Bake some love this Valentine’s Day
There’s nothing quite like a plate of cookies or a delicious homemade cake still warm from the oven to make you feel extra loved and cared for. Baking takes time, effort and care, so whipping up a batch of your signature sweet is a wonderful way to demonstrate how much your family and friends really mean to you.
Bake For Family Fun Month happens to fall during the same month as Valentine’s Day, so it makes sense to combine the two and share something sweet with those you love on February 14.
The simplest way to share your treats is to pop them into resealable bags or put them on paper plates covered in foil or plastic wrap and deliver them to your loved ones. But a fun way to make the treat-giving even more memorable is to turn it into an occasion. Choose a few hours on a weekend afternoon and invite those you love over to “shop” from your kitchen table where you’ve laid out your delicious cookies and other sweet treats. A buffet-style table filled with homemade goodies is an impressive sight, and it’s a great way to get all the people you love into your house all at the same time. Make sure to have lots of cold milk and hot coffee on hand so that anyone who wants to taste test has something to sip too.
You may already have go-to family recipes that you could use for your Valentine’s Day buffet, but otherwise, check out these sweet ideas:
- Valentine’s Day treats from All Recipes including Caramel Brownie Hearts, Chocolate Kiss Cookies and Lollipop Cookie Valentines
- 19 Valentine’s Day cookie recipes from Martha Stewart including Heart Sandwich Cookies, Whoopie Hearts with Raspberry Meringue and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts
- Delicious Valentine’s Day cookie ideas from Taste of Home including Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, Valentine’s Day Cookie Cakes, and Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- 10 Valentine’s Day cake ideas from Women’s Day
If you have children or grandchildren helping you out, check out these fantastic ideas for simple treats kids can make and will love to devour:
- 10 Sweet and easy Valentine’s Day treats from Atlanta With a Kid
- Fun and creative recipes from Disney
If you want to start a sweet new tradition this February, consider organizing a Foresters Cookies with Care activity and ask your loved ones to help you make Valentine’s cookies for your local Ronald McDonald House. Families staying at the house to be closer to their seriously ill child who is in hospital would certainly appreciate sweet, homemade treats to help brighten their days. Visit MyForesters.com to find out more about how to organize a Cookies with Care event.
Remembering those you love – or those who need a little extra love – with homemade treats is a sweet way to show how much you care. They will never forget how delicious your gift was or how wonderful it made them feel.
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