Valentine Recipes

Valentine RecipesWe’re serving up some Cupid-approved recipes! After all, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a few special indulgences, would it!?  Enjoy and don’t forget to add the love! 

 

Chocolate Decadence -Tiramisu

  • 2  3-ounce packages  ladyfingers, split
  • 1/4  cup  brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 8-ounce carton  mascarpone cheese
  • 1- cup  whipping cream
  • 1/4  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla
  • /3 -cup  chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce  white chocolate baking squares or white baking bars, grated
  • 1 ounce  bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans (optional)

 Directions

1.    Line the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with some of the ladyfingers, cutting to fit as necessary. Drizzle half of the espresso over ladyfingers; set aside.

2.    In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Beat in the chocolate liqueur until just combined. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate over the mascarpone mixture. Top with another layer of ladyfingers (reserve any remaining ladyfingers for another use). Layer with remaining espresso and mascarpone cheese mixture.

3.    Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours. Sift cocoa powder over top of dessert. If desired, garnish with cocoa beans.

4.    Makes 12 squares

 Source:  BetterHomes&Gardens.com

Drinks, Please!

Pink Passion — Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 10  ounces (1 1/4 cups) citrus-flavored vodka 
  • 1/2  cup  Rose’s lime juice
  • 2  cups  cranberry juice
  • 4  ice cube trays

Directions

1.    Combine vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a pitcher

     with 2 cups water and stir to blend.

2.    Divide between ice cube trays

and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

(The drink cubes will freeze only partially).

3.    Just before serving, empty trays into a large bowl and using a fork,

break up cubes to loosen ice crystals (the ice will be slush-like).

4.    Spoon slush into tall stemmed glasses

and serve immediately.

Source:  Myrecipes.com

Cupid’s Arrow — Chocolate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces base spirit (vodka, light rum or brandy)
  • 1/2 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce white creme de cacao
  • Chocolate syrup to coat rim of martini glass

Directions

Coat rim of martini glass with chocolate syrup.

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass.

 Sweet on You! — Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12.7 ounces) Valentine’s M&M’s
  • 1 can (9-3/4 ounces) whole cashews
  • 1 package (8 ounces) yogurt-covered raisins
  • 1 package (3.53 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate bear-shaped crackers

 Directions

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. 

Source:  Tastebook.com

Turn Up the Heat!  — Authentic Restaurant Style Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  •  2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • ¼ cups chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, quartered and sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  •  ¼ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ cups cilantro (more to taste!)
  • ½ whole lime juice

 Directions

1.    Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor.

2.    Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like — about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

3.    Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or (even more yummy) cheese nachos.

Source:  Pioneerwoman.com/Ree Drummond

Puppy Love Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 20 small mini pretzels
  • 20 chocolate covered caramel candies
  • 20 pecan halves

 Directions

1.    Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

2.    Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on each pretzel.

3.    Bake for 4 minutes. While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

 Source:  Tastebook.comTop of Form

 XOXO! — Brownie Hearts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla      
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 cup Valentine’s Day M&M’S® milk chocolate candies or M&M’S®
  • peanut chocolate candies
  • Medium size heart-shaped cookie cutters
  • 1- 8 x 8-inch pan
  • Cooking spray

 Directions

1.  Spray cooking spray into an 8 x 8-inch pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Place butter and unsweetened chocolate into saucepan over low heat and melt. Stir

     to make smooth, set aside to cool, about 5 minutes.

3.  Add sugar and vanilla, stir to incorporate.

4.  Add eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine after each addition.

5.  Add the flour, stirring to mix thoroughly.

6.  Add 1 cup of the M&M chocolate candies and stir to combine.

7.  Place into prepared pan, making sure the mixture is level and smoothed.

8.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the candies onto the top.

9.  Place into the oven and bake 20-25 minutes, or until it tests done.

10. Let cool completely and cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter.

 TIP: Use leftover brownie pieces to top your favorite ice cream, or mix them into a milkshake.

 Source:  brightideas.com

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