DIY Treats For You and Your Girls to Make This Galentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is here and I’ve seen one too many posts on my social media of people being glum chums about it. While I can acknowledge all the negative critiques about Valentine’s Day and how commercial it is, I think there’s no use for the anti-Valentine sentiment! If your sans-romance this week, don’t fret! You don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to have fun this Valentine’s day; just grab some of your pals and have a girl’s night in! Put on some cheesy rom-coms, grab your face masks, and let’s get baking!

1. Sweetheart Cherry Pies

Recipe and photo courtesy: Cake Student

These sweet, little heart-shaped treats will fill the void in you with cherry-flavored goodness!

Here’s what you need:

❣ pie dough

❣ cherries

❣ ricotta cheese

❣ sugar & powdered sugar

❣ 1 tbsp of butter

Here’s what you do:

❣ Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

❣ Put some parchment paper on the baking sheet you’re using.

❣ Roll your pie dough and use your heart shaped cookie cutter. (If you don’t have one, just do your best! No one’s judging!)

❣ Chop your cherries, mix in your sugar and stir.

❣ Arrange your heart-dough on your baking sheet, spread some ricotta cheese, and then add a spoonful of your cherries on each one.

❣ Grab another heart-dough and slap it on top, then use a fork to add cute creases on the edges.

❣ Brush some butter on and place in the oven for more or less 15 minutes depending on the dough.

❣ Let it cool and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

2. Valentine Sugar Cookies

Recipe and photo courtesy: Geniuskitchen

Here’s what you need:

❣ 6 ½ cups of flour

❣ 1 tablespoon of baking powder

❣ ½ cup of butter

❣ ½ cup of shortening

❣ 4 ounces of cream cheese

❣ 2 cups of sugar

❣ 3 eggs

❣ 1 cup of sour cream

❣ 2 teaspoons of baking soda

❣ 1 ¼ teaspoons of salt

❣ 1 tablespoon of vanilla

Here’s what you do:

❣ Grab a bowl and stir in your flour, baking powder, and salt.

❣ In a separate, bigger bowl throw in your butter, shortening, cream cheese and sugar. Mix together for 3 minutes.

❣ Mix in your eggs and sour cream.

❣ Grab that first bowl you were working with and add that in. Mix, mix, Mix!

❣ Pour yourself a glass of wine and wait for the dough to chill for like an hour.

❣ Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

❣ Roll the dough and cut the cookies in any shape you’d like. (Xs and Os would look cute!)

❣ Put those puppies on a baking sheet and stick ‘em in the oven for 8 minutes.

❣ Decorate however your heart desires!

3. Red Velvet Cupcakes

Recipe and photo courtesy: Allrecipes

These red-velvet dreams will be the icing on the cake to your Galentine’s Day!

Here’s what you need:

❣ ½ cup of butter

❣ 1 ½ cups of sugar

❣ 2 eggs

❣ 1 cup of buttermilk

❣ 1 fluid ounce red food coloring

❣ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

❣ 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda

❣ 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar

❣ 2 cups of all-purpose flour

❣ 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

❣ 1 teaspoon of salt

Here’s what you do:

❣ Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

❣ Grease your muffin tins.

❣ Mix the butter and sugar vigorously (if you have a mixer that’d be even better).

❣ Add your eggs, buttermilk, red food coloring and vanilla in next. Then your baking soda and vinegar.

❣ Add in your flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and stir, stir, stir!

❣ Pour your batter evenly into your muffin tins and let it bakes for about 20-25 minutes.

❣ Let them cool and let the artist in you take the lead with the frosting.

 

Happy Galentine’s Day, and have fun (sweet) treating yourself!

About The Author

Nicole Knight is a Junior at Florida State University. She's majoring in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. 

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