But why not go all the way, and put hearts right into your menu? We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Heart-shaped everything for Valentine’s Day! What could be sweeter and sunnier? It’s the sort of over-the-top move that can be as amusing as it is wonderful. Scroll for our favorite heart-shaped recipes from around the web, including appetizers, entrées, cocktails, and desserts, some of which feature our very own products. They’ll leave you swooning.
Color us smitten with these Pink Lemonade Thumbprint Cookies. The brainchild of LeAnne of Lion’s Bread (who riffed on a Martha Stewart recipe), they are “bright buttery lemon shortbread thumbprint cookies with a raspberry glaze.” We love the dusting of freeze-dried raspberries on top, and her use of a single fresh raspberry, crushed into a lemon glaze, to get that sweet pink color for the hearts. These are so much prettier than the typical thumbprint. They’d be a hit among school-aged kids.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about heavy food (although few will turn down a good steak). Offer a simple appetizer in addition to the main course, like this darling Caprese salad featuring our bestselling VSOP 25-year barrel-aged balsamic vinegar and mozzarella hearts. (Use our heart-shaped cookie cutters!) It’ll leave your beloved starry-eyed (or is it heart-eyed?) We love serving it on our octagonal platter.
How glorious is Heart-Shaped Pizza? If you can make pizza, you can make heart-shaped pizza. This recipe from Made It, Ate It, Loved It comprises homemade dough, jarred sauce and shredded buffalo mozzarella, then you’re off to the races. (A trick for an extra layer of heart-shaped awesomeness: Simply use kitchen shears to snip folded, tiny hearts of pepperoni into tear shapes.) If you’ve never done this for Valentine’s Day before, know that the cheesiness factor (heh, heh) is a good thing, and should bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face.
Ashley Rose—you can’t make up that last name—of Sugar & Cloth knocks it out of the park with a trio of iconic Valentine’s Day ingredients: roses, Champagne, and strawberries. Her strawberry-rose sorbet mingles dried organic rose petals with lemon juice and sugar. It’s a snap to make; just use your blender or food processor. Add gin or vodka (dealer’s choice) and bubbly, and you’ve got a gorgeous treat to kick off V Day with a bang. Get the recipe here!
A lemon cake studded with ruby raspberries that looks like this? Sign us up! Not Without Salt has done something truly marvelous here. Her smart recipe, an Ina Garten adaptation, combines lemon, berries and buttermilk with a simple but stunning vanilla bean glaze. She lets our three-tiered Bundt pan do much of the work on the presentation side of things, and has clearly thought about how to showcase the shape most beautifully.
If you’ve got heart-shaped cookie cutters, you’re well on your way to a dessert that’ll dazzle. Jillian Harris knows this, and showcases the strength of the shape with a strawberry slab pie that relies upon frozen strawberries (so easy! so genius!) and a simple food processor dough. The thing we love most, though? She makes it on a baking sheet, so you can feed absolutely everyone you love in one go.
Nutella-stuffed doughnuts shaped like hearts? You had us at “easy,” Half-Baked Harvest! Our friend Tieghan‘s chocolate heart doughnuts look just divine, and the prep time is a mere 20 minutes! Be still, our hearts.
Our pal Molly Yeh (whose apple cider hand soap set and hand towels we love) has a new book coming out. In it will be this lovely chicken and (we think!) dumpling soup. Looks like it’ll have all the good stuff: dill, carrots, and the other chicken soup heavy hitters. Knowing Molly, it’ll be fantastic.