Let me break this to you gently: Valentine’s Day is next Thursday. This is Friday. Get the picture?
Thankfully, there’s a big beautiful weekend between now and then—plenty of time to make a few of these fabulous treats and sweets!
Mini pies in a jar. Could there be a better gift for co-workers, neighbors, friends, teachers and any number of other people than a single-serving, mini pie in a small jar? I think not! I have detailed written detailed instructions including recipes here: The Perfect Small Gift: Pie in a Jar. It really is quite easy and the results are fabulous! I’ve been making these adorable single-serving pies for some time now, and it really is so much fun. Who can resist a small pie in a jar, right?
Mini pies in a mason jar lid. Yep, a jar lid! While mini pies in a jar are single-serving size, these little pies made in a wide-mouth jar lid are even smaller—more like one amazing, decadent bite! Just perfect. CreatedByDiane.com offers this Mason Jar Lid Mini Pies complete tutorial with photos that will have you turning out dozens of these small pies in no time at all.
Molten chocolate mini lava cakes. This is amazing—now you can make individual, succulent not molten lava cakes in your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker! I know. Sounds ridiculous, but you have to trust me on this. Here is the recipe and full instructions. For a more traditional non-pressure cooker method, check out Lee Drummond’s Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe and instructions.
Candied lemon peel. Oh my. I just returned from California with a load of organic Meyer lemons and I’ve got candied lemon peel on my mind—fresh and brightly aromatic DIY candy. Rather than this being a tedious process that takes hours and hours—I’m making candied lemon peel in my Instant Pot (I love that thing)! Fast, easy and the result? Fantastic! And what an elegant, lovely gift this decadent candy makes. Perfect for Valentines Day! Click HERE for recipe and complete instructions.
Red velvet mini cupcakes. I’d say that anything with “red velvet” in its name is perfect for Valentines Day. Tiny red velvet cupcakes with a large amount of cream cheese frosting and sprinkles are nearly too precious to eat. Perfect gifts, perfect treats! LittleSweetBaker.com offers an excellent recipe plus lovely instructions for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Double thumbprint cookies. With just a couple of extra steps, you can turn traditional thumbprint cookies become beautiful heart-shaped! And so easy!
Heart-Shaped Thumbprint Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- strawberry jam or preserves
Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. For each cookie on an ungreased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet place 2 dough balls side by side with one side touching. Press thumbs into each ball to form an indentation in each. Press in center of each with thumb and taper bottom of cookie with fingers to form a heart shape. Repeat with remaining dough balls, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack. While warm, fill each indentation with jam or preserves (if necessary, snip any large pieces of fruit). Cool completely. Makes about 30 cookies.