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Valentine Goodies

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Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizza (photo) new
Loaded Baked Egg Omeletsnew

 

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DESSERT RECIPES
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Cakes

 

Be My Valentine Day Cake
Deluxe Strawberry Cake

Raspberry Sweetheart Cake

Raspberry Valentinesnew
Ruby Slipper Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet-Cherry Cake Roll
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Ice Box Cakenew
Strawberry Cake
Sweetie-Pie Surprise

 

Cheesecakes

No-Bake Strawberry Bottom Cheesecake
Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cheesecakenew
Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

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Cookies

Cherry-Chocolate Cookies
Cherry-Filled Heart Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Chocolate-Espresso Kisses
Heart Cookie Dessert
Heart Cookies
Lemon Hearts
Love Letters

Strawberry Angel Cookies


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Squares

Apple Tarts
Cherries Chewbilees
Cherry Squares

Chocolate Cherry Hearts
Cream Cheese Jewel Tart new
Mixed-Berry Cream Tartnew

Misc.

Cherry Recipes
Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge(WW)
Fruit Filled Hearts

Hearts in Twists Candy Bark (photo) new
Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups
Rice Krispie Valentines
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Vanilla Lace Cups


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Valentine Recipes

 

Hearts in Twists Candy Bark

Light Cocoa Candy Melts Candy (2 bags needed)
Mini pretzel twists (48 pretzels used)
Valentine Nonpareils
White Candy Melts Candy (6 oz. needed)
Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles

Supplies:

15¼ in. x 10¼ in. Medium Cookie Pan
15 in. Parchment Triangles
Scissors
Rectangle Cake Board
Knife

Prepare candy Melt two bags Light Cocoa Candy Melts Candy according to package directions. Pour melted candy into cookie pan. Tap pan to spread candy evenly. Make six rows of eight pretzels, pushing down slightly to set pretzel.
Sprinkle with nonpareils and chill until set, about five minutes.
Make hearts Melt 6 oz. White Candy Melts Candy according to package directions. Place melted candy into parchment bag. Cut small hole in tip of bag. Pipe white candy inside pretzel to form heart shape. Immediately add one Jumbo Heart Sprinkle to center of heart, pushing down slightly to set. Continue until all pretzels are filled. Chill until set, 30 to 35 minutes.
Unmold candy Transfer entire piece to cake board and let come to room temperature. Using a knife, cut candy into squares.

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Loaded Baked Egg Omelets

nonstick cooking spray
6 large whole eggs
6 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
black pepper
3 strips cooked chopped bacon
3 tablespoons thawed frozen spinach, drained
3 tbsp diced tomatoes
3 tbsp diced onion
3 tbsp diced bell pepper
2 oz shredded cheddar

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs and egg whites, season with salt and pepper. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until set. Makes 12 muffins.(to make heart shaped you must use heart shaped tins). Source: Skinnytaste
Servings: 6 Size: 2 omelets Smart Points: 4

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Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizza

For the Homemade Pizza Sauce:
6 oz tomato paste
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp granulated sugar

For the Pizzas:
1 lb of your favorite pizza dough
Fresh mozzarella cheese, grated – about 8 oz
All-natural pepperoni slices
Homemade Pizza Sauce

Materials
1″ heart cookie cutter
4 1/2″ – 6″ heart cookie cutter
Pizza stone or cookie sheet
Flour for dusting
Parchment paper
Directions

Preheat the oven to 550°F (or 500 if that is the highest your oven goes). Place a pizza stone or large, rectangular cookie sheet on the top middle rack during the preheat.
Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and sugar to a medium-sized sauce pan.
Tip: If you don’t have crushed tomatoes, you can puree a can of diced tomatoes in a small food processor or blender.
Whisk the ingredients to combine and cook over medium heat until it begins to sputter. Then turn to low and let simmer while you prepare the pizza crusts, pepperoni, and cheese.
Use the small cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the pepperoni slices and set aside. I like to use the heart cutouts and the slices with heart “windows” in them so there is no waste. Set aside.
Roll out a piece of parchment paper large enough to roll the pizza dough out on (plus a little extra). Lightly dust with flour. Add the pizza dough, dusting the top lightly with flour, and pat it into a flat round.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ to 1/8″ thickness (depending on your crust preference). Using the large cookie cutter, cut out 4-6 individual-sized pizza crusts from the dough.
Remove the scraps from around the pizzas and re-roll to form additional crusts. You can also form breadsticks for dipping in sauce with the scrap dough, or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each crust. Then sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni.
Transfer the entire sheet of parchment with the crusts on it onto your pizza stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 550°F for 5-10 minutes.
Extra sauce will store well in an airtight container refrigerated for up to a week, or a month in the freezer.
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Red Velvet Ice Box Cake

12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Fine salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
24 to 28 Red Velvet Cookies, recipe follows
1 cup shaved milk chocolate plus 1 tablespoon for garnish (from a 4-ounce bar)
Red Velvet Cookies:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Fine salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Put the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer) and whisk on medium speed until fluffy. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth. Add the cream and vanilla and whisk just until medium-soft peaks form. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Line a 1 1/2-quart loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving at least a 2-inch overhang on all sides. On the bottom of the loaf pan, lay 6 cookies face-down, overlapping slightly. Spread 3/4 cup of the whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Top with 3 heaping tablespoons of the chocolate. Repeat the layering two more times with 6 to 7 cookies. Place the last 6 to 7 cookies on the shaved chocolate. Fold the plastic wrap over the top of the loaf pan so the entire top layer is covered. Refrigerate overnight.
To serve, turn back the plastic wrap, flip the icebox cake out onto a platter and remove the plastic. Top with the reserved chocolate and serve immediately.

Red Velvet Cookies:

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl.
Beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) on medium speed just until combined. Beat in the egg yolk just until combined. Beat in the food coloring and vanilla until the color is evenly distributed, scraping down the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat just until the dough comes together. Form the dough into two 1-inch-thick disks, wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Lightly dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour. Unwrap one disk, place it on the paper and cover with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick. Peel off the plastic wrap and, using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter*, cut the dough into rounds. Place them on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart (about 12 cookies per sheet). Gather the scraps, chill until firm, roll again and cut. Repeat with the remaining disk.
Bake the cookies until brick-red and set, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens

*Note: Use heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine effect.

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Rice Krispie Valentines

1/4 c. butter
1 pkg. miniature marshmallows
red food coloring
6 c. Rice Krispies
heart shaped cookie cutter,
1-inch thick

In large microwave bowl, put butter and marshmallows. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on High for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until marshmallows and butter have melted. Stir in drops of food coloring until mixture is deep pink. Stir in Rice Krispies and mix well. With buttered fingers, spread into jelly roll pan. Refrigerate.
Remove from refrigerator and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. With cookie cutter, cut out valentines and place on plate. Replace in refrigerator until ready to eat.

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Raspberry Valentines

1 store-bought pound cake
1 pint raspberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream

Slice pound cake into 4 (1-inch) slices. With a medium-sized heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts from each slice of pound cake. Set aside.
In a medium bowl combine 1/2 the raspberries and the sugar. Crush berries with a fork. Add remaining raspberries to the bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Whip chilled cream until the soft peak stage.
Using 2 dessert plates, place 1 heart on each plate. Pour 3/4 of the raspberry mixture over each cake. Cover cakes with another pound cake heart. Top with whipped cream and remaining raspberry mixture
. Recipe courtesy Cooking Live


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Red Velvet Cheesecake

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies (about 28 cookies)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
For the filling:
4 8 -ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon red food coloring

Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the cookie crumbs, melted butter, sugar and salt in a bowl. Press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Put the pan on a baking sheet and bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Make the filling: Reduce the oven temperature to 325° F. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Transfer 2 cups batter to a bowl; stir in the cocoa powder and food coloring. Pour the red batter into the crust, then pour the white batter on top. Using a spoon, pull some of the red batter up from the bottom of the cake and swirl. Bake until the edges are set but the center is still wobbly, about 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Turn off the oven but keep the cake inside to cool, 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan (don't remove the springform side), then transfer to a rack to cool. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before slicing. Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine
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Mixed-Berry Cream Tart

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box (4-serving size) sugar-free strawberry-flavored gelatin
3 pouches (1.5 oz each) Nature Valley™ roasted almond crunchy granola bars (from 8.9-oz box)
1 package (8 oz) fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
Fat-free whipped topping, if desired

In small bowl, crush 1 cup of the strawberries with pastry blender or fork. Reserve remaining 1 cup strawberries.
In medium bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin; stir about 2 minutes or until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir crushed strawberries into gelatin. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, leaving granola bars in pouches, crush granola bars with rolling pin. Sprinkle crushed granola in bottom of 9-inch ungreased glass pie plate, pushing crumbs up side of plate to make crust.
In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and almond extract with electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Drop by spoonfuls over crushed granola; gently spread to cover bottom of crust.
Gently fold blueberries, raspberries and remaining 1 cup strawberries into gelatin mixture. Spoon over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until firm. Serve topped with whipped topping.
Pillsbury
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Cream Cheese Jewel Tart

Crust:
1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
4 cups assorted fresh whole berries (such as small strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries)
1/3 cup red currant jelly, melted

Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell using 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and liqueur with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly in cooled baked shell.
Top tart with berries; brush berries with melted jelly to glaze. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.
Pillsbury

Tips: The crust and cream cheese filling can be assembled and refrigerated overnight. Just before serving, arrange the berries over the tart, and brush with the melted jelly.

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Strawberry Angel Cookies

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 (16 oz.) package Pillsbury® Angel Food Cake
3/4 cup Smucker's® Strawberry Sugar Free Preserves
OR 1 cup Smucker's® Special Recipe Strawberry Preserves
3 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 325°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
Beat together cake mix and preserves (do not add water) at low speed of electric mixer 1 minute or until evenly moistened. Continue to beat an additional 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are just lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet. Place on cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies will be soft and chewy. Yield: 3 dozen

TIP: Store between sheets of wax paper to keep from sticking together. Source: Smuckers

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No-Bake Strawberry Bottom Cheesecake

1 ready crust graham cracker crust
1 tsp. vanilla
4z cream cheese
4z frozen cool whip
1/4 c. sugar
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
½ c. sour cream
1 c. strawberry glaze

Slice strawberries and place on paper towels to drain. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping, blending well.

Spread thin layer of glaze over bottom of crust. Place strawberry slices on glaze and cover with another
thin layer of glaze. Gently spoon mixture over glazed berries in crust. Cover with inverted dome and chill until set, at least 4 hours. Store leftover pie in fridge.


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Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake

2 c. chocolate wafer crumbs
1/3 c. marg. melted
3 tbl. sugar

Raspberry Sauce:
2 ½ c. fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
2/3 c. sugar
2 tbl. cornstarch
2 tsp. lemon juice

Filling/Topping:
3 pkg. (8z each) cream cheese, soft
½ c. sugar
2 tbl. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg whites
1 c. whipping cream
2-3 tbl. orange juice
1 ½ c. fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed

Combine the first three ingredients; press into bottom and 1 ½" up sides of greased 9" spring form pan.
Chill 1 hour or until firm. Puree raspberries in a blender. Press through a sieve; discard seeds.

Add water if necessary to measure 1 cup. In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.
Stir in raspberry juice; bring to a boil. Boil 2 min., stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until fluffy.

Add egg whites; beat on low just until blended. Stir in cream. Pour half into crust. Top with 3/4 c. raspberry sauce.(cover and refrigerate remaining sauce).

Carefully spoon remaining filling over sauce. Bake at 375 °F. 35-40 min. or until center is nearly set.
Remove from oven; immediately run a knife around pan to loosen crust. Cool on wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight.

Add orange juice to chilled raspberry sauce; gently fold in raspberries. Spoon over cheesecake.


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Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (crush chocolate graham crackers)
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
2 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups (12 oz.) melted semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 can of cherry pie filling
Whipped Topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine crumbs and butter; press firmly on bottom of 9" springform pan.

In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add cream and vanilla; beat well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 55 minutes, or until center is set. Cool; chill. Top with cherry filling before serving and garnish with whipped topping. Makes 8-12 servings.
Source: Marla
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Chocolate-Espresso Kisses

9-oz. Bittersweet Chocolate (not unsweetened)
6 Tbs. Unsalted Butter, softened
½ cup Heavy Cream
4 tsp. Instant Espresso Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
Parchment Paper
1 cup Unsweetened Dutch-process Cocoa Powder

Break bittersweet chocolate in small pieces. In a food processor or blender, pulse together chocolate and butter
until the chocolate is finely chopped. Reserve the mixture in the food processor bowl or blender container.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together cream, espresso powder, and salt. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the butter and chocolate mixture, and pulse until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a glass mixing bowl.

Let the mixture stand at room temperature until just firm enough to pipe out in a pastry bag, usually about 2 hours.
Oil a large baking sheet and then line it with parchment paper.

Transfer the chocolate mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip. Pipe the chocolate mixture onto the prepared baking sheet to form 1-inch by 1-inch cone-shaped chocolate kisses.

Chill kisses until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. Sift the cocoa powder into a small shallow bowl. Working with 1 kiss at a time, roll the chocolate in the cocoa powder to coat.

Your kisses will keep up to 2 weeks when stored in a single layer in an airtight container and refrigerated
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Source: Marla


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Cherry-Chocolate Cookies

1 c. marg.
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. br. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks
2 1/4 c. flour
2 z semisweet choc. melted
1 1/2 c. pecans
1-1/2 tsp. shred. or. peel
2 egg whites
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. cherry jelly

In large bowl beat marg and brown sugar with an electric mixer on med. speed for 30 seconds.
Add egg yolks, beating well. Blend in melted chocolate, orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
Stir in flour. Place pecans and egg white in two separate small, shallow bowls. Slightly beat egg whites with a fork.
Shape dough into 1" balls. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in pecans to coat.
Place balls, 2" apart, on lightly greased baking sheets. Using your thumb, make slight indentation in top of each cookie.
Bake in 350°F oven about 12 min. Cool cookies on wire rack. Fill centers of cooled cookies with a small spoonful of jelly.
Makes 60 cookies.
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Lemon Hearts
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk 3 tsp. grated lemon peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground blanched almonds
Sugar
About 20 candied cherries, cut in half

In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and the 1 cup of sugar until creamy; beat in egg yolk and lemon peel.
Gradually add flour, blending thoroughly; stir in almonds. Gather dough into a ball with your hands.
On a lightly floured board, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
Cut out with a 2 to 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter; transfer cookies to greased baking sheets,
spacing about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle cookies lightly with sugar. Place half a cherry, cut side down,
in center of each and press in lightly Bake in a 325°F. oven for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden.
Transfer to racks and let cool completely. Store airtight. Makes about 3-1/2 dozen.
Source: Bitsy
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Heart Cookie Dessert

1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 (16 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Roll the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick and form it into a heart shape. Place the heart shape on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until the cookie is
lightly brown on the edges.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with confectioner's sugar. Spread the mixture on cooled cookie dough. Cover with cherry pie filling and whipped cream.

Source: allrecipe.com

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Deluxe Strawberry Cake

1 box cake mix ... yellow or white
1 pkg. strawberry jello ( 3 oz)
2/3 C oil
1/4 C water
4 eggs
½ pkg. frozen strawberries- 16 oz pkg. (thawed and drained)
½ C coconut
½ C chopped pecans

Mix cake mix and jello Add oil, water, and eggs. Beat well. Add strawberries, coconut and nuts. Beat well. Put in 3 layer pans, greased. Bake 300° 25-30 minutes until done. Cool before icing.
Icing:
1 box confectioner's sugar
1 stick margarine
1 t. vanilla
½ pkg. strawberries ( use remaining berries)
½ C coconut
½ C chopped pecans

Cream sugar, vanilla, and margarine. Add strawberries, coconut, and nuts. Mix well.
Spread between cake layers and on top ( not sides). Keep cake in the refrigerator.
Source: Susan

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Be My Valentine Day Cake

1 angel food cake
½ C. amaretto
1 pt. pistachio ice cream
1 pt. strawberry ice cream
½ pt. whipping cream or 2 C. Cool Whip
1 pkg. semi sweet chocolate morsels

With a sharp serrated knife, using a sawing motion, cut the cake into 3 layers.

Sprinkle layers with 6 tablespoons of the amaretto. Place one layer on a serving platter.

Cut ice cream into slices and place pistachio ice cream on bottom layer.

Top with second layer and a layer of strawberry ice cream. Top with third cake layer.

Place in freezer. In a bowl, mix heavy cream and remaining amaretto and beat until very thick.

Frost top and sides of cake. Place in freezer. Melt chocolate over very low heat until smooth.

Spread chocolate in 1/4 inch thick layer on foil and chill until it hardens. With a small cookie cutter,

cut hearts. Garnish top and base of cake. Freeze until ready to serve.

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Strawberry Cake

1 box strawberry supreme cake mix
1 small box vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 (10 oz) pkg. frz. sliced strawberries thawed,
drained, juice reserved
1/4 cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (16 oz) carton non-dairy whipped topping
½ cup lemon juice

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, and oil. Beat for 2 minutes.
Divide batter among 3 greased 8" round cake pans. Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes until done. Remove from pans and cool well.

In a saucepan, combine reserved juice from strawberries with sugar and cornstarch, cook over medium heat until thickened. Set aside to cool.

To prepare frosting, combine condensed milk, whipped topping and lemon juice and beat with electric beater until thickened.

To assemble cake, spread frosting over first layer, and top with half of the sliced strawberries. Repeat with second layer. Place third layer on top and frost with remaining frosting, frosting sides. Pour cooled glaze on top and let it drizzle down sides. If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries and mint.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cyberfriend: Susan

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Raspberry Sweetheart Cake

1 pkg. white (vanilla) cake mix
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups frozen whipped topping thawed
1 10-ounce package raspberries thawed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat oven according to package directions. Grease heart-shaped cake pan and one 8 x 8 x 2-inch square cake pan.
*Line with waxed paper and grease the paper. Prepare cake according to package directions, adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of the almond extract.

Pour into pans, filling heart-shaped pan half full.
Bake as directed. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, peel off waxed paper, and cool on wire racks.

Set square layer aside for another use. Cut heart-shaped cake into two layers. Fill with 1 1/4 cups of the whipped topping. Frost sides with remaining topping. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare raspberry sauce. Drain raspberries, reserving syrup.
In a small saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Stir in syrup until smooth.
Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 2 minutes.

Cool slightly. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, then raspberries.
Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Just before serving, spoon raspberry sauce over heart-shaped cake.

*If you prefer, use heart-shaped pan and bake remaining batter in eighteen muffin pan cups, lined with paper liners.
Bake cupcakes according to package directions. Source: Marla

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Chocolate Cherry Heart

1-15-ounce package refrigerated pie crusts
1-8-ounce package cream cheese -- softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup whipping cream
2/3 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
1-21-ounce can cherry filling and topping


Allow both crust pouches to stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes. Remove one crust from pouch; unfold. Press out fold lines. If crust cracks, wet fingers and push edges together. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon flour over crust.

Turn crust, floured side down, on ungreased cookie sheet. Using paper pattern as guide, cut crust into heart shape.* Generously prick heart crust with fork. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool.
Repeat with the remaining crust.

Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and almond extract in a small bowl; beat until smooth. Add whipping cream and beat until thickened.

To assemble, place one heart-shaped pie crust on serving plate; spread with 1/3 cup of the hot fudge. Carefully spread half of cream cheese mixture over hot fudge. Spoon 2/3 of the cherry filling over cream cheese.

Spread second crust with remaining hot fudge and place over filling.
Carefully spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Spoon remaining cherry filling about 1 inch from edge. Refrigerate until serving time.

Store any remaining torte in refrigerator.

Makes 8 to 10 servings. Marla

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