Deanna Fleming bakes up sweet treats for Valentine's Day

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Valentine's Day is February 14 and if you are looking to whip up some delicious treats for your sweetheart or family, Deanna Fleming with Catering Creations is here with some ideas she found on Pinterest. 

    Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (courtesy of
    Love Veggies and Yoga)

    1/4 cup butter (half of one stick), softened
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup + 1/8 cup strawberry cake mix (this is about 9 ounces, or half of an 18.25 ounce box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix)
    1/4 cup butter (half of one stick), softened
    1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 to 4 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar

    Preheat oven to 350F.  In a mixing bowl combine the softened butter, egg, vanilla and stir by hand or with a mixer until combined.  Add the cake mix and stir until smooth. If the dough seems too wet to be cookie dough, add a bit more cake mix, one tablespoon at a time, until it's less wet. Conversely, if the dough seems dry and it's not combining, add a tablespoon or two of water.

    Form 1 inch balls on a parchment paper-lined, or cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Allow for adequate spacing because they do spread. Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are barely browned. Allow the cookies to cool well (on the cookie sheets is fine) before attempting to move them.

    While the cookies are baking, make the frosting.

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together the butter and cream cheese either by hand or with a mixer.  Then add the vanilla extract and add two cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  If you like thick(er) frosting, add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. After the cookies have cooled, frost them  and finish with sprinkles, sanding sugar, or other garnishes such as coconut flakes or chocolate shavings, as desired. 

    Neopolitan Cupcakes (courtesy of iHeart2Stamp)

    1 (19.5 ounce) package brownie mix
    1 (18.25 ounce) package strawberry cake mix
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup canola oil
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 1/3 cups water
    3 egg whites

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk together the brownie mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil, and 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Stir just until fully incorporated, about 50 strokes; set aside.

    Mix the cake mix, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 1/3 cup water, and 3 egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

    Spoon the brownie batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 1/3 full. Spoon the cake batter over the brownie batter, until muffin cups are each 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Top with cream cheese frosting (recipe above) or use store-bought frosting to save time.

    Valentine Rice Krispies Treats (courtesy of Babies, Paper and Song)

    4 cups of mini-marshmallows
    3 tablespoons butter
    Red food coloring
    6 cup Rice Krispies

    Melt marshmallows in a pan with butter. Add three drops of red food coloring and stir. Add Rice Krispies and stir. Press into a greased 9X13 pan, and let cool for two or three minutes. Flip the pan of treats out onto a cutting board. Cut out shapes with heart cookie cutter or form into heart shape.

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