sweets for sweeties

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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!

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More of a pancake person?  These Lemon-Scented German Pancakes are easy, light, and sophisticated. 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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 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!

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Chocolate Pot de Creme with Caramel Pretzel Crunch is the ultimate chocolate indulgence. 

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I certainly hope I’ve helped you find something sweet to make for your sweetie!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2 Comments to “sweets for sweeties”

  1. Im going to try your chocalate cake recipe tonight.

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