Fun Valentine’s Day treats

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Welcome to the month of love! February is the time for red and pink hues to make their grand appearance along with sugar cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and heart-shaped valentines and hand-crafted cards addressed to friends and loved ones.

Most of all, February is the time for easy, valentine-themed snacks.

Below are some of the best ones (and they’re vegan friendly!):

VEGAN RED VELVET CRINKLE COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. of non-dairy milk
  • 3 tbsp. of maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup of butter (or vegan butter!)
  • 1 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 tsp Food colouring, vegan red
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup White sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Cover two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the vegan butter and sugar together until creamy and fluffy. Add in the maple syrup (or agave), non-dairy milk, food coloring, and vanilla extract until blended. Pour wet into dry and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Put the powdered sugar into a wide bowl. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and gently roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the powdered sugar so that it is completely covered. Set on the baking tray and lightly press down so the ball is slightly flattened. Sprinkle a little extra powdered sugar on top. Repeat with the remainder of the dough to make 24 cookies.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes on the trays.

VEGAN REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER HEARTS

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of agave
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil

Directions:

Combine the peanut butter, flour ad agave in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. The mixture should still have a peanut butter-like texture, but it should be thick enough to easily pinch between your fingers and hold its shape.

Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and place your cookie cutter of choice on top of it. Use your hands to pinch off about a tablespoon of the peanut butter dough and press it into the cookie cutter, using your fingers to press the dough evenly into the shape. Feel free to use more or less batter to create the thickness you want. Use your fingers to gently press the dough into the lined baking sheet as you pull the cookie cutter upwards, releasing the dough from the cookie cutter.

Repeat this process with the remaining dough and place the cut-out shapes in the freezer to firm up, about 20 minutes.

To prepare the chocolate coating, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double-boiler. You can just use an oven-safe bowl over a small sauce pot filled with an inch of boiling water. Remove the heart-shaped peanut butter dough from the freezer and use a spoon to coat the tops and sides of each piece.

Place the hearts in the freezer for a few minutes to let the chocolate harden, then remove and coat the bottoms with chocolate if you like, too. Keep the chocolate covered hearts in the freezer until ready to serve– they will melt quickly at room temperature.


VALENTINE FRUIT WANDS

Ingredients/Tools:

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Small heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Skewers

Directions:

Simply cut the watermelon into hearts with the mini cookie cutter, then remove the stems from strawberries using a pairing knife, making the strawberries into a heart shape as well. Finally, layer the fruits onto skewers and you’re done!

These are the simplest Valentine’s snack, and they’re just as fun and cute!

 

 

Enjoy this lovely month and celebrate with as many desserts as your heart desires! XOXO.

 

Note: all recipes and pictures were found via Pinterest