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Three lovable recipes to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day barreling towards us like an unstoppable love-train, the scramble for gifts begins. Whether you’re in search for the perfect present for your significant other, a sweet gift for a parent or friend or you simply want to treat yourself for the holiday, these recipes provide the Pinterest-worthy indulgence you’ve been looking for.

 

You have my heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats

Ingredients:

Three cups Rice Krispies cereal

One and a half tablespoons butter

Two cups mini marshmallows

Three tbsp heart-shaped sprinkles

12 full-size marshmallows

12 skewers with pointed tips removed

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the mini marshmallows and stir until melted.
  2. Turn off the heat, then add in the cereal. Mix until cereal is completely coated with melted marshmallow, adding in portions of the sprinkles until all are added and fully incorporated.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press down to flatten the cereal and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled, using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a knife, cut the Rice Krispie treats into small heart shapes (about two inches across).
  5. Place one full-size marshmallow onto each skewer, then place the heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats on the end of the skewer above the marshmallow.

 

Present the treats by tying multiple skewers together with a ribbon of your choice and placing the treats in a cellophane bag.

 

You Cake Me Crazy Red Velvet Cookies

Ingredients:

One box red velvet cake mix

Two tablespoons all-purpose flour

½ cup canola or vegetable oil

Two eggs

One teaspoon vanilla extract

One cup powdered sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and cake mix until the lumps are gone. Add in eggs, oil and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  3. Roll dough into balls about a tablespoon in size. Roll each ball in powdered sugar until fully coated and place the balls on the baking sheet two inches apart.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack.
  5. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for two minutes before removing, then use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape from each cookie (recommended: eating the leftover cookie edges).
  6. Place the cut-out cookies onto a wire rack to cool. Once completely cooled, package in paper boxes as gifts or serve on a platter.

 

Sprinkled with Love Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients:

½ cup smooth peanut butter

½ cup powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

Two cups semisweet chocolate chips

One chocolate bar, chopped

Red, pink or white Valentine’s Day sprinkles to top

 

Directions:

  1. Lay out three dozen miniature cupcake liners (note: these do not have to be in tins).
  2. In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt until smooth.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and chopped chocolate bars together in the microwave, stopping every 20-30 seconds to stir the mixture and avoid burning.
  4. Place a small spoonful of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Let set for 15 minutes.
  5. Spoon in a small amount of the peanut butter mixture into the center of each chocolate-filled liner. To top off each cup, place another spoonful of the chocolate over the top of each peanut butter center.
  6. To decorate, top with Valentine’s Day sprinkles before the chocolate cools. Refrigerate the peanut butter cups in their liners until they are set, about 15 minutes.
  7. Once cooled, remove the peanut butter cups from their liners. Gift these candies in a tin or plastic baggy along with a sweet card, or store them for a trip to the movies to save on candy!
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Lily Baldwin, Editor-in-Chief

Lily Baldwin is a senior and is thrilled to be an Editor-in-Chief for the Redwood Bark this year. She likes bringing cookies to class and force-feeding...

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Three lovable recipes to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day