White chocolate cookies with raspberry cheesecake inside?! Sounds crazy but it actually works. Put your hesitations aside when you bake these – they look messy before baking but the oven forgivesall and they come out speckled with gooey cheesecake filling.
Chocolate cookies with while chocolate chips. These were baked from room temperature so they were big, flat and chewy. If you prefer them thicker and crunchy, chill the dough after rolling into balls.
Nothing says “you’ve got no Valentine” like a heart shaped cherry pie which bleeds cherry juice when you bite into it. I doubled this recipe for the pictures and made half with pastry flour and half with whole wheat flour. There’s about 1 tablespoon of cherry filling in each heart shaped pie.
Frangipane and raspberry jam filled tarts with hearts on top for Valentines Day. These are quick to make and look great.
Red velvet cake is red due to (in addition to red food colouring) a chemical reaction between buttermilk, vinegar and cocoa. If there’s no vinegar in the recipe it’s not real red velvet, just vanilla sponge cake with food colouring. These are the genuine version and have a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. They have a slight red tinge, but the cocoa powder makes them closer to deep brown than bright red.
Soft and delicious cupcakes with chunks of raspberry fudge and chopped cranberries. Filled with homemade raspberry jam from last summer and frosted with kirsch cream cheese and hearts. The smell when I was filling these was amazing – a kind of juicy sweet smell which wafts out when you break a blueberry muffin in half from the Starbucks or Costa.
The raspberry fudge was one of the more unusual items in a Christmas baking goodie box I received. I knew it was going in these cupcakes the second I saw it.
White chocolate chip cookies with strawberries, guaranteed to at least raise a few eyebrows for Valentine’s Day. I had to order the dried strawberries for this online as they were impossible to find in any of the local supermarkets. You could substitute cranberries if you can’t find strawberries.
There’s something about cherries that makes me think of Valentine’s day. These chocolate cookies have kirsch soaked cherries in the middle and are drizzled with kirsch flavoured chocolate caramel. They flatten down during baking which hides the cherry under a layer of baked caramel.