Sweet Valentine Treats
Hidden Heart Cupcakes
These are slightly labor intensive, but the result is worth it. To make these, you bake a small loaf cake (same batter, but with the addition of food coloring) and then cut hearts out of slices of the cake. A heart slice is then placed in the center of each muffin and surrounded by the remaining batter. Quite clever, read the detailed instructions for hidden heart cupcakes for more information.
This idea can also be done with breads, although pink bread can be a little disturbing to some. I’ve also seen these used at a Reveal Party with either a pink or a blue heart in the middle. It’s a clever way to announce the sex of your unborn child to friends and family as they bite into their cupcake.
Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes
These chocolate cupcakes with a cherry flavored frosting aren’t that difficult to make, but your sweetheart will think you labored all day. They are very sweet and excellent when served with strawberry milk.
Strawberry Cream Cake
Bake this strawberry cream cake in a heart shaped pan for the full effect on Valentines Day.
These pretty meringues look more difficult than they are if you have the proper piping tools. This Valentine is a little lighter in the fats category (no butter involved), but is nothing short on presentation.
Cream Puff Heart
You can make this fabulous dessert centerpiece … or you can cheat and buy a container of tiny cream puffs in your grocers freezer and shape them into a heart. Then drizzle them with strawberry syrup, cake decorating tubes of icing (red ones purchased on clearance after Christmas work great), sprinkle with valentine sprinkles and/or decorate with some raspberries or strawberries just before serving.
Use food markers to write on a frosted square cookie and make it look like a letter. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and this frosting recipe or cheat and use a pop tart and an edible ink pen or fine pointed squeeze tube of frosting for your message.
Molten Lava Cakes
Lava Cakes are special enough for Valentines Day but easy enough to make for any day. The hot molten “lava” that gushes from the middle when you cut into these little cakes is sure to please your sweetie. If you choose these Valentine treats, beware of a few things: 1) they must not be over-baked 2) they must be baked in a ramekin or other thick walled pan 3) they must be served hot out of the oven.
Valentine Treat Pretzels
For those that like their salty & sweet in one bite, these pretzels are perfect and so easy to make. Just melt your chocolate in the microwave, dip and sprinkle.
Valentine Muddy Buddies
This Valentine Treat mix not only looks pretty served in a red bowl, but is an addicting taste and crunch that your sweetie will have a hard time quitting. It is the Chex Muddy Buddy recipe, substituting white chocolate for the dark and adding some colorful Valentine M&Ms and sprinkles. We also added some peanut butter filled M&Ms to our mix.
Healthy Fruit Hearts
These heart k-bobs are made by slicing lengthwise through a watermelon, cantelope, honeydew (and we suggest adding some strawberries cut the long way too). Once you have straight slices, then use your heart shaped cutter to make individual hearts. Serve them on a plate or pierce with coffee stirrers (child safe) or thin wooden skewers with a point for adults (we found popsicle sticks a little thick to use).
Strawberry French Toast
Start the day off right with a breakfast of hearts as a morning Valentine Treat. This strawberry french toast would be a great treat for breakfast in bed on Valentines Day!
Conversation Heart Cheesecakes
For the adult Valentines in your life, keep the fun of conversation hearts, yet serve delicious cheesecake. Conversation hearts are a very cute idea, yet they don’t taste like much and the sayings are somewhat outdated or at least overused. So, imagine the delicate taste of naturally colored (that’s right – no food colorings used here!) cheesecakes topped with your own expressions. That’s a Valentine to treat most anyone! These are so cute, yet more involved to create, you really have to view the larger pictures on the Hungry Happenings website to get the full vision of these unique creations.
Valentine Rice Krispies
For kids (and the young at heart, of course) this stand by Valentine Rice Krispie treat that I blogged about a few holidays back still remains a show stopper. They’re easy to make and wrap nicely for individual packaging if desired.
Additional Valentine Treat Ideas
Well, that ended up being a bakers dozen and there’s still more that I’d like to share. So, quickly here are a few more suggestions:
I better stop now.