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Make these gifts for everyone you love!

Make these simple but sweet DIY gifts.

Boxed chocolates and candy hearts are the usual suspects for Valentine’s Day gifts. With February 14th just around the corner, perhaps you’re thinking of more personal ways to woo loved ones this year. Homemade gifts not only help you save money, but also add a thoughtful touch to that special something for your sweetheart. Using something as simple and beautiful as a mason jar (we suggest the Purple Heritage Collection for Valentine’s gifts, or even the clear mason jar) as the vessel for your gift can be the perfect way to show that you put in just a little more time and effort this year. Below are a few loving gift ideas for your Valentine:

Reed Diffuser Kit

Know your special someone’s favorite scent? Make him or her a personalized Reed Diffuser Kit. With a pint size jar, reed diffuser base (which is the basis for any diffuser), and your choice of fragrance oil, this kit takes only minutes to assemble. Add the finishing touches by tying ribbon and a gift tag or love note around the lid.

Source: The Country Chic Cottage

Distressed Heart Jars

Give a jar of hearts! A classic quart size mason jar can be transformed into a beautifully distressed pink-and-red-striped container for your valentine’s favorite candy. Paint the jar in the colors of your choice, then use a toothpick to add a smattering of hand painted hearts. Carry the theme through and fill with candy hearts or a chocolate treat of your choice!

Source: Mason Jar Crafts Love

52 Things I Love About You Jar

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only day you show your love. This heart-warming gift idea requires a quart size jar and 52 small notes—one of every week of the year, inscribed with something you adore about your loved one. He or she will be sure to think of you for the rest of the year!

Source: The Gunny Sack

Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Looking to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth? Try making your own chocolate raspberry sauce. This edible gift can be enjoyed over ice cream, cheesecake or fresh fruit for a decadent indulgence. Best of all, you’ll likely have leftovers to enjoy well beyond February 14th.


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9 No-Cook Sweet Treats for People With Diabetes

Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master's in clinical nutrition. She focuses her efforts on digital health communication.

Lindsey Waldman, MD, RD, is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist.

"I can't eat sweets" is the biggest misconception those newly diagnosed with diabetes have. Many times their loved ones believe the same. The truth is, you can enjoy a sweet treat—and it doesn't have to be a no-sugar added wafer or something the rest of the family won't enjoy.

The key to a diabetes-friendly dessert is the right balance of nutritious ingredients, picks that offer a bit of protein and fiber alongside natural sweetness in order to control blood sugar spikes. The flavor combinations should be indulgent enough to leave you satisfied without the need for super-sized portion sizes. Finally, the recipes should be simple, something you can whip up on the spot when your sweet tooth acts up or make a batch of and keep on-hand for when a craving hits.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Avocado “Pudding”

Almost all of these recipes contain under 15g carbohydrate per serving (tweaks to make appropriate dessert-sized portions are noted). None of them require a stovetop or an oven—at most, only a refrigerator or freezer is needed. Pick your favorites and incorporate them into your next diabetes-friendly meal plan.

Easy Dessert Recipes

You don't have to be a pro baker to make a great dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these easy-to-make recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, fruity or covered in frosting, you’re sure to find exactly what you're craving.

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Strawberry Poke Cake

We make this beloved dessert with not-too-sweet buttermilk cake and very lightly sweetened whipped cream. The cake tastes best just slightly chilled, so let it sit out to warm up a bit while you whip the cream for the topping.

Skillet Cookie Sundae

Bake this giant chocolate chip cookie in a cast-iron skillet for crispy edges and a melt-in-your-mouth center. Top with your favorite ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

Fruit Pizza

Use any combination of ripe summer fruit you can find for this fresh fruit "pizza," made with a big sugar cookie crust.

Brownie Cookies

Get the best of both worlds with Ree&rsquos brownie cookies. The crowning touch is the powdered sugar she adds after the cookies have cooled.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free cake can be enjoyed at room temperature, but chilling it transforms the texture, making it deliciously dense.

White Claw Black Cherry Cupcakes

You can have your favorite drink and eat it too with these fun, party-ready cupcakes.

Cake Pops

When life calls for cake pops, let this be your go-to recipe. Feel free to change the cake and frosting flavors to whatever is your favorite. Just follow this easy technique and you will have perfect cake pops for a crowd (or the next bake sale).

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meet your go-to chocolate chip cookie. This quick, fan-favorite recipe requires no special equipment &mdash and the dough is versatile enough for other baking projects (like rocky road bar cookies).

Banana Cream Pudding

Tyler flavors his decadent Banana Cream Pudding with vanilla, bourbon and creme de banana. Top with homemade whipped cream for a vibrant centerpiece.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Save time in the kitchen with these speedy cookies. Just mix the ingredients, roll in sugar, press a fork in the top to create the signature lines &mdash and bake!

Irish Cream Poke Cake

This poke cake is spiked with the flavors of Irish coffee for a rich and flavorful adult dessert.

Tres Leches Cake

This is everything you love in a traditional tres leches ("three milks") cake &mdash it's sweet, custardy and topped with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Crispy cookie and soft cookie lovers alike won&rsquot be able to resist these bars: The edges are crisp and browned if you like crust, but the center cuts are extra gooey and rich.

Gooey Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownie

This easy recipe just might be the best sweet-salty way to dress up a box of brownie mix.

Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Pressure cooking ups the creamy, custardy nature of this classic brunch staple. If you prefer a crispy crust for contrast, just pop the baking dish under the broiler with some sugar on top.

Low-Fat Cheesecake

The secret to a low-fat cheesecake that still tastes rich and creamy? A combination of Neufchatel cheese (a French cheese that is naturally low in fat), reduced-fat sour cream and fat-free cream cheese.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip No-Bake Cookies

What could be better than an indulgent dessert made from ingredients you already have sitting in your pantry? These no-bake cookies take just minutes of work most of the time is spent waiting for them to harden into rich, nutty, chocolaty delights.

Classic Crispy Rice Treats

Gooey marshmallows and crispy rice cereal come together in this recipe for the all-original favorite. We added a splash of vanilla extract and pinch of salt to give these sweet treats a palatable punch. Cut into squares, store between a few pieces of wax paper (to prevent any sticking) and enjoy for up to three days.

Blueberry-Lemon Whoopie Pies

Sandwich two fluffy, blueberry-filled cookies around a cream cheese and lemon filling for sweet treat everyone's sure to love.

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes

Oil takes the place of butter in these cupcakes, making them lower in fat but still nice and moist. The frosting is simply sweetened reduced-fat cream cheese, but it's plenty tasty.

Berry Dessert Lasagna

Despite the fanciful name, this chilled trifle makes for an easy dessert with bright, crowd-pleasing flavors. Using frozen cakes makes them easier to slice into "noodles."

Individual Key Lime Pies

Ree's adorable Key lime pies come together in three easy layers. Spread homemade lime curd atop buttery graham cracker crust, then add a dollop of fresh whipped cream and garnish with lime zest.

Cheesecake Pops

A frozen cheesecake and lollipop sticks are all you need to whip up cute, bite-sized cheesecake pops. Dip your pops in chocolate and roll them in sprinkles, coconut flakes or crushed candy.

Blondie with Dark Roots

Guy&rsquos blondies are an unexpected addition to any cookie tray. The key is stirring hazelnuts, coconut and chocolate chips into the batter!

Light Strawberry Shortcake

Food Network Kitchen&rsquos lighten-up version of strawberry shortcake is loaded with citrus notes. There&rsquos lemon zest in the shortcakes and orange zest in the macerated strawberries. Plus, tangy Greek yogurt is a great substitute for whipped cream.

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

You only need six ingredients for Jeff's creamy peanut butter milkshakes. Mix ice cream, peanut butter, whole milk and a banana in a blender then add whipped cream and honey-roasted peanuts.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

This soft sandwich cookie will transport you back to your childhood &mdash but with a rich, red velvet twist.

Sheet Pan Jelly Roll

There is no need to go out and buy a special jelly roll pan to make a classic roulade. As this recipe proves, a standard rimmed baking sheet will do just fine! The basic sheet cake is also easier to make than the usual cake -- called a genoise -- but holds up just as well. Pre-rolling the cake while it is still hot and before it is filled is the key to ensuring it doesn't crack .

Do-It-All Cake Batter

Here's a go-to cake recipe you can keep in your back pocket: An all-purpose vanilla cake that'll please any crowd, and can also be effortlessly transformed. The flavor possibilities are endless. We've provided five great ideas: chocolate cake, lemon poppyseed cake, coffee cake, confetti cake and raspberry jam swirl cake. You simply add ingredients to the basic batter for a new flavor profile without major swaps or substitutions. We tried making the cake with whole milk, but after extensive testing, we found that buttermilk gave the cake better flavor and a lighter, more tender crumb. It doesn't get easier than this!

Basic Sheet Pan Cake

We're certain this all-purpose cake batter will be your go-to recipe for anything from jelly rolls cakes to berry-laden trifles. It is incredibly simple and results in a tender yet pliable crumb.

Instant Pot Monkey Bread

You'll never know this classic sweet bread came out of a multicooker instead of your oven. A couple of little tricks gives it that fresh-baked taste &mdashbrown butter lends a nutty aroma and crunchy turbinado sugar melts into the dough and provides caramel-like flavor.

Shortbread Cookies

Ina&rsquos classic cookies are a breeze to make &mdash and you only need 6 ingredients to whip up a batch &mdash making them the perfect treat when you&rsquore craving something sweet.

Easy Blueberry Pie

No need to thaw your frozen blueberries when making this pie. The sweet, thick filling comes together in just a few minutes. The flaky double crust is just as quick thanks to store-bought pie dough. Be sure to let the pie cool entirely before slicing -- the filling will with thicken up to make for neater cuts.

Carrot Cake

Alton tops his fan-favorite carrot cake with a thick cream cheese frosting: a classic dessert fit to feed a crowd!

50 Edible Gifts

1. Chocolate Fudge Melt 1/2 stick butter, 4 cups marshmallows, 1 cup cream, 2 cups sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 3 cups chocolate chips until smooth. Spread in a foil-lined 9-by-13-inch pan. Let cool and cut into squares.


2. White Chocolate Fudge Make Chocolate Fudge (No. 1), replacing the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. Spread in the prepared pan and top with sprinkles. Let cool cut into squares.


3. Peanut Butter Fudge Melt 2 sticks butter in a saucepan with 1 cup creamy peanut butter. Off the heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and a sifted 1-pound box confectioners’ sugar. Spread in a foil-lined 8-inch-square pan. Press 1/2 cup chopped peanuts on top. Chill until firm and cut into squares.


4. Chocolate Truffles Bring 1 cup cream and 1/2 stick butter to a boil in a saucepan pour over 1 pound finely chopped chocolate in a bowl. When melted, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir until smooth. Chill until firm. Scoop with a spoon and roll into balls, then roll in crushed peppermint candies, chopped nuts or cocoa powder. Chill.


5. Earl Grey Truffles Make Chocolate Truffles (No. 4), steeping 1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves in the hot cream mixture, 5 minutes. Strain, then pour over the chocolate. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder.


6. Mexican Truffles Make Chocolate Truffles (No. 4) without the vanilla stir 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon each ancho chile powder and almond extract, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper into the melted chocolate. Roll the truffles in chopped toasted almonds.


7. Coconut-Almond Truffles Combine 3/4 cup almond butter, 1/2 cup each confectioners’ sugar and unsweetened shredded coconut, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla work into a dough. Roll into balls, then roll in shredded coconut. Chill.


8. Pistachio-Cherry Buttons Melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Spoon onto an oiled parchment paper–lined baking sheet to form circles. Let cool slightly, then top with pistachios and dried cherries. Let harden.


9. Chocolate-Raspberry Sauce Simmer 1 cup water, 1/2 cup each sugar and cocoa powder, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate melts. Let cool, then stir in 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur. Divide among jars and chill.


10. Chocolate Haystacks Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir in 2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles until coated. Drop spoonfuls on an oiled parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Let harden.


11. Candied Grapefruit Peels Peel 2 grapefruits. Cut the rind into strips and boil in water 1 minute, then drain repeat 4 times, using fresh water each time. Simmer 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Add the peel and cook until the liquid is absorbed, 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to dry, 8 hours. Toss in sugar.


12. Chocolate Orange Peels Peel 3 oranges. Cut the rind into strips and boil in water 15 minutes, then drain and rinse. Simmer 3 cups each sugar and water. Add the peel and cook until soft, 45 minutes. Drain and toss in sugar. Transfer to a rack to dry, 8 hours. Dip in melted bittersweet chocolate let harden.


13. Crystallized Ginger Cover 1 pound sliced peeled ginger with water and simmer until tender, 45 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid, then drain. Simmer the reserved cooking liquid, the ginger and 1 1/2 cups sugar, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss the ginger in the sugar left in the pan. Transfer to a rack to cool.


14. Strawberry Jellies Puree 2 pounds thawed frozen strawberries strain through a sieve into a wide saucepan. Stir in 2 cups sugar and boil, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reaches 223 degrees F, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 5 tablespoons liquid pectin. Pour into a foil-lined 8-inch-square pan and chill until firm. Cut into squares toss in sugar.


15. Peach Jellies Make Strawberry Jellies (No. 14), replacing the berries with thawed frozen peaches.


16. Kiwi Jellies Make Strawberry Jellies (No. 14), replacing the berries with 2 1/2 pounds peeled kiwis and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.


17. Chocolate Fruit Jellies Melt 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Dip Strawberry, Peach or Kiwi Jellies (Nos. 14, 15 or 16) in the melted chocolate. Chill until firm.


18. Cocoa Almonds Melt 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Dip toasted almonds in the melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to a foil-lined pan. When just firm, roll in cocoa powder.


19. Chocolate Pecan Caramel Clusters Arrange small clusters of pecans on a baking sheet. Melt unwrapped soft caramels in the microwave and drizzle over each cluster. Top with melted chocolate. Let harden.


20. Chocolate Coins Melt 8 ounces chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Spread teaspoonfuls in circles on a foil-lined baking sheet. Decorate with silver or white nonpareils. Chill until firm. Wrap in gold foil.


21. Sugar Plums Finely chop 1 1/4 cups toasted almonds in a food processor with 1 1/2 cups each prunes and dried apricots, 3 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Roll into balls, then roll in coarse sugar.


22. Spiced Rum Balls Mix 3 3/4 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies, 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon each nutmeg and cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Stir in 3 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1/3 cup each brandy and rum. Roll into balls and chill until firm. Roll in confectioners’ sugar.


23. Nutty Cookie Balls Mix 3 cups crushed butter cookies, 1 cup each finely chopped salted mixed nuts and sweetened condensed milk, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Roll into balls, then roll in crushed butter cookies.


Chocolate-Hazelnut Crunch Balls

24. Chocolate-Hazelnut Crunch Balls Mix 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, 1 cup crisp rice cereal and 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread. Roll into balls, then roll in confectioners’ sugar.


25. Minty Marshmallows Drizzle marshmallows with melted chocolate and press in crushed peppermint candies. Chill until firm. Float in a cup of hot cocoa.


26. Cinnamon Marshmallows Drizzle marshmallows with melted chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Chill until firm. Float in a cup of hot cocoa.


27. Pumpkin Seed Candy Cook 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a skillet over medium-high heat, swirling the pan but not stirring, until dark amber, about 7 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 1 tablespoon butter and 1 1/2 pounds toasted hulled pumpkin seeds. Using an oiled spoon, scoop and spread into circles on an oiled parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Let cool.


28. Sesame Seed Candy Make Pumpkin Seed Candy (No. 27), replacing the pumpkin seeds with toasted sesame seeds.


29. Salted Caramel Sauce Simmer 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling the pan but not stirring, until dark amber, about 12 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in 1 cup cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Let cool, then divide among jars and chill.


30. Chocolate Caramels Line an 8-inch-square pan with foil and brush with oil. Melt 2 sticks butter in a saucepan, then add 2 cups sugar, 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup, a 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reaches 248 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Pour into the prepared pan and cool. Cut into squares.


Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

31. Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels Make Chocolate Caramels (No. 30). Sprinkle with sea salt while still warm.


32. Nut Clusters Cook 1 1/2 cups sugar over medium heat, swirling the pan but not stirring, until dark amber, about 10 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 2 tablespoons butter and 3 cups salted mixed nuts. Pour onto an oiled baking sheet separate into clusters. Let harden.


33. Nut Brittle Microwave 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups salted mixed nuts until the syrup is golden, about 8 minutes, stirring twice. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon each vanilla and baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Spread on an oiled baking sheet and let cool. Break into pieces.


34. Maple Walnuts Spread 1 pound toasted walnuts on an oiled baking sheet. Heat 1 3/4 cups maple syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees F, about 15 minutes pour over the nuts and stir to coat. Bake at 350 degrees F, 5 minutes, then separate the nuts. Let cool.


35. Almond Nougat Microwave 1 cup each sugar and honey in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup until a candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 2 egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With the motor running, drizzle in the hot honey mixture and beat until thick, 8 minutes. On low speed, add 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 1/2 cups almonds. Transfer to an oiled, parchment paper-lined baking sheet flatten to 1 inch thick with a rolling pin. Cool 2 hours, then cut into squares.


36. Pistachio Nougat Make Almond Nougat (No. 35), replacing the almonds with pistachios and adding 2 teaspoons orange zest with the nuts.


37. Honeycomb Candy Boil 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup each water and light corn syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon baking soda and pour quickly onto an oiled rimmed baking sheet (do not spread). Let harden, then break into pieces. Melt 8 ounces chopped milk chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave dip the candy in the chocolate. Let set.


38. Butterscotch Candies Boil 2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups each granulated and brown sugar, 1 1/2 sticks butter, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 270 degrees F (this could take up to 40 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour into a parchment paper–lined 8-inch-square pan. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares and let cool completely.


39. Saltine Toffee Lay 16 saltine crackers in a foil-lined 8-inch-square pan. Boil 1 stick butter and 1/4 cup each granulated and brown sugar, stirring, 3 minutes pour over the crackers. Bake at 375 degrees F, 5 minutes. Top with 1 cup milk chocolate chips bake 1 more minute, then spread the chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Chill, then cut into squares.


40. Cheesecake Bites Line 36 mini-muffin cups with paper liners. Mix 3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers, 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons melted butter press into the liners and chill until firm. Blend 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup each sour cream and confectioners’ sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla and lemon zest fold in 1/2 cup whipped cream. Pipe or spoon into the crusts chill 1 hour. Top with cherry or plum jam.


41. Frangipane Bites Line two 24-cup mini-muffin pans with paper liners. Combine 1 stick softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup each almond paste and cake flour in a food processor blend until smooth. Divide among the liners, filling one-third of the way. Press a dried fig or prune into each one and sprinkle with sliced almonds and coarse sugar. Bake at 350 degrees F until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.


42. Vanilla Apricots Bring 3 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, 3 strips lemon zest and 1 split vanilla bean to a simmer, stirring. Add 3 cups dried apricots cook 10 minutes. Let cool, then divide among jars.


43. Double-Dipped Strawberries Separately melt 1 cup each semisweet and white chocolate chips. Dip 12 long-stemmed strawberries in one chocolate, then in the other. Chill until firm.


44. Peppermint Stars Beat 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1 1/2 tablespoons softened butter, 2 teaspoons milk and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract until smooth. Chill 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and roll out until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into stars and freeze until hard. Melt 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave let cool to room temperature. Dip the stars in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with nonpareils, if desired. Chill until set.


45. Frosted Candy Canes Melt 1 cup white chocolate chips with 4 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Dip candy canes in the melted white chocolate, let cool slightly on oiled parchment paper, then roll in colored nonpareils or sprinkles. Let harden.

Easy Valentine Treats

Valentine treats can range from cookies and candy to treats that have a bit of a healthier vibe. We’ve done a little of both so you’ll find something you and your kids will enjoy!

Valentine Treats: Cookies

Our latest Valentine Day treats are cookies made from this easy chocolate cake mix cookie recipe!

These cookies are perfect to make with your kids because the recipe is so simple. You can let them man the frosting bag and they will love you forever! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

If you want a bit more than just plain old chocolate (although who doesn’t want chocolate around Valentine’s Day?), how about a chocolate and peanut butter combination? That’s a match made in heaven and Valentine’s Day is all about perfect matches, right?

Try making our Valentine Peanut Butter Cup cookies for one of my favorite Valentine treats! I also love that you can really use them for any special day (or any regular day). If you need a good holiday cookie swap recipe, this is definitely one to save for later in the year too!

More Sweet Valentine Day Treats

If you’re looking for something besides a good cookie, we’ve got a few valentines treats that are easy to make and will give you a sugar rush!

I’m a huge fan of cake balls and have been making them for years. These Valentine Cake Balls are some of the first ones I made and the flavor pairing is one that I’ve come back to year after year!

Another classic recipe that works well for a twist to become tasty Valentine treats are Peanut Butter Balls. You might also know them as Buckeyes but with a change up in the chocolate they’re just perfect for this time of year!

Valentine’s Day Candy Bark is actually made with candy and cookies. We love it because you can take the basic recipe and change it up so that it has all of your family’s favorite flavors in it! Be sure to check out just how easy this one is to make. My kids love to help make it!

Graham Cracker Valentine Treats

Graham crackers might not be the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day snack ideas but my kids love them which means we’ve used them!

You can go full on sweet treat or you can take a healthier approach. We’ve got snack ideas for both!

For a sweet approach, try making these Graham Cracker Valentine Envelopes. They’re super cute if you can bring homemade treats to school parties! I think they could also work as a fun “craft” treat to do as an activity during the classroom party too. You could let the kids decorate them with conversation hearts or other candy.

For a healthier approach that you can make for the kids (or with the kids) after school, get everything you need to make these Valentine Graham Cracker Snacks. You get a good snack but still a hint of chocolate!

Another way to use graham crackers to make a treat is to make Graham Cracker Toffee. WARNING! This stuff is addictive! It’s so easy to make and so easy to eat!

More Easy Valentine Treats

If you’re looking for even more Valentine treats, be sure to check out the following posts! We have a great roundup of some of our favorites at 14 Easy Valentine Sweet Treats!

And if you’re looking for one more sweet recipe, I just fell in love with these Nutella Cookie Cups!

I hope you find something great to make with your family! Choose a treat and think about planning a night together with these Valentine family date night ideas!

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This dessert is sweet relief for those who can't eat dairy &mdash or anyone who's watching her waistline. Bananas and Almond Breeze almond milk cashew milk blend give this dessert its cream taste.

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Did you know that nachos can be healthy? They can, if they're apples doused in peanut butter with a touch of chocolate.

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Frozen bananas + matcha = something super satisfying and delicious.

Get the recipe at Oh How Civilized.

You'll want these muffins for breakfast. and dessert. and a snack. and.

Get the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

Best part about this dessert: you can actually eat it for breakfast.

Get the recipe at House of Yumm.

When you're hankering for a bowl of ice cream, rest easy knowing this low-fat sorbet is nothing more than whipped up coconut milk topped with good-for-you almonds and mini chocolate chips. And it's delicious.

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Homemade Candy for Purim

Homemade candy is a wonderful treat any time of the year and it’s especially delightful when you can share it with your friends and family in your shalach manot. Who needs a shalach manot theme when you can just impress everyone with your homemade sweet confections.    

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional baker or candy maker to create these sweet treats this year. I’ve put together a list of tips that will make the process safe and simple. Once you’ve got your technique down, try out some of my easy-to-follow candy recipes and let me know what you think!

Candy Making Tips:

Get to know your thermometers: If you want to try making your candy without a thermometer, you might want to think again. Sure, many recipes will tell you to look for a certain color or texture but unless you’ve made that candy recipe dozens of times, chances are your candy won’t cook correctly. There are many types of candy thermometers on the market. Clip-on glass, clip-on glass with a rectangular metal casing, and digital instant-read thermometers. Clip-on thermometers are best because you can keep an eye on the temperature as it is rising. With a digital instant-read thermometer, it will give you an accurate temperature as soon as it touches the surface but you will have to guess when it’s time to check and when it comes to candy, temperature is everything.

45 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

Not feeling crafty? Whip up something extra special for friends and family with our recipes for sweet or savory scratch-made treats.

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Gift a Healthy Treat Wreath

Make your homemade gift stand out from the sweet pack this year by gifting an edible that doubles as a colorful holiday decoration. Clementines are a favorite seasonal snack that are doubly hard to resist when packaged as a colorful wreath.

Rum-Soaked Mini Bundt Cakes

The holidays are a time for indulging, right? And, what better way to indulge everyone's sweet tooth than with a moist mini cake that combines seasonal flavors &mdash with a boozy twist. One of our faves? These mini rum-soaked bundt cakes with a butter-rum glaze. Yum!

Snowman Chocolate Bark

Delicious, adorable and easy to whip up even for a big group of people, these sweet snowmen will delight everyone on your Christmas gift list.

Surprise Them With a Snowy Cottage

Seriously, how cute is this gingerbread house?! Our step-by-step instructions below and this quick video will show you how to turn a storebought gingerbread house kit into an entirely edible rustic retreat.

Easy Bourbon Balls

A holiday tradition, bourbon balls are a Christmas classic that combine the kick of bourbon with all the savory sweetness of nuts and chocolate. Give our recipe a try, then package them in colorful card stock cones for a pretty way to package up these sweet-meets-savory mini booze bombs.

Coffee Cupcakes To-Go

Bake coffee-flavored cupcakes in paper to-go cups then top with rich homemade frosting and dash of nutmeg, cinnamon or sprinkles for a morning pick-me-up lookalike that is sure to hit the spot any time of the day.

Monogrammed Shortbread Cookies

Part ornament, part personalized treat, this cookie is almost too pretty to eat &mdash which would be a real shame because our shortbread recipe can't be beat!

Cookie Cutter Peppermint Fudge

Cookie cutters aren't just great for baking, they also make cute containers for decadent fudge you can gift to friends, coworkers, neighbors or any sweet-tooth on your holiday gift list.

Christmas Ornament Cookie Pops

Festive and oh-so-tasty, these colorful ornament cookie pops are almost too pretty to eat -- almost! But, with a gooey chocolatey filling, we bet you'll want to give eating them a try.

Mulled Wine Jar

Jarred food kits are just as much fun to assemble as they are to receive. Delight a foodie on your gift list with one of our 3 gourmet gift jars.

Raspberry Mousse-Filled Chocolate Cookie Shots

A decadent treat for kids and adults alike, these mini cookie cups are a tasty mess-free container that can be filled with anything you'd like but we're partial to piping them full of our rich raspberry mousse.

Greeting Card Cookie

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite goodie. Embellish CD tins with our free printable templates to turn this tasty treat into a clever holiday card.

A Sweet Snow Globe

Looking for a unique homemade food gift? Well, look no further! This sweet surprise is a Christmas decoration they can display, then devour!

Cranberry Pistachio Sablés

French for sand, sablé cookies are essentially shortbread with a signature toothy texture. This version ups the ante of a classically delicious shortbread with the addition of chewy cranberries and crunchy pistachios and the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

Glitzy, Tipsy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Friends and family will flip for these decadent, dark-chocolate-dipped strawberries with a surprise: an inserted pipette is filled with champagne which slowly soaks into the strawberry to make them extra juicy (and boozy)!

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies

A year-round favorite treat gets a delicious update for the holidays. Add the flavors of chocolate and peppermint to crisp rice treats before packaging them as homemade gifts for family and friends.

Rugelach With Raisin-Walnut Filling

These classic Eastern European pastries are known for their crescent-roll shape, and can be filled with nuts, fruit preserves and spices before baking.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Chocolatey hot cocoa knocks the chill off even the coldest of winter days. Share the warmth this holiday season by packaging the rich ingredients in a canning jar so the recipient can whip one up whenever they need a warm and creamy pick-me-up.

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Sweet and tart, these artful cookies combine two favorite seasonal flavors -- cranberry and orange --and are as pretty as they are yummy.

Ginger Date Chews

Chewy and not too sweet, dates are a foolproof cookie ingredient. These are so delicious that you'll want to bake several batches so you'll have plenty to give away without depriving your own cookie jar.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

Honestly, who doesn't love a moist chocolate cookie? These are definitely moist and chocolatey but with the added kick of peppermint, they're a holiday treat that peppermint fans will gobble up.

Holiday Breakfast Kit

The holidays are a harried, stressful time for most of us. Give a friend a (delicious!) reason to relax with a cup of coffee or tea before hitting the malls for another marathon shopping day by boxing up homemade cinnamon biscuits and a flavorful spread.

Cranberry Dacquoise

Fluffy white chocolate mousse layered between light-as-air homemade meringues give this gorgeous dessert a dreamy texture. Hand-deliver this impressive treat to wow the foodies on your gift list.

Coffee and Caramel Pep-Corn

Give crunchy, sweet caramel corn a flavorful kick with the addition of espresso. Package the "pep-corn" in tubes covered with our free printable template for a one-of-a-kind homemade gift.

Maple Nut Toffee

Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, this toffee is so irresistible that you'll want to box it up as gifts quickly before you're tempted to keep it all for yourself.

Tangy Citrus Marmalade

Marmalade is surprisingly simple to make and, canned in pretty jars, it's a holiday gift they'll enjoy for many months to come. Pair your homemade marmalade with a basket of freshly baked croissants or scones for a treat they'll never forget.

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Everyone will love this simple yeast bread that's studded with olives, walnuts and fresh rosemary. Once the loaves have cooled, slide them into a paper bag embellished with a stamped tag.

Lemon-Filled Honey Shortbread

These honey cookies are no ordinary shortbread. They have all the makings of a classic shortbread, but include a textural bite from the corn meal and subtle sweetness of honey. The tart tang of the lemon curd adds a refreshing finish.

Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Delight chocoholics on your gift list with these soft-centered cookies that are a snap to bake.

Salted Caramel Bars

With a crumbly crust topped by rich, gooey caramel, these sweet-meets-salty treats are destined to become a comfort-food favorite.

Homemade Baked Churros

Treat health-conscious friends to this baked version of the typically fattening (but oh-so-yummy!) Spanish pastry.

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

For many people, classic oatmeal cookies are a nostalgic treat. For holiday gift-giving, try our recipe for a thick, hearty cookie that pairs the clean taste of citrus with chewy dried cranberries.

Simple Homemade Fudge

With just 5 ingredients and 5 steps, this decadent fudge is a snap to make -- and so irresistible that friends and family will ask for more.

Lemon Lavender Pound Cake

Lemon and lavender taste divine together and the sweet, tart icing adds a wonderful finishing touch. This cake is moist and totally fork-worthy. Make it anytime or save its tangy sweetness for special occasions.

Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

Coat super-crunchy, salty kettle-fried potato chips with semisweet chocolate and a thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts to create a sweet-meets-salty snack that satisfies all your cravings at once.

Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons

Gift friends with a colorful coffee mug and silver teaspoon they just swirl in hot milk to create a delicious homemade hot chocolate. Our free printable tag adds the perfect finishing touch.

Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Make your own flavor-infused oils and package in vintage bottles for a personalized gift aspiring chefs will appreciate.

White Chocolate Truffles

Surprise friends and family with a box-full of these decadent little mouthfuls they'll think you spent hours slaving away but they're actually easy to make.

Ale Pretzel Caramels

Brown or pale ale lends these caramels a complex flavor while salty pretzels add just the right amount of crunch.

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

Mincemeat -- which, don't worry, doesn't actually contain meat -- is a centuries-old holiday favorite. Made with a variety of diced fruits, the flavor is complex and spicy. Surrounded by a rich, crumbly cookie, these little goodies are a perfectly balanced, not-too-sweet treat.

Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar

These fruit-and-cream tarts are simple enough for novice chefs to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in clear glass jars, they're just the right size for holiday gift-giving.

Tuxedo Cookies

Friends and family will flip for these crunchy, chocolatey cookies filled with rich mascarpone cream and then rolled in mini chocolate chips. The mascarpone cheese makes these cookies unsuitable for shipping they're best for treating guests in your home or for local delivery.