It’s almost February 14th. You know what that means, right?
It means that it’s time to bust out the flour, the sugar, the butter, the chocolate. It’s time to use a little elbow grease, a little patience.
It’s time to bake something sweet for your sweetie – your valentine.
Whether your valentine is your spouse, your mom, your sister, your friend – heck, even your dog ( Okay . . . maybe not your dog. Chocolate and canines do not mix.), I hope you’ll take the time to show someone you care by baking something special. After all, cooking or baking for someone shows a lot more thought than buying the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates at your local CVS.
Trust me on this one.
I thought I’d offer some ideas and inspiration of what to make – my Valentine’s Day round-up of recipes, if you will.
Why not start Valentine’s Day off with a healthy breakfast? My Maple Pecan Granola with Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle is delicious and super satisfying. Serve with strawberries and yogurt – yum!
More of a pancake person? These Lemon-Scented German Pancakes are easy, light, and sophisticated.
Now that breakfast is covered, let’s get to what we’re all really here for . . . dessert!
Blackberry Crostata combines a buttery crust with a fresh filling that is bursting with berry flavor. Rustic and charming!
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is the perfect pink dessert for Valentine’s Day! Drizzle with chocolate sauce for a new twist on the classic chocolate-covered strawberry!
Vanilla Bean Semifreddo with Fresh Raspberry Sauce is an ideal elegant dessert. Light and creamy, this 5-ingredient dish is sure to impress your valentine!
Of course, you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate!
Chocolate Shortbread Fingers are soft, tender, and full of chocolate and cinnamon flavor. Such a great cookie!
Mexican Hot Chocolate Bark is slightly spicy from a hint of cayenne and a dash of cinnamon, and finished with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and sea salt. So addicting!
Chocolate Pot de Creme with Caramel Pretzel Crunch is the ultimate chocolate indulgence.
I certainly hope I’ve helped you find something sweet to make for your sweetie!
Happy Valentine’s Day!