Valentine’s Day is the time for love, flowers, and lots of hearts so what could be better than heart-shaped food to serve your love? Here are some heart-shaped foods you can make at home or buy if a recipe isn’t available. There are so many heart-shaped foods like heart-shaped cakes, muffins, cookies, donuts, pancakes, candy, eggs, waffles, and even pretzels.
Some of the heart-shaped food recipes in the collage above include:
- Pecan and Linzer Cookies by Martha Stewart
- A Valentine’s lunchbox ideas by Lisa Storms
- Heart-shaped egg and toast breakfast by Martha Stewart
- Homemade Heart Gumdrops by Melissa’s Cuisine
Here are all kinds of heart-shaped pans for making heart-shaped pancakes, heart-shaped poached and over easy eggs, heart-shaped cookies, donuts, and all sizes of cakes. Check them out on Amazon
Here are a few recipes to try at home this Valentine’s Day. Do you have a favorite?
Recipe and Photo Credit: Babble.com
How to Make Heart-Shaped Pretzels
Another thing you might want to try your hand at is homemade pretzels, heart-shaped of course.
- 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one package)
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
- 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
TIP: Don’t want or have time to make dough from scratch? Why not buy a ready-made pizza dough from the grocery store.
1. Pour a bit of the water into a large bowl and stir the yeast into about half of the water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. If the yeast is not foamy, toss it out and buy fresh yeast.
2. Add the rest of the water, milk and oil to the yeast and stir in about 3 cups of flour and the salt. Add about a cup more flour, and when it becomes too difficult to stir, turn it out onto the counter top and start kneading. Once all the flour is incorporated, keep kneading, adding extra flour if it’s too sticky, for about 8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with a tea towel and let rest for an hour.
3. Cut the dough into 10 pieces and roll each into a rope, and shape into pretzels or hearts, pinching the ends to seal. Let them rest on the counter top for 15 minutes.
4. Add teaspoons of salt and 1 tablespoon baking soda to 2 large cups of water. Bring water to a rolling boil.
5. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
6. Place a heart-shaped pretzel in the water and (no more than 3 at a time so they don’t get overcrowded) and simmer for a minute per side. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with coarse salt as soon as they come out of the water, so that it sticks.
7. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Makes about 10 pretzels.
Make Heart-Shaped Chocolate Donuts
There’s no need to go to a donut shop when you can make heart-shaped donuts right at home. This recipe was adapted from the original recipe in Full Circle Magazine
- 1 cup all- purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- Red Food Coloring (optional)
- Sprinkles (optional)
1. Heat oven to 325°. Coat the heart-shaped donuts pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until blended and smooth.
4. Spoon batter into the pan and bake for 13 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on rack for 3 minutes and then carefully turn donuts out (removing from the pan) directly onto a wire rack to cool.
Glaze Topping Directions:
1. In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with 2 tablespoons milk. Stir until consistency is thick and has a shine. If the consistency is too thin, add more sugar. If too thick add a bit more milk. If you like add a few drops of Red food coloring to make your glaze a pretty pink or dark red color.
2. Dip cooled doughnuts into bowl and allow excess frosting to drip back into bowl. Transfer to rack. Or, drizzle overtop donuts that have been cooled on a wire rack.
3. Decorate your heart-shaped donuts with sprinkles if you like.
When making a cake for Valentine’s Day, why not make it into a heart shape. There are so many pans on the market to make it easy to bake a heart-shaped cake. But, you don’t have to use heart-shaped pans just for baking cakes. These baking pans also work well for making large heart-shaped cookies. Heart-shaped baking pans come in a variety of types – cast-aluminum, non-stick, or silicone.
Take a look at all of the varieties of heart-shaped pans we found on Amazon
Easy Heart-Shaped Hard Boiled Eggs
To make Heart-Shaped Boiled eggs, the easy way, try using the Eggspress. No other breakfast can say, “I love you” in quite the same way. And they’re dishwasher safe so you don’t even have to do the washing up. It makes it super easy to make heart-shaped eggs.
We suggest using small to medium sized eggs to prevent spills over the edges.
1. Cook the egg until it is hard boiled.
2. Wait until the egg is cool and then carefully remove the shell.
3. Place the shelled egg into the middle of the mold and close.
4. Place the mold into cold water and leave for 10 minutes.
5. Open the mold and remove your heart-shaped egg and cut in half to display.
Heart-Shaped Pizza Recipe
Everyone loves pizza so why not get your kids involved and make a fun heart-shaped, Valentine’s pizza. With this recipe you even make fresh marinara sauce to boot! To save time you don’t have to even make your own crust if you don’t want. Try a pre-made pizza crust, refrigerated pizza dough, or if you want it a little more homemade, use Bisquick or Jiffy Mix. Did you know you can order a FREE Jiffy Mix recipe book too? They have great recipes and Jiffy Mix is cheaper to use than Bisquick. I included the Jiffy Mix pizza dough recipe below too.
Pizza Crust Recipe
- 1/3 cup Jiffy or Biscuit Baking Mix
- 1/3 cup water
- Heart-shaped Pizza Pan
Pizza Making Directions:
1. Blend baking mix with water.
2. Turn dough on surface dusted with baking mix or flour.
3. Knead until dough is not sticky.
4. Press on prepared pan shaping your pizza dough into a heart shape.
- pre-made pizza crust or refrigerated pizza dough (or just Jiffy Mix recipe above)
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jar crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Your favorite toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, basil, olives, etc.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When garlic begins to sizzle, add tomatoes, salt and Italian seasoning and then simmer on low for 10 minutes.
3. Trim or shape your pizza crust into a heart shape. You may want to buy a heart-shaped cake pan.
4. Brush the pizza dough or crust with olive oil. Spread the marinara sauce evenly on the pizza crust. Arrange the toppings and mozzarella cheese on top.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
With so many heart-shaped foods to buy, try and make, you’ll have plenty of ideas for Valentine’s Day this year.
Do you have a favorite heart-shaped recipe or food? Let us know