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Sweets to the Sweet: Chocolate Recipes for Your Valentine

Updated on August 19, 2015

Sure, you could spend a small fortune to buy an exquisitely wrapped box of gourmet chocolates to present to your love. Have you considered the more wallet friendly, and ultimately more romantic alternative of giving something you created yourself? The gift of your time and effort will certainly be appreciated, especially if your labors produce some delicious chocolate goodies.

Long a traditional gift for February the 14th, chocolate has also been one of the all-time favored weapons of seduction since it was first wrapped around a dark, creamy, truffle center and packaged for presentation in a heart-shaped, lace-trimmed bon-bon box. You would be hard-pressed to come up with a more perfect token of your admiration than a prettily wrapped selection of home-made chocolate goodies - especially if you prepared them.

Delectable sweets - bukisa.com
Delectable sweets - bukisa.com

Granny's Chocolaty Treats

Granny's cookbook is full of recipes for fabulous dessert . These luscious treats are all either rolled in cocoa powder, dipped in melted chocolate, or iced with a decadent chocolaty-rich icing for some of the nicest Valentine's goodies ever to be tied up with a big red bow.


Chocolate Marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp gelatin
  • 4 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar sifted together with 1 - 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

  • Soften gelatin in the 4 Tbsp cold water
  • When soft, pour in boiling water and stir 'til dissolved
  • Sift cocoa powder into granulated sugar
  • Add granulated sugar and flavoring to dissolved gelatin, and stir 'til sugar is melted
  • Beat mixture 'til thick and foamy (the more beating, the better)
  • Pour into wet mold or cake pan, chill until set
  • Sift cornstarch and cocoa powder together
  • Cut marshmallow into squares and roll in cocoa mixture


Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Brittle

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups shelled peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Callebaut chocolate, melted

Method:

  • Spread peanuts evenly on a buttered pan
  • Put sugar in cast iron frying pan
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted
  • Immediately pour over the peanuts in the pan
  • When cool, break into irregular pieces and dip half of each piece in the melted chocolate
  • Set on wax paper to cool completely


Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Creams

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • Dark Callebaut chocolate, melted

Method:

  • Boil sugar and milk together to "soft ball" stage (234 F)
  • Add butter, vanilla, coconut
  • Remove from heat and beat until creamy
  • Pour into a buttered 9 X 9 pan and let cool
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate and cut into squares

A gift of chocolate fudge - bbcgoodfood.com
A gift of chocolate fudge - bbcgoodfood.com

Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Method:

  • Cream butter
  • Add sugar and cream 'til light and fluffy
  • Add lightly beaten eggs and mix well
  • Add chocolate, flour, nuts, salt, vanilla
  • Spread into greased pan and bake at 325 F for 20 minutes or until center is just set
  • Dust the top with icing sugar, or arrange halved nuts over the top
  • Cut into squares while warm

Variations:

  • Add 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or nuggets with the nuts, etc.
  • Add 1/3 cup butterscotch chips and 1/2 cup chopped pecans in place of the walnuts


Half & Half Brownies

  • Use same ingredients as previous recipe
  • Melt only 1 square melted chocolate
  • Add flour, salt, vanilla before adding chocolate
  • Divide batter in half
  • Add chocolate to one half of the batter
  • Pour the chocolate batter into the "white" half and swirl them together lightly. Do not over-mix - leave definite swirls of each color in the batter
  • Pour the batter into a buttered pan
  • Bake at 325 F for 20 minutes until just set
  • Cut into squares while still hot

Delicious fudge brownies, nut-crusted or dusted with icing sugar - southernliving.com
Delicious fudge brownies, nut-crusted or dusted with icing sugar - southernliving.com

Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • melted dark chocolate

Method:

  • Cream butter and sour cream together
  • Add sugar and vanilla
  • Add eggs and beat in well
  • Sift together cocoa, flour and baking soda
  • Add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips, and mix well
  • Drop by teaspoon-fulls onto greased baking sheet
  • Bake at 375 F for 10 to 12 minutes
  • When cool, drizzle with melted dark chocolate

Chocolate fudge cookies - nestle.com.ua
Chocolate fudge cookies - nestle.com.ua

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for great recipees. I won't give them -I eat them muself hahaha They are too good

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      Watch Tower 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for a wonderful hub RedElf, and more so for giving me more chocolate recipes to add to the ones I already have.

      One note about Dame Judith Dench you may be interested in.

      She plays a Grandmother in the Movie ( one of my all time favorites) Chocolat ( yes without the e ) , which also stars Johnny Depp. Its set in a small french village and is simply brilliantly written and of corse acted, a very must watch, for any that like romance yet without it being sickly over the top.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Wow - them's some yummy sounding (and looking) chocolate treats! I can see why you like your Granny's recipes! Great hub!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Yummmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! I'm bookmarking this for later reference!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Hh, You are most welcome - so glad you like the recipes - giving Valentines to yourself is OK, too ya know ;)

      I loved that movie, Watch Tower! It's a great love story, and you're right - it's not too sweet. It's a really different kind of movie.

      Thank goodness she had a BIG cookbook! Thanks, Enelle!

      Glad you liked it, Paradise7!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      Sigh...will someone make all those goodies for me?!!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Ok, now I'm craving for chocolate. RedElf, how could youuuuuuuuuu????????? LOL

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      This hub has made me hungry with its lovely recipes. Its a lucky person who gets made these chocolate treats,thank you.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Happy to, FP - just let me know when you'll be by to collect them ;D

      Me too, emie - I had to either write about it or eat it! :D:D

      Nice to see you, 2uesday! Glad you liked Granny's recipes!

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Chocolate covered marshmallows, hmmmm never even considered that. Are they good, have you tried them. I may just have to give that recipe a go. Thanks for the great read and the wonderful recipes.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      They are VERY chocolaty, but excellent if you like dark chocolate! You are most welcome, ft!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Are all of those chocolates sugar-free? Yummy all!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      I wish, Lita! We do all know though, that Valentine's chocolates made for others have no calories :) so they are safe to sample for quality control. (teehee)

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      nadiaazhar 7 years ago from kuwait

      thanks for the yummy recipes....i'm surely gona try Brownies with your recepy!!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, nadia. So glad you like the recipe.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Homemade chocolates on Valentines Day can be a lovely gift. It's very easy to be creative with favorite foods and chocolate!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, RTalloni. Yes, it's so nice to know someone cared enough to go to all that trouble!

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      FOREX NINJA 5 years ago

      Cool hub with a salivating and mouth watery tips in here.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Glad you enjoyed the hub - thanks so much for stopping by to comment, Ninja.

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      Benoitsmidget 5 years ago from Boston

      Thanks for some great recipe ideas!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Benoitsmidget, Thanks so much fro stopping by and commenting!

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