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Make these delicious desserts for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day or any day!
  • Bacon-laced chocolate cake

    Bacon and chocolate may be an unexpected combination, but they come together beautifully in this moist, rich cake. Get the recipe:

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Red velvet whoopie pies

    Whoopie pies are all the rage right now. These little red velvet treats are easy to make, and perfect for sharing. They're perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or anytime you want to share the love!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • These chocolate covered cherries will make your guests say, "yum!"

    Chocolate cherries

    These will make your guests say, "yum!"

    Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes Stand: 3 hours to 4 hours Chill: 1 hour to 4 hours

    Ingredients:
    2 10-ounce jars (40 cherries) maraschino cherries with stems
    3 tablespoons butter, softened
    3 tablespoons light-color corn syrup
    2 cups powdered sugar
    8 ounces chocolate-flavor candy coating, cut up
    8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut up

    Directions:
    1. Let cherries stand on paper towels for 2 hours to drain. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl combine butter and corn syrup; stir in powdered sugar. Knead mixture until smooth (chill if mixture is too soft to handle). Shape about 3/4 teaspoon of the mixture around each cherry. Place coated cherries, stem sides up, on the prepared baking sheet. Chill for 1 to 4 hours or until firm.

    3. In a medium heavy saucepan cook and stir candy coating and chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Line another baking sheet with waxed paper. Holding cherries by stems, dip one at a time into melted mixture. If necessary, spoon mixture over cherries to cover completely. (Be sure to completely seal cherries in melted mixture to prevent juice from leaking.) Let excess mixture drip off. Place coated cherries, stem sides up, on the prepared baking sheet.

    4. Let cherries stand for 1 to 2 hours or until coating is set. Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. (The longer the cherries are stored, the more the mixture around the cherries will soften and liquify.)

    Number of Servings: 40
    Serving Size: 1.0 cherry
    Yield: 40 cherries
    Nutrition Facts (per serving) : 117 cal., 5 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 2 mg chol., 7 mg sodium, 19 g carb., 1 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 0 g pro.
    Daily Values: 1% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 1% calcium, 3% iron
    Exchanges: 1 Other Carb, 1 Fat

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • 'Little House' heart cakes

    Reading Little House on the Prairie with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful tradition. In this book, Laura and Mary Ingalls are surprised to get heart-shaped cakes wrapped in blue tissue paper. They were made with white sugar, which was reserved for guests. These cakes made the girls feel so special, and they'll do the same for your favorite half-pint!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Chocolate-dipped bacon

    This isn't your ordinary Christmas candy, but it's definitely going to be the most talked about! When savory, smoky bacon meets dark chocolate and crunchy nuts, the result will blow your mind!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Double cherry pie

    With not one, but two types of cherries, this amazing pie is as good -- if not better -- than the cherry pie your mom made. It's sweet and tart, and your family will love it!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Honey crunch chocolate pecan pie

    Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 8 months and in the freezer for up to 2 years. Pull them out to make this scrumptious pie!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Box Mix Makeover: Red velvet cake

    Sure, you can make a red velvet cake from scratch, but if you don't have the time or inclination to do that, use a box mix! Rather than just baking it in a 9x13" cake pan, use two round cake pans instead. Once the cakes have baked and cooled, slice them lengthwise to make four layers. Place the bottom layer on a pretty cake stand, and alternate cake with layers of thick, fluffy frosting. (Again, canned is fine!) Add fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to the base and top of the cake, and voila!

    Red velvet fans, try these other recipes as well:

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Chocolate chip macaroons

    This family favorite comes from Lisa's Great-Aunt Dollie, who loved coconut. These moist, chewy macaroons are the perfect combination of coconut and chocolate, with a hint of orange zest. Give them a try!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert
  • Cherry cheesecake dip

    A fluffy, cheesecake-like spread topped with cherry pie filling makes a delicious dip for scooping up with graham crackers or vanilla wafers. The pretty red dip is perfect for parties!

    Date Published: January 23, 2013
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
    Tags: dessert

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