When it comes to Valentines Day, I try not to go too overboard with gifts. Since Christmas was less than two months ago and Dan's birthday was only a few weeks ago, by the time February 14th comes around I'm pretty much out of fabulous gift ideas. I also like to do something that's a bit more personal and meaningful for Valentines Day. February 14th has always been a huge day in our family, which I will talk more about in Friday's post, but for that reason I really like to make the people I love feel special that day. So this week, I am trying to do a few simple things to help make my loved ones smile.
When it comes to Dan, the key to his heart is through his stomach. For that reason, I decided to use the snow days we've had recently and spend some time in the kitchen. Dan LOVES my homemade brownies, and I love Rice Krispy treats so I made both for us to enjoy this week! For the most part, I try not to bring too many unhealthy snacks in to the house because I know we will just eat them if they're there. But this week I made an exception. Does your significant other love sweets as much as mine does? Here are a couple yummy recipes to make your valentine smile!
Valentines Rice Krispy Treats:
- 3 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
- 1 package (10oz or about 40) regular marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 4 drops of red fondant coloring (or just plain food coloring works too)
In a large saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. I added the red food coloring to the marshmallows as they were melting for better color and just for fun :). Then remove the saucepan from the heat.
Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until it is all mixed together.
Using a buttered spatula (or butter covered hands like me), evenly press the mixture into a 13x9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. (If you want to add any sprinkles, do so before they cool so that the sprinkles will stick better) Let it cool and then cut it in to squares or hearts like I did with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Gluten-Free Brownies (Dan says, the best brownies ever)
2/3 cup of Brown Rice Flour Mix (see this post)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 325. Line the bottom and sides of 8x8 baking pan with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy medium sized saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat once it is all melted. Whisk in sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix until the mixture is completely smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just incorporated. If you want to add nuts to your brownies you can also add 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts at this time as well.
4. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the center of the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out with wet crumbs. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes and then enjoy!
This is how they come out of the oven looking.
I hope you enjoy these as much as Dan does!
Something about the pink Rice Krispy hearts and yummy homemade brownies just makes your heart and your stomach happy! Do you have any special Valentines Day recipes to share? I would love to add more tasty treats to our traditions!