Friends. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Thankfully, we have several big, beautiful weekends between now and then—plenty of time to make fabulous homemade treats and sweets!
Pie in a Jar
A single serving of pie—made in, baked in, and eaten from any small Mason-type canning jar—was surely invented just for Valentine’s Day, especially if that’s cherry pie! Don’t worry, though.
You can adapt this idea to any kind of pie, even cream pie, lemon meringue, pumpkin. You name it! And it doesn’t have to be a canning jar. You can do this in a small ramekin or any small vessel that can take oven heat.
Use your favorite pastry and pie recipe, then scale it down. Form the bottom crust in the tiny jar just as you would in full size pie pan. Ditto for the filling, top crust if desired or streusel topping. Adjust bake time, and you’re good to go! You can find a complete photo tutorial for how to make Pie in a Jar HERE.
Mini Pies in a Jar Lid
Yes, 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.
Go to MennoniteGirlsCanCook.ca for recipes and a complete tutorial. You’ll be turning out dozens of these small pies in no time at all.
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.
Or for or 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 mine!)
Fast, easy, and the result? Fantastic! And what an elegant, lovely gift this decadent candy makes. Perfect for Valentines Day! Here is the recipe and complete instructions.
Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes
I’d say that anything with “red velvet” in its name is perfect for Valentine’s 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, traditional thumbprint cookies become beautiful heart-shaped! And so easy! Find the recipe at MidWestLiving.com
Oh, so sweet! Cute for sure, but delicious too.
- 1 (12-ounce) package vanilla wafers
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (21 ounces) can cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Line mini muffin tins with mini paper liners.
Crush the vanilla wafers, and place 1/2 teaspoon of crumbs into each paper cup.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese (make sure it is room temperature for best results), sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture, almost to the top.
Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Top with a teaspoonful of cherry pie filling. Yield: About two dozen.
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