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Sweets for your Sweetie: 4 Easy Valentine’s Desserts

Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Recipes, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Holiday, Recipes, Sponsored posts | 10 Comments »

Today I have a guest post from Susan Colburn, a self-proclaimed social media addict who is working on breaking into the food media biz.  Today she is sharing 4 quick and easy Valentine’s Day desserts to bake up for your Sweetheart!  Keep your eyes out for Sue- she may be the next food television star!  You can contact Sue at SusanColburn@gmx.com with your foodie questions.  Thank you Sue!

 

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that will delight your lover, these Valentine’s Day pies serve as the ideal aphrodisiac for the perfect evening. From fruit-filling aficionados to self-proclaimed chocoholics, there is a perfect pie for everyone. Satisfy your cutie pie’s sweet tooth this year with pastry-surrounded goodness—they will love you for it!

Guest Post Recipes

This took literally 25 minutes and no skill. I would use an 8" pie plate if you want a fuller pie. Please forgive the atrocious lighting, Minnesota winter is finally upon us and gray skies abound!

1) Turtle-Chunk Paradise Pie

Servings: 8

Ingredients

24 Oreo cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, melted

20 caramel cubes

1/4 cup half-and-half

1-1/2 cups pecan pieces, toasted

3 squares semi-sweet chocolate, divided

 Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cookie crumbs and margarine in 9-inch pie plate. Press firmly onto bottom and up side of pie plate. Bake 10 minutes; cool.

Place caramels and half-and-half in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after 1-1/2 minutes. Stir in pecans; spread into crust. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set. Chop 2 of the chocolate squares; sprinkle over caramel layer in crust.

Melt remaining chocolate square in separate microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds; stir until chocolate is completely melted. Drizzle over pie. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chocolate is firm.

 

2) Beloved Strawberry Pie

Servings: 8

Ingredients

Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 pkg. (4-serving size) strawberry-flavored gelatin

1 pkg. (4-serving size) vanilla-flavored pudding

1-1/4 cups water

3 cups strawberries, hulled, halved

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place half of the pastry on lightly floured surface; roll out to 11-inch circle. Place in 9-inch pie plate, allowing a 1-inch overhang. Turn under edge; flute. Pierce pastry shell with fork. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

Meanwhile, reduce oven temperature to 425°F. Roll out remaining pastry to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into heart shapes with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Beat egg with 1 Tbsp. water. Brush over pastry hearts; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

Mix dry gelatin, dry pudding mix and 1-1/4 cups water in medium saucepan until well blended. Bring just to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Arrange strawberries, cut sides down, in pastry shell. Cover with gelatin mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Top with pastry hearts just before serving.

 

3) Better-than-Kisses Cherry Pie

Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed, divided

1 cup cherry pie filling

1 graham pie crust (6 oz.)

Directions

Mix cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping.

Add pie filling. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.

Pour into crust; spread with remaining whipped topping. Freeze at least 3 hours or overnight. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 8 slices.

 

4) Creamy-Delicious Chocolate Pie

Servings: 8

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups cold milk

2 pkg. (4-serving size each) chocolate instant pudding

1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed

1 Oreo pie crust (6 oz.)

Directions

Pour milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. (Mixture will be thick.) Gently stir in whipped topping.

Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

 

*All pies should be stored in the refrigerator.

 

Disclaimer: I was compensated to place this post.

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10 Comments on “Sweets for your Sweetie: 4 Easy Valentine’s Desserts”

  1. 1 debbiemoretti said at 10:50 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Oh yum!!! Gotta try the Turtle Pie…thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 Vanessa Coker said at 11:04 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Oh my GOOONESS! It's almost midnight and I had to break into a box of Chips Ahoy because of this post right here! LOL Thanks for sharing. I need to make one (or all) of these for my two valentines <3

  3. 3 Kelly D said at 2:00 am on January 14th, 2012:

    Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes!

  4. 4 Rebecca said at 1:41 pm on January 15th, 2012:

    I think this turtle pie needs to make and appearance in my kitchen soon

  5. 5 Clayre said at 3:29 pm on January 15th, 2012:

    This post has won my heart because I LOVE dessert and I LOVE Valentine's Day and I am always trying to think of ways to make it special for my family! Can't wait to try some of these!

  6. 6 Ana Davidson said at 4:11 pm on January 16th, 2012:

    Not a baker but I'm sure going to try to make the strawberry pie.

  7. 7 amy v said at 3:37 pm on January 17th, 2012:

    OMG- That 'Turtle-Chunk Paradise Pie' looks over the top delicious!! I can imagine the huge sugar rush we'd get but it'd be oooh soooo worth it! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

    annae07 at aol dot com

  8. 8 Texas Momma said at 5:11 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Thank you so much for the recipes! I'm going to make the Better-than-Kisses Cherry Pie for my mom and dad because they're babysitting my 5 year old, 3 year old, and 19 month old for us so we can go out on Valentine's Day! And I'm going to make the Creamy-Delicious Chocolate Pie for my husband….just because he loves chocolate and I love him <3

  9. 9 Beth R said at 7:26 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    The Creamy delicious chocolate pie sounds divine. I am now seeing some chocolate in my near future. 🙂 I definitely will be making this pie. I am sure my 3 year old would love to make it in a heart shaped pan for his daddy 🙂

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