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

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!

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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