Whether you’re helping with a Valentine’s Day party at school, celebrating Valentine’s Day with the family or spending a romantic couples night alone at home, show your love with a sweet homemade treat. These easy no-bake recipes from Pretzel Crisps make it easy to treat your sweetheart to something yummy.
Better For You Red Velvet Dip
Original Pretzel Crisps
Raw cane sugar or Stevia
Red velvet extract
1. Spoon Greek yogurt into a bowl. Add sugar or Stevia until it tastes sweet. If you are using cane sugar, permit some time for it to dissolve before tasting.
2. Mix in a spoonful of red velvet extract at a time until the flavor is very obvious.
3. Serve with Pretzel Crisps and share with your love.
Candy Pretzel Crisps Heart Bouquets
Original Pretzel Crisps
White Chocolate Colored with Oil-Base Coloring or Candy Melts
An Assortment of Valentine’s Day Candies
Popsicle Sticks or Pretty Paper Straws
1. Melt your chocolate either in a double boiler, chocolate fondue pot, or slowly in the microwave (12 second spurts of heat, mixing in between). If your chocolate does not become smooth you can add a little oil or shortening to it.
2. Use chocolate to glue two Pretzel Crisps into a heart shape. Allow to harden on wax or parchment paper. Using a fork, drop the heart into the chocolate and cover. Lift up with fork, shaking off excess chocolate, and lay back on wax paper to harden. Once cool and hard, turn over and drop a little puddle of chocolate on back.
3. Place a Popsicle stick or paper straw on melted chocolate, then spoon a little more on top so that it is secure.
4. Select a variety of candy to decorate the front of your heart. Dab a little chocolate on the front of the hearts to adhere the candy.
Original Pretzel Crisps
1. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts from sliced watermelon.
2. Place on Original Pretzel Crisps, then add crumbled feta and drops of balsamic vinaigrette.
Valentine’s Day Box Mix Hacks
Valentine’s Day treats are quick and easy when you start with a box mix. Let the kids help make these simple desserts or surprise them with a plate of goodies on Valentine’s Day. For more Valentine’s Day recipes and crafts, check out my Pinterest Valentine’s Day Means Love board.
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 13×9 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 13×9 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 13×9 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 13×9 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.
Cute Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Heart Craft
When my son was in preschool, his class made cinnamon spice heart ornaments for Christmas. After searching on the web, I found this recipe at SimplyNotable.com that’s perfect for making with the kids for Valentine’s Day. Tie a cinnamon spice heart onto a plate of homemade goodies to share.
Cinnamon Spice Valentine’s Heart Ornaments
1 cup cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
1 cup applesauce or apple butter
2 tablespoons white glue
Mix the ingredients together to form a ball. I used apple butter in place of the applesauce to make the ornaments a darker color.
Knead the dough and form into a ball. Roll out the dough between sheets of wax paper, sprinkled with cinnamon. Use different sized heart cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes. Use a drinking straw to cut a hole for hanging at the top of each heart.
Place hearts onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours, turning after an hour. Let cool for an hour.
Paint one side of each heart with Mod Podge to seal. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. After dried, add red yarn to hang your hearts.
You can make these cinnamon spice hearts in your child’s classroom, with your kids or grandkids or with friends at a Valentine’s Day party.
Try different colors of glitter. Some favorites with kids are red, silver and gold, but be creative. Hang your cinnamon spice hearts from a seasonal tree or write names on them with paint and tie onto Valentine’s Day gifts as unique gift tags.
Valentine’s Day is all about the love. Don’t forget the card to make all your valentines feel special. Whether you choose a card from the store or create a unique valentine, add a little love note in your card to make your sweetie feel the love that’s in your heart.