12 DIY Valentine's Sweets for Your Sweetie From Pinterest
Psst, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. For the procrastinators, CVS and Target quickly run out of sought after velvet heart boxes of treats, leaving nothing but bags of candy that scream I-love-you-but-I-just-don't-prepare.
Butter up your sweetie pie with some homemade goodies from Pinterest, It will look like you slaved in the kitchen for days, but really whipped it up in minutes.
You don't have to join Pinterest to browse for recipes and ideas - and beware falling down the blackhole where you just wanted to find one cute thing and look up twelve hours later wondering why the sun is down.
To save you from such a fate, we did it for you.
Cookies: Sure there are simpler and more original things to create, but cookies are not only classic, they are great to indulge in between make out sessions thanks to their portability. While they take more time, they scream 'I thought ahead.'
12. Kiss Cookies
These come along with the uber cheesy line, "how about a kiss?" Honestly, isn't cheese what this holiday is all about? As an added benefit, become a master at these and the sprinkles can be interchanged with any holiday.
Grab that sad bag of Dove hearts (or any candy in the heart shape) and turn it into a stellar treat. Smushing candy into cookies just makes it better.
Cakes: For the real wow factor, these cakes offer a gooey surprise. Show your date you know your way around the kitchen by serving them warm from the oven. The trick is to do all the prep work ahead of time.
Easy and always adored, these bundts are simple to throw together and don't require the difficulties of frosting.
Lava cakes are the stuff of fancy restaurants and formal events. The secret is, they are crazy easy. The lava effect is the result of under cooking a far-too-chocolatey cake. Voila - always a pleaser.
As a twist on the traditional lava cake, this pin features a red velvet version. With the red coloring, how could this valentine's themed treat not score you some (chocolate) brownie points.
Floats and Shakes: Relive old timey soda fountain days by serving your honey a drink for dessert. Extra points if you put in two straws to share.
By sneaking some red velvet cake mix into an otherwise plain shake, you come out with a fun pink color and great taste. Keep in mind that as the poster says, "sprinkles make everything cute."
Simple but sweet, pour some red or pink soda over ice cream and turn it into a frothy pink delight.
Berries and Cherries: The genius that thought hmm, I'll mix fruit with my sweets should be shot. Apparently it's the thing to do for the big V-day. Far be it for us to deny.
With a bit of ingenuity, it's fairly simple to turn a plain chocolate covered strawberry into a heart shape. It's also suggested in the post to sneak some Nutella in there for an extra blast of yum.
Layering a cherry with chocolate cake and chocolate coating is almost sinister. Making these treats ensures you have a chance to tie a cherry stem with your tongue. Practice up for the big night.
Dunking cherries in white chocolate is so simple and elegant. The addition of silver nonpareils is genius. Truly a treat for the classy date.
Three's a Crowd: Need to serve a crowd for your Valentine's Day? (Seriously, we don't want to know your business.) You're best bet is to throw together some sweet bars with a Valentine's twist.
Messy, but fun, this bar mixes red velvet, chocolate and Oreos into one layered treat. The bright red makes this the perfect treat to serve to two or twenty-two.
A blondie is a nice alternative to a brunette, uh, brownie. By adding pink M&Ms, it becomes the best dessert for a Valentine's party: sweet and light. - By Marisa Cutaia
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