It's the time of year when photos of many elegant Valentine's Day desserts are making the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest.
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular holidays, celebrated by exchanging cards and gifts with those you love. You can read all about the history of Valentine's Day on history.com.
If your Valentine's Day will include kids, you may want to let them help you make a simple dessert that the whole family will love.
From cupcakes and cookies to brownies and cakes, nothing says, "I love you" like a sweet, tasty dessert. Here are some ideas for simple Valentine's Day desserts that the kids will love to help make and you'll love to serve.
Make a Valentine's Day cake using a box mix cake and heart-shaped pans. Frost with white icing, then draw the outline of a red heart with tube icing and fill in the center heart with colored sprinkles. If you don't have heart-shaped pans, use a 13x9 pan or round cake pans instead.
Set up a cupcake station and let the kids decorate cupcakes with colored icing, candy sprinkles, red hots, M&Ms and other Valentine's candy to make their own individual works of art.
Make Valentine's brownies the simple way. Bake a 13x9 pan of brownies, using your favorite recipe. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the brownies into hearts. Microwave canned frosting for 1-2 minutes to make a smooth, liquid glaze. Spoon glaze over each brownie, coating top and sides. Drizzle alternate colors of glaze over the top.
Make Valentine's tea cakes to enjoy. Bake a 13x9 cake, using your favorite recipe. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the cake into hearts. Use chocolate glaze or melted pink or white almond bark to spoon over each cake. Decorate with assorted Valentine's candies or candy sprinkles.
Make simple Valentine's cake balls. Bake a cake in a 13x9 pan and let cool. Crumble the cake in a large bowl. Stir in a can of your favorite frosting. Mix with your hands and shape into 1-inch balls. Freeze for a few hours until firm. Using a toothpick, dip cake balls into melted candy bark or glaze. Sprinkle with colored sugar or chocolate bits, if desired. Let dry on waxed paper in the refrigerator until firm.
Turn ordinary cookies into extraordinary. Roll out sugar cookie dough and cut into heart shapes. Let the kids use bottles or tubes of icing and candy sprinkles to make their own creations.
Double the peanut butter in your peanut butter cookies. Using your favorite recipe or a roll of peanut butter dough, shape cookies into balls and bake. After removing from the oven, press a peanut butter filled chocolate heart into the top of each cookie.
Turn plain marshmallows into a fancy Valentine's treat. Using a toothpick, dip marshmallows into melted candy bark or glaze, coating only half of the marshmallows. Dip the coated end into a bowl filled with candy sprinkles. Let dry on waxed paper and serve. These make great lunch box treats.
You'll find lots of great Valentine's Day desserts, crafts and other ideas on Pinterest. Search for my Valentine's Day board, titled Valentine's Day Means Love.
Enjoy a great Valentine's Day with your entire family by making one of these quick and easy desserts together. The only thing more fun than making them is eating them.