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Sweet Recipes for Your Valentine

Sweet Recipes for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Why not sweeten up someone’s day with these tasty, tempting chocolatey treats:

Chocolate Bomb Cookies

1/2 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a microwave-safe bowl, pour the unsweetened chocolate, butter, and 1 cup of the semisweet chips. Place in the microwave, using the defrost setting, for two minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar until thick. Stir in the vanilla and the melted chocolate, until well mixed. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining chocolate chips. Cover dough and chill for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll the chilled dough into one inch balls. Place on and ungreased cookie sheets, about two inches apart, and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets before removing.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

24 whole ripe strawberries
3/4 cup chocolate chips (sweet, semisweet, or milk)

Pour the chips into a microwave-safe bowl and place in the microwave, using the defrost setting, for two minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate becomes smooth. Dip one strawberry, holding it by the green cap, into the melted chocolate. Shake the strawberry lightly while you withdraw it from the chcoloate, then swirl it in a quick motion to remove the excess chocolate. Set the strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper, with the tip pointing upward, to cool. Repeat until all strawberries have been covered. Allow to cool at room temperature.

For a fancier look, melt 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips, using the same method described above, and drizzle white stripes over the dried dark or milk chocolate. You can also dip some of the strawberries in white chocolate and drizzle these with brown stripes. Experiment with different patterns and designs.

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