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.

501
Alicia said...

We’re not giving gifts this year, but I’d still like some surprise flowers.

February 9, 2009 03:37 PM
502
joanne said...

My valentine’s wish — spending time with my “couple friends”

February 9, 2009 03:41 PM
503
nat said...

A fun day with my boyfriend, the lovely Tony.

February 9, 2009 03:43 PM
504
The Angry Jackalope said...

I’d love a dinner out with my husband…and no kids. We haven’t had a Valentine’s Day out together in 5 years. I also request a restaurant with no kid’s menu. ;)

February 9, 2009 03:48 PM
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Dawn said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like my wedding rings back… my 2 year old daughter just swallowed them accidentally yesterday! We celebrate 5 years of marriage exactly 1 week after Valentine’s Day and it sure would be nice to have the rings back on my finger (after being washed of course :) )

dbrennan221@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 03:48 PM
506
Hip To Be Me said...

With two young children, I’d just like to have a full night’s rest.

February 9, 2009 03:49 PM
507
stitchin' girl said...

I really don’t want anything for valentine’s day. We always spend it all together (me, my husband, and the kids) and I love it. It is perfect just that way.

I am entering this give away because my 10yo daughter loves to cook and bake. She is always in the kitchen both with and without me either helping with meals and baking or creating her own creations. I truly think she would love this book.

Thanks!

February 9, 2009 03:49 PM
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That's So Yummy said...

This is an adorable idea and recipe especially for Valentine’s Day that i coming up on all of us! I will definitely have to try them and send props to you!

Thanks for sharing!

From,

That’s So Yummy

February 9, 2009 03:51 PM
509
Anonymous said...

For valentines day I want one more nice dinner out with my husband before baby #4 arrives. There won’t be a hope for it after….

jbolsen24@msn.com

Kids: girl 7, girl 5, boy 3

February 9, 2009 03:54 PM
510
Anonymous said...

I want to bake something together this time!

Jennifer
tcustewart@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 03:55 PM
511
Emily said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d like for my husband to be able to find a new job! He’s been out of work for a little over a month now, so we won’t be having the typical “date nite” this year!

ejnj2002 at gmail dot com

February 9, 2009 03:59 PM
512
Anonymous said...

Just some alone time with my love!
xoTaraxo
bergeron.family@shaw.ca

February 9, 2009 03:59 PM
513
Amanda said...

For V-day I want those red velvet cookies! And a good babysitter too would be nice.

February 9, 2009 04:01 PM
514
dedesmith32 said...

I love this! I made some bite sized heart cookies from your red velvet cake recipe and we love it! It’s even better than using the regular devil-food cake! Thank you so much!

You can see a picture of our cookies here:
http://designzbydede.blogspot.com/2009/02/project-365-week-6-friday-sunday.html

My hubby and I are unable to get out alone together very much. We have a 7-year-old autistic son (and a 3-year old daughter) and it’s kind of hard to get babysitters. We do spend time at home with each other after the kids are in bed – but it’s nice to get out once in a while. So for Valentine’s Day,I’d love to get out and go to a movie and dinner with my hubby after spending the daytime with my kids. We are definitely going to be making more of these yummy treats!

February 9, 2009 04:08 PM
515
DevilWoman said...

I would love to order some take out with the hubby and curl up next to him while we watch a movie at home. (Babysitters are just too expensive!) :)

February 9, 2009 04:08 PM
516
Elizabeth said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear my little boy tell me he loves me for the first time.
(email: odonnje@gmail.com)

February 9, 2009 04:08 PM
517
Danielle B. said...

I’d like for my kids to be healthy for a year straight … okay, I’d settle for a month straight right now!!! :o)

February 9, 2009 04:08 PM
518
Danielle B. said...

I would like my children to be completely healthy for a year straight …okay, I’ll settle for a month straight right now!!! :o)

February 9, 2009 04:09 PM
519
Jenny said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d love to spend the day with my girls, only they would not whine, fight, cry or mope about anything all day. The sun would be shining, the air would be warm and the birds would be chirping.

email:jenny0314@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:09 PM
520
Catherine said...

I love love the “Cup Cake” T-shirt! So cute!!
Catherine.redfern@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:11 PM
521
Cheryl Wray said...

Oh my goodness…I am SO making both of those treats for Val Day. My whole family will love them! Thanks for the inspiration!

I hope to enjoy a night out with my husband. No kids. Good food. Good wine. Good dessert. Nothing much better than that!

February 9, 2009 04:14 PM
522
Crys :D said...

an engagement ring… but massage therapist gift certificates would be awesome too.

February 9, 2009 04:14 PM
523
Charlie Bennett said...

for valentines i just want a date with my husband – we don’t really have any sitters or anything so it can be challenging getting alone time.

http://www.opiesmom.com

February 9, 2009 04:14 PM
524
Vesper said...

I would like to be able to divide myself 3 ways so I could spend unlimited amounts of time knitting, unlimited amounts of time baking and unlimited amounts of time with my hubby and bebe….some pretty flowers would do though…Now pick me!

February 9, 2009 04:17 PM
525
Andrea said...

Well I really want a couple’s day at the spa, but I told the husband and he instead rented a hotel room and promised to give me a massage….yea that’s the same, lol.
I’ll be happy with a morning that I get to sleep in and some room service heart shaped waffled. :) Oh and chocolate covered strawberries, but only if I don’t have to eat them all romantic like.

February 9, 2009 04:19 PM
526
Nancy said...

my favorite Valentine’s gift is a good old fashioned fat free love letter, they make me melt and remind me why I love love.

February 9, 2009 04:20 PM
527
Trina said...

Time with my handsome husband, and chocolate!

February 9, 2009 04:21 PM
528
ashley said...

This Valentines day, I would just like to keep my husband home. He deploys this week :(

February 9, 2009 04:21 PM
529
Bernice said...

I’d love for my husband and kids to bake something special for me! And a secret video of them during the process.

February 9, 2009 04:22 PM
530
Erin said...

For Valentines Day, I want a lot of items from Etsy.com. So a gift card would probably do the trick.

February 9, 2009 04:23 PM
531
Jen said...

My daughters would love that book! How fun!!! For Valentine’s Day, all I want is to spend time with the 3 most important people in my life (my 3 kids and my hubby)!
Thanks for the chance!!!

February 9, 2009 04:26 PM
532
Christy Bishop said...

Give me some chocolate covered strawberries to share with my hubby on Valentines Day and I am one happy mama!

February 9, 2009 04:29 PM
533
Katie! said...

I would heart spending a quiet evening with my husband. He works two jobs so I can stay home with our little girl. If that isnt love, i dont know what is!

bradyandkatie@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:29 PM
534
Esther said...

a no pressure relaxing time with my husband and kids.

February 9, 2009 04:31 PM
535
Brandy said...

Given that I have 2 babies under the age of 2 and that is preventing my husband and I from even being able to sleep in the same room I think that’s what I want – one night’s sleep with hubby in our bed. Aawww, bliss. He he.

February 9, 2009 04:34 PM
536
andreaberg said...

I would just love one stress free evening, where I can just enjoy my hubbie and not worry about what is to come.
andrea.berg@thomsonreuters.com

February 9, 2009 04:35 PM
537
Crystal said...

For Valentine's Day, I would like for my boyfriend to bring me a bouquet of daisies & tulips.

http://www.flywiththemoon.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 04:43 PM
538
Bill and Maggie said...

How fun! And thanks for the cream cheese filling recipe! I’ve been using frosting for this sort of thing so I’m excited to try it! I would like a night with just my husband (don’t have babysitters since we moved across the country). Secretly, I would like a Snickers “boquet”.
http://www.mollysmisadventures.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 04:44 PM
539
Anneke said...

My almost-four-year-old would love that book. Pick me!

February 9, 2009 04:46 PM
540
Julie Marcantuono said...

I would love a dollhouse with a mini valentine and a miniature bouquet of flowers sitting on the table of the dollhouse addressed to me from my husband. I have a new obsession with miniatures and would love such a creative gift from him.

February 9, 2009 04:47 PM
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Angie said...

for valentines day I would love just to spend time with my cute hubby and our 6 children. Chocolates and roses would also make it really sweet!

February 9, 2009 04:49 PM
542
Jesse and Laura Pounders said...

I am totally making the red velvet cookies for V-day! I hope that I get an evening alone with my hubby!

jlpounders@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:54 PM
543
Pam said...

For Valentines day my husband and I will be dining with my in-laws. My father in law is not well and this may be the last valentine’s day he remembers. I know we will have a lovely time. I’ll be making a special cake – or maybe these delighful little treats! Thanks always for your inspiration!

February 9, 2009 04:56 PM
544
Rena said...

I moved to a new area for a job a few months ago. My boyfriend of over a year is still in college and we’re about a 4 hour drive from each other. He’s all I want for Valentine’s and I’ll definitely have him plus the gifts he bought me. =P

February 9, 2009 05:02 PM
545
Debbie in NC said...

My husband take me out to dinner with friends and make these cookies, they look delish.

February 9, 2009 05:03 PM
546
lyzzie said...

Hi. Is pretty present for friends and my husband .I loved your work.
Thanks for jour send.
Lyzzie from Monclova

February 9, 2009 05:03 PM
547
arteluna said...

For Valentine’s Day I would love some fudgey, gooey, nut sprinkled brownies. Mmmmmm!

February 9, 2009 05:03 PM
548
shirley elizabeth said...

I would like a free Saturday with no homework to spend with the fella.

http://www.thesolarcomplex.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 05:04 PM
549
Taryn said...

I truly am just looking forward to spending time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun finding things to give him that I haven’t really thought about what I might like from him.

Thanks!
Taryn
tarynchadwick at hotmail dot com

February 9, 2009 05:05 PM
550
LifeRageous said...

Oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless. What I would really love is some Nuts & Chews from See's Candies and good ol video game time w/ the bf.

February 9, 2009 05:05 PM
551
Anonymous said...

Spend time with my husband
lama24@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 05:17 PM
552
Nali P. said...

Some time with my hubby.

February 9, 2009 05:17 PM
553
Anonymous said...

I would love a relaxing evening at home with my lovely husband and wonderful food. We never do anything really big for Valentines Day, but I did bake him a big chocolate chip cookie bar our first one together. Baking is definitely the way to his heart!
Deyhdra
deyhdra@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 05:26 PM
554
LISA PARSONS said...

I want a couples massage, wine, and Godiva Chocolate Covered Strawberries. I also want my husband to be well by the time VDAY gets here. He is sooooo sick right now! And last but not least I want to win some blog candy!!!

February 9, 2009 05:29 PM
555
Nicoleigh said...

I would like a date! But, I might just end up being a date with some little kids, while their parents are out on a date.

February 9, 2009 05:29 PM
556
digbugsgirl said...

I just want my husband to be home safe and sound. He’s on the SWAT team and they have a dangerous job to do this week.

February 9, 2009 05:35 PM
557
caroline said...

I’d like to spend time with my hubby and girls on Valentine’s day. my oldest would LOVE that book!
loveofmath at gmail.com

February 9, 2009 05:37 PM
558
Mechelle Johnson said...

I would like a box of See’s choclates, and to have a quite night with my husband …what I’ll get is Tace Bell and a movie at home with the 3 kidsLOL
chellybelle77@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 05:38 PM
559
The Warneke Fam said...

For Valentines Day, I would like to enjoy a romantic evening alone with my husband.

cb42x@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 05:40 PM
560
ashley said...

For St. Valentine’s Day I’d love to have my love back in town and not across the country.

February 9, 2009 05:53 PM
561
Andrew's Mom said...

I would love time alone with my husband.

February 9, 2009 05:55 PM
562
Tiffany Nash said...

Hmm, only one thing. I would say chocolate and kisses – but if I have to choose it would be kisses!

February 9, 2009 06:01 PM
563
Cal said...

What a cute little book. I am going to have to go to Barnes and Nobel if I don’t win and get it for my daughter’s birthday. She would love a book like this as she constantly follows me around the kitchen stirring anything left unattended. Thanks for the opportunity!

February 9, 2009 06:02 PM
564
BrandyDog said...

For valentine’s day, I would love some peace and quiet

February 9, 2009 06:07 PM
565
Hill said...

I would love to spend time with my hubby and two boys.

February 9, 2009 06:08 PM
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Anonymous said...

All I want for Valentines Day is a real date with my husband. With four children and just plain life, we don’t have much time to spend together alone.

szirker@bossig.com

I love your blogs.

Sharee

February 9, 2009 06:15 PM
567
Allred Family said...

I want my husband to take me to dinner and dancing.

554allred@charter.net

February 9, 2009 06:18 PM
568
Julie said...

I would love some alone time with my husband. My birthday is the 11th so they usually get combined. A night out would be great.

February 9, 2009 06:18 PM
569
Julie said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like to spend a day at home, doing nothing. I would like a good meal (steak) prepared for me and my husband and receive a nice massage.

February 9, 2009 06:19 PM
570
Cindy said...

I am getting my first grandchild for Valentines Day! I’m the winner anyway you look at it!

February 9, 2009 06:20 PM
571
osuraj said...

Just discovered your blog and I LOVE it.

Anyhow, for Valentine’s Day I’d like a nice dinner out with my husband.

February 9, 2009 06:22 PM
572
Kevin and Amanda said...

This Valentine’s Day I would like a love note from my husband.

February 9, 2009 06:24 PM
573
BakingLikeBetty said...

Hmmm what do I want for Valentines… Well who wouldn’t like diamonds right??? But I’d be just as happy if my hubby made ME dinner and made ME dessert… basically a night off and he does all the cooking and baking! http://bakinglikebetty.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 06:24 PM
574
Ryan and Heather said...

Just more time with my family would be great! e-mail is heatherjensen@cableone.net

February 9, 2009 06:25 PM
575
The Besecker's said...

For VDay I want a day free of cooking. I don’t care if he orders pizza as long as I don’t have to make it.

Although I think the cookie cakes will be going to day care with my son. So cute.

February 9, 2009 06:27 PM
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Sydney Hell said...

OH MY GOD!
I love the Oreo Cakesters, they are so good!
I was just thinking how they compared to Whoopee Pies, as I have never made the latter, and here you have both. For Valentines day no less!

February 9, 2009 06:28 PM
577
Lynne said...

I’d just like an uninterrupted dinner with the hubby.

February 9, 2009 06:30 PM
578
Anonymous said...

For Valentine’s day I would like for it to be a day with no laundry that needs to be done.

my email: baumhome@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 06:36 PM
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Morgan said...

For Valentine’s Day – I would love to spend a romantic evening IN, with my husband. I work days and he works nights, so its hard for us to have any “real” time together.

February 9, 2009 06:38 PM
580
Colleen said...

I’d love to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home with my husband. And I’ll be happy to do the cooking :)

Colleen

February 9, 2009 06:40 PM
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Jen said...

I would love to spend Valentine’s day with my boyfriend. We haven’t seen eachother since the beginning of December (we do live almost 4hrs apart), as our schedules haven’t matched up in the slightest :( Plus, in March, he’s moving to England for about 3yrs (possibly longer!). So I’d love to do anything, even sit at home and do nothing, with him for Valentine’s Day.

You are one talented lady :D I absolutely love to look at the creations you make :)

-Jen

lilyncortez@aim.com

February 9, 2009 06:46 PM
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Rachel said...

I would love to see my nieces and spend the day with them. But they are across the country so sadly that won’t happen. But even if I don’t get picked I still will probably buy this book for my niece because she loves to bake!

my e-mail: rachelroo19@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 06:49 PM
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Judy in Indiana said...

I think we are all staying home for a meal on valentine’s day and thatis really all i want. I don’t want to go out to a crowded restaraunt with my kids. I’ll probably make your red velvet cookies, they will be perfect for a dessert on Valentine’s day!

February 9, 2009 06:49 PM
584
Yolanda said...

Good afternoon. For V-Day I would like an original, thoughtful gift from my husband.

February 9, 2009 06:50 PM
585
megbmd said...

I’d like a random act of kindness for Valentine’s Day. :)

February 9, 2009 06:52 PM
586
Amy said...

I want a red teapot. How random is that?

Just discovered your site – love the photos and the treats. Keep up the great work!

February 9, 2009 06:59 PM
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Mrs. Incredible said...

A clean house, cleaned by professional housecleaners!

February 9, 2009 07:00 PM
588
KJsMom said...

A romantic date with my husband without the kids in tow – they are so little we have a hard time leaving them, especially in the evening when they are starting to get cranky and want their mama.

February 9, 2009 07:00 PM
589
Passionate Housewife said...

I would like to have a date with my honey of almost 20 years.
thegodwins@alltel.net

February 9, 2009 07:08 PM
590
Sarah Chavez said...

Check out the link. Someone opened up a “cake ball” shop.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/taste/stories/DN-cakeballs_0208gd.ART.State.Edition1.1779dd2.html

Look familiar?

February 9, 2009 07:08 PM
591
Becky said...

I would love to spend the day with my husband and two little ones! A day with nothing to do but hang out with them sounds wonderful.

Becky

peerb08@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 07:09 PM
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Dolce Deb's Designs said...

My gift would be a lovely dinner (and of course cupcakes for dessert) with my husband and daughter. I was thinking we might do fondue but I don’t care what we eat as long as we are together.

Thank you for the chance to win this adorable book. Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day with your loved ones.

Debbie/Phx AZ

February 9, 2009 07:17 PM
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Teresa Curtis said...

That book looks one that my 10 year old daughter who loves learning to bake, would absolutely adore!

Well, for Valentine’s I guess I am traditional, because I still love flowers and chocolates. I have been single the past 8 years, but my kids usually still make sure I get them..however my favorite thing has to be any homemade Valentine’s cards from my kids and my grandson – those I can cherish forever!
Happy Valentine’s to you, and thank you for sharing so much fun and creativity with us!
~Teresa

February 9, 2009 07:17 PM
594
wifeplzak said...

I would love to have a yummy cupcake!

February 9, 2009 07:17 PM
595
Stacey said...

I’d love for someone to come clean my house. That would be heaven!

February 9, 2009 07:17 PM
596
alissa said...

i would love a big hug and kiss from my 2 little girls–they give the best hugs.

alissa27@bex.net

February 9, 2009 07:19 PM
597
duodishes said...

We want lots of cake and cookies. And definitely a cocktail or two! Time with friends will be our Vday. :)

February 9, 2009 07:26 PM
598
Auntie-Granny said...

I got my Valentine’s present today from my son and daughter-in-law. I have a new grandson coming and he will me named after ME! He will be called LEE.

Lauralee
http://www.manorbooks.com

February 9, 2009 07:27 PM
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Bonafyde said...

Valentine’s day will be spent eating up some yummy heart themed brunch treats that I will be preparing all week for….along with a valentine’s dinner feast…that my family and I will enjoy. It’s all about spending time with people you love and what better way to show them they are loved then sharing a home cooked meal together?

February 9, 2009 07:28 PM
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iluvmyairman said...

For Valentine’s Day I just want some quality time with my husband. He’s in the military and is gone a lot, so quality time is sometimes hard to fit in.

My email is: athena_lcm@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 07:33 PM
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