Sweet Valentine's Day Treats

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Sweet Valentine's Day Treats
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What comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day: chocolate covered strawberries, heart-shaped boxes filled with luscious chocolates, glasses of bubbling champagne? This year, forgo the more conventional declarations of love and put together one of these Pinterest-worthy delights for your sweetheart.

Sweet Sentiments
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Sweet Sentiments

Cupcakes are a much more delicious way to send a Valentine’s Day greeting than a box of conversational candy hearts. Add a sentimental touch to an otherwise ordinary dessert with personalized flags. These thoughtful cupcake toppers complete with messages such as “Be Mine” and “To My Sweetheart” can easily be made using construction paper and toothpicks.

Whip up pink frosting in minutes

Palmier Cookies
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Palmier Cookies

Each flaky bite of these aptly shaped French pastries will melt your valentine’s heart. Display the palmiers on a tiered stand of tea cups and saucers to create an elegant presentation. Serve with a light herbal tea and the combination will no doubt lead to sweet bliss.

Watch "Easy Elephant Ear Palmiers"

Tarts With a Lot of Heart
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Tarts With a Lot of Heart

Add a bit of romance to your meal with these raspberry jam filled tarts. Petite and sweet, each tart’s heart-shaped topping is lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Serve on a colorful pastry doily and watch as each tart quickly disappears behind your dear one’s lips.

Loving Linzer Cookies
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Loving Linzer Cookies

Put a new twist on an old favorite with heart-shaped linzer cookies. Substituting the traditional black current preserve filling with gooey chocolate frosting will amp up the sweetness. Wait until the cookies are room temperature before sandwiching the filling between two delectable almond cookies -- just make sure only the top cookies have hearts through their middles!

Hugs and Kisses All Around
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Hugs and Kisses All Around

Get your fill of xoxo this Valentine’s Day with delicious frosted sugar cookies and a nice cold glass of milk (soy, coconut or almond milk recommended for the lactose intolerant). For even more fun, decorate each cookie together for a romantic and creative heart day activity.

Make a batch of simple sugar cookies

Heartthrob Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Heartthrob Ice Cream Sandwiches

Heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches filled with smooth strawberry ice cream are a cool treat for a hot date with your one and only. Place on a chilled, pink plate and you’ll get extra credit for keeping things tasteful.

Baby, You’re a Firework!
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Baby, You’re a Firework!

Keep your love ablaze by giving your valentine a cupcake topped with a sparkler. Place one mini sparkler candle atop a cloud of pink frosting and watch that special someone’s eyes fill with delight. Each spark illuminates the pink and white sprinkles for added romance.

Watch "Cupcake Frosting Tips Using a Pastry Bag"

Snap, Crackle and Yum
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Snap, Crackle and Yum

Not much of a baker? Consider whipping up these easy caramelized puffed-rice cereal treats. Topped with drizzles of confectioner’s sugar glaze icing and candy heart sprinkles, these snacks need little embellishment. For added charm, pop these treats onto wooden lollipop sticks and wrap them up with cellophane and ribbon.

Find out how to easily cut these cereal treats into shapes

Chocolate Meringue Kisses
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Chocolate Meringue Kisses

Forget the store-bought box of chocolates this year and replace it with a dozen chocolate chip filled meringues. Light as air, the pastry will satisfy his or her chocolate craving. A small wooden bowl lined with a crisp cloth napkin is a fitting way to present this simple French dessert.

Get tips for making meringues at home

Melt in Your Mouth Caramel Brownies
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Melt in Your Mouth Caramel Brownies

What’s better than chocolate cake? Chocolate cake smothered in mouthwatering caramel. Be sure to warm the caramel topping in the microwave for a few seconds and you’ll surely melt your love’s heart with these luscious treats.

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