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Top 4 Valentines Day Treats for Your Sweet

Top 4 Valentines Day Treats

It’s officially Valentines Day week and what better way to sweeten up this lovely day than with a delicious treat!

Lucky for you, I have 4 great recipes to choose from!  Whether it’s a mini pie, red velvet cookie or phyllo roll for co-workers, friends or a significant other, each of these recipes is sure to leave a sweet smile on someones face 🙂

Click on each picture below to get the recipe for your favorite sweet treat!

#1. Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies

Valentines Day Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies

#2. Red Velvet Puppy Chow Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Puppy Chow Cupcakes

#3. White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Valentine's Day White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

#4. Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Kiss Cookies {Little Leopard Book}

Check out these other recipes added to LLB since last Valentine’s Day that would be perfect for celebrating the holiday!

Happy Valentine’s Day from LLB!

Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies

Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Pies {Little Leopard Book}

“Hello cuteness!”  Yes, that is exactly what I said as I made these pies!

While I’m not a frequent baker I do love making fun, seasonal food!

Cranberry Pomegranate Pies

I originally had Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies on my list to make for the holidays.  Cranberries, pomegranates, great winter fruits!  But alas, with all of the Mini Cannoli’s, Glitter Fortune Cookies and Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, my dessert card was full over the holiday season!

Heart Shaped Mini Pies

Not to let this marvelous idea go to waste, I decided that I could make them heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day! The filling was the perfect color for the holiday and the heart shape design took them to 0ver-the-top cuteness!

Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 pomegranate (seeds and juice)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Pie Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter (quartered)
  • ½ cup ice-cold water

Begin making the pie dough by mixing all of the ingredients together either by hand or in a food processor.

Food Processor Pie Dough

Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, begin the filling for the pies. Combine the cranberries and pomegranates in a skillet over medium heat with ¼ cup water.

Cranberry Pomegranate Pie Filling

Once the cranberries begin to burst add the sugar, brown sugar, corn starch, honey and an additional ¼ cup water.

Mix together well, then add the cinnamon and lemon zest.

Cranberry Pomegranate Pie Filling

Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from burner and cool.

At this time, grab the pie dough from the refrigerator, roll it out on a floured surface and begin cutting it into heart shapes using a cookie cutter.

Making Heart Shaped Pies

Once the pie filling has cooled begin placing a spoonful on top of half of the pie hearts.

Making Heart Shaped Pies

Take the other half of the pie dough hearts and cover the filling.

Making Heart Shaped Pies

I used the edge of my pastry cutter to seal the edges, but a fork or your fingers will work also!

Making Heart Shaped Pies

Place the mini pies on a baking stone.

Individual Heart Shaped Pies

Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.

Mini Heart Shaped Pies

Now look how adorable those little cutie-pies are!  (Get it? Cutie, pies! haha, I’m so clever sometimes 😉 )

Cranberry Heart Shaped Pies

I uploaded a picture to Instagram yesterday and they’re already a hit!

Cranberry Heart Shaped Pies

If you’re like me and don’t have a Valentine, I hear these pies are also very popular with roommates, family members, friends and co-workers 😉

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: The filling is gluten-free. Substitute gluten-free baking flour for traditional flour in the pie crust to make this recipe gluten-free.

Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 Mini Pies

Heart Shaped Cranberry Pomegranate Mini Pies

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 pomegranate (seeds and juice)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Pie Dough
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter (quartered)
  • ½ cup ice-cold water

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pie dough by mixing all of the ingredients together by hand or in a food processor.
  2. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  3. While the dough is chilling, begin the filling for the pies.
  4. Combine the cranberries and pomegranates in a skillet over medium heat with ¼ cup water.
  5. Once the cranberries begin to burst add the sugar, brown sugar, corn starch, honey and an additional ¼ cup water.
  6. Mix together well, then add the cinnamon and lemon zest.
  7. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from burner and cool.
  8. Remove the pie dough from the refrigerator, roll it out on a floured surface and begin cutting it into heart shapes using a cookie cutter.
  9. Once the pie filling has cooled begin placing a spoonful on top of half of the pie hearts.
  10. Take the other half of the pie dough hearts and cover the filling.
  11. Use the edge of a pastry cutter, fork or your fingers to seal the edges.
  12. Place the mini pies on a baking stone.
  13. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/01/26/whats-for-dessert-heart-shaped-cranberry-pomegranate-mini-pies/

 

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

Red velvet cookies are rolled in powdered sugar then topped with Hershey’s hugs, making them the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies {Little Leopard Book}

This recipe is just in time for Valentines Day!

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

These red velvet cookies are both beautiful and delicious!

Red Velvet Kiss Cookie Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 12 cookies)

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tbsp red food coloring
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 12 Hershey’s Hugs Candies

    Pre-heat the oven to 325°F.

    Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a small mixing bowl and set aside.

    In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.

    Combine the egg with the other ingredients. Add in the food coloring, vanilla and vinegar.

    After the ingredients are combined well, add in the dry ingredients and mix well.

    Red Velvet Cookie Dough

    When the dough is ready, roll a heaping tablespoon into a ball then roll in the powdered sugar and place on a baking stone or parchment lined baking sheet.

    Red Velvet Powdered Sugar Cookies

    Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes.

    Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

    After the red velvet cookies come out of the oven place a Hershey hug or kiss in the middle of the cookie and allow it to melt in.

    Valentines Day Red Velvet Cookies

    These cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day parties or treats for your sweet <3

    Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

    If you love it, don’t forget to pin it!

    Red Velvet Kiss Cookies {Little Leopard Book}

    Now let’s take a closer look at that chewy, red chocolate goodness!

    Red Velvet Cookies with Hershey Hugs

    Bake some today and share with the ones you love!  (This single girl shared them with her roommates 😉 )

    Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies

    ♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

    ♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

    Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 12 minutes

    Yield: 12 cookies

    Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tbsp red food coloring
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 12 Hershey’s Hugs or Kisses

    Instructions

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 325°.
    2. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl mix the melted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together.
    4. Combine the egg with the other ingredients.
    5. Add the food coloring, vanilla and vinegar.
    6. Add the dry ingredients.
    7. After the dough is ready roll a heaping tablespoon into a ball then roll in the powdered sugar and place on a baking stone or parchment lined baking sheet.
    8. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes.
    9. After the cookies come out of the oven place a Hershey hug or kiss in the middle of the cookie and allow it to melt in.
    http://whitneybond.com/2012/02/14/whats-for-dessert-red-velvet-kiss-cookies/

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