For Valentine’s Day, I always make some Valentine-ish desserts for the family and for the children’s teachers.
This year, I was feeling a time crunch. My mom and I are going to see my grandma in the nursing home that is 8 hours away from us. We are leaving on Friday, the day before Valentine’s Day, and so I need to be ready to go plus have Valentine’s Day ready for the four kids who are staying here.
It helped that I was able to make dessert for our extended family meal on Sunday as my sister is leaving tomorrow to go back to South Africa. As I had the nastiest cold that I have had in a long time, I needed to bake something that was rather easy.
I made two kinds of cookies:
Chocolate Chip Dipped Cookie Hearts
- I made chocolate chip cookie dough (my favorite recipe), and then rolled/patted it out on a cookie sheet that had either parchment paper or had been sprayed with cooking spray. I would use a cookie sheet that has a lip. I patted it to a thickness that I thought would be a good thickness — maybe about 1/3″ thick.
- Bake at 375° until is is a light golden brown color on top and the center is not wobbly or soft. (About 10 minutes)
- Let the cookie cool.
- Take a heart cookie cutter and cut out cookies.
- Take a spoon and poor almond bark/melting chocolate over half of the cookie (or decorate the cookies in other ways with sprinkles or designs.)
- If you were really short on time, you could do this with refrigerated cookie dough!
Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
- I made this recipe HERE.
- The dough was very soft, so I took a teaspoon, and dropped a scoop of dough into a bowl of powdered sugar and covered the cookies with powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar.
- After baking, let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet until the chocolate kiss is cooled and firm. You will want a lot of cookie sheet pans or carefully stick the cookie sheet in the freezer until the kisses harden. If you jostle the cookies while the kiss is soft, it will fall (but they still looked pretty!)
Some other desserts that I have made for Valentine’s Day include the following:
- Cookie Sticks using Valentine’s Day M & M’s
- Fudge Filled Bars using Valentine’s Day M & M’s
- Rice Krispy Treats (cut out in hear shapes)
- Seven Layer Bars using red & white baking chips or Valentine’s Day M & M’s
- Cut out Sugar Cookies
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