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Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate: 4 Go-to Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is eating your heart out in chocolate without being judged by a single person. Everyone thinks Valentine’s Day is about love, but let’s get real; It’s all about the chocolate.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies. Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen.
Chocolate chip cookies. Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen.

You can never go wrong with anything heart shaped, especially cookies. Cookies are fun to make and even more fun to eat. “This is my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend and I will be making my famous chocolate chip cookies for him,” Emily Moeller, freshman, said. This recipe is from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. With a whisk/electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and egg in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda and batter will be stiff.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and mix throughout.
  5. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and spread about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a wire rack. Serve!

Choco Chip Pancakes

Chocolate chip pancakes. Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen.
Chocolate chip pancakes. Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen.

The most important meal of the day is breakfast and what better way to start of the romantic day, than to spend it with your significant other. Chocolate chip pancakes never disappoint. This recipe is by KJ from Food.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons melted butter

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
  2. In another bowl beat eggs, milk, butter and vanilla extract until it’s smooth.
  3. Mix dry and wet ingredients together until there are no lumps.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is thoroughly combined.
  5. Heat the skillet on medium to high.
  6. Pour in the batter in the skillet.
  7. Flip when the top begins to bubble and cook until light golden brown.
  8. Serve hot with maple syrup.

Chocolate Chip Dip

Take a dip into love with this sweet cream cheese dip. Dips are some of the easiest food to make and most scrumptious to eat. This chocolate chip dip is the way to anyone’s heart.

Ingredients:

1 package cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

Graham crackers

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until it’s light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Serve with graham crackers or fruit!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate and strawberries are a staple for Valentine’s Day. “It’s a good combination of the sweet chocolate and the tart strawberries. I love biting into the crispy shell of chocolate,” Madison Bieg, third year student said.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds and then 15 second bursts until melted.
  2. Wash the strawberries and dry them.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the strawberry in the melted chocolate.
  4. Put the chocolate covered strawberries on parchment paper.
  5. Place in the fridge until hardened and serve.

With easy recipes like this, you will be a chocolate connoisseur. What’s your favorite chocolate dessert? Please share with Maryville Pawprint on Facebook.  

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