If you want to learn how to make a great Valentine dessert recipe, it could be anything from drop sugar cookies to a more exquisite Pavlova recipe. It was amazing to me when I realized how many countries celebrated Valentines Day; in large celebratory style, too. As far as I know none of these countries have a “set” dessert recipe like many have for Christmas and Easter.
After I learned how to make a Valentine dessert recipe, I wanted to choose something that would make a good presentation for that day. For this reason I always choose something which is red or pink or will go well with red; it can also have something to do with “love”. With these criteria, a few simple decorations can turn any of these magically into a Valentine dessert recipe signally “love is in the air”.
Of course, these recipes must also taste good. That is not hard because we have so many luscious tasting desserts that it is so hard to choose between them. Depending on taste, some people prefer simple drop sugar cookies. There is no doubt that these are delicious and easy to eat at any time. A little red frosting or red colored sugar turns them into a great Valentine treat.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The Mexican chocolate cake recipe is a welcome sight to any party or occasion. After I learned how to make a Valentine dessert recipe, I learned that the delicious chocolate and vanilla combination is great whether in Mexico or anywhere in the world. It is also very easy to make in a single layer pan. The Pavlova meringue recipe (named after the famous Russian dancer, is another good idea to celebrate Valentines Day. A bright red raspberry pie recipe spells “Valentine” just in presentation; the cream cheese filling only makes it more special.
Drop sugar cookies make a simple Valentine dessert recipe sprinkled with red sugar or frosted in red.
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Combine flour, soda, salt, cream of tartar and nutmeg; set aside.
In mixing bowl beat butter until creamy; add sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and beat well.
Gradually add dry mixture to creamed mixture beating well after each addition.
Stir in the cherries; drop dough by teaspoon 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake about 10 minutes or until edges turn slightly brown; cool on rack.
This cake makes a delicious Valentine dessert recipe; bake it in a single layer pan or you can bake it in two 8 inch pans and layer them. However you chose to do it, your favorite creamy chocolate frosting would be a great finishing touch.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy; add eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
Beat in vanilla and grated chocolate.
Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
Turn batter into greased and floured 9 X 13 inch baking pan (or 2 8 inch round pans)
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
Can frost one layer cake in pan or wait 10 minutes then remove from pan.
Cool completely before frosting.
This pretty red raspberry pie makes a great Valentine dessert recipe.
Combine and beat together softened cream cheese and 2/3 cup whipping cream.
Spread mixture over bottom of cooled pie crust; chill.
Reserve half of raspberries.
In large mixing bowl mash remaining raspberries; stir in sugar and let stand 1 hour.
Run mashed berries and sugar through a sieve.
Combine berry mixture, cornstarch and pineapple juice in saucepan.
Cook berry mixture over medium heat stirring until thick and bubbly.
Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes longer; remove from heat and cool.
Spread ¾ of berry mixture over cream cheese layer in pie crust.
Arrange 1 ½ cups of reserved whole berries on top.
Spoon remaining cooked berry mixture over the whole berries.
Chill about 2 hours or until set; serve with whipped cream and reserved berries.
This delicious meringue dessert makes a great Valentine dessert recipe when the top is piled high with fresh red ripe strawberries.
Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper; using 8 inch round cake pan as guide draw a circle on paper.
Turn paper over on tray; you should be able to see circle through paper.
In large mixing bowl combine egg whites, sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, vinegar and boiling water; start beating immediately.
Beat constantly for about 12 minutes until stiff peaks form and holds shape; scrape down the bowl while mixing.
Spread mixture over circle on paper; shape into shell with back of spoon.
Make bottom ½ inch thick and sides 2 ½ to 3 inches high.
Place baking sheet in center of the oven and turn oven OFF; let stand 4 to 5 hours.
NOTE: DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR.
Combine whipping cream and ½ teaspoon vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
Remove meringue shell from paper and place on plate.
Spread whipped cream in shell reserving ½ cup for garnish.
Arrange strawberries in shell; mound reserved whipped cream in center of fruit.
Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
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