13 Sweet Valentine's Day Treats to Make with Kids

Little chefs will love helping you whip up chocolate bark, sugar cookies, crispy rice treats and more.

February 06, 2023

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Fun, Festive and Kid-Friendly

Busy showing everyone in your family how much you love them — with gifts, baked goods and special dinners this time of year? This Valentine's Day, let the kids help you make the holiday even better (and take a little pressure off). Whip up a treat for a loved one or just spend some quality time in the kitchen together working on something you can share. Either way, it's a win-win! For this delicious dessert, simply swirl together white and dark melted chocolates, then top with any of your favorite Cupid-approved candies for a treat all ages will enjoy.

Get the Recipe: Valentine's Double Chocolate Bark

Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Hearts

Give your valentine a new kind of chocolate-covered strawberry this year — made of ice cream! The kids can help cut the ice cream into hearts, then drizzle with melted chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Hearts

White Chocolate-Strawberry Snack Mix

This adorably pink snack mix is a simple and tasty Valentine's Day treat, thanks to the combination of two cereals that add varying texture and crunch. Heart-shaped sprinkles make it extra festive!

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate-Strawberry Snack Mix

Pink Puffed Rice Cereal Hearts

Crispy rice treats are always a welcome dessert, and you really can’t go wrong with a four-ingredient recipe. Let the kids use heart-shaped cookie cutters to turn these into fun shapes.

Get the Recipe: Pink Puffed Rice Cereal Hearts

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

These super easy fiber-packed treats are perfect as an after-school on Valentine's Day. (Bonus: They don't need to be refrigerated, so they could even be a special lunchbox treat!) Little and big kids can help measure ingredients and roll the balls.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate-Covered Cherries

Strawberries are great, but do you know what else tastes amazing covered in chocolate? Maraschino cherries!

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

It’s no secret that chocolate and peanut butter pair perfectly, and the same can be said for kids and super easy recipes. Use crushed cookies and butter to form the crust, then beat together the crust ingredients and refrigerate. The kids can help every step of the way.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Black and Pink Cookies

OK, so there’s a little more for you to handle with this recipe, but the kids can still help spread the strawberry and chocolate glazes atop these soft cookies. Don’t be surprised if this variation on the classic Black and White Cookie becomes a Valentine’s Day regular in your house.

Get the Recipe: Black & Pink Cookies

Almost-Famous Conversation Hearts

Forget the store-bought treats. With this recipe you can customize your own candy hearts — and the flavors too.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Conversation Hearts

Fruit-and-Nut Chocolate Truffles

These one-bite treats are extra rich and satisfying, thanks to the surprising addition of dried apricots and prunes. For little kids: Let them roll and decorate the truffles. For big kids: Let them measure, scoop, decorate and package them.

Get the Recipe: Fruit-and-Nut Chocolate Truffles

Sugar Heart Sandwich Cookies

The kids will need a round cookie cutter and a small heart-shaped cookie cutter for this recipe. And there’s no doubt they’ll enjoy uniting the shapes with this pomegranate-flavored cream cheese frosting.

Get the Recipe: Sugar Heart Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

We think kids would agree: You can never have too much chocolate! These 5-star beauties are made with unsweetened cocoa and a generous amount of chocolate chips. Kids can help stir the batter together and drop the dough onto cookie sheets.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Dippers

Four ingredients, plus toppings — that’s all you need to make these sweet and salty treats. Kids can coat their preferred dippers (think pretzels, crackers or even Italian breadsticks) in chocolate, then top with their favorite nuts, chocolates, mints or sprinkles.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Chocolate Dippers

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