10 Valentine's Day Treat Ideas

I used to hate Valentine's Day. In high school, my friends and I wore all black one year in "protest" to the holiday. I even went to Target the day before to buy an all-black outfit. In college, I just ignored Valentine's Day. Most of my friends were single anyway. Now as a teacher, I really loathe it because students are FULL of sugar, and it's like, "What's the point?" (Please don't get me wrong, I do love my students.) However, this year I am really looking forward to Valentine's Day because I've gotten into this crazy addictive baking kick, and out of all holidays, Feb. 14th is probably the best excuse to bake. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! < That is literally how I feel inside right now when I think about baking.

Throw your New Year resolutions aside, and check out some fun baking ideas below. Some of them don't even involve baking! The first 5 are super easy and the last 5 require more skill. Which one do you want to try? Imma try #8.

For the less experienced baker, or the one who's short on time...

1 Strawberry Short Cake "Shish Kabobs" - I recently made these for a gathering with friends, and they were a big hit. The recipe suggests using popsicle sticks, but I used bamboo skewers, and they worked great. They're super easy for kids to (make and) eat, too. 2 Chocolate-Caramel Truffles 3 Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark 4 Love Bark: Rose + Chocolate - I've made a similar recipe using rose water. Rose + chocolate is just yummmm. 5 Pink Popcorn - nuff said.

1 Strawberry Short Cake "Shish Kabobs" - I recently made these for a gathering with friends, and they were a big hit. The recipe suggests using popsicle sticks, but I used bamboo skewers, and they worked great. They're super easy for kids to (make and) eat, too.

2 Chocolate-Caramel Truffles

3 Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

4 Love Bark: Rose + Chocolate - I've made a similar recipe using rose water. Rose + chocolate is just yummmm.

5 Pink Popcorn - nuff said.


For the more experienced or ambitious baker...

6 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies - can't go wrong with one of Deb's recipes. 7 Conversation Heart Cookies 8 Valentine's Day Chocolate Cake - I'm planning to make this for Valentine's Day, but don't tell Kelvin! There's an amazing video tutorial on Zoe Bakes' Instagram, in her highlights. 9 Valentine's Day Almond Cake  10 Mahlab Sugar Cookies

6 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies - can't go wrong with one of Deb's recipes.

7 Conversation Heart Cookies

8 Valentine's Day Chocolate Cake - I'm planning to make this for Valentine's Day, but don't tell Kelvin! There's an amazing video tutorial on Zoe Bakes' Instagram, in her highlights.

9 Valentine's Day Almond Cake 

10 Mahlab Sugar Cookies