Valentines Day Treats
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Whether you are sitting at home basking in your own filth and eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream while watching a romance movie by yourself to cuddling in the warm arms of your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband, valentine's day is valentine's day. What does that mean? it means do not let your annoyingly clingy lover or the fact that you are forever alone keep you from making treats. Without that sweet tooth of yours, valentine's day would not be the same. Therefore, I present to you my top three favorite things to make on valentine's day!
Thank me later, I know your scale will be doing the same as well.
Before you venture off to go make these tasty treats, whether they be for yourself or for a loved one, wink-wink, why don't we go into a little session on the history of the infamous and worldwide holiday?
Although it is celebrated on February 14, way back when, in the time of the mighty Romans, the feast of Lupercal was celebrated on the 15th of February, a festival that also celebrated fertility and the coming of Spring. Cupid, also known as Eros, or Amor, is the symbol for Valentine's Day.
1. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries This delicacy is a classic, therefore it should not be difficult to make.
Get a medium to large saucepan, filling it half-way with water. Once that is done, put the saucepan over heat and let that boil. In the meantime, gather your ingredients. You will need a half cup of semisweet chocolate chips, three table spoons of heavy cream, and strawberries of course. It gets a bit complicated here, but no need to fear. Once the water is boiling, get a medium bowl of some sort, whether it be glass or metal, and place that on top of the saucepan. Add in the chocolate chips, stirring them often, and then the heavy cream, stirring the two together. Let the mixture melt and be sure to stir often. Once it is melted, walla! Dip your strawberries in, placing them down so that the dipped part is not touching anything and wait for the chocolate to harden, I recommend refrigerating them until use.
2. Parfaits I know what you're thinking, a fancy parfait? Too much work! Not exactly. Simply grab your desired amount of tall glasses. You can always personalize it, but to make one like I do, grab your ingredients. I use whipping cream, raspberries or strawberry slices, brownie bites, powdered sugar, and chocolate sauce.
P.s, I just buy whipped cream and brownies from the store and cut up the brownies.
Now, start off with your brownie bites, which should be cut about an inch wide and an inch long,using the same chocolate ganache recipe listed above, drizzle this over. Next, add the raspberries, also drizzling more ganache and then follow up with a generous amount of whipped cream, but topping with powdered sugar. Repeat this one to two times more, depending on the size of your glasses and feel free to ad a raspberry on top for garnish.
If this isn't quite your cup of tea, you can always switch out the raspberries for another fruit, and if your desired fruit does not seem like it would combine well with chocolate, simply use white chocolate or caramel. You can also always add in cookies, like vanilla wafer cookies or other candies.
3. Chocolate Strawberry Cookie Sandwich As I do not have a great chocolate cookie recipe of my own, feel free to search your own. One recipe I have found helpful is
Now to make the filling for the cookie sandwich, you will simply need 1 pound (4 cups) of Powdered Sugar, 1 cup Butter, and 1/4 cup Pureed Strawberries. Place our strawberries in a blender until you get a puree. Next, put your powdered sugar in a large bowl and add the cup of softened butter and then add the strawberry puree. Whip it up and you're done!
Once your cookies have been cooked and have cooled down COMPLETELY, take your buttercream with a knife or spoon or decorating bag and generously plop it on one cookie. Once that is done, simply place another cookie on top and you've got a delightful treat. Also feel free to make decorations on one side of the cookie with extra buttercream if you're using a piping or decorating bag
That's about it, but if these three recipes aren't your cup of tea, thanks to handy-dandy youtube, i've included a video that may fit your tastes.