Gearing up for a wonderful Valentine’s Day? In our experience, the simple celebrations are are the best ones.
So to take the hassle out of planning, here are some can’t-miss Valentine's Day recipes. Any one of them will add flavor to the day. And they all pair wonderfully with a steaming cup of Gourmesso coffee!
Almond Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies are a classic among Valentine's day recipes. Simple to make, and provide the backdrop for decorating to suit whatever mood you want. But these Almond Sugar Cookies are more than just a vehicle to deliver frosting. And if the corner of your cookie should happen to take a short dip in your coffee cup, the taste only gets better!
- softened 3/4 cup of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 2 and a half cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
In a large bowl, mix up butter, sugar, eggs and almond extract. Then mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until the whole mixture is light and fluffy, then cover and put in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Flour your work space. Roll the refrigerated dough to ¼ in thickness. Use your favorite Valentine-themed cookie shape and start cutting.
Place your cookies about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 400°F for 7 minutes or until the dough is set.
Remove and let cool on wire racks.
Cover with the frosting of your choice!
Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate, espresso...and peanut butter! 3 great tastes that taste great together. Combine these ingredients to make peanut butter cups packed with love in every bite.
- 1 cup of peanut butter, creamy style
- 4 1/2 teaspoons of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 4 chocolate candy bars (regular size), chopped up in coarse pieces
Mix half of the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and salt together until evenly mixed and smooth.
Mix the chocolate chips, candy bar pieces and other half of the peanut butter, melt in the microwave (checking every 30 seconds or so), then mix again until smooth.
Now comes assembly, which is just a little tricky.
Drop teaspoons of chocolate mixture into paper or foil-lined mini-muffin cups. Top each of these drops with slightly less than a teaspoon of the peanut butter mix. Then top with another full teaspoon of the chocolate.
Put the cups in a refrigerator and let cool until set, in a couple hours.
Mini Cherry Pies
Don’t forget the fruit! You can enjoy these just as well with any of our Gourmesso flavored coffee pods!
- 3 3/4 cups of flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of cubed butter (cold is best)
- 3/4 cup of vegetable shortening
- 9 to 10 tablespoons cold water
Making the cherry filling is part of the fun, you will also need:
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cups thawed from frozen pitted cherries
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
Mix together the four and the salt, slowly add in the cubed butter and shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly add in the water, tossing with a fork until the dough stays together when prodded. Flatten your dough, wrap in plastic, and put in the fridge for an hour or so.
In a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, water, cornstarch and lemon juice. Add the thawed cherries. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally and watching for the mixture to thicken. Turn off the heat. Add the almond extract. Let the filling cool.
Preheat your oven to 400°F.
Flour your workspace. Roll dough to ? inch thickness. Cut out your favorite shape but make sure each piece is at least 4 inches (there needs to be plenty of room for filling!).
Move half the hearts to a greased baking sheet.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling into the center of each heart on the baking sheet. Brush the edges of each pastry with an egg wash, then top and seal with the other half of your heart cutouts.
Brush the tops of the completely pastries with more egg, and sprinkle with a little more sugar.
Bake 16 to 18 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Remove the pies, let them stabilize on some wire cooling racks, but make sure you serve them warm for the absolute best results!
We hope you enjoy these Valentine's day recipes and share them with someone special!