolate mice, for $52. Boxes start shipping out Jan. 29. (156 Prince St., Manhattan, burdickchocolate.com) Padoca Bakery Photo Credit: Padoca Bakery Head to Padoca for some decadent heart-shaped red velvet brownies, available as of Feb. 1 for $4.25 a piece. (359 E. 68th St., padocabakery.com) Black Tap Photo Credit: Black Tap Cupcake meets shake this Valentine's Day at Black Tap, with the Red Velvet Cake Shake, made in collaboration with Magnolia Bakery ($19). The red velvet cake batter shake has a vanilla-frosted rim with sprinkle hearts and is topped with a slice of red velvet cake from Magnolia, garnished with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. (529 Broome St., Manhattan, blacktapnyc.com) By Nicole Levy and Jillian Jorgensen email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.