Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re someone who likes to give your valentines in the form of baked treats, you’re probably wondering how you can make something creative and popular without spending weeks in the kitchen. If you’re a cook, chances are that you already have quite a few Valentine’s Day treat recipes up your sleeve, but if you’re all out of ideas for this year, or you’re simply looking to add a few more recipes to your collections and try something new, we have a few recipe ideas for this year’s Valentine’s Day treats.
Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies
Everyone loves cookies, and these red heart cookies with delicious cream cheese frosting stuffed delightfully in the middle. Not only are they creative and fun, but they are pretty easy to make and the perfect Valentine’s Day Treat.
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250g soft, good quality unsalted butter
80g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
About 1 tbsp liquid red food colour, adjust as you like (I used gel colouring, which only
needed about 2 tsp)
75g (1/2 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
1/2 tsp salt
For the cream cheese icing:
113g cream cheese
1 tbsp (14g) butter
1 cup (150g) icing sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add red food coloring and vanilla and beat until just combined. Sift flours, cocoa powder and salt over butter mixture and, using a wooden spoon, stir to form a soft dough. If you are making heart shapes you may want to chill your dough for about 10 mins before you start to shape them, to stop the butter in the dough melting from the heat of your hands
Keeping your fingertips lightly floured, press heaped teaspoons of dough into heart shapes that are about 0.5cm thick and 3.5cm wide and place on baking sheets (do not knead your dough, work it as little as possible). I could fit about 24 biscuits on each sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly colored. Stand biscuits on trays for 5 minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
To prepare the icing, remove the cream cheese and butter 30 mins before starting. Beat cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high until smooth and fluffy. Add sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth. Spoon on to cooled biscuits and sandwich together. Can be served immediately or stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
Recipe via Raspberri Cupcakes
Double Chocolate Heart Doughnuts
Not many people would turn down a chocolate donut, but what if you had a special heart-shaped donut for Valentine’s Day? It’s a proven fact that most home-cooked meals or home-baked treats taste better than that store-bought stuff, and this one will fit right into the collection.
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1 cup cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablsepoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a large measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix the wet mixture into the dry until just combined. Scrape the batter into a plastic bag, cut off the tip, and pipe batter into doughnut pan wells–about 1/2 way up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes (heart shaped) or 13 for regular doughnuts. Allow to cool about 5 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a rack to cool. Glaze and sprinkle once doughnuts have cooled.
Recipe via Hungry Girl Porvida
Chocolate-Dipped Heart Brownies
Brownies are an American favorite, and they only get better with these delicious Valentine’s Day special. If you know the delight of biting into a moist, melt-in-your mouth type of a brownie, you have to try this amazing recipe.
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1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
7 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 13x18x1-inch sheet pan. Line with foil or parchment that hangs over the sides for ease in getting them out (butter the foil/parchment).
In a heatproof, medium-bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat butter, and chocolates until melted and smooth; cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, espresso powder, vanilla and sugar. Stir the egg mixture into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to batter. Stir the chocolate mixture. Then pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. A 2-inch heart-shaped cutter is perfect for this project. Place the whole slab of brownies on a large cutting board and start cutting out hearts.
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached; do not overbake as you want them to be fudgy! Let cool completely, then cover tightly and chill for several hours or overnight. Chilled brownies are easier to cut. Invert the chilled brownie pan onto a large cutting board, peel off the foil or parchment and cut into squares.
(The brownies should be chilled for this part too). Melt desired chocolate in a bowl (in the microwave) and stir until smooth. I used red & white A-Peels for my chocolate, but you can use any. Brush crumbs off of the top of the brownie and hold onto the sides toward the bottom. Dunk the tops into the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper to dry (chocolate-side-up). Sprinkle festive decor on top, if desired.
Recipe via Recipe Girl
These are some of the treats that we liked best, but we encourage you do your own research if you are looking for great Valentine’s Day treat ideas. Do you already have a great Valentine’s Day treat that others would love to know about? Leave your suggestions and instructions in the comments below!