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Hailie Schramm, Reporter

Valentines Baking Recipes 

It’s a tradition to give your sweetheart a box of chocolates – but freshly-baked Valentine’s Day treats? Now that makes it way more special. Plus, it’s fun to make them. This Valentine’s Day get in your kitchen, bring out that apron, and get ready to bake with 3 of these sweet treats. 

Strawberry Valentines Chex Mix

  • 4-6 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 18 oz bag strawberry candy melts OR
  • 1 bag of white chocolate baking chips {12 oz} AND
  • 1 box of Strawberry Creme Jell-O Pudding(pudding NOT gelatin!)
  • Valentines M&M’s and/or Sprinkles

Measure out Chex cereal into a large bowl. Note: if you’re using the Strawberry Candy Melts, you’ll use 4 cups of cereal. If you’re using the white chocolate chips + pudding mix, you’ll use 6 cups of cereal.

Pour chocolate into a small glass dish. Add 1/2 tsp shortening, if desired, to help the chocolate coat the cereal easier. Microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds. Let sit in the microwave for 3 minutes. Remove and gently stir. If chocolate loves its shape and looks smooth, it’s done. If not, return to the microwave in 15-second increments, letting it sit for 2-3 minutes each time, until melted and smooth.

If you used White Chocolate Chips + Pudding Mix: Add 4 TBSP of the strawberry creme pudding into the white chocolate and stir gently until smooth. Add 2 drops of red food coloring, if desired.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and stir gently to coat.

Transfer cereal mixture to a large piece of wax paper. Sprinkle with M&M’s and Valentine’s sprinkles, if desired. Let cool to set. Break pieces and store in an airtight container to save. Candy can be made up to 3-4 days ahead if desired. It saves well!

 

Red Velvet Brownies

  • ½ cup butter(1 stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.

 

Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla and mix again.

Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and stir to combine and mix well.

Add in the red food coloring to the batter and mix until the colors have fully incorporated.

Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and give it a quick mix. Do not overmix the batter.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Check the brownies with a toothpick to test for doneness.

Let the brownies cool on the countertop and then slice and serve. Enjoy!

Berries & Cream Sparklers

  • 12 pack cans of sparkling water(berry or mixed berry flavor)
  • Fresh berries
  • Berry juice
  • Berry ice cream
  • Whipped topping

In the bottom of each drinking glass, add a few fresh berries

Pour in half a glass full of juice and half a glass full of berry-flavored sparkling water.

Top it off with a scoop of berry-flavored ice cream.

Add a dollop of whipped cream and additional berries for garnish.

Serve immediately.

Be sure to clean up the kitchen after you’re done baking. You don’t want to make your mom mad.