Valentine’s Sweets and Treats

I was going to stay out of the Valentine’s Day hoopla. That’s why I’m hosting this fantastic guest series. But, well, I couldn’t resist when I started thinking about some of the great sweets and treats that go along with this holiday.

If you’re planning on baking this weekend for your sweetheart, your girlfriends or your family, consider some of my favorite cupcakes below. Don’t forget the pink wrappers!

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  • {one} “Box of Candies” cupcakes made by a very thoughtful ex-boyfriend
  • {two} Homemade Hostess cupcakes
  • {three} Raspberry cheesecake cupcakes
  • {four} Chocolate silk ganache (for any cupcake!)
However, since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, you might want to start your work day with a little love too. And for that, I recommend these blackberry crumb muffins. They’re a little nutty, packed with fruit, not too sweet, and of course, made with a whole lot of love.

blackberry muffins Valentine's Day hearts pink breakfast

Blackberry Crumb Muffins (Adapted from Williams Sonoma)

For the topping:

  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⁄3 cup walnuts, finely chopped

For the muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin tins with paper cups. (I made about 17.)
  2. Mix all of the the topping ingredients together and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Incorporate the egg, melted butter and buttermilk, but do not over-mix. Gently fold in the blackberries.
  4. Spoon the batter in to prepared muffin cups, and sprinkle the topping evenly on each one.
  5. Bake until the muffins are golden, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
blackberry muffins Valentine's Day hearts pink breakfast

blackberry muffins Valentine's Day hearts pink breakfast

You might even get lucky like me and have a blackberry bake into a heart shape on top of one of the muffins!

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