Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you’ll likely want to spend time making sweets with your family. Whether you’re creating a sweet treat for a certain someone special or helping the kids bake a snack to bring into school, you don’t have to be confined to the traditional cookies or candy hearts. Want to make something different (and maybe even healthier) this Valentine’s Day? Try some of the following tasty recipes:
Red Velvet Cake Balls
You’ve likely had the pleasure of enjoying a cake ball, whether from your local coffeehouse or maybe as a treat over the holiday season. Consider baking your favorite type of red velvet cake (you can use this easy Betty Crocker recipe) and using it as the base for the cake balls. You can use this recipe to follow the steps to transform your simple red velvet sheet cake into an unbelievably good treat that’s perfect for any one of your valentines.
Sealed with a Kiss Cookies
These peanut butter cookies are made even sweeter with chocolate Hershey’s Kisses placed in the center. This is a perfect cooking project with kids or young family members as they’ll love being able to add the finishing touch of placing the Kisses in the center of these cookies. Try this simple recipe from Cooks.com; it’s easy enough for even the most unskilled of bakers.
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While no one knows exactly how these treats got their name, one theory is it comes from children saying, “Whoopie!” when they discovered these desserts in their lunch boxes. Anyone who receives these treats from you on Valentine’s Day will likely share that same excitement that earned these desserts their whimsical names.
This recipe from Disney Family Fun is divided into two parts: the doughy cakes and the sweet, gooey filling. While you can make this recipe year round for any occasion (or lack of occasion if you just crave this dessert), you can make the cakes even more appropriate for Valentine’s Day by adding red food coloring to the cream, giving it a pink tint.
Pink Champagne Cupcakes
While maybe not as child-friendly as the other treats you could make next week, these champagne cupcakes from Better Crocker make enough to share with your coworkers or neighbors. If you decide to make these treats at home, you’ll have plenty of champagne remaining to sip on while enjoying these desserts.
Even with all these sugar-filled recipes to choose from, you might be tempted to make treats that don’t contain as much fat or sugar as the previous treats mentioned here. (After all, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so the last thing you want to do is rot those young teeth or wind up having to visit a restorative dentistry office yourself.) Here are some dessert recipes that you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day without feeling guilty.
Dark Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than traditional milk chocolate and you’re still getting some vitamins from the fruit you select. Yes, the fruit is covered in chocolate so it isn’t completely healthy, but it’s better than rich cake or brownie mixes. Plus, you could make this a romantic event and dip the fruit using a fondue set.
Light Lemon Bars
If you are looking for a healthy, no-cook recipe for a Valentine’s treat, consider making these lemon icebox bars. Each 2-inch square is about 150 calories, and there’s no baking required. All you have to do is create the graham cracker crust, combine the remaining ingredients, let them chill overnight, and cut and serve.
No-Bake Truffle Cookies
These are perfect for any health conscious cook who doesn’t feel like doing much extra for Valentine’s Day. With cocoa powder, peanut butter, dates, agave syrup, and coconut flakes, you can create these easy treats that have less than 100 calories per serving. All you need to do is combine the ingredients, form into plump disks, and refrigerate until firm.
So whether you are looking to bake something with your kids, bake goodies that won’t wreak havoc on your waistline, or are looking for a decadent treat to share with someone special, these recipes can help make your Valentine’s Day sweeter than ever.