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Top 15 Valentine's Day treats for kids to make

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Kids can make any of these simple Valentine's Day treats with minimal help from parents or guardians. You're sure to be impressed by their creativity as they show their love through biscuits, cakes and no-bake desserts.

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to try kids' baking recipes, so we've rounded-up some of our easiest seasonal biscuits, cupcakes and no-bake recipes – they all require very little adult help, and are seasonally appropriate with heart shapes, sprinkles and a bounty of chocolate.

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Baking and cooking with the family is a great way to show appreciation, so why limit that to just this one celebration? Check out our other kids' cooking recipes and kids’ baking recipes.

Biscuits

1) Love bug biscuits 

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Transform heart-shaped biscuits into cute love bugs by covering them in red fondant and decorating them with black icing. While this is suited to slightly older children, these biscuits are sure to be delicious.

2) Peppermint candy biscuits 

Heart shaped biscuits with peppermint middle in red paper

Tiny chefs can make these wonderfully simple peppermint candy biscuits themselves. Parents will need to help get the hot baking tray out of the oven, but can otherwise simply stand by and await the moreish results.

3) Milk chocolate pots with citrus shortbread 

chocolate pots with shortbread and cream

These light citrus shortbreads cut through the richness of the melted chocolate. There's no need to worry about sharing, either, as everyone will get their own pot to enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream.

4) Double-choc shortbreads 

Shortbread biscuits with white icing and red writing

These buttery shortbread biscuits are a great recipe for all ages to try. Make a batch with the whole family and personalise them with loving messages, or keep the decorations classic with a small heart.

5) Giant cookie 

Giant cookie in a pan with pretzels, pecans and icecream

This giant, gooey cookie is heavenly and highly versatile – fill with all the family’s favourite treats, such as chocolate, pretzels and marshmallows, then enjoy it all together, served straight from the warm pan.

For more inspiration, look at our other biscuit recipes here.

Cakes

1) Melting heart muffins 

Cupcakes with iced hearts on a purple plate

Double down on the chocolate this Valentine’s Day with these cupcakes. Chocolate frosting and a mel-in-the-middle white chocolate centre will satisfy any sweet tooth.

2) Chocolate brownie cake 

Chocolate brownie cake in front of broom and pile of muffins

Rich and indulgent, this brownie cake is a winner for both adults and children alike. It's simple to make, too – just dust with icing sugar to decorate, then serve warm with custard or ice cream, or cold with cream.

3) Iced fairy cakes 

Iced-fairy-cakes

This recipe, written for children aged eight to 14, is a great one to let kids take on themselves. Younger children can also try this, but may need a little more help.

4) Coconut & raspberry cupcakes 

cupcakes with pink cases and icing on a white stand

Kids will love these vibrant sponges bursting with berry flavour. With only three simple steps, it's an excellent one to bake with children.

For more inspiration, look at our other cake recipes here.

No-bake

1) Easy rocky road 

rocky road on a plate

These easy rocky road bars take only 15 minutes to prepare. It's an exciting project for children, as they can help with the biscuit bashing. Then, simply assemble with all your favourite storecupboard extras, such as marshmallows and sweets.

2) Chocolate stirrers 

chocolate on sticks with flavourings

Let your child's imagination shine by experimenting with different flavour combinations when making these chocolate stirrers. Then, stir them into a mug of hot milk for delightful DIY hot chocolate.

3) Frozen banana lollies 

Frozen-banana

Get a serving of your five-in-a-day with these fruit lollies topped with chocolate and colourful sprinkles. Natural yogurt adds creaminess and boosts this snack's nutritional benefits, as it contains protein and calcium.

4) No-bake orange cheesecake

Orange-cheesecake

This zesty cheesecake is a lovely recipe for kids to try on Valentine’s Day. Teach them about flavour combinations, explaining how lemon zest can easily substitute the orange.

5) Cookie dough truffles 

milk chocolate truffles with white chocolate drizzle

Handcrafted truffles are easier to make than you think, and the perfect Valentine’s gift. Beat the ingredients until combined and chill in the fridge, then dunk in melted chocolate and decorate before leaving to set.

6) Cookies & cream fridge cake 

oreo and cream cheese cake with chocolate coating

Whisk the cream, mascarpone, vanilla and icing sugar together in a large bowl until smooth and holding soft peaks. Then, line the bottom of the tin with biscuits, spoon over the cream mixture and repeat the process twice. Drizzle with melted chocolate for a final touch of indulgence.

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For more inspiration, look at our other no-bake recipes here.

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