One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day are all the sweets involved – whether it’s chocolate, cookies, candy or cake, I love all of the C’s! It’s always nice to give the gift of sweetness, and in this economy, it’s an inexpensive way to give your honey a nicely thought out personal gift. Everyone likes sweets – the best bet is to go with your loved one’s favorite dessert and give it a Valentine’s Day spin. If they love cake, then add some red food coloring to your icing to make it festive. If they tend to like healthy snacks, dip some fruit in some chocolate. Or if they are a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie monster, then get some heart shaped cut outs and go crazy. Whatever you do, your personal touch will make this a very special (and yummy) gift. Don’t forget to put lot’s of love in whatever you make!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
P.S. – It’s true what they say – the way to a man’s heart is definitely through is stomach
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Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies
I apologize, I’m more of a savory cook, so when it comes to basic chocolate chip cookies I but the dough. If you want to make them from scratch, you can get some recipes here.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
*Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
1. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. * be sure to put flour down on the rolling pin and your cooking surface or the dough will stick to everything.
2. Cut the dough in heart shapes using the cookie cutter
3. Bake as directed by the cookie dough instructions.
4. Let the cookies rest and when they’ve cooled down package them in a festive Valentine’s Day container. Or, even better, get some ice cream and make ice cream sandwiches!
Valentine’s Day Cupcakes or Cake
I apologize, I’m more of a savory cook, so when it comes to basic cake I use cake mix and pre-made icing – but it has to be Duncan Hines – the other brands don‘t taste as good. If you want to make cake from scratch check here.
Cake Mix – check box for other ingredients you might need like eggs, oil, etc.
Red (or neon pink) Food Coloring
1. Combine ingredients as directed.
2. Pour batter in a heart shaped baking pan or into a cupcake tray filled with cupcake liners.
3. Bake as directed by the cake mix instructions.
4. Let the cake or cupcakes cool before icing them.
5. Add red food coloring to your vanilla icing so it’s the perfect shade of pink or red, as you prefer.
6. When the cake or cupcakes are cooled, ice them with the icing.
7. Put the cupcakes in a heart shape for display.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 Package of Strawberries
1 Bag of Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Rinse the strawberries in water and leave the stems on.
2. Melt some chocolate in the microwave or by putting a bowl of chocolate in a pot of boiled water – mix until totally melted.
3. Dip the bottom 2/3 of the strawberry in the chocolate to and coat the strawberry evenly with chocolate.
4. Set the strawberry down on a tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Repeat until you’re done with all of the strawberries.
5. Let the chocolate coated strawberries rest in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
6. Package the strawberries in a festive Valentine’s Day container or display them in a pretty dish so you can have them handy when you’re with your sweetheart.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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