Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012 - can you feel the love?

Imagine getting this basket on Valentine's Day from the one that you love!  Alfee Kaufman and I spent three days baking cookies, dipping in chocolate, drying, wrapping and plotting resulted in this masterpiece.  How many ways can you say I love you?  Geoff - can you feel the love?

Geoff's Valentine's basket

Alfee and I made both sugar and gingerbread cookies in many different heart shapes.  We iced them and then wrote little messages on them.

We made heart shaped red velvet whoppie pies with cream cheese frosting.

We made chocolate covered pretzels for a Valentine's theme.  We used white, red and milk chocolate to achieve this look.

We made my triple chocolate mexican brownie in a 9x14 inch pan so that it was thinner than a normal brownie, cut the pan into one inch squares, wrote Geoff a message and then when we boxed it mixed up the letters so that it became a puzzle.  He managed to figure it out!

We made pink marshmallows, homemade graham crackers in the shapes of "X"'s and "O"'s and little hearts,  dipped them in 70% dark chocolate and then assembled our s'moores.

After making all these things we assembled the basket - here are a few photos of the progression:

You can find the recipe for my Sugar cookie recipe on the blog as well as the recipe for the egg white icing on my blog.  The marshmallow recipe is from Martha Stewart and the graham cracker recipe is from Chef Mom.  The pretzel mold was bought at the local bakery supply store and we used tempured chocolate for them.   I used one of my recipes for the heart shaped whoppie pies.

Have fun reading about this basket.!!


  1. I wish that I lived close enough to be a member of your test kitchen! Everything looks so delicious and beautiful! I'm so happy that you are living your dream, Suzanne.
    Love you, Cynthia

    1. Thanks Cynthia - I have been trying to keep myself busy! I hope that you are doing well. We will have to catch up soon! XOXO Suzanne