Thursday 04 Mar 2021

Last-minute Valentine’s Day treats for the one you ‘heart’

This year, we all need a little something extra to treat ourselves. Whether heart-shaped, coloured pink and red, or just full of delicious flavours, these ideas are the perfect complement to any dinner and dessert plans you’re cooking up.

| FEBRUARY 13, 2021, 05:41 PM IST
Last-minute Valentine’s Day treats for the one you ‘heart’

Butter Cookies

Prep time: 25 min. Bake time: 10 min/batch

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

FOR FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk

Red food coloring, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a heart disk, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set but not brown, 6-8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach a spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired.


Nutella-Stuffed Strawberries

Total Time: 15 min + chilling

Ingredients

12 large fresh strawberries

1/4 cup Nutella

1 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Confectioners' sugar

Directions

Remove stems from strawberries. Using a paring knife, cut out centers; pipe Nutella into strawberries.

Insert a toothpick into the side of each strawberry. Holding toothpick, quickly dip stem end of strawberry into melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with hazelnuts; place strawberries on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, point side up. 

Remove toothpicks; refrigerate strawberries until set. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.



Pomegranate Cosmo

Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coarse red sugar

3/4 to 1 cup ice cubes

1-1/2 ounces lemon-lime soda

1-1/2 ounces pomegranate liqueur or cranberry-pomegranate juice

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1 ounce cranberry-pomegranate juice

Lemon zest strip, optional

Directions

Sprinkle red sugar on a plate. Moisten rim of a cocktail glass with water; dip rim in sugar to coat.

Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add soda, liqueurs and juice; cover and shake until condensation forms on outside of shaker, 10-15 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. If desired, garnish with lemon zest.


Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert

Total Time: 15 min

Ingredients

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 12 squares)

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

FILLING:

1 package cream cheese, softened

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 can cherries

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Divide among 8 dessert dishes, about 4 rounded teaspoonfuls in each.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk until blended. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Spoon 1/4 cup into each dish. Top with pie filling, about 1/4 cup in each.




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