Valentine's Day Recipes for Preschoolers

Yummy Valentine's day recipes for toddlers that you can make with the children for the whole family.

Valentine's Day Recipes for Kindergarten

"You Melt My Heart" Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

Develops: Fine Motor Skills

Ingredients

Cookies (homemade or store bought)
Ice cream (your favorite flavor)
Chocolate chips, M and Ms, Sprinkles or anything else your heart desires.

Directions

1. Put a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies.

2. Roll sides of ice cream sandwiches in sprinkles, M and Ms or anything else.

3. Serve or freeze until needed.

"The Color of Love" Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcake

Develops: Fine Motor Skills, Social Emotional Skills

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbs Cocoa Powder
Pinch of Salt
15 tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Buttermilk, room temperature
1 tsp Red Food Coloring Paste (ruby red is best)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and cream (with a mixer or a hand mixer)

4. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well between each addition and scraping down the side of the mixing bowl from time to time. Add the vanilla.

5. At low speed, add the sifted dry ingredients to the mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix until smooth, then add the red food coloring. Add enough so the mixture is deep red. Stir until evenly mixed.

6. Fill the paper cupcake cases till they are two-thirds full.

7. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool. Add the cream cheese icing on top.

Cream Cheese Icing

1/4 cup butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1 pound confectioners' sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Simply beat the icing ingredients until smooth.

2. Add candy corn and other sweets for decoration.

"You Take the Cake!" Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

2 cups of Flour
5 tables of Cocoa
2 tsp of Baking Powder
150 grams of Margarine
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Eggs
3/4 cups of Water (or Milk)

Directions

1. Turn on the oven to 350 F

2. Grease a heart shaped pan

3. Mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa, baking powder)

4. Mix the margarine and sugar in a separate bowl until smooth.

5. Add the vanilla and eggs and keep mixing.

6. Mix into the bowl the dry ingredients and the liquids alternately and stir.

7. Bake for about 35 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting

Once the cake cools down. Spread this frosting on top.

150g of margarine.
100g of icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1. Leave the margarine on the counter until it is soft and easy to work with.

2. In a bowl, mix the icing sugar and margarine together.

3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract until the frosting is smooth.

"Inspired by Eric Carle" Breakfast Pancakes

Making Breakfast Pancakes 1
Making Breakfast Pancakes 2
Breakfast Pancakes

The night before Valentine's Day, read the book Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle to your children. The next morning, have your child help you make the pancakes following the ingredients from the book.

Develops: Cognitive Skills

Ingredients

1 cup of Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 cups Milk
2 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Maple Syrup, Jam

Directions

1. Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a bowl

2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk and oil.

3. Slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and keep mixing it together.

4. Melt some margarine or oil in a pan.

5. Keep the pan at a medium heat.

6. This part is the tricky fun part...Place a METAL cookie cutter (do not use plastic) in the pan and pour some of the pancake mixture into it.

7. When the pancake looks cooked on the bottom, remove the cookie cutter and flip the pancake to the other side.

Breakfast Pancakes with Maple Syrup

You can also make round pancakes, remove them from the heat and than cut them with cookie cutters on the plate.

I've done it both ways and from my experience the second method is safer.

I used animal cookie cutters since my boys love them. You might want to consider using these heart shape cookie cutters.

Serve with maple syrup and lots of love!

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