It’s that time of year when pink and red are everywhere, along with a healthy dose of chocolate.

15 Valentine’s Day Favorites include:

Festive Cookies

1. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Soft and chewy, fast, easy, and foolproof

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

2. Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Rich dark chocolate cookies with surprises stuffed into the center

Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries -

3. Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my favorite cookies on my site, they’re soft and chewy, and the flavor combo is a favorite

Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

4. Chewy Sugar Sprinkles Cookies – Nothing says fun on Valentine’s Day than sprinkles baked right into a chewy, buttery, soft sugar cookie

Chewy Sugar Sprinkles Cookies

 5. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms – So many of favorite ingredients all in one deep-dish cookie

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms

6. Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies -Similar to #3 above and I because I love cherries, I wanted to bake them right in. The cookies are soft, sweet, and scrumptious

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

Bars and Pastries

7. Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – I love bars because they’re so much faster, easier, and more foolproof to make than cookies and these taste like the cookies of the same name but much faster to make

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

8. Creamy Cherry and Lemon Bars – Almost cheesecake-like in nature and no white or brown sugar was added

Creamy Cherry and Lemon Bars

9. Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars – A sweet and tangy no-bake treat that’s also salty and sweet. The crust and crumble topping are made with buttery Ritz crackers, complementing the creamy pink lemonade filling

Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars

10. Strawberry Jelly Rolls – A handy shortcut you’ll never believe helps get these on the table in 15 minutes

Strawberry Jelly Rolls

11.  3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream – Soft, fluffy, light and perfect for buttering up your Valentine

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

Candy and Fudge

12. Nutella Brownie Truffle Bites (no-bake with vegan and GF options) – All the decadence of truffles, minus the work of rolling them out one-by-one. They’re made in a pan and sliced and are rich and intensely chocolaty

Nutella Brownie Truffle Bites with bite taken out of one

13. Seven Minute Microwave Caramels (no-bake, gluten-free) – The recipe sounds too good to be true but it works and produces my favorite caramels of all time. No candy thermometer required and hassle-free

Seven Minute Microwave Caramels

14. Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No Bake, Vegan) – Homemade cups are easy and you can fill them with what your Valentine enjoys. Try a layer of caramel, marshmallow, or jelly to go with the peanut butter

Two stacked Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups with one cut open

 15.  White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chip Fudge – For those who like salty and sweet treats, as well as smooth yet crunchy, this quick and easy fudge has you covered

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chip Fudge stacked on parchment paper

What are you making for your Valentine or for yourself?

Any Valentine’s plans?

My daughter’s birthday coincides with this time of year, and it’s been a sea of pink cakes, cookies, and pink party favors. Her favorite color is pink and between Valentine’s Day and her birthday, we live and breathe pink this time of year.

We have zero Valentine’s Day plans and it falls on a school night and my idea of a romantic Valentine’s evening would be putting everyone to bed early and me curling up with a mug of this in one hand and my remote control in another, and catching up on my DVR’ed Bravo shows like Top Chef, Millionaire Matchmaker, and the Real Housewives. And if I had another free hand, it would be holding a spoon that’s being dipped frequently into this.

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