Valentine's Sweets

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Are you a lover or hater of Valentine's? Thanks to my parents, I grew up a lova. Each year they gave my three brothers and I valentines before school. See's Candies to be exact {aka the greatest chocolates in all the land}. They also always gave a sweet card reminding how much they loved me and that I was their valentine. Even as an adult before getting married, they sent me a bouquet of flowers at work.

I hope one day when Cam and I have little kids running around, Lord willing!, that we make sure to do the same -- remind them over and over again how dearly they're loved and cherished. Love starts in the home, and my parents were so good at giving it to us four kids in leaps and bounds... even when we were a total pain in the butt... which was most of the time.


If you want to make someone feel special, these cookies stuffed with peanut butter m&ms do the trick. They're adorable and soft and gooey in in the inside. 


Peanut Butter Chip Heart Cookies
{makes 1-2 dozen small hearts}

2 1/4 C organic flour
1 C raw sugar
1 C butter {2 sticks}, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 C peanut butter m&m's or chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the butter until smooth. Stir in the sugar and extract. Beat in both of the eggs. Add in the flour, salt and baking soda, mixing together. Once everything is combined, carefully fold in the peanut butter m&ms or chocolate chips.
Cover a 9x15 pan with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Lightly spray. Pour in the cookie batter, spreading it out evenly. Bake for about 25 minutes -- though please keep an eye on it because my oven bakes much slower than most! Bake until just golden brown on top. Once cooled, cut into heart shapes.

28 comments:

  1. i couldn't concentrate after you said See's. i miss home and See's.

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  2. They look delish :)!

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  3. We make a cookiedough version of these each year at Valentines day and my boys just love them!

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  4. THese PB heart cookies look relish! We have a dinner party coming up that I am going to make them for! :)


    xx L
    www.sparklingfootsteps.com

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  5. We were just talking in the office about valentines day and I realised this will be the first year in my life that I won't get a valentine from my precious daddy. He always gave me a chocolate heart (I even have a photo somewhere of me at 11 months eating my choc heart...ok more like sucking on a choc heart) and later he sent me flowers and a chocolate heart to work.

    You are so right that love begins in the home and my dad knew just how to love!!

    I sure am going to miss him this valentines day....maybe I will make the cookies and start a new tradition.

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  6. yumm! I was just thinking that I need a good recipe to use my heart-shaped cookie cutters on. :)

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  7. Those heart cookies look delicious! I just bought one of those kits yesterday and can't wait for it to arrive! It is perfect and so thoughtful!

    X Kenzie

    www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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  8. sooo cute and delicious-looking! i'm baking these for my new neighbors :)

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  9. these look amazing.
    I would eat three of them RIGHT NOW... and it's barely 10am.
    MISS YOU you sweet little VALENTINE.
    love, lanneybear

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  10. I've been thinking of getting one of Kristen's V-day packages. they're too cute for words!

    My mom would always have a little chocolate w/a sweet note growing up. I always loved getting them!
    (new follower from Jenni's blog by the way :)
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  11. Oh man See's candy. So good. So so so good. And those cookies also look good, but man See's.

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  12. i LOVE valentines day... and whats funny is ive never been in a relationship on valentines day. i always celebrate with my girlfriends... i always get really crafty... and NOW im going to have to make those cookies because my mouth is watering!!

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  13. YUM! Anything with peanut butter in it...I will eat!

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  14. I'm pretty sure I want to grab one of those cookies through the computer screen right now! I will most definitely be making these with my schooners. Thanks for being a lover of Valentine's Day too.

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  15. Blasted! Currently baking sugar cookies with silly red sprinkles on top for the Mr. I'm 99.9% sure he'd prefer these M&M cookies.

    We're huge fans of Valentines Day! The cheesier the better. Plus, any "little" occasion deserves a BIG celebration.

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  16. Aww Amanda, your parents are the sweetest! What a beautiful tradition to carry on one day. I too "hoard" all my old letter's, I need to think of a cuter way to keep them then in a plastic bag under my bed :)

    PS - these deserts look a-maz-ing!

    xo

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  17. Yours are always, seriously, my favorite posts. The photography, subject matter, everything... you capture life with your food. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  18. i wish i had an oven!!

    my parents always made valentines day special and gave us special surprises.

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  19. These are amazing! And so is your styling and photography. Always love visiting:)
    xo

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  20. And P.S. Thanks to my mom, I love this holiday too! Us siblings would all make each other valentine's and exchange them in our handmade mailboxes- ha! I know you will be amazing at passing on traditions like these to your kiddos one day!

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  21. These look so delicious! Great idea; thanks for posting!

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  22. Aww these look delicious and oh so sweet!! :)

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  23. Thank you for sharing!

    I pinned it. :)

    You have the BEST recipes....totally should do a cookbook someday.

    And....I just wanted to say I love the uplifting spirit of your blog. I feel like if I were ever to bump into you in real life, you'd be wearing a smile + happy. That is what makes your blog such a joy to visit! Thanks for sharing your sweet heart + happy spirit.

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  24. So creative!! I love little homemade Valentines gifts. So much love put into it.

    TheJustInCases.Blogspot.com

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  25. Made the cookies except used peanut M&M's instead of peanut butter ones! Delicious! Just the perfect amount of sweetness! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Be blessed!

    Amy

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  26. These look absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try this!

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