The BEST Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts and Party Treats Recipes

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Even though Valentine’s Day is all about showing people in your life that you love them, it’s also very much about the candy and treats. Just saying. This year, instead of showering your special someone with boxed candy and store-bought cookies, why not make a special dessert, straight from the heart? We’ve rounded up 10 adorable Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that are perfect for sharing the love.

Easy Fresh Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Quick Recipe

Just 5 simple ingredients and 10 minutes prep and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious treat.  I love that I can mix it by hand – no need to even get out the electric mixer!  I took two plates full of these to my nephew’s graduation party yesterday and they disappeared in MINUTES and got rave reviews!    You can omit this first part if you don’t want the additional prep time and/or don’t have fresh strawberries – but oh my YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 15.25 oz. Box of Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil (1/2 Cup if you aren’t adding the fresh berries)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 and 1/2  Cups White Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 5 or 6 Medium to Large Fresh Strawberries (optional)
Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies Recipe baked diced strawberries ingredient via Dreaming in DIY

(Optional to add fresh berries:)  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Chop up about 5 large ripe strawberries using your food chopper or by hand and spread them in a single layer on a silicone mat lined baking sheet.   Bake them for 10 minutes and then strain them using a fine mesh strainer– whacking the strainer about 5 times on the bottom of the sink to get out the majority of the foam/liquid that has seeped out of the berries.  (You don’t want a TON of extra moisture making your cookie batter too thin).    Leave them in the strainer in the sink to continue to drain.

Turn your oven up to 350 degrees to preheat for the cookies.

In a large mixing bowl – mix together your oil (only 1/4 Cup if you are adding the berries – 1/2 Cup if you aren’t adding berries), eggs and cake mix with a spatula or large sturdy spoon by hand until consistent.

Mix in your berries until they are fully incorporated.

Fold in the white chocolate chips, mixing them in evenly through the batter.

Use your cookie dough scoop or a big spoon to drop even globs of cookie batter onto your silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Space them about 2 inches apart, they spread a little bit, not too severe.

Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes – then transfer them to wire baking racks to continue to cool.

They turn out SO pretty!  Make sure to err on the side of UNDERbaking rather than overbaking them.  If they bake too long then tend to poof up and have a more cake like texture than a cookie.  Still SUPER yummy either way!

Do they make a darling gift treat plate bundle or what?  So pretty and pink for baby showers (girl gender reveal party!), bridal showers and SO perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Set at least a FEW aside for yourself before you set these out.  You won’t believe how fast they disappear.   If you bake these right before a party at your house, your guests will walk into the most AMAZING strawberry smelling heaven!   Perfect for an open house.  We originally lucked upon this yummy recipe over at Easy Peasy Pleasy and after making it a BUNCH of times, we adapted it to include some summer strawberries!