Monday, February 11, 2013

107 ways to treat your lover!

Fifty bonus points (or I'll make you cookies if you live nearby... seriously) to whoever can name what song I'm referring to in this blog post.  I've already given too many clues! ;)

Update: Natalie was the first to correctly identify the song as Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.  Unofficial contest officially closed.

In case you've been living under a rock since January 1st and missed the parade of red and pink decorations, Valentine's Day is just around the corner -- 2 days and counting!  While I've never been one to make a huge deal out of 2/14 and I'm not a jewelry/flowers/fancy schmancy kind of lady, I have learned to celebrate and enjoy the day in other ways.  For example, I love sending Valentine cards in the mail, making Matt's card by hand, and wearing an uncharacteristic number of red and/or pink clothing items.

And, last but not least, I pounce on the opportunity show the people in my life how much I love them with food.  Say it with me now: dessert!  Is your sweetheart is a brownie fanatic?  Are your coworkers powerless at the sight of fluffy cupcakes topped with mountains of frosting?  Is your best friend a self-proclaimed cookie monster?  Regardless of their (and your!) tastes, I promise I've got a recipe for every kind of sweet tooth you imaginable.  Whichever of the 107 ways you choose to treat your Valentines, may they be delectable, indulgent, and full of love :)  XOXO!

Bar cookies/brownies
Butterfinger caramel bars
Chocolate chip cookie cake
From scratch "box" brownies
M&M blondies
Peanut butter and jelly bars
Peanut butter cup crunch brownies
Peanut butter cup fluffernutter blondies
Platinum blondies
Pretzel bottom Snickers blondies
Pumpkin gooey butter cakes
Pumpkin spice cheesecake brownies
Salted brown butter Rice Krispie treats
St. Louis gooey butter cakes
Trail Mix Rice Krispie treats

Almond layer cake
Almond pound cake
Applesauce cake
Blueberry boy bait
Chocolate glazed chocolate cake 
Chocolate pound cake
Chocolate pudding dump cake
Chocolate roulade
Chocolate vanilla marble cake
Chocolate wafer icebox cake
Classic cheesecake
Glazed chocolate cake
Glazed lemon pound cake
Ho-Ho chocolate cream cake
Maple yogurt loaf
Red velvet cake
Sour cherry streusel coffee cake
White layer cake + strawberry meringue buttercream

Brown sugar toffee
Homemade marshmallows
Peanut butter fudge
Peppermint bark

Black and white cookies
Caramel stuffed apple cider cookies
Chewy chocolate chip cookies
Chewy sugar cookies
Chocolate crinkle cookies
Chocolate gingersnaps
Chocolate sandwich cookies (homemade Oreos)
Coconut macadamia nut cookies
Coconut macaroons
Coconut shortbread ice cream sandwiches
Cranberry biscotti
Crispy Butterfinger cookies
Cut-out sugar cookies
Double chocolate cookies
Meringue "cloud" cookies
Mexican chocolate shortbread
Mint chocolate chip cookies
Monster cookies
Nutella kiss cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Orange creamsicle cookies
Pumpkin gingersnaps
Pumpkin oatmeal cookies
Pumpkin whoopie pies
Red velvet cookies with cream cheese icing
Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies with sea salt
Very peanut butter cookies
White chocolate and apricot chunk cookies
White chocolate covered mini Ritz Bitz peanut butter sandwiches

Black bottom cupcakes
Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes
Glazed mini lemon cakes
Mini Oreo cheesecakes
One bowl chocolate cupcakes
Peanut butter cupcakes 
Yellow cupcakes

Pies/Crisps/Crumbles/Other fruit desserts
Amaretti cookie stuffed baked apples
Apple crisp for two
Apple crumb pie
Apple & pear crisp
Cheesecake stuffed strawberries
Coconut cream pie
Honeyed apple peanut butter tart
Individual blackberry crumbles
Pecan pie with chocolate chips
Sour cherry pie

Pastries & yeasted goods
Apple cider doughnuts 
Chocolate almond pastries
Chocolate cake doughnuts
Cream scones with white chocolate and dried cherries
Nutella-filled "doughnut" muffins
Quickest doughnut
Strawberry shortcake
Traditional yeast doughnuts

Basic American buttercream frosting
Cherry, almond, cinnamon granola
Chocolate peanut butter popcorn snack mix
Deconstructed cannoli
Frozen banana custard
Grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich
Hot chocolate affogato
Homemade hot cocoa mix
Puppy chow
Red velvet cake pops
Single serving cookie dough
Strawberry ice cream topping
Sweet and tart dessert sauce
Two ingredient fruit dip
Two ingredient ice cream (no machine needed!)
World's best chocolate frosting

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