Just Desserts: Last Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day


This year, plan early and make something scrumptious and romantic for the one you love! We are recycling this post because baking a cake never gets old! 

Make Valentine’s Day extra sweet for that special someone with a homemade treat! Check out the cookbooks below on Overdrive to find the perfect recipe.

Gale Gand’s Short and Sweet, by Gale Gand

Short on time and ingredients? Gale Gand’s Short and Sweet has got you covered! Choose from 15, 30 or 45-minute recipes and, best of all, each one is made with only eight ingredients or less. The strawberries with white balsamic and creamy yogurt sauce, chewy chocolate chip espresso cookies, or the tiramisu are sure to impress.

Bon Appetit Desserts, by Barbara Fairchild

If you’re more confident in the kitchen or feeling a little ambitious, give Bon Appetit Desserts a try. “For more than 50 years, Bon Appetit magazine has been seducing readers with to-die-for desserts. From quick homestyle cookies to unforgettable special-occasion finales such as spiced chocolate torte wrapped in chocolate ribbons, Bon Appetit showcases meticulously tested recipes that turn out perfectly—every time. Now, culled from Bon Appetit's extensive archives and including never-before-published recipes, Bon Appetit Desserts is the comprehensive guide to all things sweet and wonderful.”

The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook, by John Barricelli

“Warm pecan-studded sticky buns; banana streusel muffins; passion fruit mousse served atop a thin layer of sponge cake and garnished with fresh raspberries; decadent chocolate cake layered and iced with smooth, elegant chocolate ganache; red velvet cupcakes…these are some of the mouth-watering recipes that John Barricelli shares in The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook.”

The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, by Paula Deen

Find Paula Deen’s recipe for the infamous Gooey Butter Cake here!

Betty Crocker 1500 Calorie a Day Cookbook

Staying within your calorie budget can be a challenge on Valentine’s Day, but there are some great options in this cookbook. Choose from triple chocolate pie or bittersweet chocolate cake with berries and more. Each recipe also includes the calorie count.

Click here to access more cookbooks on Overdrive. Happy Valentine's Day!


More digital cookbooks can be found on the library's Axis360 e-book platform. Go the site: http://hpltx.axis360.baker-taylor.com/StaffPicks# and then select the "Greenberg Fine Arts Collection" link on the left side of the page. Numerous cookbooks, as well as some books on architecture, music and visual art are available to check out.

Dear Author, Can you please share the recipe for Tiramisu? I tried it to prepare by myself. But I was failed to complete.

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