Celebrated throughout the world, a day of love and affection, it’s Saint Valentine’s Day!
Hearts, roses, all things red, lingerie, bow and arrow, cupid, shoot me in the heart, but not before you let me shower you with chocolate laden treats.
It can be a tough day for those that are hoping for a proclamation of love on a sports scoreboard, on a sign trailing a blimp or wishing for a gift that’s comes in a small box holding something shiny and blingy. Let me break it to you right now, if you haven’t hinted for those exact gifts or made any of the above arrangements, you’re screwed. Not in an affectionate kind of way either.
No boo-boo faces, please. I have Plan B for you; five Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Treats! And by the way, Valentine’s Day is NOT just for romantic couples. Show your appreciation to your offspring, friends, extended family, and those you spend most of your time with.
Don’t fret, I’m not going to send you to the mile long line at See’s Candy Store, to an expensive flower shop OR to Hallmark. Go straight to your grocery store, and then the kitchen to make something special for your sweeties.
Option one: Chill a bottle of champagne, Cava, Prosecco or sparkling juice and lace it with some homemade grenadine. Throw in a couple of fresh berries at the bottom of your glass. Cheers, your girlfriends will love it!
Option two: Personalize a giant cookie. In 25 minutes, you will have a gift your kid will be thrilled with. I used a throw away container shaped in a heart for shipping purposes, but any shape will have the same results. Need some ideas on what to write on your cookie? How about Text Me, LOL, OMG, You Are Awesome (U R Awesome). Affectionate nicknames are hits, just be aware of who else might see your words.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
For frosting, I used a high humidity recipe from Wilton since it was being shipped to Hawaii. My son said that it arrived perfectly intact.
High Humidity icing recipe can be found here.
Option three: Marshmallow chocolate stir sticks, decorated with red and pink sprinkles and packaged with some hot cocoa mix. Nice and cozy treat, right?
Option four: Using the remaining chocolate from option three, mix in nuts or dried fruit and form candies or drizzle chocolate over fresh blueberries.
Option five: Make your partner some peanut butter bars. See recipe here. Peanut butter and chocolate, a heavenly combination. This duo is sure to get you lei…lots of praise 😉
Enjoy and spread the sweet treat love throughout the weekend.