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.

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Beth said...

Those cake cookies look delicious! I’m going to have to try them!

For V-Day I would love: a massage, dinner, wine, and some hubby time.

I’ll settle for some dinner out with the family… and maybe some alone time with the hubs after!

February 9, 2009 07:34 PM
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Melanie said...

All I want for Valentine’s Day is my hubby. And thankfully its going to happen. Yeahhh!!!!

February 9, 2009 07:36 PM
603
Julia said...

I would like to have such lovely cakes you always bake!

February 9, 2009 07:39 PM
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Dena said...

For V-Day I would love to have a pamper day! A manicure and pedicure, followed by a massage, then getting my hair done. All leading up to a wonderful evening out with my husband, followed by whatever comes our way! Oh, and a volunteer to keep our daughter for the night and pay for all the said treats above!

February 9, 2009 07:40 PM
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bon-bon-bun said...

Hmm, for valentines day…I’d like one of those love books that you find at bookstores :)

February 9, 2009 07:41 PM
606
Aimee said...

I would like some quiet time alone with my husband. We don’t get that too often with two little girls.

February 9, 2009 07:44 PM
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dg darling said...

I have an 8 year old daughter that LOVES baking. Is obsessed with it. It would be so fun for her to check out this cute cookbook. She and I are planning on baking a heart shaped red velvet cake this valentines day. Yum…

February 9, 2009 07:47 PM
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Ashley said...

I would like just a relaxing day with my family.

February 9, 2009 07:48 PM
609
Amy said...

We love books and we love to bake…sign me up!

February 9, 2009 07:49 PM
610
Leslie said...

For Valentine’s Day I would really like a day out with just my husband sans the 5 kids. =)

February 9, 2009 07:49 PM
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Jammies said...

All I’d really like to have for Valentine’s Day is a chance to bake cupcakes or cookies or a fancy cake with my niece. But she’s in Texas, I’m in Ohio, and I can’t afford to fly out right now.

February 9, 2009 07:50 PM
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Janene said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like some quiet time to myself and then a date with my hubby. :)

February 9, 2009 07:53 PM
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Vince and Jaclyn said...

I would love a new camera lens…

February 9, 2009 07:57 PM
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Addifix said...

I would love a Valentine’s Day massage!

wendyswilliams @ gmail dot com

February 9, 2009 08:02 PM
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dianna said...

go to dinner with no crowds

February 9, 2009 08:03 PM
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Anonymous said...

vday treat are the best! yumm yumm!

February 9, 2009 08:05 PM
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sharyl said...

all I want for Valentine’s Day is for me and my husband to just stay home. But I know that’s not gonna happen on Valentine’s Day itself but I do get to spend time with him (alone) 2 days after.

Happy V-Day Bakerella! You’re awesome! :-)

February 9, 2009 08:06 PM
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Macy and Lucy said...

I would love to have pretty weather so my girls can enjoy some sunshine and warmth…and I am wanting to have a sweet Valentine dinner for them with chocolate-marshmallow sandwiches (heart shaped, of course) and other fun foods!!

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

For Valentine’s Day I would like to go to the spa for a massage and pedicure. Then, out to a nice dinner kid-free!

email: jazice@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 08:06 PM
620
Ashby Family said...

I would like a car who’s battery doesn’t die every week or so. Not exactly romantic, but a new car battery would be great!

christinescoupons.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 08:20 PM
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Monica said...

A quiet Anniversary dinner with my husband. It will be our 5 year anniversary.

February 9, 2009 08:21 PM
622
Christal said...

I love your giveaways! and I think I would love time with my hubby just the two of us for valentines day!!

February 9, 2009 08:22 PM
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Murph's Morsels said...

I’m attempting the Valentine’s Cake box for Valentine’s Day…I would love for it to not be a total disaster!

February 9, 2009 08:22 PM
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Anonymous said...

I would love to get everything in order for my son’s dinosaur party next week – including his craved dino cake that I plan on making!
Ricki
reizel77@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 08:23 PM
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Jen said...

I would like my husband to surprise me with anything… even just doing the dishes.

jenzingaro@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 08:26 PM
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Christina said...

For Valentine’s Day I just want a nice peaceful day snuggled with hubby.

February 9, 2009 08:28 PM
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Anonymous said...

This is an easy one….I’d like to have a nice dinner that I DON’T HAVE TO COOK MYSELF!! Plus maybe a little wine (ok, maybe a lot!!)
Brandi
lawyer180@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 08:30 PM
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Joan said...

I would like to spend the whole day with my husband. OH, and some chocolate, of course, chocolate!!

February 9, 2009 08:33 PM
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Jewels said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would love to have work off and spend time with my hubby.

February 9, 2009 08:34 PM
630
Lorie said...

I would love to sleep in (since it is a Saturday!!w

February 9, 2009 08:39 PM
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L&M said...

my wish for v-day is to have the hubby cook dinner…that’s all. he’s been too busy with school to make some of his specialities. Thanks!

February 9, 2009 08:41 PM
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Brittney Rowley said...

For valentines day, i’d take some uninterruped “love” time with my husband and some sweet frosting.

brittneymrowley@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 08:42 PM
633
Jro said...

I’d love beautiful weather on V-day!! And hope to win this lovely book for my daughter:-) Thanks!

February 9, 2009 08:45 PM
634
Anonymous said...

I would like a Brighton necklace

my email is:
herbiehusker@sbcglobal.net

February 9, 2009 08:46 PM
635
Jenny said...

For Valentine’s Day, I just want a nice night with my wonderful husband. He is the best gift.

February 9, 2009 08:48 PM
636
kimmie said...

i would love a wii cupcake for valentine’s day! :)

you are so inspiring!
email: harrisonkimmie@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 08:49 PM
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Andrea said...

Since I’m on Weight Watchers, ALL I WANT IS one of those mini OREO cakester hearts!
miadamia1@yahoo.com
MIA

February 9, 2009 08:49 PM
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Karen said...

I would like a hug for Valentine’s Day :)

February 9, 2009 08:51 PM
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Rebecca said...

those are very cute!! I think for thanksgiving I will use a spice cake mix! For Valentine’s I already have my gift, a very loving family!!!

February 9, 2009 08:53 PM
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aaensons said...

i would love anything for valentines day

February 9, 2009 08:53 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I would love a moment sans kiddos w/ the hubby. Can it be done? I plan to find out!

erwlangley@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 08:55 PM
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Sydney said...

For Valentines day I would like to be able to make a cool fondant icing cake without the fail. I just need an excuse to make it and I think your box o chocolates cake is it.

http://bitlesshorse.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 08:55 PM
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Jenna said...

A date with me husband – just us, no kids!!! maybe a yummy treat to go with him! nickjenz@msn.com

February 9, 2009 08:56 PM
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Bek said...

That’s a very cute book. I’ll have to buy it if I don’t win. For valentines day I’m going to be making banners for when our husbands come home from Iraq.

whimsical.dreamer@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 08:57 PM
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jerianne said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d like to ding-dong-ditch all my 18 grandkids with homemade Valentine Cookies.

J. Hanks

February 9, 2009 08:59 PM
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aedwards said...

Whoops – i don’t know if it posted last time. I’d like some relaxing time with my family. That would be perfect.

February 9, 2009 09:01 PM
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jerianne said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d like to ding-dong-ditch all my 20 grandkids with Valentine’s Cookies

J. Hanks

February 9, 2009 09:01 PM
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Anonymous said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would just love to spend time with my husband.

Catherine Smith
ctate79@cox.net

February 9, 2009 09:04 PM
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Sarah said...

For Valentines Day I would like to just relax and enjoy being single! :)

my email is sreome@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 09:10 PM
650
Carrie said...

My Valentine’s gift is coming a little early… tomorrow, in fact. My new baby daughter is being born in the morning! What more can I ask for?

February 9, 2009 09:15 PM
651
Linny said...

I want to have quality time with one of my best friends before she goes away to Italy for the semester. I also want to hang out with my little sister and read her the baking book! She’s in elementary school and loves to read and bake, so this giveaway would be perfect for her! Thanks so much!

~Linny~

February 9, 2009 09:18 PM
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Lynn Marie said...

For Valentine’s Day I am hoping my mother feels well enough for my kids to drop by with a Valentine. She’s terminally ill and isn’t well a lot of the time, so I think that is probably what I want most this year. Well that, and chocolate LOL!

Lynn
thepiercefamily@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 09:24 PM
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Anne-Marie W. said...

For Valentine’s Day I would LOVE a quiet, romantic dinner with my husband! Had a wonderful one last year, not sure what’s in store THIS year!

February 9, 2009 09:26 PM
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-r. said...

for valentine’s day i would just love to spend a lovely day with my man and our girls.. and maybe have dinner out so i don’t have to cook. ;)

oh and that is the sweetest book ever! my girls would love that- they love cuppycakes :)

February 9, 2009 09:27 PM
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becca said...

I’d love a pair of diamond earrings for Valentine’s Day! Hope I win the giveway too!

February 9, 2009 09:32 PM
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Catherine said...

For Valentine’s Day, my children are looking foward to the chocolate fondue that we make every Feb. 14th!

Catherine
cmmorin@charter.net

February 9, 2009 09:48 PM
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Becky and Todd said...

I would LOVE to have unlimited, unhurried time with my family on Valentine’s Day:) Kids and all:)

LOVE your site and am trying your Butterscotch Brownie Birthday cake this week.

February 9, 2009 09:49 PM
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Jeanne said...

I am hoping to take my sweetheart to the same restaurant where we had our first date 14 years ago. That would be sweet!

Jeanne
Jeanne@AJsMoonlightBakery.net

February 9, 2009 09:50 PM
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Margaret said...

Dark chocolate, and lots of it!
:-)

February 9, 2009 09:51 PM
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Carolin said...

I'd like to have some Valentine's M&Ms :P
I'm easy to please like that.

February 9, 2009 09:55 PM
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Jen said...

My oven has been acting up recently. I would love for hubby to fix my oven so I can bake again. NOT BAKING SUCKS!

February 9, 2009 09:55 PM
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Christina said...

I would love it if my boyfriend would make the special dinner…and I can make dessert.

February 9, 2009 09:59 PM
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Megan Di said...

I would just want to spend the day with my sweetie!! I love Valentine’s day!

Megan

February 9, 2009 10:09 PM
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Dawnisha said...

Id love a date night with Hubby, its been too long!
Dawnisha@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 10:10 PM
665
The Baldwin Brigade said...

If I get anything at all for Valentines day, I’ll be a happy girl!

February 9, 2009 10:11 PM
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Anonymous said...

I’d love some alone time with my hubby. Doesn’t even have to be fancy.

SAnderson

February 9, 2009 10:14 PM
667
The Un-Organized Mom said...

My daughter leaves for basic training in two weeks, so all I want this year is to spend it with my husband and our 5 children…before the first one leaves the nest… :-(

February 9, 2009 10:15 PM
668
Anonymous said...

I would love some red roses for Valentines. I know its a cliche, but I never ever get roses and it would be fun for once!

jowarn@wmca.net

February 9, 2009 10:19 PM
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Sarah said...

I want a new apron

February 9, 2009 10:20 PM
670
La Pixie said...

I would like to have dinner with my fiance!

February 9, 2009 10:23 PM
671
Cheryl said...

I am really hoping a get a new vacuum. Not very romantic, but my $45 dirt devil finally gave out.

February 9, 2009 10:30 PM
672
Ashley said...

For Valentine’s Day I just want everyone to know how much they are loved!

email:
lostaway15@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 10:36 PM
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Tracye said...

I would like an uninterruped NAP!

We have two small kids, and one on the way, so I doubt I’ll get it!

Even if Hubs took the two outside-dwelling children somewhere, the inside-dwelling one still kicks hard enough to wake me up.

February 9, 2009 10:37 PM
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Katherine Dodge said...

Honestly, I’d like a new job for Valentine’s day, but that’s pushing it. I would LOVE a massage from my hubby, they are the absolute best!

February 9, 2009 10:43 PM
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Jen said...

I’d love a day where my dishes magically appeared all clean and put away! :)

Jen
jenc@crazysummer.org

February 9, 2009 10:43 PM
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kamailesfood said...

This is totally not romantic, but I want a Wii for Valentine’s. lol

February 9, 2009 10:46 PM
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T.Bone Gal said...

For Valentine’s day, I would just love a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting! :D

February 9, 2009 10:48 PM
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Lynee said...

I would like a nice candlelit dinner at home with my hubby. and looks like it’s gonna happen because I’m doing it… what would be even better is if he planned it! ;)

February 9, 2009 10:48 PM
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Katy Devers said...

I would completely love to spend time with my bestest friend on Valentine’s Day, we have both gone through recent breakups, and are determined that we can have a day full of love with each other!
Katy

katy@ergroup.com.au

February 9, 2009 10:54 PM
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Anonymous said...

for valentines day, I would like someone to come and clean my house from top to bottom so I could relax and read a book.

February 9, 2009 10:55 PM
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Susan and Lee said...

i would love a nice evening out with my husband that I hardly ever see lately since he is in class 2 nights a week.

February 9, 2009 11:01 PM
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Amanda Monzon said...

eeee the cookies look fun >:

for valentines day i'd love a smile from my special someone :D

February 9, 2009 11:07 PM
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Bre said...

This is my first Valentine’s Day as a married women and we are expecting our first baby too! My heart is so filled with love that I think I might burst. Anyway, for Valentine’s Day I think I would like to have a fun candle light dinner and snuggle time with my Man. Oh and let’s not forget a yummy cake for dessert. Thanks for the fun ideas!

email: brebre83@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 11:33 PM
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kaperera@yahoo.com said...

My niece and I love to bake together she would love this book. It would be fun to make something out of it on Valentines Day
Karina

February 9, 2009 11:38 PM
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Marcy said...

For Valentines we are taking our kids out to a movie and having some special time with them.

February 9, 2009 11:44 PM
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Anonymous said...

I want to spend this Valentine’s Day with my family, baking of course! I already have the day planned to bake some mini-cakes (we bought this shaped pan from Target) and I now want to make these delicious sandwich cookies as well!

msdoubtfire@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 11:44 PM
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Kashmir Knitter said...

Honestly all I’d like to have for Valentine’s Day is a fun time with my kids. We’re going to try our hand at making your box of chocolates cake!

February 9, 2009 11:47 PM
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Melissa said...

dinner and dessert with the family!

February 10, 2009 12:03 AM
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Kate said...

I would love to have my husband home from Afghanistan for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2009 12:07 AM
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Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I would love anything chocolate and spending time with my family.

donna@partywishesscv.com

February 10, 2009 12:09 AM
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Dawn said...

I would like to have a kitchen aide mixer so I can bake like you!

February 10, 2009 12:55 AM
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Anonymous said...

This year we’ve decided to celebrate Valentines day as a family holiday. We’re going to go out for a “love” breakfast at our favorite coffee shop and then hope over to the armory and do homemade valentines to give to each other. I am not a good baker, so my wish would be to be able to perfectly duplicate your valentines cakes. They look so delicious!

February 10, 2009 12:56 AM
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michelle said...

pick me!!!

February 10, 2009 12:57 AM
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Anonymous said...

to see my dad

madlyinluv26@yahoo.com

February 10, 2009 01:02 AM
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Bakerella said...

Giveaway is over. Congrats Julie!

February 10, 2009 04:52 AM
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Susie said...

I just really want a Kitchen-aid for Valentines…or any other day. I would also like to not work so I can spend the day with my husband. Good thing we’re off on friday. Early Valentines for us!!

February 10, 2009 06:56 AM
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Anonymous said...

Andy said . . .
For Valentine’s Day I would love to have the time to bake a really special treat for each of my 25 wonderful co-workers that I share my work week with.

My e-mail address is:
andrea.malone@cox.net

February 10, 2009 07:14 AM
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EAT! said...

Thanks for the ideas! My Valentine’s Day baking has just gotten much easier.

Now if I can get someone to make my dinner……

February 10, 2009 01:12 PM
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the b-line said...

Oh wow! Now that is easy. I love cake mix cookies myself and punching through with a heart-shaped cookie cutter makes it look like so much more work went into the final product!

For Valentine’s Day, I’m hopping to spend a relaxing and renewing romantic day with my husband. We’ve been way too busy lately and we need some down time together.

Amy

February 10, 2009 03:13 PM
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The Pink Queen Albatross said...

I found your site off of cakewrecks. I love it!! I have been reading all of your past posts and I’m so excited to go ahead and bake. I’m also going to make the these red velvet cookies for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day.

February 10, 2009 04:04 PM
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