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10 Valentine Desserts + Sugar Cube Hearts {tutorial}

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I thought I would share some of my top Valentine’s Day desserts with you, in case you haven’t made up your mind as to what you want to bake for the big day.  These desserts range from taking an hour or so to a few hours.  Some can even be made ahead of time (like the truffles and decorated sugar cookies).  Whatever you decide, they are sure to please whomever you are giving them to.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Pink and Red Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet Truffles

Rose Cupcakes

Black Bottom Brownies

Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookie Sandwiches

Swirl Cupcakes Valentine Cookies

Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

Oreo Truffles

Strawberry Pound Cake

Sugar Cube Hearts Tutorial 

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DIY sugar cube hearts are such a fun and simple embellishment to make. I say embellishment, because, just like scrapbooking, it adds the finishing touches on the final product. For cupcaks and cakes, instead of buying store-bought hearts, you can make your own, in whatever color and size combination you want. Since they are made of just sugar and water, they can last a long time, provided they stay out of the heat and don’t come in contact with liquid. Continue reading

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Sugar Cube Hearts {tutorial}

I am over at Sweet C’s today sharing how to make these easy, adorable sugar cube hearts.  I hope you’ll join me! Enjoy! xoxo

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Red Velvet Truffles

I don’t know about you, but February seems to have snuck up on me.  The older I get, the faster time goes by.  I mean, didn’t Christmas just happen?  And now the stores are clearancing Valentine’s stuff to make room for St. Patrick’s Day and spring.  Did I miss something?  What happened to slowing down and enjoying the moment?  Granted, I have been guilty at times of rushing through things, planning too many outings and get-togethers in a single day, and telling my 18-month old son, “Hurry! We’re going to be late!”  (Which now looking back, I just have to laugh, as toddlers have no concept of time, and rushing something is not in their mind-set.  It’s me who needs to get my act together sooner.  Someday I will learn my lesson.)

So in an effort of slowing down a bit, I decided to make something that our little family would love.  (And since we’re a sweet-loving family, it wasn’t hard to figure out what I was going to do.)  It didn’t require a lot of time, just a little effort to create a sweet moment.  And with a toddler, that moment was…well, just a moment, but that wasn’t the point.  He’s going to grow faster than I want, and these little moments are what I am going to remember–when we took time out of our busy day to spend a moment with the one who matter the most.

Truffles, cake bites, cake balls, cake lollipops–they’re all the same thing.  Continue reading

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Valentine’s Sugar Cookies {blogoversary giveaway}

Thank you all who entered the giveaway.  Like I said earlier, I really do wish that I could send each one of you some cookies.   Unfortunately, I could only choose one, and the lucky winner of 1 dozen decorated Valentine Sugar Cookies is:

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  •   Kathy                       February 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm (Edit)

    I “liked” your blog and on FB. My favorite cookies are oatmeal chocolate chip. I’ve made a number of your recipes and have loved them all!

Congrats Kathy! I’ll be in contact with you soon.  Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Some of you have been following my blog since its inception.  Some of you have been following for about a year.  Some of you are brand-stinkin’ new.  And I love you all tremendously, no matter how long you’ve been following.  While technically I started this blog in 2009, it really wasn’t until this time last year that I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do with it and where I wanted to take it.  So I thought that it’d be fun to have a little giveaway, to celebrate my one-year blogoversary.

I know I can’t thank all of you individually with cookies, but I can at least say thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, and sharing.  So thank you!  (And while I’m at it, I want to personally thank my husband who so graciously watches Matthew while I bake in the kitchen, willingly proofreads these posts, and happily eats the leftovers.)  I don’t even want to think about how many pounds of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs I’ve used this past year!  We’ll just say a lot and leave it at that.

For one lucky winner, I have a dozen Valentine Sugar cookies coming your way.  Yeah!  So much can be said in a cookie, and for me, it’s genuine gratitude.  I never thought that this little blog would be read by so many special people.

So, here’s how this giveaway works.  You can enter one of two ways: Continue reading

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Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies

Valentine’s Day used to be my least favorite holiday.  I used to feel, way back when, that it was another excuse for the candy, card, and entertainment industry to suck money out of you, but deep down, it was most likely that I didn’t like Valentine’s Day because I didn’t have someone special to share it with.  I don’t mean family and friends, because that’s different.  (My wonderful dad would give my sisters and me little treats he’d made, from chocolate shaped like teddy bears to chocolate cups with ice cream inside, and my mom would always write cute, little love notes.  And for many years, my single friends and I would pick a fun restaurant in town and dress up and enjoy a nice time out.  We’d then go home, rent some non-sappy movie, and eat milkshakes.  So I wasn’t deprived in the love department.)

When you’re single, and you don’t want to be, you tend to dread this holiday and are reminded of what you don’t have.  But I don’t want this post to be about that.  I feel that I’ve grown up a bit, and while I still don’t feel the urge to buy a sappy love-letter, or make a romantic dinner on this particular day, (or feel entitled to a dozen roses by my hubby), I do really like the idea of Valentine’s Day being shared with the ones you love, no matter how you love them.

This is such a simple dessert to make for someone special in your life.  All you need is heart-shaped cookies, ganache, and sprinkles.  Simple, right?  Exactly.  That’s what I thought.  (I’m not being sarcastic, really. I promise it is easy.)  I make my chocolate sugar cookies from a recipe in the book Cookie Craft, (which is why I’m not posting it on the blog), but there are some good recipes on-line if you so choose.  Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, (mine were 1 1/2 inches, but you could use any size), bake and fully cool the cookies.  (Half are flipped in this photo to make creating the sandwich really easy.)

Ganache sounds like a really scary word, and until the other day when I made these cookies, it was.  But I found it pretty easy, even though the recipe I decided to try, from Martha Stewart Living, had confusing directions.  (I will do my best to de-mystify this in the instructions below.)  And normally, I alter recipes, but since I had never done this before, I thought it best to stick to the directions.  Anyway, that was a bit of a side note.  But this isn’t any kind of ganache–it’s whipped ganache, and it’s lighter, fluffier, and fudgier.  Once the ganache is made and whipped, scoop it into a pastry bag with a #12 tip. Continue reading

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