It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I love this holiday – no pun intended. To me, this is just a fun day to tell people that you care about them. No expectations – no grand gestures. I think that is why I like it so much. Small thoughtful acts of kindness seem so much more genuine than expensive (or even not so expensive!) obligatory gifts. When my siblings and I were growing up our mom always made this a special holiday for us. She always had a token for each of us of how much she cared for us. So even when we were teenagers we were never let down by the lack of a “valentine.” Now I get to do the same for my boys. : )
So who is your valentine? Maybe you have more than you thought? Your kids, your friends, your parents – of course your significant other. Maybe even your pet! Here are some fabulous recipes to show them how important they are to you.
Strawberry Hot Chocolate – from www.twopeasandtheirpod.com
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 pint strawberry ice cream
- 4 cups water
- whipped cream
- chocolate sprinkles
- chocolate chips
- Melt chocolate chips in a ceramic bowl in the microwave. Dip mugs in melted chocolate and set aside to harden.
- In a medium pot, whisk together butter, sugar and ice cream until melted. Add water until your desired consistency is achieved. Heat until steaming. Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Bars – from www.yellowblissroad.com
- 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup Valentine's M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 11 3/4" x 7 3/4" baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Mix cake mix, egg, butter and vanilla until blended. Fold in half of the M & Ms. Press batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining M & Ms, pressing them into the batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before cutting into bars.
Peanut Butter Blossoms with Chocolate Hearts
- 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolate Hearts
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional granulated sugar
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Beat canola oil and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate heart into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.
- Hint - put the cookies in the refrigerator to cool so the chocolate heart will retain its shape.
I know you have made these before…
Valentine’s Rolo Pretzels. They are quick and easy to make and everyone loves them. Just unwrap the rolos and place them on top of the pretzels. Put them in the microwave for a short period of time – around 30 seconds or less, depending upon your microwave. Then top with a valentines M&M.
There are so many options! Here are more ideas.
(Yes, these are twinkies!)
So, I am wondering, will you bake for Valentine’s Day? What will you make?