Easy Valentine’s Bark Recipe

Easy Valentines Bark

This easy Valentine’s Bark recipe is a fun dessert to make for the family on Valentine’s Day.


If you are looking for easy Valentine’s Day treats for the kids or other loved ones, this Valentine’s bark recipe is a really easy recipe to make. And what’s even better is that it’s a no-bake recipe for Valentine’s.

It will take about 10-15 minutes to make this strawberry bark recipe, and then about 30 minutes to set up before it’s ready to cut and serve.

It’s fun to get the kids in the kitchen and have them help to stir and spread the ingredients together. A highlight that the kids love to do is putting Valentine’s M&M’s and Valentine’s sprinkles all over the top of the Valentine’s Day bark.

Sometimes the sprinkles end up going all over the counter, but in the end, seeing their happy faces because they helped make it is something I love.

We take time to do recipes together as a family because we love spending time with each other. Even though it can be messy, the messes will eventually get cleaned up. And I’ll always remember the bonding time we had together making this Valentine’s Day recipe.

Here are a some answers to questions people have asked:


What are some easy Valentine’s treats for kids?

This Valentine’s bark recipe is definitely an easy recipe.  You can print the recipe at the end of this post.

Other easy recipes to make for Valentine’s Day is Strawberry Shortcake, Valentine’s Cookies, Red Velvet Cookies, and Sugar Cookie Bars.


What is the best chocolate bark for baking?

This particular bark recipe doesn’t use chocolate bark, although I’m sure you could probably add it to this recipe. For the best chocolate bark, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients.

Ghirardelli Melting Wafers would be an option that is a good quality without costing as much as much as chocolate bars for melting.

For this Valentine’s day bark, I use the strawberry cheesecake candy melts here. If those aren’t available, you could try the regular strawberry candy melts, or you can use vanilla candy melts and add in cheesecake flavoring to it.

Here is how to make this easy Valentine’s bark recipe:


Valentines day bark

Place the strawberry wafers and cream cheese in a blender, and blend until combined into a dough consistency.

Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Press the strawberry cream cheese blended mixture evenly on the bottom of the pan.


Strawberry bark
In a glass bowl, microwave the candy melts for 1 minute and then stir.


Strawberry bark candy

Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals and stirring in between until melted.


Strawberry bark recipe

Pour the melted candy over the crust.


Easy Valentines day desserts

Sprinkle the top with Valentine’s M&Ms and Valentine’s sprinkles. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving.

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

These Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies include pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to create the delicious pumpkin flavor. The cookies are soft and chewy and rolled in sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin spice making this snickerdoodle pumpkin cookie recipe a perfect fall dessert.


I absolutely love the smell of pumpkin recipes baking in my house in the fall. It makes my house smell so good, and it gets me excited for fall.

I always make sure to have plenty of pumpkin puree in my house during the holiday months when I am baking all the delicious pumpkin recipes. And I make sure to have pumpkin spice too since there are many pumpkin recipes that call for it.

The other day, I decided to make these pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies, and they are soft and chewy. My family and friends who tried them loved them so much that they kept grabbing more cookies out of the container.

The pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookies don’t have too strong of a pumpkin flavor. You can tell they have a slight hint of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice in them. The cookies combined with all of the ingredients taste delicious.

Here are a few questions that people have asked about pumpkin snickerdoodles:


Snickerdoodle pumpkin cookie recipe

How Do You Make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles at Home?

Here is how to make this snickerdoodle pumpkin cookie recipe.


Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.

Add in the pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Mix until well combined.

Add in the egg and mix well. Then add in the flour and mix well until combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place the cookie dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill.

Note: The chilling of the dough helps prevent the cookies from going flat.


Pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookies

After the dough has chilled, scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough and form them into 1 inch balls.

Roll the dough balls into the sugar, pumpkin spice and cinnamon coating, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Easy American Flag Fruit Pizza

American Flag Fruit Pizza

This American Flag Fruit Pizza is an easy fruit pizza dessert that is made from a sugar cookie mix topped with a sweet frosting and fresh berries.


With the Fourth of July coming up, this American Flag Fruit Pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser during your patriotic celebration.

I made this for my family and they loved how the berries were made to look like a flag. They also loved the taste of the sugar cookie and asked for seconds and thirds to eat.

I’m all about making easy desserts and saving time when I make desserts. And this is an easy dessert to make. The thing that take the longest to do is hull and slice the strawberries. Since there are about 20-25 strawberries to hull and cut for this fruit pizza dessert, this strawberry huller and fruit slicer set is a kitchen tool accessory that is handy to have in the kitchen. It will make putting together this easy fruit pizza recipe even easier.

As people make Fourth of July dessert recipes and come across fruit pizza desserts, here are a few questions people ask.


What is fruit pizza?

Fruit pizza is a fruit dessert which is made like a pizza. It doesn’t have any of the ingredients of a traditional pizza you would make or purchase from a pizza place or restaurant. Instead, it’s a large sugar cookie with sweet frosting and fresh berries on top.

Sugar cookie dough tends to be used best for fruit pizza desserts. It makes a large pan and is great to serve at large holiday gatherings or parties. And it tastes best when served the day it’s made because the fresh fruit isn’t as fresh the next day.


Flag fruit pizza

What is the recipe for fruit pizza?

To make the American flag fruit pizza, first preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to lightly coat a 12 x 17 baking sheet. And prepare the sugar cookie mix according to the directions on the package.

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Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter CookiesThese are the best Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cookies with more than a cup of creamy peanut butter.  And adding Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips make these the ultimate peanut butter cookies!


I made these Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cookies and they are amazing! They are soft in the middle and have a delicious peanut butter flavor with a mix in of Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

I made this easy peanut butter cookies recipe a few weeks ago. They turned out so good that my family asked if I would make them again this week.

I make these Reese’s peanut butter cookies smaller by only rolling them into 1.5 inch balls. A kitchen item I love using now and that makes the cookies come out round and all the same size is a 1.5 Tablespoon cookie scoop. Until a few years ago, I would use a spoon to measure the dough and then roll it into a ball. When I finally purchased and started using a cookie scoop, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t purchased one sooner. It’s definitely convenient to have, and I use it every time I make cookies now.

Before I get into how to make these Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cookies, here are some questions that people have asked.

What Are Reese’s Pieces?

Reese’s Pieces are a peanut butter candy that are a roundish shape covered in a yellow, orange or brown candy shell.


What Are The Ingredients in Reese’s Pieces?

Here are the some of the main ingredients in Reese’s Pieces:

  • Sugar
  • Partially defatted peanuts
  • Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • Corn syrup
  • Artificial colors
  • Salt

To see all the ingredients, head over to Hershey’s website.


Do Reese’s Pieces Have Chocolate In Them?

Unlike the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, it turns out that Reese’s Pieces do not actually contain any chocolate.


If you want to make these Reese’s peanut butter cookies, keep reading to get the recipe.


Reese's peanut butter cookiesStart by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla extra, and mix until creamy.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this to the creamy peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.

Fold in the Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.


Easy peanut butter cookies recipe

Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to form dough balls, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press additional Reese’s Pieces onto each cookie dough ball.

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Easy Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

Easy Red Velvet Cookies

Only four ingredients are needed to make these delicious and easy red velvet cookies.


I love simple cookies and desserts that I can make around the holidays. And these easy red velvet cookies are a perfect treat for Valentine’s day or Christmas or whenever you are craving something sweet.

It only takes about 10 minutes to prep these cookies, and there is just four ingredients: Red velvet cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and holiday M&M’s. You could substitute the M&M’s for white chocolate chips instead, which tastes really good too.


Red velvet cake mix cookies


Before sharing this easy red velvet cookies recipe, here are some regularly asked questions:

What Makes Red Velvet Cookies Red?

Red food coloring is what makes red velvet cookies red.

If you want a deep red color to the red velvet cookies, use gel food coloring. It’s a better coloring option for the cookie dough than liquid drops of red food coloring.

The gel gives the cookies a more vibrant color and you’ll use less than with the liquid food coloring. And too much liquid food coloring can actually alter the taste and texture of the red velvet cookies.


What Is The Best Recipe for Cake Mix Cookies?

There are many different recipes that use cake mix to make cookies.

I personally think that these red velvet cake mix cookies are one of the best cake mix cookie recipes. Check out the easy recipe below.

If you want to learn how to make cake mix cookies from just about any cake mix box, head over to The Best Cake Recipes where they’ll show you how with only three ingredients.


And here are some really good cake mix cookie recipes to try:

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies from The 36th Avenue

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies from Moments with Mandi

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Country Cook


How Do You Make Red Velvet Cookies?

Here is the step-by-step process of how to make the red velvet cookies recipe:


Red velvet cake mix cookies

Preheat oven to 357 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, in a bowl mix the red velvet cake mix, eggs and oil until fully mixed.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows

Hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows

These easy hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows are simple to make and delicious. They are made with hot cocoa and are a perfect Christmas cookie to take to a holiday party or to give to others.


My family loves hot chocolate, and we love cookies that have hot cocoa in them. I made these hot chocolate cookies for my family, and everyone couldn’t get enough of them. The kids kept asking if they could have one more to eat.

And one of my daughters asked if we could give some to neighbors because they were so delicious and she wanted to share what we had with others. She is so thoughtful and sweet!

This hot chocolate cookies recipe is a perfect treat to give to others during the holidays. The hot cocoa gives them a sweet and chocolatey flavor that is delicious. It’s definitely a cookie that everyone will love.

Before making the hot chocolate cookies, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind:

This recipe calls for mallow bits, not mini marshmallows. If you use mini marshmallows, they won’t work the same and can be a bit of a sticky mess.

I purchase the mallow bits at the grocery store, however, there have been a few times when I went to the store and the mallow bits were out of stock. What I did instead was purchase the hot chocolate with Mallow Bits and used it in my recipe.

And this recipe won’t taste as good if you use a sugar free hot cocoa. So stay away from that and just use a regular hot cocoa mix. Swiss Miss is one of our favorite brands.

The Christmas hot cocoa cookies recipe is below, but first, here are some regularly asked questions when people are wanting to bake cookies.


How Do You Make Chocolate Cookies with Cocoa?

There are a bunch of good recipes out there on how to make chocolate cookies with cocoa. Head over to Food.com for one recipe.

This hot chocolate cookies recipe doesn’t have cocoa powder in them, but they have a chocolatey flavor that comes from the hot cocoa and the chocolate chips. If you want these Christmas hot cocoa cookies to look darker than they are, then you can add one tablespoon of cocoa powder or dark cocoa powder. The hot cocoa cookies recipe is below.


What Is the Best Chocolate Cookie Recipe?

My friends over at Fabulessly Frugal have the best chocolate cookies recipe ever. You have to try them!

Their triple chocolate cookies are not the fastest, easiest, healthiest, or cheapest to make, but they are the most delicious. The cookie recipe includes cocoa, a pound of semi-sweet chocolate, and chocolate chips. It’s heaven for all chocolate lovers!

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Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This is an easy apple crisp recipe with fresh apples and a crumble topping.  Add ice cream on top of the warm apple crisp to enjoy a delicious fall dessert.


This easy apple crisp recipe is one of my favorite fall desserts. I love the smell of it baking in the oven. And then eating a bite of the warm apple crisp with ice cream on top is just delicious.

This apple crisp recipe has been in my family for years. When I was a child, my mother would make this every fall when apples were in season. Now I make it every fall for my family. We love this family tradition, and this recipe seriously has the best apple crisp topping.


What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?

There are many different apples that can be used for apple crisp, and it’s best to use a mix of apples. For instance, this simple apple crisp recipe below uses Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. This gives the apple crisp both a sweet and tart flavor.

Some common types of baking apples include Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, and Gala.

If you need to peel and cut a bunch of apples, then you’ll love my favorite apple peeler here. It saves you time and makes it fast to peel, core and cut the apples for this delicious apple crisp recipe or for any recipes with apples.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp Not Soggy?

Having soggy apple crisp to eat isn’t very delightful. Here are some tips to make your apple crisp not soggy.


1. Choose apples that are crisp and not overripe or turning mushy.

2. Toss the apples with a little flour or cornstarch before baking the apple crisp.

3. Place the apples in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. During this time the apples will start to excrete juices. Drain the juice before placing the apples in the baking dish.

4. Try cooking the apples first on the stove and draining the liquid before placing the apples in the pan to bake with the crumble topping.

5. When cooking the apple crisp, DON’T cover it with aluminum foil. The foil doesn’t allow the juices from the apples to evaporate during baking.

6. Don’t leave the apple crisp in the oven as long. The crumble topping is what needs to be cooked, and the apples are delicious when raw and slightly crisp. So take take the apple crisp out of the oven 10-15 minutes early once the crumble topping is browned.

7. However, if you’ve cooked the apple crisp and it’s soggy or runny, you might be able to cook it more to make it less wet. Since the crumble topping is cooked and browned at this point, DO place aluminum foil lightly over the apple crisp and make sure there is space where the steam can escape on the sides. You don’t want the crumble topping to burn. Then bake the apple crisp for 10-15 minutes longer.


Why is My Apple Crisp Dry?

If your apple crisp crumble topping is dry, then chances are you didn’t add enough butter. Butter makes the crumble topping brown and crisp in the oven, so be sure to follow the recipe instructions.


My easy apple crisp recipe below is one I’ve been making in my family for years, and I’ve never had a problem with it being too soggy or the crumble topping too dry. So go ahead and try making this delicious apple crisp recipe for your family and let me know how it turns out.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp from Scratch?

Making apple crisp from scratch is easy to do. The part of the recipe that takes the longest is peeling and slicing the apples.

Here are the steps to make this easy apple crisp recipe with oats and melted butter from scratch:


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Easy Peach Pie Recipe

Easy Peach Pie Recipe

This is an easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches, a graham cracker crust and a sweet and delicious cream cheese filling.


As fall approaches, the weather turns cooler, and fresh peaches are ready to pick off the trees, I enjoy making this easy peach pie recipe. The flavor of the peach filling, cream cheese filling and graham cracker crust together is delicious with each bite.

I also enjoy this fresh peach pie because I have many good memories of eating it with my family as we sit around the table. And I especially love the sounds of how good the pie tastes to my kids as they take those first few bites of peach pie. It’s so cute and memorable!

Not only is this an easy peach pie with a graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling, but it’s one of the best peach pie recipes I’ve eaten. It tastes so good!

I hope you love it as much as my family does!


Homemade peach pie recipe


How Do You Make Peach Pie Filling From Scratch?

It’s quite easy to make a peach filling from scratch. Here’s how to do it:

In a medium pan on the stove, combine 3/4 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon butter, 1 and 3/4 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of almond extract. Cook together on medium heat, stirring often, until the filling thickens. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool.

While the filling is cooling, peel and slice 4-5 fresh peaches and then stir them to the filling.

Pour the peach filling on top of the pie.

This recipe makes enough filling for one peach pie. In the recipe at the end of the post, you can print the homemade peach pie recipe, which includes how to make the peach pie filling, as well as the graham cracker crust and the cream filling.


How Do You Make a Peach Pie Less Runny?

Having a soupy peach pie ruins the enjoyment of eating it, so here are some solutions to make a peach pie less runny:

1. Place sliced peaches in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and add a pinch of salt, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Place a strainer on top of a sauce pan. Pour the peaches into the strainer and let them sit for 5 minutes while the juices run into the sauce pan.

2. Try adding 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch or quick-cooking tapioca to the peach pie filling to help thicken it while it’s baking.

3. Sprinkle a light dusting of flour, ground nuts or graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the crust. This helps to absorb some of the liquid from the peaches while its baking.

4. Brush the pie dough with a beaten egg white. This forms a layer that helps keep the juices from turning the crust soggy.

5. Pay attention to how long the pie should bake. Sometimes the pie is still runny because it hasn’t baked long enough.

With the fresh peach pie recipe below, only the graham cracker crust is baked. The peach pie filling is thickened with cornstarch on the stove. Then the ingredients are layered in the pie pan but not baked. With the baked graham cracker crust used in this recipe, I haven’t had a problem with soggy peach pie.

Can I Use Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you can use canned peaches instead of fresh fruit. Just be sure to drain the canned peaches well.  You can also substitute frozen peaches that are thawed and drained.

To make the change, use equal amounts of canned or frozen peaches to fresh peaches. About one pound of canned or frozen peaches is equal to about three medium peaches.

However, using canned peaches for this easy peach pie recipe will change the taste of it. Fresh peaches will make it taste so much better.

If you want to use canned peaches, try making this Easy Peach Cobber recipe. The recipe specifically calls for canned peaches.


Do You Have to Peel Peaches for Pie?

For this homemade peach pie recipe, I would recommend peeling the peaches. You only have to peel 4-5 fresh peaches.

But you don’t have to peel peaches for peach pie. The skins are edible, and if you are baking a peach pie, the skins will soften when they are baked. However, the texture of the skins will change while baking, so keep that in mind.


Here is how to make this easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches:


Peach Pie with graham cracker crust

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Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

This easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches only take minutes to prep and put in the oven. Add ice cream to top off this warm and delicious dessert.


Our family loves fall desserts, and we love making this easy peach cobbler recipe when the weather starts to turn cool. The smell of peach cobbler with a hint of cinnamon cooking in the oven just gets me excited for fall. I love sitting down at the table with my family as we talk and eat this delicious, warm cobbler with ice cream on the top.

Before sharing this easy canned peach cobbler recipe, here are some questions you might have about peach cobbler:


Can I Used Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you definitely can use canned peaches or frozen peaches instead of fresh fruit. About one pound of frozen or canned peaches is approximately three medium peaches.

I’ve made this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches and fresh peaches, and I love it both ways. But to make this dessert really easy and fast, use canned peaches that are drained. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep this recipe for peach cobbler using canned peaches. And the canned peaches is what I refer to in this recipe.


How Do You Know When Peach Cobbler Is Done?

This peach cobbler recipe is cooked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You will know the peach cobbler is done when the crust is golden and the batter is no longer bubbling while it cooks.


How Do You Make Peach Cobbler Filling From Scratch?

With this recipe, you don’t need to make a peach cobbler filling. You just place drained, canned peaches (or fresh peaches if desired) on top of the batter before cooking it in the oven.

If you want to make a peach cobbler filling from scratch, then try this fresh peach cobbler recipe over on AllRecipes. It’s quite simple with only five ingredients needed to make the filling.



Easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches

Here is how to make this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches:

In a 9×12 baking dish, place the cubed butter. Put the baking dish in the oven for about 5 minutes until the butter is melted.

While the butter is melting, prepare the batter. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk and mix until combined.

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

The Best Strawberry Shortcake

This is an easy homemade strawberry shortcake recipe that really delicious. Add whipped topping and strawberries to the top to make it a perfect summer treat.


I absolutely LOVE this homemade strawberry shortcake recipe because my mother used to make it for me when I was a kid. It is easy to make and tastes delicious! And it is so much better than purchasing the dessert cakes at the grocery store.

Sometimes my mother made her own whipped cream topping (see the recipe below), which tastes so good. But to make it easier, sometimes we purchased the store-bought whipped toppings. Of course, the store-bought whipping cream in the spray can would always end up being sprayed into kids’ mouths as much as it was added to the top of the strawberry shortcakes. Oh, the memories!

I now make this easy strawberry shortcake recipe for my kids and they devour it when it’s placed in front of them. That’s how good it is!


Moist Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Here are some questions, people sometimes ask about strawberry shortcake.


How do you make strawberry shortcake from scratch?

Here’s how to make my family’s easy strawberry shortcake recipe. All the measurements are in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and mix.
  • In a small separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the creamed mixture until mixed.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9×9 baking pan
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

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