I recently heard that 53% of couples would rather make a nice meal at home on Valentine’s Day rather than eat out. I’m with good company then, because I’m all about making things by hand for the special occasion. Anything handmade touches my heart. I think about the time and thought put into a handmade gift, and inevitably that gift becomes my favorite. Sometimes, though, I must admit that everyday life gets in the way of time management, and said handmade gifts turn into semi homemade. No worries. With a little help from the grocery store and with your creativity, you can give a gift that anyone that has even the slightest sweet tooth will love.
All you need is some of your favorite store-bought cookies, some melted chocolate and some festive sprinkles, and you’re in business. Here, I bought some Pepperidge Farm cookies that I dipped in melted semi-sweet chocolate and then coated immediately with pink, red and white sprinkles. I placed the cookies on a sheet of parchment paper to dry, and then arranged them in cute Valentines-y containers lined with festive tissue.
Even with Black and White cookies. I don’t have the time nor the patience to make these cake-y cookies, but they are a favorite around here. By arranging them in red and white tissue paper, they still become a genuine gift. It’s all in the details and presentation, and it still counts as handmade, even if semi…
If you do have some time to bake, how about making a batch of these and then using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. My Ultimate Brownie recipe is seriously the best, and I can’t go a Valentine’s Day without making a batch. You can get the recipe here.
So whether you bake your sweets, or get a little help from the store, adding a handmade touch to your Valentine’s Day gift is a very good way to touch your loved one’s heart.