5 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

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By Avery Maslowsky, Staff Reporter

You can’t find these Valentine’s Day treats in a grocery store. Try these sweet and savory desserts to make the day extra special.

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Red Velvet Brownies
Cupid’s Cookie Bars
Heart Cupcakes
Fantasy Fudge
Pink Perfect Popcorn

 

Red Velvet Brownies

Is it a cake? Is it a brownie? Is it delicious?
It’s all the above. It’s the perfect combo of both!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • oil (amount stated on box)
  • egg (amount stated on box)
  • water (amount stated on box)
  • 1 box of red velvet cake mix

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to temperature stated on red velvet cake mix
  2. Grease a 9×13 inch pan
  3. Prepare brownie mix as stated on box and set aside
  4. Prepare red velvet cake mix as sated on box and set aside 
  5. Pour brownie mix evenly into the pan
  6. Then, pour all the red velvet mix on top of the brownie mix and spread evenly OR pour just enough red velvet cake mix to cover the brownie mix and swirl gently with a knife.
  7. If making the “half red” brownies put the brownies in for about 25 mins. If making the “full red” brownies put them in for about 35 mins.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit until completely cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for extra detail

 

Cupid’s Cookie Bars

It’s not just a plain old cookie; it’s got chocolate chips and M&Ms. And it’s insanely easy to make!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 full bag chocolate chips
  • 1 full bag M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch pan and set aside
  3. In a medium size bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt
  4. In a large bowl mix the sugars, vanilla and butter
  5. Mix in the two eggs
  6. Finally, mix in the flour mixture and add chocolate chips and m&ms
  7. Put in oven for 9-11 minutes
  8. Let cool

 

Heart Cupcakes

A super easy spin on the classic chocolate cupcake with a Valentines twist!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of chocolate cupcake mix (I used dark chocolate)
  • eggs (amount stated on box)
  • water (amount stated on box)
  • oil (amount stated on box)
  • frosting (1 jar)
  • powdered sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to temperature stated on cupcake mix
  2. Prepare chocolate cupcake mix
  3. Bake cupcakes for the time stated on the box
  4. Let cupcakes cool completely
  5. Cut the tops off of the cupcakes leaving a flat surface
  6. Take the tops of the cupcakes and use a heart-shaped mini cookie cutter to cut out a heart in the middle
  7. Frost the flat cupcake base and place the top back on. Fill the heart-shaped hole with frosting or just sprinkle powder sugar on the top
  8. Repeat for all cupcakes
     

 

Fantasy Fudge

Although this dessert is bit more difficult to make, your taste buds will thank you if you do.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  •  1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 jar of jiff puff
  • 1 ½ bars of bakers semi-sweet chocolate bars
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×9 inch pan with tin foil
  2. Place butter, milk and sugar in a pot on medium heat and melt completely
  3. Get mixture to a full boil and keep on medium heat at full boil for 5 mins or until the temperature (using a candy thermometer) is 234 degrees
  4. Remove from heat and immediately add chocolate and marshmallows
  5. When completely melted, add vanilla
  6. Pour mixture into tin foil covered pan and sprinkle sprinkles on top
  7. Let sit until hard and enjoy

 

Pink Perfect Popcorn:

It’s the healthier solution to a sweet and salty Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups of popcorn kernels
  • 2 bars of white chocolate bars
  • 1 cup of M&Ms
  • 2 mini boxes of sweethearts
  • sprinkles
  • extra candy if you want

Directions:

  1. Pop kernels (I used an air popper)
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper
  3. Spread popcorn on sheet pan
  4. Melt one bar of white chocolate in microwave and drizzle across popcorn
  5. Melt another bar of white chocolate and mix in pink or red food coloring
  6. Again, drizzle on popcorn
  7. Add on Valentine’s Day sweets (I used M&Ms and sweethearts)
  8. Let set until chocolate hardens

 

Avery Maslowsky can be reached at [email protected].