Valentine Treats

By Family Features

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               Send Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day! Gather in the kitchen for some quality time and make treats the whole family can share. Homemade chocolate treats from your kitchen are sure to warm anyone’s heart.

             These special, heartfelt desserts are fun to make and stunning to serve: They’ll say “I care” to everyone you cherish — friends, neighbors, pals and that special someone.

            Make the day sweeter for all the special people in your life with these from-the-heart treats. Look for more festive, from-the-heart ideas at


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Bake a tart for your sweetheart on the most romantic day of the year!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 30 to 35 minutes

Decorating time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

            1          bag DOVE® Brand Dark Chocolate Miniatures

            1          bag M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies for Valentine’s Day

            1          refrigerated pie crust (15-ounce), at room temperature

            1          stick unsalted butter

            3          eggs

            1/2       cup heavy cream

            1          pinch salt

            1          cup whipped cream

1.         Preheat oven to 400°F.

2.         Press pie crust into 9-inch tart pan and prick bottom with fork. Place sheet of foil on top, and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking another 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

3.         While pie is baking, melt butter and 18 DOVE® Brand Dark Chocolate Miniatures over a double boiler.

4.         Whisk together eggs, heavy cream and salt. Stir mixture into warm chocolate, and pour chocolate mixture into hot pie crust.

5.         Reduce heat to 350°F, and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until filling is just set.

6.         Remove from oven, and let cool to room temperature. Fill resealable plastic bag with whipped cream, snip corner, attach star tip (optional) and pipe rosettes around outside of tart.

7.         Separate M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Valentine’s Day by color, and arrange them into concentric hearts in center of tart.

Makes 1 tart.



Heart Tarts

Tasty tarts straight from the heart!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 7 to 10 minutes

Decorating time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

For Crust

            1          box (9-ounce) thin chocolate wafers, finely ground

            8          tablespoons butter, melted

            4          tablespoons sugar

For Filling

            1          bag DOVE® Brand Rich Dark Chocolate Hearts

            2          boxes (3.9-ounce each) instant chocolate pudding

            1 1/2    cups heavy cream, whipped or whipped topping

            1          pint raspberries

1.         Combine ground chocolate wafers with butter and sugar. Press mixture into sides and bottom of 12 small (4 1/2-inch each) greased tart pans.

2.         Place tart pans on cookie sheet(s) and bake in a preheated 350°F oven approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely.

3.         Melt DOVE® Brand Rich Dark Chocolate Hearts in microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth. Prepare pudding according to instructions on package. Whisk melted chocolate into pudding and refrigerate until set.

4.         Before serving, fold 3/4 cup whipped cream into chocolate pudding mixture and fill tart shells. Spoon remaining whipped cream into resealable bag with snipped corner and pipe heart design on top. Cover with raspberries.

Makes 12 servings.

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