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Make Valentine’s More Festive for The Kids

Valentine’s Day is not usually an especially special day for me, other than it’s a good excuse to eat some good chocolate. Thanks to COVID and social distancing, I have been trying to be more festive for my daughter since we don’t go on outings like we used to.

Strawberry White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream –

This year, I gathered together a few kid-friendly ideas for treats. The first thing I did was get a bottle of strawberry syrup to be sure we could have strawberry milk on a whim or make some strawberry white hot chocolate after playing in the snow.

Stuffed French Toast with Yogurt Glaze – Savor Recipes

If you want to start Valentine’s Day out with an amazingly festive breakfast for the family, how about stuffed French toast with a yogurt glaze?

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese

cookies and strawberry milk

Like many at home during the pandemic, I have been experimenting in the kitchen. As a result, I will never again make sugar cookies without cream cheese. The following recipe worked well for me to make soft, chewy cookies, even when using gluten-free flour. I actually discovered this for Christmas cookies, but I am just sharing it with you now.


  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder, if using gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract


  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.
  2. Slowly mix flour and baking powder into other ingredients until fully incorporated.
  3. Refrigerate cookie dough for an hour.
  4. When the dough is cold, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Roll out cookies on a floured surface and cut out with desired, festive cookie cutters.
  6. Lay on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Easy No-Yeast Pizza Dough Recipe – Better is the New Perfect

heart pizza

Of course, everything comes in hearts this time of year, including pizza crust. Maybe spinach and bacon aren’t the best “Valentine-y” topping, but it’s the thought that counts. This quick, easy recipe using yogurt and baking powder instead of yeast in pizza crust is quick, easy, and a real crowd-pleaser.




Buckwheat Chocolate Cannoli Pie or Minis – Maine Grains

I picked up mascarpone cheese, ricotta, and mini chocolate chips, thinking I would make a cannoli dip but didn’t really know what I would use to dip in it. Then, I came across this recent recipe from Maine Grains for Buckwheat Chocolate Cannoli Pie, which can also be made in mini cup size to make it more fun for the kids.

Red Velvet Heart-Shaped Cupcakes – Dairy Discovery Zone

These heart-shaped red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are so adorable.


Love Bug Sugar Cookies – Recipes – Go Bold With Butter

If you’re getting sick of hearts, look at these lovebug cookies!

Strawberry Mousse Cheesecake Parfaits –

If you’ve had enough cookies and cupcakes this Valentine’s Day, how about strawberry mousse cheesecake?



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