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Homemade Valentine’s Day Candy

Homemade Valentine’s Day Candy

Do you have a Valentine? Make something special for someone else or keep all the chocolates for yourself. Either way, don’t find yourself under a pile of empty candy wrappers the morning of the 15th. Store bought brand-name candies are full of chemicals, high fructose corn syrup and other many-lettered harmful products that no one can pronounce. This year, make a healthy delicious treat in less than 15 minutes. These dark chocolate almond walnut cranberry clusters have the perfect amount of sweetness so that you’ll fall in love, no cupid needed.

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15-17 minutes

Dark Chocolate Almond Walnut Cranberry Clusters

Photo by Christin Urso

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips or bark
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
3/4 cups craisins

Toppings:
Sea salt
Coconut flakes
Caramel

Preparation

Photo by Christin Urso

1. Spread both almonds and walnuts out evenly on a baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes (it is better to under roast than burn so watch closely).

Photo by Christin Urso

2. Follow instructions on the package to melt dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl until smooth and creamy.
Measure cranberries and roasted nuts and stir into smooth melted chocolate evenly.

Photo by Christin Urso

3. Spoon out small clusters of the mouth-watering mixture onto aluminum foil lined baking sheets

Photo by Christin Urso

4. Then (the fun part, because let’s be honest, toppings take the clusters from ordinary to extraordinary), mix and match toppings: drizzle and sprinkle any combination of sea salt, coconut flakes and caramel.

5. Slip in the fridge for 10 minutes or more, and these treats and ready to eat!

Photo by Christin Urso

You should have extra chocolate. Use the rest on whatever you have in your pantry: pretzels, other nuts, figs, strawberries.

Making your own candy can save you money and your valentine from harmful chemicals. Put that box of Russell Stover’s back on the shelf. If life is like a box of unhealthy chocolates, I think I’d be happier making my own. Enjoy these healthy treats all year long!

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Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

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There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

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There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine&aposs Day treat, but there&aposs a bit of magic to getting the crispy shell on each juicy berry bite smooth and beautiful. This recipe makes quick work of that task, and the drizzle of white chocolate adds a little pizzazz.

There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

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If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

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If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

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Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine&aposs Day treat, but there&aposs a bit of magic to getting the crispy shell on each juicy berry bite smooth and beautiful. This recipe makes quick work of that task, and the drizzle of white chocolate adds a little pizzazz.

There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Feelings of love and adoration run rampant on Valentine&aposs Day𠅊s do candy hearts, pink and red lollipops, and countless other sugary confections. Homemade sweets are a wonderful way to show your love to everyone in your life on the day of hearts. The recipes on this list are not only fun but also tell your valentines that your heart beats for them.

Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

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If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Feelings of love and adoration run rampant on Valentine&aposs Day𠅊s do candy hearts, pink and red lollipops, and countless other sugary confections. Homemade sweets are a wonderful way to show your love to everyone in your life on the day of hearts. The recipes on this list are not only fun but also tell your valentines that your heart beats for them.

Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine&aposs Day treat, but there&aposs a bit of magic to getting the crispy shell on each juicy berry bite smooth and beautiful. This recipe makes quick work of that task, and the drizzle of white chocolate adds a little pizzazz.

There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


9 Valentine's Day Sweets Better Than a Box of Chocolates

Feelings of love and adoration run rampant on Valentine&aposs Day𠅊s do candy hearts, pink and red lollipops, and countless other sugary confections. Homemade sweets are a wonderful way to show your love to everyone in your life on the day of hearts. The recipes on this list are not only fun but also tell your valentines that your heart beats for them.

Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine&aposs Day treat, but there&aposs a bit of magic to getting the crispy shell on each juicy berry bite smooth and beautiful. This recipe makes quick work of that task, and the drizzle of white chocolate adds a little pizzazz.

There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.


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Feelings of love and adoration run rampant on Valentine&aposs Day𠅊s do candy hearts, pink and red lollipops, and countless other sugary confections. Homemade sweets are a wonderful way to show your love to everyone in your life on the day of hearts. The recipes on this list are not only fun but also tell your valentines that your heart beats for them.

Melting hard candies between sugar cookie cut-outs turns them into art you can eat. For a fun mix of shapes, you can use other cookie cutters beyond the Valentine&aposs Day heart. Crush up and melt other colors of hard candy for a fun twist, too. These will be a standout among the many Valentine&aposs cookies.

Three magical words and three magical ingredients. Just wait until you present this tray of chocolate cookie truffles to your loved ones. Their hearts will grow three sizes in just one bite.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine&aposs Day treat, but there&aposs a bit of magic to getting the crispy shell on each juicy berry bite smooth and beautiful. This recipe makes quick work of that task, and the drizzle of white chocolate adds a little pizzazz.

There are cookie people. There are cake people. Then, there are cheesecake people, those who will never pass up a slice, their hearts softening as the creamy confection melts in their mouths. Make the classic New York-style cheesecake worthy of a Valentine&aposs Day dinner or gathering with a beautiful display of strawberries on top. You could also take it one step further with an assortment of chocolate-dipped fruits for an ultrarich treat.

If you love the classic red velvet cake, you&aposll adore these cookies. They&aposre fluffy and light, but they make the perfect sandwich to cream cheese frosting. "This recipe is AWESOME," writes Allrecipes user samiah. "The consistency of the 𠆌ookie&apos is the perfect balance of red velvet cake moist-ness but the thicker texture of a soft cookie."

There&aposs nothing more beautiful than delicate sugar cookies dressed with shiny royal icing. For Valentine&aposs Day, you can really let your creative icing skills show, too. Bring the kids in to help you decorate. The littlest ones might not want to squeeze the icing onto the cookies, but they&aposll be happy to toss on plenty of shiny sprinkles.