Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Dessert Ideas

Heart Whoopie Pies

2 cups flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk at room temperature
red food coloring

Cream Cheese Buttercream
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3-3/12 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Full post (and step by step directions) here.

Chocolate-covered Strawberry Milkshakes

1 small container of strawberries (cut into small pieces)
1 pint vanilla ice cream (or you can use strawberry)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk
I used dark chocolate Ghirardelli chocolate for the rim and for the strawberries - it is my favorite chocolate

Valentine's Day Brookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips (I like to use dark chocolate)

Fill mini muffin tins half way with brownie mix. Roll the cookie dough into small balls and place on top of brownie mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Heart Brownies

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

12 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped (I like Ghirardelli)
6 cups strawberry milk (can use regular whole milk if you prefer)
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Place white chocolate in a bowl and set aside. Place milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbles begin to form on edges (less than 5 minutes). Pour over white chocolate and stir. Whisk in vanilla. Add whip cream and chocolate sprinkles if desired.

Valentine Cake Pops

Full post (including step by step directions) here.

Valentine's Cookies

1 cup butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
Pink food dye (I used Wilton 'Rose')
1 cup chocolate chips
Valentine's M&Ms (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes. 

Heart Cutout Brownies

Bake your brownies in a regular pan and cut out the circles (I used a scalloped one) and cut out hearts on the top circles.  You can use vanilla or cream cheese buttercream for the filling and you can use food coloring to make it any color you want!

Here is my recipe for cream cheese buttercream:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
31/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

And here is my recipe for vanilla buttercream:
3/4 cup butter
2 tbsp. heavy cream or milk (more as needed)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Happy (almost) Vday!



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