Sweets for Your Sweetie

Not sure if you’ve heard, but Valentine’s Day is Friday. How could you miss the diamond commercials, the restaurant specials and the greeting card ads? I don’t buy into the idea that we have to get candy, flowers or jewelry to recognize the day. I really think Valentine’s Day should be more about celebrating however you like.

Rich and I sometimes go out for a date night dinner, but the last few years we have decided to cook at home and treat ourselves to a homemade dessert. Some years we make the expected decadent chocolate treat. Other years we go for something more non-traditional.

I have a few suggestions if you want to make something sweet for your sweetie, or yourself.

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If you want to have some fun, and make something impressive, try making your own candy hearts. They are much easier than they look. If you can play with play-dough, you can make these.

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For a supremely easy treat, try snickerdoodle bars. If you feel fancy you can cut them into hearts instead of bars.

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Try toffee bars for another easy treat that combines caramelly goodness with chocolate.

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If you feel like something a little more involved, try my version of zebra cakes. This is a great group project to share with your family or your better half.

We are still deciding what to make for our dessert this year. We do know we are having steak, baked potatoes and roasted green beans for the main event.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Dessert Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

Just in case you aren’t up to making your own candy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Or if you would rather indulge in something of the chocolate (or vanilla) variety, I am highlighting a few of my favorite recipes from past posts. All of them are easy and make great celebration desserts, whether you make them for your honey, with your family or by yourself and for yourself.

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First off is the perennial favorite – flourless chocolate cake. Butter and chocolate make for a decadent dessert that is right for any occasion.

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Or you could make my favorite chocolate cake of all time – black devil’s food. This is a childhood recipe for me and I can’t sing its praises loud enough. It goes together in minutes, doesn’t require a mixer and always tastes good. You can take the time to make the easy fudge icing that goes with it, go all out with both fudge and cream cheese icings, or serve it plain with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and vanilla ice cream. If you are feeling crazy you can make the ice cream too.

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If you want an even easier dessert, that gives you more time with your main squeeze, or your family, try the microwave chocolate pudding. You can jazz it up with crushed Oreos, graham crackers or whipped cream, or eat it plain in all its deep chocolate deliciousness.

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If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate, try the vanilla cheesecake I made while we were on vacation last summer.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebrations, no matter what they are. And if you are skipping it, make a dessert anyway. Because, as my brother said, according to family lore, “There’s always dessert.”