Valentine’s Day Recipes

from the heart to the stomach

Victoria Benson and Christian Juarez 

Imagine having a gift for the dearest in your heart. Sometimes a simple gift or date out wouldn’t be enough. Instead of paying out to an establishment, show appreciation by having your own recipes. Whether it be food or sweets, I dream that it would be wonderful. If you are one of the unfortunate to not know how to bake or cook, here are a few easy but great valentine’s recipes for that special person. 

Heart-Shaped Valentines Cookies 

Sometimes the most special gift is as well the most basic. A staple of Valentine’s day that never gets old. These cookies only ask for the following:  

 

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups white sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening 
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 3 eggs 

 

Cake-Pop Heart Shaped style Cookies 

 

Cookies don’t always need to be in the handheld form, but rather as a cake pop. They are simple, but bring a sense of decoration thought into a gift. It calls for the following:  

  • 12 craft sticks 
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 12 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 
  • ©3 drops red food coloring 

 

Valentines Candy Bark 

 

This recipe is universally perfect for Valentine’s Day, it is neutral in color. By far, this is one of the tastiest recipes. This calls for the following:  

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup conversation heart candies (such as Necco®) 
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries 
  • 1 tablespoon pink sprinkles, or to taste 

 

Homemade Fudge Cubes 

The texture of these cubes gives a homemade vibe, giving warmth to those that keep it. This is great for presents or friends. It calls for the following:  

  • 1/2 pound high-quality dark chocolate, chopped 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper 
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, or as needed 

 

But what about food? 

Yes, maybe that loved one has too many sweets, or would rather enjoy a glorious meal that doesn’t include any chocolate treats. Perhaps they should try… 

Stripped Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes 

A simple meal that brings so much flavor and value from just a few ingredients. This should for sure make an interesting Valentine’s date night. It calls for…  

  • 1 1/2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 c. fresh or frozen peas 
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice 
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided 
  • 2 (3/4-inch-thick) strip steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds total) 
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine 
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter 

 

These are the most popular recipes that currently spark creativity on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you, the reader reading this, have been saved for the night or don’t know how to cook. For sure, the following recipes are the most popular, though it is all based on preference. 

Snack Mix 

It is an easy, cheap and good last minute snack to make for a party or even just for your loved ones. This snack looks delicious however, I have not tried it out myself. After reading up on what ingredients you will need for it, it sounded very easy and I am thinking about making this snack for valentine’s day for my family and friends. If you are interested in this snack I will list your ingredients and directions down below but you can also visit https://www.glorioustreats.com/2013/01/valentines-snack-mix.html for more ideas of valentine day treats. 

Ingredients:  

  • mini pretzels  
  • popcorn (air-popped)  
  • cereal (chex, cherrios, or your choice)  
  • peanuts (or a nut of your choice)  
  • M&Ms or other candies  
  • sprinkles  
  • white chocolate, or white candy melts  
  • pink candy melts  

        Directions:  

  • Place all ingredients (EXPECT the m&ms, sprinkles or candy melts) into a large bowl or roasting pan  
  • Melt candy melts in microwave   
  • Pour melted melts of the mix and lightly coat them   
  • After mix is evenly coated, pour mix onto a baking sheet  
  • IMMEDIATELY add ur choice of sprinkles or M&Ms (even both if u would like) while the coating is still warm   
  • Drizzle more candy melts of a different color onto the mix to add some color  
  • Let snack mix cool, once cooled break into pieces as need  
  • Last enjoy!   

      (This snack will remain fresh for about 2-3 days)