I have always loved Valentine’s Day. I have also been know to call it Singles Awareness day and tend to give off the impression that I don’t like it. That is a major lie. I mean, how could I not celebrate a holiday that celebrates chocolate?! I also love to make it not just about romantic love. I do appreciate that part, but there is so much room to make the day special for everyone. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be excited to receive something from a friend or family member on February 14th. They may pass it off as dumb, but I think in the end they’d appreciate being thought of.

Heart peanut

In order to share the love on Valentines Day I, with the help of Brett, made some peanut butter cookies for his nephew. I saw the idea on a few baking blogs to shape peanut butter cookies like hearts and couldn’t resist giving it a try. It took a little time to shape them, but they turned out so stinking cute they might end up becoming a Valentine’s staple. I brought out my Mom’s peanut butter cookie recipe to bring in some extra familial love to the bake.

The great part about this recipe card was that the temp and time to bake the cookies wasn’t actually on it. Luckily I have gained some skill in the kitchen over the past year which avoided a freak out and enabling the realization that cookies are pretty much all baked in the same way. I also ended up adding a little something to the dough just for kicks. I ended up baking them a little close to the bottom of the oven so the bottoms got a little more brown than I wanted, but thankfully peanut butter cookies are forgiving especially when partially dipped in chocolate.

Heart peanut

It truly wouldn’t be a Valentines dessert if it didn’t involve some kind of chocolate. So naturally we made them chocolate dipped peanut butter perfections. Brett expertly adorned them with some ruby red sprinkles to bring in the color of the season. I don’t think I could be happier with how they turned out! As I was putting the chocolate on I wasn’t very confident in them, but once I put down the fourth cookie I had dipped I saw the sprinkles Brett applied and I fell in love.

Heart peanut

I was also kind of impressed with my plate decorating/wrapping ability on this one. I usually fail at the final presentation of putting them on display. This job made me think I may have hit my stride! This bake was definitely a fun one. There’s always room for improvement (not so browned bottoms!), but for this one I am going to dwell in the cuteness and collaboration. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and get to celebrate with all your loves! Especially chocolate, make sure it involves chocolate.