In years past, I have given you a Valentine’s Day Menu but, since the nicest thing to do on Valentine’s Day is to make your sweeties their favorite foods as a special treat, I will be giving you recipes and tips for cute things you can do on this special day instead of a menu.
Heart Shaped Biscuits
Instead of using the usual round biscuit cutter, cut your biscuits with a cookie cutter. Serve with strawberry jam.
Heart Shaped Muffins
For heart shaped muffins, place a marble on the side of the muffin paper before baking.
Heart Shaped Pizza
Make pizza and shape the dough into a heart shape instead of a circle. The red sauce is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Once again, form your meatballs into heart shapes. Then, you can toss them in spaghetti sauce or cover with barbecue sauce.
Peppermint Heart Lollipops
Lay two small candy candy canes on a piece of wax paper to make a heart shape. Place a sucker stick between the candy canes at the bottom. Pour melted white chocolate into the center of the candy canes. Make sure the stick is up far enough to get some chocolate on it. Then, you can sprinkle the white chocolate with red sugar, sprinkles or whatever you like.
Lemonade Love Potion
1 – 12 oz. can pink lemonade concentrate
1 cup raspberry sherbet
1 – 12 oz. can lemon/lime soda (7 UP)
Mix the lemonade with water according to the directions on the can. In a separate pitcher, mix 1 cup lemonade with sherbet. Add soda, stir and serve. Makes 3 servings.
Note: This is the original recipe. Since I hate dirtying too many dishes, I would just fill a large glass (like an ice cream soda glass) 1/3 full of lemonade, add a large scoop of sherbet and pour the soda over everything to fill the glass.
Heart Shape Cookie Cutters
Get a set of different sized heart shape cookie cutters. Use them to cut things like rice krispy treats, bar cookies and brownies.
Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make an imprint on a cake to give you a guide line to decorate with frosting. For a simple but pretty cake, you could use different sizes of cookie cutters to make imprints and then just outline the shapes with frosting.
Use the cookie cutters to cut out things like fruit roll ups or cheese.
Cut pancakes into heart shapes and use strawberry jam or syrup with a dollop of whipped cream.
Last But Not Least…
Here is one of my favorite cookie recipes from our Dining on a Dime Cookbook. In all my 60 years, I have never been anyplace where I have seen these served. That doesn’t mean no one else has the recipe but it’s not your usual run of the mill cookie and they are oh-so-good, especially if you like coconut and nuts!
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2-1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter. Add flour, sugar, and salt. Spread in an ungreased 9×13 pan. Combine eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, coconut and nuts. Pour over flour mix. Bake for 20 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Makes 24 cookies.
Do you have any favorite Valentine Recipes? Post them and your comments below!
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