­Looking for a fun and affordable way to celebrate with your loved ones? Cooking up heart-shaped recipes is a great DIY solution to spending time together and have a delicious treat to share in the end. Create masterpieces with a little extra love from the heart. From cookies to kabobs, pizza to pies, and french toast to french fries there is no better way to celebrate.

Heart-Shaped French Fries

 heart shaped french fries

Think outside the box with these heart-shaped french fries. Perfect to accompany a burger or other main dish.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • Salt
  • Oil for Frying

Preparation:

  1. Be sure to thoroughly clean your potatoes before slicing them.
  2. Slice large unpeeled potatoes 1/8-inch thick. Then take a 3 inch cookie cutter heart and place it into the 1/8 inch slice to make a heart-shaped potato. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl of ice water for up to 8 hours in the refrigerator to release some the starch.
  3. Heat oil over medium-low heat until it reaches 325°F in a large pot.
  4. Drain water from cut fries; wrap fries in a clean towel and pat dry.
  5. Increase the heat to medium-high and add fries, a few at a time. Stir occasionally until they are soft and begin to turn a light golden color, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove from oil and set potatoes on paper towels to drain. Let rest for at least 10 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  6. When ready to eat, reheat the oil to 350°F. Place the potatoes in the hot oil and fry again, stirring frequently, until golden brown and puffed, about 1 minute. Transfer to paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.

Heart-Shaped Pizza

 heart shaped pizza

Looking for a main dish? Heart-shaped pizza is sure to please. Whether you want a personal size pizza or one to share, heart-shaped pizza can be sculpted in varying sizes.

What you’ll need:

  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza toppings 

Preparation:

  1. Place dough on floured counter and roll flat into desired pizza size (for small pizzas, separate dough into smaller sections).
  2. Make an indent at the top of the dough and pinch the bottom to create a heart shape.
  3. Add desired amount of sauce and cheese.
  4. Finish pizza with favorite toppings.
  5. Place in oven and bake according to dough package directions.

Heart-Shaped Cookies

 heart shaped cookies

Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Try creating heart-shaped cookies in all kinds of flavor variations.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs and milk, beating until blended.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended; stir in lemon rind and juice. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.
  3. Roll 1 dough portion to a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portions.
  4. Bake at 350° for 8 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms. Let cool on baking sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks, and cool 20 minutes or until completely cool.

 

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