We’re suckers for easy DIY Valentine’s Day crafts that make thoughtful gifts, especially when they’re deliciously edible. So I’ve put together some ideas for homemade Valentine’s food gifts that are easy to make with the kids—even little ones and those not gifted in the craft department—and can be churned out in big batches to take care of a whole classroom. They’re also inexpensive to make, so that you can save the decadent store-bought chocolates for you and your special Valentine.
Or just you.
My name is Stacie and I cannot decorate a cookie for my life. Yet even I can make these Painted Heart Sugar Cookies (also pictured top) spied on the Minted blog. I think. Make dough, go to town with a heart cookie cutter, slap on some icing, and paint the stripes with gel food coloring. With no fussy details or careful piping, the kids can totally do this—and I can, too. Phew.
There is no occasion for which Rice Krispies mixed with marshmallows aren’t a good idea, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. To make these XO Rice Krispies Treats from Taryn Cox the Wife, have the kids mix up a batch with a little food coloring thrown in (we love the all-natural food colors from India Tree) then, instead of cutting them into the traditional squares, use X and O cookie cutters. If you can keep from eating them all yourself, wrap the treats in wax paper bags for a super cute Valentine’s Day gift.
We’re not big into candy in my house, but I do get nostalgic for pixie sticks and love these Homemade Pixy Stix from Cupcake Project. They are made with granulated sugar and all-natural fruit powder (involved but super simple) and nothing else. Plus, when paired with these adorable Pixie Stick Hearts spied at Real Simple, they make a super fun classroom Valentine.
If you can make salad in a jar, you can certainly make Valentine’s Day gifts in a jar, too. Brandie from Home Cooking Memories shares several ideas, but our favorite is this adorable Valentine’s Day S’mores in a Jar. And the best part for you baking-averse parents: it’s all assembly, no cooking! All you need are Valentine’s Day chocolates, graham crackers, and heart-shaped marshmallows like these found on Amazon. Skip the jar and pack these treats in cellophane bags if you’re handing them out to a big group.
On the other hand, if you want to get cooking, you can make your own Valentine’s Day S’mores in a Jar (or in a bag). Start by using these homemade Conversation Heart Marshmallows that we recently featured. Or hey, just hand them out on their own. They’re that cool.
I’ve seen several recipes for Conversation Heart Cookies like the ones we found on The House That Lars Built, but none but these come with a free printable that allows you to pack your cookies in a giant replica of the classic Conversation Hearts box. So awesome!
Have you noticed the trend of surprise-inside cakes and cupcakes, or am I spending too much time on Pinterest? (Don’t answer that.) Either way, I’ve ignored them assuming that the recipes must be super complicated. As it turns out, though they require a little extra baking, they aren’t hard to make at all. The directions for these Surprise Heart Cupcakes at Love Swah are very clear and I love the idea of Rosewater and Pistachio Cupcakes for something a little more sophisticated than vanilla and chocolate.
If you’d rather a classic vanilla surprise-inside cupcake, check out the tutorial for these Valentine’s Day Cupcakes at Lauren Conrad’s site. Lauren may not have children tugging at her apron strings, but she also doesn’t have her own personal, underage labor force to help measure, mix, and bake these adorable cupcakes into a sweet Valentine’s Day reality.