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Valentine's Day Recipes - Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Delicious and Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Here are some yummy and tasty Valentine’s Day recipes that will make a sweet treat for your family and friends!

Mini Cherry Cobblers

1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 can refrigerator biscuits, separated into 5 biscuits
2 Tbsp. margarine, melted
2 tsp. white sugar
2 tsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Save out 5 cherries and a little of the pie filling for garnish. Divide the rest of the filling between 5 greased 6 oz. custard cups or ramekins. Top each one with a biscuit either rolling the biscuit in the margarine or brush it with it. Mix the sugars and cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Bake at 375° for 14 -17 minutes (until the biscuits are brown). Garnish with reserved cherries and filling.

Cherry Chocolate Sheet Cake

1 pkg. Pillsbury fudge cake mix (This brand seems to
          work best)
21 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. almond extract (optional)
2 eggs, beaten

Combine all ingredients by hand, mixing well. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan (or cupcakes). Bake 30 minutes. (if making cupcakes baked 20 minutes) When cool frost with:

Frosting

1 cup sugar
5 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup milk
6 oz. chocolate chips

Place everything but the chips into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in chips. Pour over cake and smooth out.

I’m not sure why the word meringue strikes terror in the hearts of so many, but it really is one of the easiest things to make. I love this recipe for meringue that I got from an elderly neighbor of mine. She said it is totally weep proof and so far I have never had it weep on me, even in the Kansas humidity.

I have never seen this Valentine’s Day recipe anyplace else. I hope it works as well for you! One quick tip on meringue — Always make sure your bowl and beaters are grease free. Also begin with your eggs at room temperature.

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Holiday Meringue Cookies

1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 Tbsp. cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
3 egg whites
6 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Food coloring

Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a saucepan, mix cornstarch with water. Add boiling water and cook until thick on medium heat. Set aside to cool.

Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Add cornstarch mixture and beat until stiff. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until all is incorporated and then add vanilla and food coloring. Drop onto baking sheets by heaping teaspoonfuls and bake at 225° for 45 minutes.

Once again, you can divide the meringue and use different shades of pastel food colors (the neon colors are great) for Easter, red for Valentine’s Day, red and blue for the 4th of July, etc. You could also stir in some mini chocolate chips before baking too.

Note: This meringue can be used for a pie too. To cut a meringue pie cleanly, butter both sides of the knife.

 

For more money saving recipes and tips to save on your grocery bill be sure to check out the Dining On A Dime Cookbook!

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