Food truly is the way to a person’s heart, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to bake for your friends, family, and loved ones to show them you care! In case you are running low on time or on ideas, here are a few that I made this week to get you going!
Chocolate Covered Fruit
- We all know that chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, but did you know that they’re actually super simple to DIY? I whipped some of these up in less than 10 minutes (for research purposes only, obviously!)and they were delicious. Microwave some chocolate chips with a splash of your milk of choice (I used oat milk) for ~45 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, and you will have yourself a rich chocolate sauce that you can dip your fruit into. I also threw some on some apples I sliced and carved, and they were equally delicious. You can’t go wrong with fruit + chocolate!
Heart-shaped Cocoa Bombs
- I admit, I cannot take the credit for this one—that goes to my sister, Camille! She makes and sells these beauties, and I convinced her to send me some to try (again, for research purposes!). To make these for your loved ones, just melt some chocolate and pour into your mold of choice (she uses a heart mold) or a muffin tin. Let the chocolate harden and then fill with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, or anything else you would like! Glue two halves together with more melted chocolate. These are so fun to use: just warm some milk in the microwave and then plop it in to watch it disappear!
Jam-filled Heart Cookies
- I saw this recipe on Instagram (@soyummy) and I immediately had to try it. Basically, you make or buy a sugar cookie dough, roll it into balls, and then imprint the shape of a heart in each one with your thumbs or a stamp. Then, fill that heart up with strawberry jam (or any other flavor you want) before you bake them up! The result is a sweet, sticky, fruity dessert that is so cute and will be sure to win the affection of anyone you gift them to!
I love to bake for my family and friends, and I love it even more when there is a holiday theme! I hope these ideas get you in the mood to grab your apron and spatula and hop into the kitchen this Valentine’s Dayto show your pals some love by whipping up some quick and easy treats! Happy baking, and hoya saxa!