Want something to make for Valentine’s Day?

Want something to make for Valentine’s Day?

I really, really, really wanted to make something to take to work tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. I’d planned on it for a while, since it’s an excuse for me to bake or cook something fun.

I figured I would make cupcakes. There’s a Betty Crocker calendar at work, which had a picture of a cupcake frosted with soft pink frosting and pearls. The picture keeps staring at me, and I want to make that cupcake. That’s more or less what I figured I would make and take in tomorrow. I could make a fluffy strawberry cupcake with white, or even pink, frosting, and plop little non-pareils on them. Cupcakes are perfectly portioned so that you can have just one – and if you really think that’s too indulgent or there’s other snacks around you want to try too, you can easily cut them in half.

Honestly, though, I really don’t feel like baking. I don’t feel like making cake batter, and portioning it out, and making frosting, and decorating things. I don’t even feel like going and making a batch of brownies to sprinkle red sugar crystals on. I’ve tried talking myself into it, but I simply can’t make myself. Luckily, I don’t have to.

So, while my coworkers don’t get any homemade treats from me tomorrow (and I’m sure that I’ll wish tomorrow that I had baked tonight), I thought that I could just write a little bit about what I’ve made that I would possibly make again for tomorrow.


white chocolate cherry shortbread
White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

I think that the White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies, the picture above, would be excellent for sharing for Valentine’s Day, or even for baking tomorrow night. They were easy to make, and got great reviews from my coworkers. I really tried to talk myself into making them again.

Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies
Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies (minus one I had to eat)

The Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies I made on Friday were also delicious and very simple.

I made cupcakes last year and took them to work before Valentine’s Day.

Strawberry Chocolate Tart
Strawberry Chocolate Tart

If you had a little more time and wanted a presentation dessert rather than a snack, the Strawberry-Chocolate Tart was both delicious and very presentable. If you don’t like strawberries for some reason but happen to like nuts, the Fudge Almond Tart was amazingly good. I think I’m going to have to make it again soon, for no particular reason.

And of course, there’s always Red Velvet Cake, which I’m sure you could turn into cupcakes pretty easily, too. I forget if the original recipe had instructions for cupcakes.

There are probably other recipes I could have chosen, but those are what jumped out at me. I think the theme above is red, hearts, or chocolate.

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