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10 Kid Friendly Desserts Inspired by Valentine’s Day

One thing that is fun about February is how love sort of spreads throughout the entire month.  And what says love better than treats for your sweetie?  I think Valentine’s Day is just as rough on my waistline as Thanksgiving and Christmas is because there are so many beautiful desserts and I can’t resist chocolate.  Here are some lovely desserts that are kid friendly (they can help make them or help you eat them).  Even if it’s too late to take them to a V-Day party you can make memories in the kitchen that will fill your heart.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Windowpane heart cookies

Recipe courtesy of Spoonful.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Hard candy for cookie center (such as Jolly Ranchers)

Directions:

  1. To make the dough: Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar. Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then blend in the vanilla extract and salt.
  2. With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the creamed ingredients, about one third at a time, until evenly blended. The dough may seem soft, but it will firm up when refrigerated.
  3. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each portion into a disk and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. To create the cookies: Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a sturdy baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet.
  5. Cut out the cookies with a large cookie cutter. Use a spatula to transfer the shapes to the baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Remove the centers of the cookies with a smaller cookie cutter. (Save the centers to bake later.)
  6. Place a hard candy (i.e. Jolly Ranchers) in the center of each heart and bake until the cookies start to brown lightly around the edges and the candy is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. To prevent sticking, line your serving plate or tin with waxed paper and place additional waxed paper between layers. Makes 30.

More Kid friendly desserts:

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Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Courtesy of Spoonful.com

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The window pane cookies look beautiful, don’t they?  Happy baking!

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Recipe and images from Spoonful.com used with permission

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  1. Stacey @ Newlywed Survival February 14, 2013 Reply

    I like the sweet sayings snickerdoodles…my niece would love them!
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    • Darcy Zalewski February 14, 2013 Reply

      They are very yummy. They didn’t last long in our house!Syrana

  2. Linette February 14, 2013 Reply

    All of these Valentine’s Day treats look delicious! Thanks for including my Conversation Heart cakes in your list!linetteg

    • Darcy Zalewski February 14, 2013 Reply

      You are welcome!Syrana

  3. Tahlia B. February 14, 2013 Reply

    The Window Pane and Mickey cookies look fun!
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  4. Ashley T February 15, 2013 Reply

    Those window pane cookies look awesome! And my kids would love the heart shaped cupcakes. Maybe we’ll make them this weekend, it doesn’t need to be Valentine’s day :)
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  5. Emily February 15, 2013 Reply

    These are all so cute! I love the window pane cookies, I may try to make them in another shape next week. Too much chocolate in the house right now.
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  6. Amber K February 15, 2013 Reply

    I love those Mickey’s chocolate-dipped heart cookies. I love them all, thank you for the inspiration (and my thighs thank you too :P )
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  7. Gena February 16, 2013 Reply

    My four year old would be all over the windowpane cookies if it had a Jolly Rancher (or Jolly Roger as he calls it) in it! Too cool.
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  8. Kayla February 18, 2013 Reply

    These are all adorable! Now I’m so sad I didn’t get to make them for Valentine’s Day. I wonder if I could adjust some of them to work for Easter, though?
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  9. Lindsey G February 20, 2013 Reply

    AHH!!! I love the Mickey Heart Shaped ones! Cute ideas that can be used anytime really!
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