Nothing says “love” like decadent chocolate! These simple yet delicious treats will delight everyone this Valentine’s Day or anytime. It’s a sensational way to say, “I love you!”

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Servings: 10 pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring
heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
butter, for garnish (optional)
powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
fresh berries, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well.

In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.

Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned.

Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping. For more recipes, visit culinary.net.


Sweetheart Dark Chocolate Brownies

sweetheart dark chocolate browniesPrep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Makes: 10+ servings

For the brownies:

1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the glaze:

2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In small pot over low heat, melt 1/2 cup of butter and 4 ounces of dark chocolate together until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add sugar and vanilla and stir to combine.

Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir until smooth.

Transfer batter into a 9 x 9 aluminum foil lined baking pan and place it into the oven for 25 minutes and bake until done.

While brownies are baking, melt together semisweet chocolate and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter for the glaze.

Once melted, set aside. When brownies are done, let them cool. Once cooled, drizzle glaze over brownies, and spread it on top using an offset spatula. For more recipes, visitculinary.net.


Sweet Treat Apple Pops

sweet treat apple popsApple Slices
Bamboo Lollipop Sticks

Dip:
Caramel
Nutella®
Peanut butter
Marshmallow Cream

Toppings:
Toffee bits
Colored sprinkles
Shaved Chocolate
Crumbled cookies

Once you slice the apples and insert the sticks, this is an easy treat that the kids can make and enjoy! Let them decide what they want! Fun for Valentine’s Day or any day as a snack.