So Sweet Valentine Treats
One of these recipes will be just right for a Valentine's Day treat or romantic gift.
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Put down that messy piping bag! Here's an easier way: Glaze alphabet cookies with thin icing, then sprinkle with colored sugar. Perch atop frosted cupcakes.
Trader Joe's Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies
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Create a visually stunning batch of Valentine's Day cupcakes by mixing and matching just two colors of icing and a few simple garnishes. Display them on a tiered stand for impact.
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Heart Cutouts, Slide 1
Sweeten up your favorite sugar cookies with inexpensive seasonal baking accessories, such as a heart-shape cookie cutter.
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Heart Cutouts, Slide 2
For added charm, sandwich jam between two of the cookies after they cool to room temperature. (Just make sure only the top cookies have holes through their middles!)
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Puffed Heart Lemon Cookies
These cake-like confections are a little tart with citrus and slightly sweet from a pink glaze.
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Double Thumbprint Cookies
Pile these pretty Double Thumbprint Cookies on a plate and let guests fill them with assorted jams and preserves.
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Lemon Rose Cookies
You can find edible flowers in many markets for these Lemon Rose Cookies. Be sure any flowers you use have never been sprayed or treated.
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Honey and Poppy Seed Hearts
The addition of honey to these cinnamon-spiced cookies gives them great flavor and a slightly soft texture.
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Chocolate Pistachio Heart Cookies
Vary the shape of these chocolate-dipped cookies depending on the season.
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In the vernacular of French cooking and baking, a galette is simply a kind of cake. These little almond-infused "cakes" are the essence of simple sophistication.
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All the rage in Paris a hundred years ago, these chewy coconut bites are still a popular treat to savor. For an extra special goody, drizzle the tops or dip the bottoms with melted chocolate.
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Crushed wheat cereal coats these cherry-centered morsels. Bake them as much as three months ahead.
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White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
A dip in melted white chocolate then a roll in nonpareils and edible glitter give a colorful frill to these cookies.
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Mocha Meringue Kisses
These light-as-air sweet kisses are fat-free and guilt-free at less than 32 calories each. The cocoa and espresso powders provide phenolic compounds, which function as antioxidants.
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Italian Nut Biscotti Sticks
Cornmeal adds crunch, lemon adds zip, and nuts add richness to Italy's ultimate dipping cookie in these Italian Nut Biscotti Sticks.
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This basic recipe is tasty plain, or it can become the basis for many variations.
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Fresh cranberries give these pleasingly soft cookies a tangy taste and bright color.
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Orange-Ginger Baby Cheesecakes
With a simple orange marmalade topping, these sweet little bites bring seasonal inspiration to the table.
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German Chocolate Cupcakes
For a super shortcut, start with bakery cupcakes or make them from a cake mix for these German Chocolate Cupcakes. Then top each cupcake with a circle of frosty ice cream and the embellishments of your choice.
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Toffee Almond Shortbread Bites
Delectably light, these Toffee Almond Shortbread Bites have a buttery flavor with an unexpected hint of almond and toffee. Be sure to bake a few of these cookies for each guest.
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Flower Cookies with Cardamom
What's better than one cookie? Three cookies, stacked on top of one another to form a multi-tiered, tasty masterpiece.
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These peppermint-flavored meringues are virtually fat-free and they're fun to eat, too, because they melt like magic on your tongue.
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No-Drip Chocolate Dip
Purchased cookies or fresh fruit, such as grapes or pears, may be served instead of Cutout Cookies.
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These delectable treats make exquisite decorations for cake, cheesecake, cream pies, and other special desserts.
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