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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Easy Valentine’s Cookies

Easy Valentine's Cookies

This is an easy Valentine’s Cookies recipe that makes soft and chewy cookies with red and pink Valentine’s M&M’s and white chocolate chips.

 

I made these easy Valentine’s Cookies for my family and they just loved them! It was a fun surprise for my kids when they came home from school and these Valentine’s cookies were sitting on a plate for them to eat.

It’s enjoyable to sit down with my kids after school, and while they snack on food, I talk to them about their day. Because I made these homemade Valentine’s Day cookies, they are now excited about Valentine’s Day.

These simple Valentine’s cookies made it more fun and exciting for the kids to think that Valentine’s is coming soon.

 

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Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas (Part 2)

This week’s Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas post focuses on fun activities for children or for the whole family. And if you missed last week’s Valentine’s Day Activities & Ideas (Part 1), make sure to check it out because it focuses on ways to show your spouse you love him or her.

valentines - secret messages

Secret Messages – Use white paper to cut out hearts, then write love notes on them with a white crayon and hide them around the house. Place a box of watercolors at the table, and brush paint over the hearts to reveal the secret messages.

 

valentines - heart attack

Valentine’s “Heart Attack” – Give your loved ones a “heart attack” on Valentine’s Day by cutting out valentines, writing sayings on them, and then taping them around the house.

 

valentines - heart tissue

Heart Tissue Paper Craft – Twist and turn a little tissue paper to make this valentine 3D. Here is a list of what you’ll need:

  • Pink and white tissue paper, cut into 1” squares
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Piece of card stock or construction paper
  • Pencil with an eraser

Directions:

  1. Cut out a heart shape from the construction paper or card stock.
  2. Put white craft glue into the center of the heart, shaped like a heart.
  3. Using the eraser end of a pencil, place the eraser into the center of a white tissue paper square. Twist the tissue paper square around the eraser and dot it onto the glue. Continue this process until entire middle of the heart is covered with white tissue paper. See photo.
  4. Repeat the process from step #3 with pink tissue paper for the border of the heart.
  5. Use a ribbon or string to hang it up.

 

valentines - play dough

Valentine’s Playdough – Have fun with your children making and playing with Valentine’s playdough. Here is what you’ll need:

2 C flour
1 C salt
2 C water
4 tsp cream of tartar
2 TB vegetable oil
red food coloring
red and silver glitter
heart sequins (optional, can be purchased at a craft shop)

Directions:
Pour first five ingredients into a large saucepan and stir together. Add drops of red food coloring and stir, then stir in glitter and heart sequins. Move the mixture to the stove top and cook on medium heat stirring constantly. At first, the playdough mixture will look like very thick pancake batter. Continue to stir until a ball forms. Remove from heat and cool on a counter top. The playdough will be very HOT!  Once warm or cool to the touch your playdough is ready. Use rolling pins and heart cookie cutters and have fun!

valentines - heart pop up cards

Valentine Heart Pop Up Cards – Make these fun Valentine’s Day heart pop up cards with your kids.

 

valentines - message in a bottle

Valentine’s Message in a Bottle – Create this simple “message in a bottle” craft that kids could give to someone they love. You could also add a twist to it by creating an invisible ink message here.

 

Valentine Heart Wreath – Make this simple, yet beautiful heart wreath with you children. They could share them with someone you love or hang them up around the house.

What other fun activities for kids for Valentine’s Day have you done with your children?

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Cardstore.com: Valentine’s Day Cards Only $1.49 Shipped!

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Just a reminder that this deal ends tomorrow.

Through February 7, 2013, Cardstore.com is offering all of it’s Valentine’s Day Cards for just $1.49 + Free Shipping! Just use the promo code CCA3131 at checkout. Choose from a variety of designs, upload a photo, personalize with your own note, and add your signature.

This is a great deal for a personalized card for someone you love.

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Valentine Blu-rays: Princess Bride, Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love Only $7-10 Plus More

Amazon.com has select Blu-ray movies on sale for Valentine’s Day. And most of them are 50-60% off! This would be a fun Valentine’s Day evening with someone you love.

Princess Bride – $7.99
The Notebook – $7.99
You’ve Got Mail – $6.99
Ever After: A Cinderella Story – $7.49
Cazy, Stupid, Love – $9.99
Singin in the Rain (60th Anniversary) – $9.99

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Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas (Part 1)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I want to share some Valentine’s ideas and activities that you can do with your spouse, children, or the whole family. Plus, these ideas don’t cost a lot of money. This Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas (Part 1) post are ways to show your spouse you love him or her. Some of these ideas could also be modified to be for the whole family. To see fun activities you can do with your children, check out Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas (Part 2).

 

Valentine’s Acts of Love – Count down the day to Valentine’s by creating these service Acts of Love for your spouse or the family. This can also be a cute centerpiece in your home.

 

$5 and Under Valentine’s Day Ideas – Show your spouse smaller tokens of affection over a longer period of time rather than spending money on one nice gift for one day.

 

Lucky in Love Valentine’s – Create these inexpensive Lucky in Love tickets that your husband can scratch off each day before Valentine’s that include a quotes, love notes, coupons, or activities to do each day together.

 

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas – If you aren’t sure what date idea to do with your spouse on Valentine’s Day, here are 33 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that don’t cost a lot of money.

 

Valentine for Him Crossword Puzzle – This is such a unique and cute Valentine gift to give your spouse. Using facts about your life together, create this free crossword puzzle.

 

valentines - 14 Days of Valentine's

14 Days of Valentine’s – Give these little gifts to your spouse to every day before Valentine’s Day to let your husband know you love him.

 

If you have ideas to show your spouse you love him or her, please share them with everyone.

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Valentine’s Day Offers

Valentine’s is coming up next week, so I’ve rounded up a few Valentine’s Day offers.

ProFlowers has flower bouquets starting at $19.99 that comes with a free vase.

Felix Potin Paris has Truffles, Chocolate Strawberries, and Sweet Treats up to 57% off. For just $19 you’ll receive $40 worth of incrediblelooking and delicious sweets.

FTD has a deal where you can receive $40 Worth of Valentine’s Day Flowers and Gifts for only $20.

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Cranberry Scones (A Perfect Valentine’s Breakfast)

Cranberry Scones
These Cranberry Scones are really delicious! They are moist and are perfect for a Valentine’s breakfast. Plus, it doesn’t take a lot of time to whip them together and place in the oven. My husband asks me to make these all of the time. To make these for Valentine’s Day, use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut out the dough, and use pink frosting on top. Here’s how to make them:
Cranberry Scones (A Perfect Valentine's Breakfast)
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Ingredients
  • CRANBERRY SCONES:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, frozen
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • red food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate frozen butter into flour mixture using the large holes of a grater. Then use the mixer to mix in the butter. Add in cranberries.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and egg until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until dough forms.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into 7- to 8-inch circle about ¾-inch thick. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  5. Use a heart-shape cookie cutter to cut out dough or use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles. Place cut out dough about one inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to Cool
  6. To make icing, mix together the powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and milk. Add 1-2 drops of red food coloring. Place icing in a plastic bag and seal. Clip a tiny portion of the bag off a bottom corner and pipe icing onto scones.
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Cardstore.com: Valentine’s Day Cards Only $1.49 Shipped!

$1.49 Valentine's Day Cards + Free Shipping at Cardstore! Use Code: CCA3131, Valid thru 11:59pm PST

Through February 7, 2013, Cardstore.com is offering all of it’s Valentine’s Day Cards for just $1.49 + Free Shipping! Just use the promo code CCA3131 at checkout. Choose from a variety of designs, upload a photo, personalize with your own note, and add your signature.

This is a great deal for a personalized card for someone you love.

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*HOT* Buy 1 Get 1 Free Nestle Valentine Heart Coupon = $0.20 at Walgreens

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Use the Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Nestle Valentine Heart coupon here
Final: Only $0.20 each!
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