Sunday, February 8, 2009

Easy and Easier Valentine Treats

If the Valentine’s Day Cake I made last week seemed like a little too much, then I think you’ll enjoy these. They require very little ingredients or effort and they’re still pretty cute.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

They are sweet and red and a perfect little treat to give on the 14th. And even better, they are super-easy!

All you need is

1 Box red velvet cake mix*
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 Eggs

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix ingredients until combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto baking sheet about two inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool.

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 8 oz. Package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 1lb. Box of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

  • In a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Gradually add sugar and mix until smooth.

Makes about 24 cookies or 12 cookie sandwiches

* Any cake mix should work.

Recipe amended slightly from this one at allhomemadecookies.com

Red Velvet Cookies

Tip: For consistent size cookies, use a 1.5 inch small ice cream scooper when placing batter on the baking sheet.

The finished cookie size will be about 3 inches wide.

Red Velvet Cookies

To assemble, spoon a small amount of frosting on the flat side of one cookie. Take another cookie and press together until frosting is flush with the edge.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

And ENJOY, of course!

Now, some people would call using a cake mix cheating.

Nope.

This is cheating. Or maybe it’s just being resourceful. Either way… still cute.

Cakester hearts

Look familiar?

Yum

You guessed it. Oreo Cakesters, baby. I have been wanting to try these for a while now.
I mean, one of my favorite cookies made into a cake has to be good.
And since I was in a valentine kinda mood, I decided to eat my heart out.

Cakesters Cutouts

Cakesters… a cutter… and cute!

Cakester hearts

And the best part is eating the scraps along the way. Yum!

The cakesters are about 1.75″ wide. So you will need a cutter smaller than that.

Now, since Valentine’s Day is almost here, here’s another quick giveaway.

I have this cute little book called Megan Hearts Baking that was given to me by the authors. It is the journey of a young girl learning to make cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party and also includes a few recipes. It would make a sweet little Valentine’s Day present for any young girl interested in baking. The winner will be chosen Monday evening, hopefully giving me just enough time to get this in the mail for Valentine’s Day. I’ll try.

Megan Hearts Baking

To enter:

  • Just leave a comment below with what you’d like to have for Valentine’s Day.
  • Make sure to leave an email or blog link with your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, February 9th at 5:00 pm.
  • I’ll announce the winner sometime Monday evening on this blog post.

    * The winner will be chosen at random using the random.org integer generator.

And don’t forget to enter the other giveaway announced today. Hurry… there’s not much time on this one either.

Time’s up.

Thanks for sharing all your Valentine wishes. They were all very sweet. They made me smile and some even made me a little teary-eyed. I really hope each and every one of you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Now for the winner of the Megan Hearts Baking book. It’s comment #72!
Congratulations Julie … I hope you have someone sweet to give it to.

1
micheleleigh said...

for valentines day i would just like to spend time with my husband. hes been working a lot lately.

my email is:
girfan@msn.com

February 8, 2009 05:34 PM
2
becky said...

For Valentine's Day, I would like to actually have someone else make the cute cakes & cookies for me!

February 8, 2009 05:35 PM
3
Anonymous said...

Your featured on Cake wrecks today for your awesome heart cake.

Gemma

February 8, 2009 05:36 PM
4
Hippie Mama Kelly said...

Wow you have amazing stuff! I just discovered you today through cake wrecks, and I am totally coming back!

My email is:
kellyheet at aol dot com

February 8, 2009 05:38 PM
5
Michelle said...

I would love to spend the day with my husband and 2 girls, just a family! My girls and I are making cake pops today to give as gifts this week, can’t wait to try them!

February 8, 2009 05:39 PM
6
Cindy said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! All I want is to be surprised by my husband. :)

Cindy

February 8, 2009 05:40 PM
7
Nanette said...

I’d love to have a massage for Valentines Day!! Haha, well and also my husband home to share it with! :D

My daughters would love this book too, cupcakes are always fun to make with them!

February 8, 2009 05:40 PM
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omg! said...

i would looove an engagement ring for valentines day. but i’ll be happy with a nice v-day dinner with my boyfriend too!
j_ennifernorton@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 05:41 PM
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kawaii.nekochan said...

I’d love another oven for V-day! lol. One just is not enough while baking.

February 8, 2009 05:42 PM
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Meggy's Cooking Adventures said...

I would love to be pampered at a spa for a day then have a lovely dinner with my boyfriend.

meg_yancey@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 05:43 PM
11
CottageGirl said...

I’d love to have not only my DH with me, but all of my valentines, including our 3 grandbabies!
I love your idea with the Oreo Cakesters! Leave it to you to think of something so simple, yet so great!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

February 8, 2009 05:43 PM
12
Chris said...

All I want for Valentine’s Day is to spend time with my fiance. I don’t usually celebrate that day, so I don’t want anything else.

February 8, 2009 05:44 PM
13
Anonymous said...

Just a quiet evening with my family eating a wonderful home cooked meal
Gale
gbizzell@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 05:44 PM
14
Leslie & Erik said...

Hmm….. I think I would like champagne with pomegranate sugar cubes enjoyed in front of the fire. Yum!

February 8, 2009 05:44 PM
15
alisaz said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would really love a heart transplant for my best friend’s dad. I think Cupid has a few to spare..

February 8, 2009 05:44 PM
16
Kate said...

I would like some quiet time with my husband. Maybe this book could occupy the kids! Otherwise, lots of cake and candy would be fine

February 8, 2009 05:46 PM
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MzSpell said...

These look cute and tasty! Can I make the cookies and filling a day or two ahead and just assemble them on the day they are needed?

stingme2x[at]yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 05:47 PM
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The Cookie Girl said...

I LOVE Valentines Day! I would like to spend a romantic evening IN with my husband. Picnic by the fire in our living room, romantic movie, all that gooood stuff.

Love the red velvet sandwich cookies.
My Little Valentine Chloe’ would love the book too!
my email is carriemyvoice@comcast.net

February 8, 2009 05:47 PM
19
Apple said...

…for Valentine’s I would like to have the time to bake something special for everyone I love :)

February 8, 2009 05:47 PM
20
Kingston's Mom said...

I would love to go out to a nice dinner with my husband and not worry about how much we are spending!

February 8, 2009 05:50 PM
21
Alexis said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like to sleep in a little longer and snuggle with the one I love.

Lexie

frogsarecoolatgmail.com

February 8, 2009 05:51 PM
22
Judy said...

My husband was diagnosed with cancer 2 days ago, so what I want for Valentines Day is a miracle.
jkaypaz@aol.com

February 8, 2009 05:52 PM
23
Megan said...

For Valentine’s Day I want to have a birthday party for my 4 year old :) She turned 4 on Feb. 2nd but we were on vacation and her dad was back at home working and missed it. Due to Iraq deployments and now this family wedding he has missed 3 out of 4 bdays! We need to do something to celebrate. I think Im going to make those oreo hearts :D

February 8, 2009 05:52 PM
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Judy said...

My husband was diagnosed with cancer 2 days ago, so what I want for Valentines Day is a miracle.
jkaypaz@aol.com

February 8, 2009 05:53 PM
25
Anonymous said...

I’d like to have a day of pampering. . . a facial, massage, pedicure, etc.

Paula
brokenwyng99@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 05:54 PM
26
Summer said...

I’m going to do the Oreo cakesters for my kindergarten class. Thanks!

February 8, 2009 05:55 PM
27
Toni said...

Making cookies out of boxed cake mix or brownie mix is one of my favorite tricks. A small amount of oil will also work in place of the butter.

February 8, 2009 05:56 PM
28
supermom said...

i would love to have my mom and dad come visit for Valentine’s day and a night out to dinner with hubby. :O)

February 8, 2009 05:56 PM
29
Anonymous said...

Ohh!! I’d love a pedicure!

:)
Rachel

ralavery AT gmail.com

February 8, 2009 05:57 PM
30
Alison said...

For Valentine’s Day I hope for perfect soccer weather. My daughter is in a soccer tournament for most of the day.

alisonsannouncements at yahoo dot com

February 8, 2009 06:00 PM
31
Melanee said...

I found your blog almost a year ago and I love it. I make the cake pops for special occasions… but now I am interested in making them into a box of chocolates (like the picture on cake wrecks).

February 8, 2009 06:00 PM
32
KRISTIE said...

I am really hoping for the canon 24-70 f.28L :) it might be too much, but a girl can hope, and plus my little girl would love that book

February 8, 2009 06:02 PM
33
Lucky in Love said...

Both of these look fabulous! I’ll definitely have to try. I’ve been looking for something easy to make my hubby on Valentine’s Day.

What I would want for that day would be to make dinner and dessert TOGETHER instead of just me making it for him :) Ahh…to dream…

February 8, 2009 06:05 PM
34
threemoonbabies said...

super great idea! Yummy!
I would love to just spend time with my husband and kids on Valentines day…making these!

February 8, 2009 06:05 PM
35
andrea jean said...

What I want for Valentine’s Day: romantic times with my boyfriend, and for all my non-partnered friends and fam to feel loved.

February 8, 2009 06:05 PM
36
Stacy said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like to sleep in! Our 10-month-old feels that 6:30 is a great time to start her day…

uaxostacy at hotmail dot com

February 8, 2009 06:07 PM
37
Culinary Couture said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like….a valentine :(

Yes, I’m single AGAIN on valentine’s day. How lucky am I.

culinaryxcouture.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 06:10 PM
38
Ashley said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like a quiet evening with my husband in our own home…seems like if we get quiet time together we always have to go out.

afr2007.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 06:16 PM
39
Becky said...

I would love to leave for the evening at any Anniversary Inn. But come on, that’s not entirely practical on our budget! So I would love just an evening at a nice restaurant.
coxrebekah@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:17 PM
40
Becky said...

I would love to leave for the evening at any Anniversary Inn. But come on, that’s not entirely practical on our budget! So I would love just an evening at a nice restaurant.
coxrebekah@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:18 PM
41
Karina said...

I would like to have a clean house for Valentine’s Day.

February 8, 2009 06:19 PM
42
Amy in Edmond said...

Dinner out with my husband.

February 8, 2009 06:20 PM
43
capperson said...

For valentines, I would love to just feel loved :)

softballerchik1@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 06:20 PM
44
Carrie said...

I would love an evening out and a cheap babysitter!

February 8, 2009 06:21 PM
45
Amy said...

I’d like to have a nice, quiet dinner with my hubby for Valentine’s Day. And to do something special with my daughters.

February 8, 2009 06:25 PM
46
Chrince said...

I would love for my husband to wake me up with a cup of coffee and a cake donut!

February 8, 2009 06:29 PM
47
Amy said...

I’d just like a quiet evening at home with my husband. Maybe watch a movie. Definitely eat some chocolate :-)

February 8, 2009 06:31 PM
48
Rebekah said...

flowers would be great, but i’d be happy to spend the whole day together. I’m really glad it’s on a Saturday this year!

February 8, 2009 06:31 PM
49
KMY said...

I would LOVE a box of chocolate cake just like the one you have posted. I’m going to give it a try this week!

By the way, I found your blog through CakeWrecks. You are featured today as a Sunday Sweet.

“Sunday Sweets is our weekly NON-Wrecks feature, the better to remind you how wrecky the Wrecks are.”

Sweet!

February 8, 2009 06:32 PM
50
Birdy said...

For Valentine’s Day, all I want is to spend some time all wrapped up in my fiance’s arms, watching movies and enjoying each other’s company.

(E-mail: andsotheywept@gmail.com)

February 8, 2009 06:36 PM
51
Junage said...

I would love to just hang out with my honey!

February 8, 2009 06:37 PM
52
Carm said...

I’d like to be able to spend the day with my darling, but he’s overseas. I’d settle for chocolate truffles.

superpowerstoo@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:37 PM
53
Cathy and Steve said...

Valentine’s Day/VD—–a coincidence? Be careful out there!

February 8, 2009 06:38 PM
54
Snobound said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d love to be presented with lots of big diamonds – but an evening with my beloved will do nicely.

February 8, 2009 06:39 PM
55
Amandalynn said...

For Valentines Day this year I would LOVE to have a date with my husband. It’s been 3 years since we’ve gone out for a special evening alone!

February 8, 2009 06:39 PM
56
emerzim said...

for Valentine’s Day I would like to spend the day hiking with my husband.

February 8, 2009 06:39 PM
57
Emily said...

I would love to spend time with friends and family. It’s opening day for the Mardi Gras so I think my wish will come true!!!

I love your post. They are so inspiring! Keep up the great work!!

February 8, 2009 06:41 PM
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MommyAmy said...

What a sweet little book! I’m sure my daughters would love it once they get a bit older. :)

http://theatoztwins.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 06:41 PM
59
--Leann-- said...

for valentines, I want only for my sons birthday party to go well, his home made birthday cakes to not be cake-wrecky, and to remember to take lots of pictures. :)

leannsemail@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:41 PM
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baked in alaska said...

For Valentine’s day I would love if a chic resaurant would have just dessert for dinner. And we could spend all night just tasting all sorts of delicious desserts.
If I win the book my little girl is going to love it.
Thank you and I hope you get what you want for Valentines day!
Tracy

February 8, 2009 06:41 PM
61
Jo said...

I want big hugs from my husband and girls. We’re taking my mom to eat Mexican food on Sat., so I’d also love a big Valentine’s Day margarita!

josephreue@comcast.net

February 8, 2009 06:42 PM
62
LatinaMom said...

For Valentines day I’ would like to have fun with my hubby and 3 kids!
of course we are planning on having those cute oreos hearts!
I just find your blog and I love it!
I am a cupcake lover too! :)
thanks!
claudiadelpapa@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:42 PM
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sodapops said...

I love your blog, and your heart cake is featured on CRAFT! :) when I saw it there..I said to myself I knw who made this! you have so much patience to create all those deliciou cakes and answering to ur question, for valentines day I would love to have a valentine, but I know that is not happening so I’ll just say “I would like to spend the day with the ones I love, my family” :)

February 8, 2009 06:44 PM
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You may call me Kitten said...

What I would love for Valentine’s day is the final Twilight book since I’m already sucked into the series, LOL.

February 8, 2009 06:46 PM
65
Sarah@VintageChic said...

Because my husband is terrible at shopping for birthdays, holidays, Christmas, I sent him an e-mail with the link to exactly what I want. A custom made necklace by Lisa Leonard!!!

February 8, 2009 06:47 PM
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Alison said...

I always like getting jewelry, so that would be a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.

Alison
alistevens00@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 06:48 PM
67
Cheri said...

Happy Valentines.. I would love to spend the day at the spa all by myself.

February 8, 2009 06:48 PM
68
shelby said...

For Valentine’s Day I would love the weather to warm up!

sdearborn18@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 06:49 PM
69
VeggieGirl said...

For Valentine’s Day, I just want to be with my family – they’re my loved ones!! :-)

February 8, 2009 06:49 PM
70
Sunny said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d like to be able to take my husband and kids out to a special dinner since we haven’t been able to afford to go out in a long time.

February 8, 2009 06:49 PM
71
Meg said...

All I want for Valentine’s Day is for it to be a good day.

February 8, 2009 06:51 PM
72
-Julie said...

I would love some Godiva chocolates for V Day, or maybe just some Oreo Cakesters, lol. I’m on an anti-chocolate diet right now, sigh!

February 8, 2009 06:53 PM
73
Courtney said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d like to feel loved and pretty for a change instead of like a haggard, beat up, and frazzled mom.
Oh and some jewelry wouldn’t be half bad either.

February 8, 2009 06:53 PM
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Tania said...

My request is easy (I wish), to have a day with no whining from my 4 year old! That and for my husband and I to be able to stay awake longer than an hour after the boys go to sleep!!
Tania
littlegrnfrog@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 06:54 PM
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Kris in Canada said...

A real family day. A hike, some playing outside, a hearty meal, prepared by everyone.
And a glass of wine.

February 8, 2009 06:57 PM
76
Tami Casper said...

I would love to go to Calistoga, CA for Valentine’s Day!

cghost@pacbell.net

February 8, 2009 06:59 PM
77
Betsy said...

For V-Day I’d love my husband to do something for me…. without me having think about planning it. It’d be nice for him to take the initiative to make me feel special. :) I’m usually such a control freak that he never gets a chance. Hopefully he’ll get the hint for V-day and work it out!!!

:) I love your blog and I love your giveaways!!

Betsy
betsyeves@comcast.net

February 8, 2009 07:03 PM
78
Sandy said...

I want a date with my husband but he has to work that day so I guess I will take a date with my three sons!

February 8, 2009 07:06 PM
79
Andrea said...

The best Valentine’s present I can think of at the moment is a sap treatment. I could really use a facial right now…

February 8, 2009 07:07 PM
80
Sue said...

this book is too cute. Even if I don’t win I’m going to have to buy it. My daughter’s first birthday is going to be cupcake themed!

Hmmm, for Valentine’s Day I’d *love* a day where the kids actually listen! I know…that’s too much to ask huh?

sue0213 at gmail dot com

February 8, 2009 07:11 PM
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julie said...

We are going to be celebrating our 24th Wedding Anniversary for Valentine’s Day. I am hoping my 20 year old will be babysitting her 4 year old sister while we go out. Probably won’t happen because I’m sure she will have her own Valentine’s Day plans. :) I love reading your blog and all your fabulous ideas!!

my email is:
jbagley3@cox.net

February 8, 2009 07:17 PM
82
Heather said...

This Valentine’s Day I’d love time alone with my sweet and hard working husband. We also have 2 little girls, 4 and 15 months old, so time alone never happens for us!

Happy Hearts Day :)

February 8, 2009 07:19 PM
83
Bethany said...

I am hoping for roses.

February 8, 2009 07:19 PM
84
Kari said...

I’d love to come home and find my house clean!!!!

krf19053@creighton.edu

February 8, 2009 07:22 PM
85
Mike and Erin Duerden- said...

For valentines, I am hoping for my favorite…chocolate dipped strawberries! Yum!

Erin D.
elduerden@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 07:24 PM
86
Shawnee said...

Well, I’d really like a new SilPat and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Just because.

shawneeh at yahoo dot com

February 8, 2009 07:24 PM
87
mama of 4 said...

ohhh for valentines day I would like someone to make me some of those cookies!!!! super cute! maybe if we get to the store my daughters and I will make some to share with out friends!

February 8, 2009 07:24 PM
88
Aleisha said...

I would like every last piece of laundry washed, and put away in its correct place… is that too much to ask for?!?! :) aleishamartin[at]yahoo[dot]com.

February 8, 2009 07:25 PM
89
Angie said...

For Valentine’s Day, I just want a lot of chocolates or red velvet cupcakes. :D I’m pretty easy to please.

leeangeli@yahoo dot com

February 8, 2009 07:26 PM
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alwaysarac said...

aww my daughter's name is Megan and she looooves cupcakes!

For Valentine's Day I would like to go out for dinner & drinks…probably with my mother. Heh. And a good night sleep would be nice as well.

February 8, 2009 07:28 PM
91
Beth said...

Hmmm…I would love to have some fun flowers (not typical roses!), a date with my hubby, and a massage! not too much to ask for, is it?!

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

February 8, 2009 07:30 PM
92
Kate said...

For Valentines, I’d like to spend an evening with some friends. Nothing like a tea party with some of my favourite people to make you feel loved!

February 8, 2009 07:33 PM
93
Sara said...

Wow, those red velvet cakes look delicious! Added bonus that they’re easy to make.

February 8, 2009 07:35 PM
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Calm In The Kitchen said...

I love the cakester idea! You are so creative!

Our 5th anniversary will be on the 15th so for Valentine’s Day this year I would like to spend the day with my family. Maybe make a baked good or two with my oldest sous chef!

;) amy

February 8, 2009 07:36 PM
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Jessica said...

Those sandwiches look MUCH easier than the cake…I really just wish I knew that I could make that cake though! You’re so creative!!!

I would love to be surprised for Valentine’s Day! It’s been a while, and a nice surprise would make my day! But, I suppose I could always do without as long as I get to spend time with my boyfriend!

February 8, 2009 07:40 PM
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Laurie said...

I would love a weekend away with my husband at a bed and breakfast.

February 8, 2009 07:45 PM
97
Julie M said...

cookies, or cake, of course! julie@uppercrustcakes.com

February 8, 2009 07:47 PM
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Laura said...

I have the best 8 year old daughter who would absolutely love this book! There are an awful lot of entries but… here goes!

Hmmm, for love and Chocolate day (as I have deemed it) I would just like a sweet, heart felt note from my husband. He is a writer by trade and is SO good at putting words down. We’ve been married almost 11 years now so it’s all been said before but I still like to hear how he feels updated to this moment.

I’m actually working Valentine’s day, night shift the day before and the day of so I will be sleeping or working but we know we love each other. We don’t wait until V-day to say it. :-)

February 8, 2009 07:47 PM
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Momza said...

My Valentines day will be spent feeding my family a big breakfast with heart chaped pancakes, watching my special needs son play basketball in the afternoon and the evening with my sweetheart.
DaybreakCO@msn.com

February 8, 2009 07:51 PM
100
Deanna said...

For V-Day, I would love to skip the gym and indulge in chocolate cake ALL DAY.
=)
yes, that’s a great day.
oh, I guess I could let my fiance have a slice of my cake, too.

ps-you were featured on cake wrecks!!

February 8, 2009 07:51 PM
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