Recipes for Valentines Day

      
       

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Sweet Heart Pancakes

Ingredients:
10oz. pkg. frozen strawberries in syrup
2 Tbs. oil
1 egg
1 cup pancake mix

Directions:
1. In blender; blend partially-thawed strawberries, oil, and egg. About 30 sec.
2. In bowl, combine the blended mixture with the pancake mix just until moistened.
3. Pour batter onto heated skillet in a heart shape*.
4. Serve with Strawberry Jam, or Syrup.

*Pour batter in a squeeze bottle (like the plain mustard and ketchup bottles at a hotdog stand) or a turkey baster. Use this to help make the heart shape. Shapes look best when started in a cool pan.

Note: you can also make plain pancakes according to package directions and top with strawberries.

Hidden Kisses

Ingredients:
20 chocolate kisses- unwrapped
¼ cup margarine/butter
20 refrigerated biscuits (~2 pkgs.)
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:
1. Melt margarine/butter.
2. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
3. Flatten the biscuits into 3inch circles.
4. Place a kiss in each circle and wrap the biscuit around the kiss.
5. Dip the wrapped biscuits in the butter and then roll in the cinnamon/sugar combo.
6. Make two layers in a greased ring mold.
7. Bake at 375 degrees F for ~20 minutes.

Love Brownies


Ingredients:
1 pkg. brownie mix (needs to make 13x9 inch pan)
½ cup oil
¼ cup water
2 eggs
Glaze*

Directions:
1. Line 13x9 inch pan with foil & grease foil. (Let foil hang over the edges.)
2. Stir together brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs.
3. Pour into lined pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.
5. Let cool completely- about 45 minutes.
6. Cover pan with foil and put pan in freezer for 30 minutes.
7. Uncover brownies and lift the brownies by lifting the foil edges, and set the brownies on a cutting board.
8. With a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut-out heart brownies.
9. Place on wax paper and drizzle the glaze over the hearts. Immediately decorated with sprinkles.

*Put store-bought frosting in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Pour melted frosting over brownies immediately and then put sprinkles on right after. If you do this on wax paper it is really easy to clean up.

Tempting Chocolate Decadence

Ingredients:
¼ cup butter- softened
3oz. pkg. cream cheese- softened
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips- melted
1 egg
1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
Frosting*

Directions:
1. Cream butter and cream cheese until softened.
2. Add melted chocolate and egg, mix well.
3. Add cake mix, mix well.
4. Roll dough out on floured surface.
5. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut-out cookies.
6. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, ½ apart.
7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-9 minutes.
8. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes and then move to cooling rack.
9. Once cookies are cooled- about 10 minutes- drizzle frosting back and forth across the cookies.

*Microwave store-bought frosting for ~15 seconds. Drizzle over cookies.

Hearty Chocolate Cream Puff

Cream Puff Ingredients:
½ cup water
¼ cup butter
½ cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs

Filling Ingredients:
3.4oz pkg. non-instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup milk
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup frozen, whipped topping- thawed

Cream Puff Directions:
1. Cover cookie sheet with foil. Lightly mark a heart shape on the foil using a toothpick.
2. Bring water and butter to a boil in medium saucepan.
3. Add flour and salt while stirring vigorously. Make sure to get any flour off the sides of the pan. Stir into a ball.
4. Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time. Beat after each egg until mixture is smooth and glossy.
5. Put the mixture in a quart-size plastic freezer bag. Cut an ½” corner off the bag. This will be your piping bag.
6. Using a 1/3 of the mixture, trace the outline of the heart on the foil.
7. Then using another 1/3 of the mixture, trace the outside of the first heart.
8. With the last 1/3, pipe a heart on top of the previous 2 outlines. *Smooth out the heart shape using a wet pastry brush.
9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.
10. Take place the foil with the pastry on a cooling rack and cool for ~20 minutes.

Filling Directions:
1. Bring pudding mix and milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. *Stir frequently.
2. When boiling and somewhat thickened, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
3. Cool for about 20 minutes and then add whipped topping.