Bake Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Show your special someone how much you care this Valentine’s Day by sharing a home-baked treat. From easy Valentine cookies for the love of your life to homemade Valentine treats for kids, create something sweet and special in your kitchen this year.

Red velvet brownies

Valentine’s treat recipes that include decadent chocolate can be a great way to warm the heart of any chocolate lover.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Ghirardelli® 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce red (liquid) food coloring

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or butter. In a saucepan over low to medium heat, slowly melt the chocolate and butter, stirring continuously to avoid burning. When melted, remove from heat and whisk in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each egg is added. Stir in the flour, baking powder, vanilla, salt and food coloring, and pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out semi-clean. Cool completely before frosting with your favorite cream cheese frosting. Dust the frosting with red sugar crystals.

 

Big heart-shaped cookie

A large chocolate chip cookie in the shape of a heart is an easy home-baked treat, perfect as a sweetheart gift or to take to the office to share with co-workers. This is the ideal gift for the novice baker because you don’t have to use a made-from-scratch cookie dough recipe. Simply purchase a large or family-size (about 40 ounces) tub of your favorite brand.

Ingredients

  • Approximately 40 ounces of cookie dough or your favorite recipe that typically makes about 2 to 3 dozen cookies (this amount should make two heart-shaped cookies)
  • Vanilla or white frosting
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles, red sugar crystals, silver edible glitter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray two large baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Consider using the 16″ x 14″ WearEver baking sheets. Divide the cookie dough into two equal batches and spread the dough on each pan, shaping it into a heart. Leave at least 1 inch of space around the cookie heart because the dough will spread during baking.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. The edges should be brown and the center of the cookie heart set (not soft). Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating. Decorate with the frosting, sprinkles and other edible décor.

 

Chocolate cherry mini pies

Individual mini pies filled with cherry and chocolate are a can’t-miss baked Valentine’s Day treat. You will need a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts (usually 2 crusts per package)
  • Flour (just enough to coat the work surface)
  • 12-ounce can Solo® cherry pastry filling
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Sanding sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the pie crust on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 16 shapes from the pie crust, placing 8 on the cookie sheet (the other eight are the pie tops).

Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of the filling onto the center of each heart and top with 3 or 4 chocolate chips. Don’t overfill the mini pies or the filling will ooze out during baking. Lightly moisten the edges of the pie crust with water and top with another heart, pressing the edges together to seal. With a fork, crimp the edges and poke a small hole near the center of the mini pie to allow ventilation when baking. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. When baked, transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes and then brush each lightly with melted butter. Top with the sanding sugar.

 

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