10 Desserts and Decorated Cookies for Valentine's Day ♥

This is my favorite shopping season.  Heart season. Stores are decorated in red and pink, and hearts abound everywhere. Heart-shaped purses, spatulas, cookie cutters, boxes of chocolates, bowls, earrings...I'm a sucker for them all! ♥

While I'll be working on several valentine desserts and cookies in the next couple of weeks, I wanted to give you a few (ok, 10) ideas to get started. Click the titles to go to the recipes and/or tutorials.

1. Take a Little Pizza My Heart Decorated Cookies

take a little pizza my heart, decorated cookies for valentine's day! | bakeat350.net
Those heart-shaped pepperonis get me every time.


2. Heart-Shaped Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies 

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net
Seriously delicious. Seriously cute.

3. Olive You Decorated Cookies

olive you decorated cookies | bakeat350.net
An oldie but a goodie. Still one of my favorites.


4. Black-Outlined Ombre Hearts

black-outlined ombre heart cookies, bagged 2x2 for a bake sale ♥ bakeat350.net
Big impact for minimal work. A black outline makes any cookie pop!

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Stelle di Notte Cookies

Weekly review of Trader Joe's sweets and desserts. This week: Trader Joe's Stelle di Notte Cookies | bakeat350.net

Please excuse our Trader Joe's review hiatus. I blame the holidays, two cases of the flu, one case of mild pneumonia, pink eye, and oh yeah...just general laziness on my part.

So, after reading about flu and pink eye, would you like to talk about cookies? (This post is really heading in a direction I didn't plan to take it.)

Weekly review of Trader Joe's sweets and desserts. This week: Trader Joe's Stelle di Notte Cookies | bakeat350.net

ANYHOO. Jack heads back to school tomorrow, so I thought he could help us out with one review while he's home. Today, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Stelle di Notte (Stars at Night) Cookies. They're described as cocoa hazelnut crispy cookies and come in a 12.3-ounce bag. I, of course, lost the receipt, so I can't tell you the price.

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post: Strata

How to make strata ... four recipe variations | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
Strata, strata, strata. I only wish I'd mixed one up to have ready this morning.

How to make strata ... four recipe variations | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

How to make strata ... four recipe variations | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends, I'm talking the basics of making stratas, along with recipes for four variations. Really, though, the varieties are kind of limitless.

How to make strata ... four recipe variations | bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Come on over to Ree's and let's talk STRATA!


Strawberry Cocoa Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Cocoa Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net

You're all in trouble. Why did no one tell me about freeze-dried strawberries? I bought a bag on a whim last week thinking I'd use them to top yogurt. Well, I opened the bag when I arrived home from the store and almost consumed the entire thing.


When I posted about them on Instagram, I got a brilliant comment from Marcie who said she adds them to her chocolate chip cookies. Do you think I bought a second bag and used them to top my yogurt? No, ma'am. I went right for the cookies.

Strawberry Cocoa Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net

The strawberries add an unexpected bit of sweet-tart to the cookies, as well as a bit of chewiness.

incredible! > Strawberry Cocoa Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net

At the same time I was discovering freeze-dried strawberries, I also picked up a bag of cocoa nibs. I'm always drawn to them but never buy them. Well, that's changed. Those cocoa nibs add another hit of chocolate and also a great CRUNCH throughout the cookie. I might add them to all of my chocolate chip cookies from now on.
(I bought them at Trader Joe's, but I've seen them in the health food section of my grocery store, too.)

Strawberry Cocoa Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies | bakeat350.net

Not only are these cookies heavenly, the cookie dough is just about the prettiest you'll ever make. ♥

Ree's French Silk Pie

The Pioneer Woman's French Silk Pie | bakeat350.net

I know, I know that I should re-make this pie with lots of pretty pictures to post on the blog. This was our Christmas dessert...Mr. E wanted fruit pie and Jack did not want pie...unless it was French Silk. I'm not even sure how he knew about French Silk pie as I've never made it or bought one. I'm glad to see he's learning the important things at college. (I mean that sincerely.)

You should not wait for me to re-make and photograph this recipe.
You need it and you need it NOW. 

I always assumed French Silk got its creamy texture from cream...or from folding in Cool Whip, or something of the sort. Not so! French Silk gets its luscious texture and fluff from...eggs! Ooo-la-la!

The Pioneer Woman's French Silk Pie | bakeat350.net

I followed Ree's recipe to the letter but wanted to point out a few specific ingredients that I used and worked perfectly.