A Valentine Gift from the Heart

Valentine’s Day is devoted entirely to love. A time set aside to express our love and appreciation to family and friends. But Valentine wishes do not need to involve expensive gifts – a card, a visit or a homemade treat will mean a lot to the special people in your life.

Have holiday fun with the kids by baking and decorating heart shaped cookies or crafting cards and decorations. For a delicious party treat, let them help make Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. A muffin mix simplifies the recipe and the surprise of a peanut butter cup nestled in the middle will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

For a good neighbor or friend, a gift of Almond Raspberry Bars will convey the right touch of something special, but not too lavish. Bar cookies are often made with a crust and filling creating delectable layers of flavor like this recipe with a buttery almond mixture that serves as crust and topping and a raspberry jam filling.

Almond Raspberry Bars
Almond Raspberry Bars

And what about a romantic dinner at home? That calls for something special, but it doesn’t have to be hard to make.
I love this elegant Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart. The crust is made with a Lemon Poppy Seed Flavored Muffin Mix, the filling just has four ingredients and the topping is lemon curd available at the grocery store. If lemon is not your Valentine’s favorite, substitute chocolate chip muffin mix and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart
Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart

No matter who you want to honor this Valentine’s Day, a gift from your kitchen is a gift from your heart.

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