Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A few last-minute Valentine sweets


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

I'm going to share some Valentine sweets with you today, things quick and easy enough to make at the last minute.  But first, something even sweeter.  Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose, has written a beautiful post on The Love of God.  If you haven't seen this post, do go on over and read it.  Stephanie's words, the hymns and poems she shares, and her gorgeous, evocative photography will warm your heart today.

For the more temporal sweetness, now, a few candy recipes and a deep-chocolate dessert!  I'll start with the dessert since you might like to make this for after supper tonight:
Photo from Taste of Home

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TORTE

1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch size) plus the eggs, oil and water it calls for
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 cups whipped topping (or, by all means use real whipped cream if you have it)
Chocolate or heart-shaped sprinkles

Prepare brownie mix as package directs for fudge-like brownies. Spread batter in a greased & floured 9-inch round cake pan. (Or do as I do and don’t bother with greasing & flouring -- just place a 9-inch round of wax paper in the bottom of the cake pan.) Bake at 350ΒΊ for 38-42 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes.

Invert onto a serving plate and cool completely. In a bowl, stir together the chocolate and butter until smooth. Spread over brownie layer; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Just before serving, top with the whipped topping. Decorate with sprinkles.

Yield: 9-12 servings.

This recipe is so easy and takes such ordinary ingredients, yet produces something really special! You might already have all of the ingredients on hand. It is decadent, for sure. I found this recipe in an early Quick Cooking magazine.

Now just a few simple candy recipes.

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Angel Food Candy melts in your mouth and is so delicious!  I've had this recipe for years and years.
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Coffee Shop Fudge is one that I made at Christmas.  It's a lot like Arlene’s Easy Fudge, only with coffee and a touch of cinnamon.  Either one is a quick fudge that you can probably have in the pan in under five minutes.
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Peanut Butter Balls are a long-time favorite in our family, and maybe in yours too.  If you coat them in white chocolate and add some Valentine sprinkles or red sugar, you will have a festive treat indeed!  This is probably the most time-consuming recipe of the bunch, since it takes time to form the candies and dip them in melted chocolate, not to mention chilling time.
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Heavenly Delight is a tradition in our family.  Just a double decker chocolate and peanut butter fudge, it is easy and relatively quick to make.
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Chocolate-Covered Almond Brittle is a delicious candy I've made many times.  It's made in the microwave so it's quite easy, but beware!  The bowl or casserole dish you're cooking the brittle mixture in will get VERY hot.  I once destroyed a glass bowl cooking this mixture.  I recommend a Pyrex casserole to microwave it in.
Photo of full-size chocolate pizza from Taste of Home
And then last but not least, not at all, are Little Chocolate Pizzas.  The recipe is for a large chocolate pizza, but it is much more fun if you make them individual size.

Well, I could go on and on, but I will stop here.  Among these, I'd say you're sure to find a sweet treat that your sweethearts will enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Any thing chocolate works for me Mrs T!! Happy Valentines Day!!

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    1. Works for me too, Arlene! Mr. T is working out of state so we will not have time to go out for dinner or anything tonight. I'm going to whip up one or two of these treats and make a nice [crockpot] meal.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you as well!

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  2. Oh my, it all looks so amazing. Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. It does look pretty impressive when one sees all those photos in one place, I guess. Haven't decided yet which treat or treats I will make today.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Sandy!

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  3. I see you are a chocolate lover too! I think I would like all of the above recipes! Happy Valentine's Day to you.

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  4. I plead guilty to being a chocolate lover, Karen! I actually think my hubby likes chocolate even more than I do. Still trying to decide which treat to make. Probably it will be Arlene's fudge, so quick and easy. I may bake some cookies as well.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

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  5. How is it that you know all about the good stuff?! πŸ₯›πŸͺ

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    1. Years of baking experience, my dear! I was so blessed that my mom gave me a free hand in the kitchen from an early age. And I've also been blessed with a husband who will eat nearly anything, so I've tried a lot of new recipes over the years. He does draw the line at tofu!

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  6. They all looks delicious! Thanks for the links and Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks, Debby! I hope that you found some recipes you'd like to try! A belated Happy Valentine's Day to you as well!

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