10 Mega-Cute, Totally Easy Valentine’s Day Treats Anyone Can Make
Whether you’re a big-time romantic or you use February 14th as an excuse to pamper your little ones, nothing is sweeter than homemade Valentine’s Day treats. We surveyed the most classic Valentine’s treats we remembered from our own childhoods, dreamed up a few new ideas, and created this list of 10 mega-cute, totally easy Valentine’s treat recipes absolutely anyone can make.
These treats are so easy, in fact, you could practically make them using just the accompanying GIFs. But don’t worry, we also included a complete recipe for each. Make or bake them all for a big celebratory bash, or choose your favorite treat for whatever your Valentine’s Day celebration looks like.
Heart-Shaped Vanilla Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a quintessential party treat, and for good reason. They’re super-cute, easy to serve, and even easier to eat — no utensils required. You don’t even need a special pan to bake these into hearts, just a little bit of foil in your standard cupcake pan. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, perfect for any classroom or office parties this week.
Recipe: Heart-Shaped Vanilla Cupcakes
Valentine’s Day Oreo Truffles
If you’re going to make one treat for Valentine’s Day with your kids, let it be this one. Crushing the Oreos, rolling the creamy centers, and dipping each orb in chocolate is meditative enough that you’ll have your kids’ full attention for at least 20 minutes. Then, you can share the results with neighbors and family friends.
Recipe: Valentine’s Day Oreo Truffles
Fiery Kettle Corn
This Red Hots-flavored popcorn is a not-too-sweet treat that’s also a great way to use up any candies leftover from gingerbread-house-making over Christmas.
Recipe: Fiery Kettle Corn
Three-Ingredient Edible Playdough
Edible playdough is the ultimate kid treat, because kids can play with it and then safely eat it! It’s also a really great recipe to have in your back-pocket because it doubles as faux-fondant for decorating cakes.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Edible Playdough
Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies treats win every holiday for their ease and ability to delight crowds of all ages. This red velvet-inspired version is totally festive and just a little bit chocolatey.
Recipe: Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats
Dark Heart Brownies
These brownies are for both the chocolate-lovers and Valentine’s cynics among us. Rich chocolate brownies get topped with a thick dark chocolate ganache and more dark chocolate in the form of candy hearts.
Recipe: Dark Heart Brownies
Sweetheart Snack Mix
Slightly sweet and slightly salty, this crispy-crunchy snack mix is a wonderful treat for preschoolers — or just a really festive snack to have on hand this week. All you need is a bunch of cereal and your favorite mix-ins. Sprinkles don’t hurt either.
Recipe: Sweetheart Snack Mix
2-Ingredient Strawberry Sweetheart Fudge
Strawberry fudge is super sweet and surprisingly tangy. This 2-ingredient treat is so easy your kids could make it with very little help, and it would make a great teacher’s treat.
Recipe: 2-Ingredient Strawberry Sweetheart Fudge
Sugar Cookie Bark
Sugar cookie bark is essentially one giant sugar cookie snapped into irregular pieces to resemble chocolate bark. It’s way easier than making and decorating individual cookies, but just as fun and tasty.
Recipe: Sugar Cookie Bark
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Wafer Cookies
Wafer cookies are a grocery store staple that can easily be dressed up with a little bit of chocolate, making this the ultimate last-minute treat. Our favorite pairing is strawberry wafer cookies with white chocolate and sprinkles, but feel free to experiment with other combinations.
Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Wafer Cookies
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