Cute Desserts to Make This Valentine's Day

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Valentines Day: A dreaded holiday for some, or a period of time worthy of celebration and, of course, love. Whether or not you have a partner or someone special to spend this year's Valentine's Day with, it's also important to note that this is a holiday of self-love as well. Commemorate this February 14th by making some cute desserts and treats to share with others, but most importantly, yourself!

Chocolate Mugcake

If you're looking for some dorm-friendly recipes, you've come to the right place. This delicious and easy-to-make mugcake is the perfect treat for yourself or a special someone.

Ingredients

1 tbsp of cocoa powder

2 tsp of Dutch or additional regular cocoa powder

3 tbsp of spelt, white, oat, or gluten free all purpose flour

1/8 tsp of salt

2 tbsp of sweetener

1/4 tsp of baking powder

2-3 tsp of oil

3 tbsp of milk

1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the dry ingredients, then mix. Add the liquid ingredients, then stir. Transfer this mixture into a small bowl or mug. Microwave for 40-60 seconds, or cook in a 350F oven for around 14 minutes. If you don't want to eat straight out of the mug, make sure to wait for the cake to cool before attempting to remove it.

For the original recipe, click here.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

If you're a fan of grand gestures, what better than to make a grand cake? Even better, this is a no-bake recipe that's surprisingly simple and easy to make.

Ingredients

2 cups of heavy cream

1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 pound of strawberries (sliced)

7.2 ounces of graham crackers (1.5 sleeves)

Directions

In a mixer, beat the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Then place a very thin layer of cream at the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Add a layer of graham crackers on top of the cream, then place another layer of whipped cream on top of the crackers. Smooth with a rubber spatula. On top of this, add a layer of the sliced strawberries. Repeat this two more times, and you should end up with the strawberries on top of the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

For the original recipe, click here.

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Valentine Cookies

This batch of cookies will be sure to impress M&M fans. Made with red, pink, and white M&M's, this on-theme treat is the perfect present for your Valentine's Day sweetheart.

Ingredients

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cups of softened butter

1/2 cups of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of vanilla extract

3 cups of all purpose flour

M&M's (red, pink, and white)

Directions

Cream together the sugar, butter and oil. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy. Then, add all of the dry ingredients into the mixture, including the vanilla extract. Mix in the M&M's (chopped or whole). Place this mixture in balls on a greased pan, and bake at 350° F for 7-8 minutes.

For the original recipe, click here.

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Pretzel Strawberry Bark

This easy to make dessert is not only delicious, but also equally aesthetically pleasing. It's eye candy, get it?

Ingredients

4 ruby chocolate candy bars (3.1 ounces each), chopped

1 package (1.2 ounces) of freeze-dried strawberries

1-1/4 cups of crushed pretzels, divided

Directions

Line a 15x10x1 inch pan with parchment; set aside. In a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt the chocolate until two-thirds of the pieces are melted. Remove from heat, and then stir until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of pretzels. Spread this mixture into the prepared pan, then top with the strawberries and remaining pretzels. Refrigerate until firm, which will take 15-20 minutes. Break or cut into pieces, then store in an airtight container.

For the original recipe, click here.

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Watermelon Hard Candy

A delightful choice for a Valentine's Day treat, this is an old-fashioned goodie able to be enjoyed any day.

Ingredients

3-3/4 cups of sugar

1-1/2 cups light corn syrup

1 cup of water

2 to 3 drops of red food coloring

1/4 teaspoon of watermelon flavoring

1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar

Directions

Butter two 15x10x1 inch pans, then set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and food coloring. Cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 300°F. Remove from the heat, then stir in the flavoring. Immediately pour into the prepared pans, and let cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.

For the original recipe, click here.

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Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Topped with raspberries, this chocolate cheesecake creates a heavenly mixture sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Ingredients

3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin

1 cup of cold water

4 ounces of coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate

4 packages (8 ounces each) of fat-free cream cheese

Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 cup of sugar

1/2 cups of sugar

1/4 cups of baking cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 cups of fresh raspberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the cracker crumbs and butter, press onto the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan. Bake until lightly browned, which will take 8-10 minutes. Cool in a pan on a wire rack. For filling, in a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water, and let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Add the semisweet chocolate, stir until melted. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar substitute and sugar until smooth. Gradually, add in the chocolate mixture and cocoa. Beat in the vanilla, then pour onto the crust. Refrigerate until firm, which will take 2-3 hours. Once firm, arrange the raspberries onto the cheesecake and carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake.

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Now that Valentine's Day is approaching, treat yourself to one of the desserts on this list! Even if you don't have a romantic partner to spend this February 14th with, there's still plenty to be thankful for. Celebrate this occasion with friends and family, and most importantly, have fun!

Roumei Li
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Roumei, also known as Laura, is currently a freshman at Tenafly High School. She enjoys learning new things about psychology and listens to true crime religiously. Apart from writing, she spends most of her time drawing and doing research.