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Happy Valentine's Day!

Published February 14, 2012 9:50 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so I thought it would be fun to share some additional holiday-related recipes! It's not too late to make these easy treats!

A HEART CAKE! Here is a fun and easy cake that you can make at home with the family or in the classroom with your students:

You will need:

  • A simple cake mix (I used a white cake mix, which called for eggs, water and oil)
  • Icing (I used a pre-made plain vanilla white icing)
  • Fresh strawberries (washed and ready to go!)
  • Pink and/or red sprinkles

Note: The vanilla icing with the fresh strawberries is scrumptious and has become a family favorite at our house!

Recipe Steps:

  1. Follow the steps on the box to make and bake your cake. As you can see from the picture, we used a 9x13 glass dish to bake my cake. I wanted plenty of room to be able to decorate and put a giant heart on top!
  2. Leave time for your cake to cool and then generously spread on the icing of your choice.
  3. Now, here is the fun part - slice your strawberries in quarters (I also cut off all the greens).
  4. Using your strawberry slices to design a giant heart. (It does not need to be prefect! Have fun with it!) Using the rest of your strawberries, decorate around the border of your cake (I love strawberries, so I wanted to use as many as I could!).
  5. Fill the center of your heart with the sprinkles of your choice!
  6. Serve with LOVE. Eat and Enjoy!

JELLY-JAM HEART TARTS! Easy to make toaster treats for home or classroom!

You will need:

  • Prepared pie crust
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1 egg whisked (with a teaspoon of water)
  • Clear sugar sprinkles

Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 400° and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the piecrust. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter (ours measures around four-inches wide) to make pairs of hearts, gathering the scraps and re-rolling the dough as necessary.
  3. For each tart, spread two teaspoons of strawberry jam on one heart, leaving a ½-inch margin on all sides. Brush the egg mixture around the edge before placing a second heart on top. 
  4. Use the tines of a fork to seal the edges. 
  5. Brush the tops with more of the egg mixture and sprinkle with clear sugar crystals 
  6. Bake the hearts on the prepared cookie sheet until their edges are just beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Let them rest on the sheet a few minutes, then move them to a rack and let them cool.
  7. Voila! You have your own little heart-shaped jelly-jam pop tarts!




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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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