Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate. I mean seriously, I’d like to meet the person who says they don’t like it. For some reason, I crave chocolate even more during Valentine’s day. I have trained my husband to include a box of chocolates as part of the gift exchange. Non-negotiable. I love picking through the flavors and end up throwing away a half eaten box, but there is always the excitement of knowing the whole box is for me!
Since we had kids 4 years ago, we stopped going out to dinner on Valentine’s day and instead cook at home after the kids go to bed. For me it’s just as nice and romantic to create a special menu, avoid the crowds and enjoy my hubby. This year my parents will be visiting us from Texas so we might actually have the chance to go out. I won’t be posting any “perfect Valentines meals” but in my opinion anything homemade can be romantic as long as the kids are in bed! Whether it be something fancy and expensive like lobster or something casual like a homemade pizza, the point is not what you eat, but setting the right ambiance.
Oh and there MUST be dessert. Whether you go out to dinner, order take-out or cook at home, this is a special, decedent dessert that will definitely please the chocolate lover…..and it’s the perfect dessert because it needs to be made ahead of time in order to set. Your significant other will love you even more when they taste this.
I actually found this chocolate mousse recipe in Cooking Light magazine. Although it uses low fat milk and light whipped cream, it’s still a dessert. It is creamy, rich and delicious and worth every calorie.
If you’re not into chocolate for some insane reason….you could always have fun in the kitchen with some roll out cookies. Christmas and Valentines are the only times I feel compelled to make sugar cookies. Home baked treats are the best!
This was my first time making them with the preserve filling and boy were they good. I never knew how much I liked apricot preserves. I think the trickiest part of making these is rolling them out thin enough so you are not stacking two thick cookies on top of each other. Although there are worse things that could happen in life.
Do you need an even easier classroom treat for your child’s school party? I originally wanted to make these cookies for L’s preschool, but then decided against sending any sweets. It’s likely they will already have cupcakes or cookies at school, plus the treats the other kids give to him. I am totally ok with the occasional dessert for the kids but we all know it can quickly get out of hand. So we decided to keep a small amount of cookies for us and we froze half of the dough for another occasion. What we came up with instead, these great $1 notepads that I found at Ben Franklins, along with some Valentine’s stickers and a pencil. What child doesn’t love stickers and paper? I know the parents will appreciate the lack of candy/cookies; I know I would!