Fun in the Kitchen: A Guide to Easy Valentine’s Day Food

I’m basically Buddy the Elf when it comes to love. You know, the whole “I’M IN LOVE AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!” kind of excitement. So, naturally I’m all in when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We are also a family who is all in when it comes to food and having fun in the kitchen. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season finally settled and I’ve finally caught my breath, in rolls February just bursting with opportunities to get creative in the kitchen and create all kinds of Valentine’s Day food.
Valentine's Day food

Despite my constant effort around any holiday, baking is not my specialty. I admire those who do it well, but that is not me. It gets done, but let’s just say presentation is often lacking and I’m taking creative shortcuts when I can. Insert, a variety pack of heart-shaped cookie cutters for {almost} all of your Valentine themed goodies.

We typically spend one day per holiday really going after a good baking mess in the kitchen, it’s a completely unnecessary all day affair if I’m being honest. Yet, here we are again, making messes and memories the sweetest way we know how. HA, see what I did there?!

Cupid Chow

Yes, it’s the same take on the original “puppy chow” recipe! All the same peanut butter and chocolate deliciousness with a few Valentine themed additions. The recipe I used called for the following:

Melt together 1/2 cup peanut butter + 1 cup chocolate chips + 1/2 cup butter and pour over about 9 cups of rice Chex cereal. Once mixed, pour about 2 cups of powdered sugar over and mix well {but be careful, those little cereal pieces are fragile}. Lastly, add in whatever Valentine themed extras you want–we did pink and red peanut butter M&M’s and heart shaped sprinkles!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Truffles

strawberry cream cheese truffles

This Valentine’s Day food is like a cake pop from Starbucks only less ascetically pleasing.

To make: 1 box of strawberry cake mix {microwaved for about a minute to kill the bacteria} mixed together with 1 oz package of cream cheese. Set that in the fridge for about 2 hours then use a cookie scoop to form into balls. Take whatever melting chocolate you want and dip the cake balls into the mixture. I {attempted} to top it with extra Valentine themed icing and now we can all agree cake decorating is not in my future.

Cake Mix Cookies

My best friend has been making these for probably 15 years and they never, EVER, get old. They’re perfect and so easy. And, here’s where my cookie cutter hack comes to play.

Mix together 1 box of strawberry cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup oil and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. See, instead of using the cookie cutter BEFORE and stressing myself with wondering if they will keep their shape, I used the cookie cutter AFTER. I’m certain this is not a new hack, but it saved me time and stress and the cookies are adorable. Plus, the edges are my favorite and I saved those all for myself.

cake mix heart shaped cookies

Valentine Waffles or Pancakes

See, we’re going to use this concept of the cookie cutter after cooking here too. I want to be the mom that cooks up a big beautiful themed breakfast, but I’m not. Not even going to put those expectations on myself. But, I can make pancakes or frozen waffles and use my beloved’s cookie cutter to make those waffles into hearts real quick. I might even top with some strawberries and whipped cream if I’m feeling extra festive.

waffle on plate cut in shape of a heart

Heart Shaped Pizza

Yep, you guessed it. Bring out the cookie cutter. I know there are really cute heart shaped pizzas to make at home. Forming the dough into a heart and decorating it together. It sound cute, and I’m sure it is. But honestly, we’re probably using frozen pizza at our house. Lets take the easy button and put those holiday cookie cutters to use and make heart shaped pizzas for everyone!

heart shaped cookie cutters rest on top of pizza

XO, Booze

Is it a holiday if I’m not making a themed cocktail? Ask my neighbors, and they’ll tell you. After a few searches, I decided to try to make a variation of a few drinks that looked appealing and landed on this beauty to enjoy by itself or with my other Valentine’s Day food.

Shake up 2 oz of gin with 1 oz of simple syrup, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and 1 egg white for that foamy top. Oh, and ice. Lets add some ice to the shaker. Pour over your fanciest glass and cheers to making it through yet another holiday!

Pink cocktail sits on counter in front of plant

Do you make any fun and easy Valentine’s Day food with your kids? Share your ideas with us! XOXO

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Becca Vidrine
Becca is a small-town {and likely barefoot} Louisiana girl who’s journey to Texas was unexpected to say the least. After getting her Masters in Social Work from LSU, she spent a few years working in mental health before she found her true social work love in hospice care. Not long after getting hitched to the best guy she knows, Becca and her husband welcomed their full of life red headed son {2018} and they now refer to themselves as “the big 3”! Fast forward to early 2021 when Becca was diagnosed with something that changed their lives forever and so, they picked up and headed west. What was supposed to be a short time in Houston for these small-town folks turned into a big city romance, a mortgage, some unexpected friendships, and a few opportunities to grow. Some might say Becca tends to err on the side of sarcasm and stubbornness. But those same people would also say that Becca is brave and compassionate. She’s a straight shooter, a little bit crunchy, and a lover of all things love. When she’s not building forts or playing pretend, you can find Becca roaming the isles at the grocery store, cooking for hours, or snuggled up with a good book. Follow her journey on Instagram at @thisblissfulpursuit.


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