Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is really all about the desserts, if we are being honest. We cook the meal, buy the presents, set up the decorations, but what we really want is something decadent and delicious! Now, I know we are all busy but that is not an excuse to spend an atrocious amount of money on chocolate covered strawberries on the big day. Thats where I’m here to help! I have the perfect guide to easy peasy valentines day desserts that will have your loved ones thinking you spent all day slaving away to make them something special.

Zoomed in picture of chocolate covered pretzels. Three preztels in the front stacked up. Milk chocolate covered with white, red, and pink drizzle, then a white chocolate covered pretzel underneath, and a dark chocolate covered pretzel with white pink and red drizzle underneath that. In the background blurred, there are brownies that are in heart shapes and have a raspberry swirl on the top. You can also see pink and white Valentine's Day sprinkles and a white chocolate covered strawberry blurred in the background.
Chocolate covered pretzels with brownies and chocolate covered strawberries

When you think Valentine’s Day a couple treats come to mind: chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzels, and brownies of course! The best part about these bites is that they are easy to make at home! All you need is a couple of SIMPLE ingredients…most of which you probably have one hand!

Give me the list already!

Alright, alright. Here ya go. Don’t get so testy!

ingredients for Valentine's Day desserts laid out on a white surface. From top left to right: dark chocolate chips in a yellow nestle bag, raspberry jam in a glass jar, triple fudge boxed of brownies, old time pretzels. Second row, strawberries in plastic shell. last row semi sweet chocolate chips in a yellow nestle bag and milk chocolate chips in a yellow nestle bag.
  • Chocolate Chips (whatever flavor is your favorite or multiple if you want to get fancy)
  • Melting candies (for decoration; this is optional)
  • Strawberries
  • Pretzels (so many different styles and sizes…PICK YOUR FAVE)
  • Boxed brownie mix (I love the triple fudge from Ghirardelli, but again the choice is yours)
  • Raspberry or Strawberry jam
  • Valentine’s Day sprinkles (optional but they make things pretty)

I have my ingredients, now what?!

Now the fun begins. The best part about this is that you can do multiple things at once! First you’ll want to melt your chocolate. If you are using multiple types I would work in batches by flavor. So start with your dark chocolate. Dip your strawberries and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. When you’re done dipping the strawberries, you can use the same chocolate to dip the pretzels! Go ahead, dip them pretzels and put them right along side of the strawberries. If you are using pretty sprinkles, you’ll want to get these on the strawberries or pretzels while the chocolate is still melted and soft. Keep melting and dipping and decorating until you’ve coated all your berries and pretzels. For mine, I used dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white candy melts. I decorated some with sprinkles, some with colored candy melts, and left some plain. Variety my friends…give yourself variety! When you’re finally finished, place the dipped desserts into the fridge to harden the chocolate.

Didn’t you say brownies, too?!

Well I sure did! While your berries and pretzels are in the fridge, let’s whip up that box of brownies. Prepare the brownies as directed on the box, but before putting them into the oven we are going to fancy them up. Melt about 1/4 cup of jam and dollop it on top of the uncooked brownie mix. Take a knife or a toothpick and make big swirling motions to mix the jam in. Bake as directed on the box and allow to cool completely before cutting. Here is where I spruced mine up a bit, but that’s totally optional. They will be delicious either way. If you have one, use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out the brownies. Here would be another good place to use up some of that melted chocolate! Drizzle it on top of your baked and cooled brownies and throw some sprinkles on…PERFECTION.

Just a little side note: I used the triple fudge brownies from Ghirardelli but instead of mixing the fudge packet into the brownie mix, I saved it and used it to top the the brownies.

There you have it!

All your perfect desserts are ready for the Valentine’s day you deserve! And guess what!? Making these will cost you a ton less than if you were to buy them pre-made in the store! So please, PLEASE do me a favor!? Save yourself the money and dedicate an hour or so to making something special. Valentine’s Day is all about acts of love anyway, isn’t it?! Show your loved ones you care. Arrange these bad boys on a pretty on a tray/plate or eat them straight out of the fridge! Either way, Valentine(s) will thank you.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Pretzels

How to chocolate coat your pretzels and strawberries for a delicious dessert!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, Holiday

Materials

  • 2 cups Chocolate chips use your favorite
  • 12 strawberries washed and dried
  • pretzels use your favorite
  • 1 box brownie mix prepared as directed
  • 1/4 cup jam use your favorite flavor

Instructions

  • First, melt your chocolate. I like to do mine in the microwave. I usually start with one minute, then add 30 second intervals stirring in between
  • Once melted, dip your strawberry in the chocolate. Place on a parchment lined baking tray to harden. Continue to dip the rest of your strawberries.
  • When all your strawberries are dipped, start dipping your pretzels. Use up the rest of your chocolate or melt more if you want to do more pretzels. Again, place these on the parchment lined sheet right along side of your strawberries.
  • If you want to decorate your chocolate dipped treats, sprinkles should be added when the chocolate is still wet. I usually do this right after I dip and place them on the sheet. If you want to drizzle with additional chocolate to candy colors, then it doesn't matter when you drizzle. Just melt your additional chocolate or candy melts the same way as above and drizzle over the top using a fork.
  • Place the baking sheet in the fridge to harden completely.
  • While your chocolate harden, prepare your brownies as stated on the box, but before putting them in the oven, melt your 1/4cup of jam and dollop ontop. Using a toothpick or knife, swirl the jam around the brownies. Bake as instructed
  • Remove brownies from oven and COOL COMPLETELY. Once cooled, you can use your heart shaped cookie cutter (or freehand) and cut out heart shaped brownie pieces.


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