As you plan for Valentine's Day, you need special treats to show your love on this special day. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, nothing says love like treats made in your own kitchen.
Mini Red Velvet Cookie Cups
1 roll Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon red food color
36 heart-shaped milk chocolate candies
Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften. Heat oven to 350 F. Place miniature paper baking cup in each of 36 mini muffin cups.
In large bowl, stir together cocoa and whipping cream. Crumble cookie dough into cocoa mixture; stir until well blended. Add food color; stir until dough is an even color. Place dough in freezer 15 minutes for easier handling.
Using measuring tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, shape dough into balls; place in muffin cups.
Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Immediately press chocolate candy into center of each cookie cup. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
With narrow spatula, remove cookie cups from muffin cups.
Tip - You can use whatever type of chocolate candy you would like for the tops of these cookie cups.
Valentine Cookie Pops
1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury Ready To Bake! refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
24 flat wooden sticks with round ends
1 1/4 cups vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting (from 1-lb container)
Assorted small candies, or candy decors or nonpareils, if desired
10 yards red curling ribbon
Heat oven to 350 F. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cookie dough pieces 2 inches apart. Into side of each piece of dough, insert wooden stick 1 inch, overlapping wooden sticks as necessary.
Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
Spread frosting on one side of each cookie; decorate with candies. Use heart-shaped Valentine candies, or red and pink candy decors or nonpareils to decorate the cookies.
Tie 18 inches of red ribbon into bow around each stick next to cookie.
Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls
Start your Valentine's Day with these heart-shaped cinnamon rolls that will melt the hearts of all of your sweeties.
1 can (13 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated flaky cinnamon rolls with icing
Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
Carefully unwind each roll into long strip of dough, leaving center coiled. Coil the unrolled end of each strip in toward center, making two equal coils. Pull middle of strip down to make a point, forming heart shape; pinch point. Place in pan, points toward center.
Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Spread frosting over warm rolls.
For best heart shapes, keep the coiled pieces as similar as possible as shown in the slideshow.
You'll find plenty of sweet Valentine's treats at the Pillsbury website. From morning until night, homemade Valentine's treats show your love.