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Valentine’s Day Treats to Share

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be about red roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. This year, look to your kitchen as the source of your Valentine’s Day gifts. Spread the love with delicious homemade treats that all the special people in your life will enjoy. Whether your family is full of chocolate lovers or your special someone is a tea connoisseur, these six recipes are all you need to show loved ones your appreciation this Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Valentines

Photo by James Ransom

Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Cherry Valentines

These cookies hit that chocolate, cherry and boozy craving that comes around each February. Soak tart cherries in Cointreau, then work them into a chocolate-y dough. Chill, cut, bake and dip. The end result is reminiscent of those oozing store-bought cherry cordials -- but oh, so much better.

Loaded with Good Stuff Loaf

Photo by James Ransom

Recipe: Loaded with Good Stuff Loaf

This is the kind of quick bread you can make with your eyes closed -- but your gift recipients will never know it. Just cream your butter, sugar, and ricotta cheese, fold in your wet and dry ingredients, mix in cranberries and bake until golden. A loaf makes the perfect edible gift – just wrap in red cellophane and tie the recipe on with a string.

Sage Candied Walnuts

Photo by James Ransom

Recipe: Sage Candied Walnuts

This is the kind of adult confection that should be served at your favorite cocktail bar. The nuts are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit sage-y, and, above all, highly addictive. Package them up in little tins for your office mates and let them guess at who the saint might be.

Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

Photo by Sarah Shatz

Recipe: Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

Waves of smooth dark chocolate are spiced with smoky Ancho chili, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper, and studded with dried cherries, cashews and pistachios. The finished product looks lovely, packs easily, and takes a total of about 20 minutes to put together. Note: We like the look of rustic, uneven pieces, but if you score the chocolate slab before it dries, you can achieve more squared-off edges.

Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles

Photo by James Ransom

Recipe: Chocolate-Pomegranate Truffles

The chocolate center has a slightly fruity tang and reddish hue from the ruby pomegranate. Dip the truffles in melted chocolate and roll in chopped pistachios, or simply leave them plain. Either way, these candies present beautifully.

Chamomile-Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Photo by James Ransom

Recipe: Chamomile-Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

With flavors akin to the perfect cup of tea, these cupcakes rise like a dream and are perfectly soft and moist. The chamomile isn't particularly strong, but provides a lovely backdrop to these lemony, pillowy cakes. And, let’s face it: Nothing says “I love you” like homemade buttercream.

Tell us: What are you making for Valentine’s Day to share with sweethearts and chocolate-loving office mates alike? Share your comments below!

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AYIH says …

Hi, I would like to know if I can order a birthday cake with a picture on the top. Do you have some samples to show me? It will be for Saturday the 8th of February

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AYIH - Our bakery department parameters will differ between stores. I would suggest calling your local store to speak directly with the bakery to see if they can do photos and how much advance notice they need for special orders. You can find a list of stores at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Barb says …

Do the Vancouver locations sell the Whole Planet Brownie? My business class is doing a case study on Greyston Bakery, the makers of the brownie and I would like to buy some for the class to sample. Barb

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BARB - Our items can differ between stores so I would recommend calling the store directly where you want to pick these up. They will be happy to let you know what they have in stock!

Alanie says …

Yay, com'on Shreveport is ready!!

Purvi says …

Is it possible to call in at the local bakery and have a gluten free cake made?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PURVI - Most of our store bakeries do not have dedicated gluten free kitchens. Most stores should have gluten free cakes that were made in an outside facility. Products can differ so give your local store a call to find out exactly what they have in stock!

jan weeks RD says …