This Valentine’s Day, take your festivities to the next level by whipping up some Valentine’s Day food for kids. We’ve fallen in love with these inventive recipes, from super-simple Valentine’s Day dinner for kids to drool-worthy desserts. We’re talking faves like a chocolate cake recipe, red velvet everything, puppy chow, mousse and more. Scroll down to see them all.
1. Heart-Shaped Breadsticks
These heart-shaped breadsticks from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence will make the perfect side for your V-Day meal. Made with just four ingredients, they’d be great alongside a big pot of soup or pizza (psst ... more on that below!). To find out how they’re made, click here.
2. Saltine Toffee
For an easy treat, try this sweet idea from Kylee Cooks. Saltine crackers, caramel and chocolate come together to create the most addictive dessert around—just don’t forget the sprinkles! Click here to get the recipe.
3. Heart-Shaped Fruit Puff Pastries with Vanilla Glaze
It’ll be love at first sight (and bite) with these heart-shaped puff pastries from Flour & Floral. They’re a breeze to put together with frozen puff pastry and your favorite fruit jam. To get the recipe, click here.
4. M&M Rice Krispie Treats
You can never go wrong with a big batch of Rice Krispy treats, and this Valentine-inspired twist from Salt & Baker is no exception. An old-school favorite, it gets even better when you throw in some festive colored candies. Click here to get all the details.
5. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Your valentines will melt when they see you’ve made a flourless chocolate cake for them—after all, there’s really nothing more indulgent. This recipe from I Heart Eating pulls out all the stops, with a rich, super chocolatey center and a crisp, airy outer shell. Drooling yet? Click here to get the recipe.
6. Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
Get all the flavors of cheesecake without having to spend hours in the kitchen, thanks to this genius dip from Tara’s Multicultural Table. Paired with graham crackers, berries, and pretzels, it’ll be an instant hit with your little valentines. Click here to grab the recipe.
7. Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
For a healthy dessert (or a special breakfast), you’ve got to try this smoothie bowl from Lively Table. It’s super easy to throw together with frozen berries and yogurt, and you can load it up with tasty toppings—think granola, chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolate chips. To get the recipe, click here.
8. Berries & Cream Stuffed French Toast Casserole
From Certified Pastry Aficionado, here’s another dish that can do double duty as breakfast or dessert, and will be a hit either way. The filling is made with cream cheese (so it tastes like cheesecake) and fresh berries (so you can say it’s “healthy-ish”). To snag the recipe, click here.
9. Mini Heart-Shaped Pizza
Mini pizzas and hearts—a match made in heaven. We love how simple these cheesy little bites are to make for a quick Valentine's Day surprise. Grab your cookie cutters and head over to Sarah Hearts for the recipe.
10. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a Valentine’s Day classic, and this version from Eat Cho Food will definitely win over your kids. You can swap in your favorite type of chocolate (white, milk and dark all work) and top them with graham cracker crumbs or chocolate swirls. Get the recipe by clicking here.
11. Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
These little gems from Apple of My Eye are like chocolate-covered strawberries in cookie form (sign us up!). Get the kids involved in rolling out the dough and topping the freshly baked cookies with jam and chocolate. Click here to get the recipe.
12. Deep Dish Red Velvet Cookies
Red velvet is the perfect pick for Valentine's Day, and this recipe from Show Me the Yummy is an easy way to make your loved ones smile. It's the perfect size for sharing, and it gets even tastier with the addition of vanilla ice cream and some chocolate syrup. To grab the recipe, click here.
13. Glazed Strawberry Muffins
For a lighter dessert, whip up these pretty muffins from Garnish & Glaze. With strawberries dotted throughout and a lightly sweetened glaze on top, this one is sure to be a hit with your whole crew. Click here to snag the recipe.
14. White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
Keep things a little lighter but just as festive with this delish mousse recipe from Something Swanky. It may look complicated, but it's actually super easy to pull off using an instant pudding mix, cool whip, and some raspberries. To get the recipe, click here.
15. Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
These chewy, moist cookies from Creme de la Crumb are heavenly when paired with a tangy cream cheese frosting. The whole fam will be impressed by how adorable these look with pink and red sprinkles on top—we're willing to bet they won't last 'til the 15th! To see the recipe, click here.
16. Valentine Puppy Chow
If your kids are fans of classic puppy chow (aka muddy buddies), chances are they'll love this Valentine-themed twist on that classic snack from Sarah Halstead. It'll come together in 10 minutes flat with red velvet cake mix, M&Ms and chocolate. Click here for the full recipe.
17. Chocolate-Filled Raspberries
This tangy but sweet treat might be the easiest of them all. Grab a handful of fresh raspberries and your favorite chocolate chips, then slip a chocolate chip in each berry. Done!
18. Valentine's Day Pretzel Bites
All you need to make these adorable little snacks are three ingredients. And chances are you already have them in your pantry. Check out A Taste of Madness to find out how to make them.
19. Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
These super delicious cookies are also super easy to make, which is a total win when baking with kids. Sara from Bitz N Giggles adds M&Ms and sprinkles, giving them an extra boost of color. Check out the full recipe here.
—Susie Foresman with Jesseca Stenson
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