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Post-Valentine Weekend Treats To Celebrate The Love Month

February is love month and it's the perfect time to whip up a sweet treat for your family to celebrate!

February 14 is Valentines and is usually celebrated by couples in love. In fact, History.com says Valentine's Day is the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas with approximately 150 million cards are exchanged every year.

However, there's no reason why Heart's Day or Heart's Month can not be spent with the entire family. bake a batch of whatever Valentines cookie bar fancies you, sit with your loved ones and indulge in these treats with a glass of milk. Love month can't be cozier than that!

These are perfect quick treats to whip up. Make them your own by incorporating your family's well-loved flavors (anything pink or red in hue is very suitable).

      Valentine Bars            Valentine Parfaits       Hearty Brunch

      

 

Easy Valentine Cookie Bars

These are fun cookie bars to bake and eat this Love Month. They have cute colors and they're sweet and delightful - they'll definitely make your day a lot more fun and filled with love! These are great after-school snacks to make and eat with the whole family not just this month, but any time of the year. 

Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars (Joy in Our Home)

Ingredients:

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the buttercream icing

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 and ½ cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • Food coloring and sprinkles, if desired

via Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars (Joy in Our Home)

Valentine Blondie Bars (Moms Need to Know)

"These are also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Even if you don’t want them to deal with the heating of the butter and sugar, my children always love mixing in the M&M’s and chocolate chips and then they 'carefully' arrange them on the top as well. Make these for a party at school or even just a fun after-school snack!"

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Valentine M&M’s

via Valentine Blondie Bars (Moms Need to Know)

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars (About A Mom)

Ingredients:
Bars

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bak­ing pow­der
  • 1 cup but­ter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Frosting

  • 1 8 Oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

via Valentine Sugar Cookie Bars (About A Mom)

 

 

Valentine-Themed Parfaits For Dessert 

You don't need something complicated on the table to celebrate Valentines. Unlike other Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Fourth of July that entails turkey-roasting, ham-making, and barbecuing, all it takes to make Valentines special is something simple - be it a cheese board and a bottle of wine with your partner, or a sweet treat with the whole family.

Here are recipes for delicious Valentine parfaits that are not only easy to make, but elegant-looking as well!

White Chocolate Strawberry Valentines S'mores Parfaits (Mirabelle Creations)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of White Chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • Graham Crackers
  • Strawberries
  • Heart Shaped Marshmallows

via White Chocolate Strawberry Valentines S'mores Parfaits (Mirabelle Creations)

No-Bake Spiked Chocolate Parfaits (Beyond Frosting)

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Dark chocolate chips
  • 1 C Heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ C Whiskey
  • 1 pk (8oz) Cream cheese
  • 1 Container (8oz) Cool Whip
  • 2 C Oreo crumbs
  • ¼ C Unsalted butter, melted
  • 10 Strawberries, sliced

via No-Bake Spiked Chocolate Parfaits (Beyond Frosting)

Strawberry Jello Parfait (Fresh Family Meals)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (3oz) Strawberry Jello-o
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (optional)
  • 1 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping

via Strawberry Jello Parfait (Fresh Family Meals)

 

Hearty Brunch Recipe Ideas

So you were busy and you weren't able to celebrate Valentines last Tuesday. That's okay, because you still have the weekend to make it up to your special someone!

For most people, it's actually practical to have a Valentine weekend brunch instead of a Valentine's Day date. For one, since Valentines falls on a weekday this year, it might not be a great idea to stay out too late for a dinner date. And for those who work 8-5 jobs, a Valentine breakfast may not be very enjoyable (you'll just keep on checking your watch to make sure you wouldn't be late).

This weekend is your chance to make a delicious post-Valentine breakfast or brunch, not just for your spouse, but also for the whole family! Here are easy and very delicious heart-shaped breakfast dishes that you can whip up to make your weekend extra romantic.

Cranberry Buttermilk Pancakes (Camille Styles)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries, thawed

via Cranberry Buttermilk Pancakes (Camille Styles)

Heart-Shaped Bacon (My Name Is Snickerdoodle)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Cut thick cut bacon strips in half. 
  4. Take one half strip and fold back the top 1/3 of it. 
  5. Place it on the lined baking sheet at an angle with the fold side down.
  6. Repeat with another half strip and place the ends over the other ends of the first strip.
  7. With your fingers, form it if needed into a better heart shape.
  8. Repeat until you have 6-8 hearts on your sheet.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes for tender bacon hearts for 25-30 minutes for crisp bacon. 
  10. Drain on a paper towel and serve.

via Heart-Shaped Bacon (My Name Is Snickerdoodle)

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Buns (Two of a Kind Cooks)

Ingredients
Dough:

  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Filling:

  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Finish:

  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water

via Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Buns (Two of a Kind Cooks)

 



Make baking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

 

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