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.

Summer Fun in the Kitchen

Cooking together is a great way to spend time as a family, and there are all kinds of things that kids can learn in the kitchen like reading, math and valuable life skills. Though summer cooking projects can be educational for kids of all ages, it’s mostly just fun to get in the kitchen and cook.

Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are the perfect dessert to make with kids. These delectable cupcakes take minutes to prepare and are easy to make using a convenient muffin mix. And there can be no more kid-friendly pairing than the beloved combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

The cupcakes are made with a Martha White® Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix, sugar, sour cream and milk. The fun twist is a peanut butter cup. All you have to do is press the peanut butter cup into the center of each cupcake until even with the batter and bake. If you want, you can top off the cupcakes with the delicious peanut butter frosting.

The kids will love treating their friends to a fun snack that they have helped create. These cupcakes are sure to become a favorite this summer and all year long.