You’re either happy or you’re mad about it, there’s no in between- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! For either the V-Day lover or the V-Day hater, at least it’s a holiday that excuses some sweet treats. Make sure you get some plans, even if it’s a rom-com marathon in a onesie by yourself, and get to baking! Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day desserts:
Conversation Hearts Pretzel Bites
Ingredients: Pretzel snaps, Chocolate kisses, Valentine’s conversation hearts
Directions: Line up some pretzel snaps on a paper plate. Unwrap a Hershey Kiss and cut off the swirl on the top. Place the Kisses on the pretzels and microwave them for about 1 minute. Press the candy hearts onto the softened kisses.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients: 1 Box strawberry cake mix, 1 Teaspoon baking powder, 2 Eggs, ⅓ Cup vegetable oil, ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 ¼ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Gently mix in the chocolate chips. Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks, if desired. Bake for 10 minutes.
Pink Marshmallow Popcorn
Ingredients: 8 Cups popped popcorn, 4 Cups mini marshmallows, 3 Tablespoons butter, 1 Drop red or pink food coloring, ½ Cup valentine conversation hearts
Directions: Place popcorn in a large bowl and make sure to take out all of the unpopped kernels. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat marshmallows and butter for 1 minute on medium power. Stir to combine. Heat in additional 30 seconds increments until fully melted and smooth. Add food coloring to marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Pour over popcorn and add candies. Stir to coat as completely as possible. Serve right away.
Ingredients: Vanilla ice cream, Cherry soda, Red licorice
Directions: Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to a drinking cup or mug. Fill the cup with cherry soda. Cut the ends off of 1 strand of red licorice, then place into the cup to use as a straw.
Ingredients: 4 Cups cheesecake flavor pudding, 3-4 Cups whipped cream, 2-3 Cups of cake cubes, 1 Cup raspberries, 2 Cups sliced strawberries
Directions: Wash and pat the berries dry. Let them air dry while you prep the rest. Cut your cake into cubes, whip your cream, and make your pudding. Then start layering in a medium size bowl or trifle dish. Start with the pudding, then add cake cubes so they can soak in the pudding. Add the fruit and whip cream. To make it look pretty, stick the outer-edge row of to the glass in a nice line, alternating with strawberries, cake, raspberries etc. Continue layering until all the ingredients are gone, finishing with whip cream on top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day that is full of love!