Valentine’s Day Treats

A holiday dedicated to showing our loved ones just how much we cherish their presence in our lives is wonderful, but we are stating the obvious that it can be overwhelming. The goal is not to be stressed with all the beautiful ideas, but to simplify without losing their essence.

We could get really elaborate with pink and red hearts, flowers, candies, chocolate, and cards. But, I want to share simple, quick recipes that are made with love that allow you to spend more time with your loved ones and less time with the glue and batter. It’s like striking two hearts with one arrow, simple and yummy.

The heart cookies are a nice twist to our traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies. Add cherries for a tart bite or pink M & M’s for a splash of Valentine color. Even the presentation tugs on our hearts.

Heart Cookies, photo by: Courtney Dial

Next up, we are tackling the salty and sweet part of our tastebuds. White chocolate covered pretzels with colorful, fun sprinkles.

Valentine Pretzels, photo by: Love From the Oven

Although, our kids would love to eat sweet treats all day, we know it’s important to balance the sugar with well, sugarless options. This hotdog snack still screams Valentine’s day. I can’t resist.

Hotdog Hearts, photo by: Family Fun Magazine

We can’t leave our significant others out of the equation. So how about a sweet, breakfast in bed.

Heart Sandwiches, photo by: babble

To make a “hearty” breakfast all you need to do is cook your pancakes, waffles, or toast and cut out a heart shape. After you place the food on a serving dish fill the heart with syrup, jam, or powdered sugar.

Another option, if you prefer to make a breakfast sandwich go about your usual prep for the sandwich but before you put the slices together cut out a heart in the middle. After the sandwich is complete fill the heart shape with egg or cheese.

As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach, but I say that about my friend’s and family, too. Have fun cooking up the love this year.

Thanks to @LoveFromTheOven and @Pizzazzerie.

I would love to hear how your snacks turn out on Twitter or Facebook.

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