Valentines Day Ideas for Family
Making Valentines Day Treats
Making Valentine’s Day Treats for a birthday or cooking activity with a group is a great way to spend the weekend or holiday.
Baking from scratch is a great learning experience! Just think about the fun science behind rising agents like yeast, baking soda, baking powder. In addition, the math and measuring can help teach how to go from teaspoons to tablespoons!
Here are some easy cooking activities that are perfect for cooking with kids for Valentines Day. These are a mixture of both measuring and convenience, perfect for any cooking party mom!
Valentines Day Ideas #1: Make Classic Cake Pops
Valentines Day treats are a great way to celebrate love and affection by making them together.
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your significant other or a fun-filled day with the kids, these Valentines Day treats are sure to impress.
One of the most popular Valentines Day treats are classic cake pops. These cute and colorful treats are easy to make and can be customized to fit any theme. All you need is cake mix or leftover cupcakes, icing, candy melts, popsicle sticks, vegetable oil, and small sprinkles.
With a little bit of creativity, you can create cake pops in the shape of hearts or in your loved one’s favorite colors.
Look for step by step directions on how to make cake pops.
Valentines Day Idea #2: Strawberry Stuffed “Pop” Tarts
These homemade tarts are made with a simple dough of flour, salt, unsalted butter, and cold water. The filling is made with strawberry preserves, but you can also make your own if you prefer. Tarts are perfect for breakfast or as a sweet treat for your loved ones.
The beauty of cooking at home is you can make it like you like, and do what works for you! Keep scrolling to recipe below!
Valentines Day Treat #3 White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
For a more elegant option, try making white chocolate cherry shortbread. These pink-colored cookies are shaped into hearts and drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkles. The recipe is easy to follow and the kids will love helping to make them.
No matter which treat you choose to make, these Valentines Day ideas for family cooking are the perfect way to bond with your loved ones and create memories in the kitchen. So, gather your family and friends and get baking!
We used the recipe from Midwest Living, and this is the one that I would recommend to use because it is really delicious and the kids loved it! The only thing I would change just because I like to simplify things is step 5. Instead of dipping the cooking in the white chocolate, we drizzled it over the top and then added the sprinkles.
What are some of your own best valentines day treats? Share them with us below!
Strawberry Stuffed "Pop" Tarts
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- a pinch salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, chunked
- 1/2 cup cold water plus more if needed
- 1 jar strawberry preserves
- 1/4 cup milk or beaten egg for brushing on the edges of the tarts
- icing/sprinkles of your choice for decorating
- For the Dough: Combine flour, salt, and butter in a large bowl. With your fingers pinch the butter into the flour until butter is pea-sized and the mixture looks coarse. Slowly add water, folding into the flour until dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a disc and wrap in plastic to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a circle that is about 1/8 inch thick. Then roll it up onto the rolling pin and gently lay it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut rectangles out of the dough approximately 2 inches x 3 inches. You will need 2 rectangles per tart. In the center of the 1 side rectangle dough, add strawberry preserves, approximately 2 tablespoons each. Cover with the other rectangle. Using a fork, gently press the fork into the dough to form a crinkle all around the sides of the dough. Brush the edges of the dough with milk or egg wash.
- Bake for approximately 30- 45 minutes, or until the crust looks golden brown.Cool slightly before serving.
- Once the tart is done, it's time to decorate. Choose the icing and sprinkle of your choice!