Unforgettable Valentine's Day Treats For Kids

You'll love our selection of cute Valentine's Day treats for kids. Starting with breakfast, impress them with heart-shaped pancakes or waffles or sneak cookies with love messages into their lunch box. Maybe surprise your little ones with a fun heart pizza for dinner. Kids will love dipping and decorating strawberries, white chocolate pretzels or Rice Krispie marshmallow treats to share with their friends at school. Whatever you decide to make, these Valentine treats are sure to find a way to their heart!

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Heart-Shaped Pancakes with Chocolate

Heart-Shaped Pancakes with Chocolate

Get Valentine's Day off to a good start by pampering your kids with these heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. You can get ahead by making the batter the night before and letting it rest in the refrigerator. For extra decadence, sprinkle in some chocolate chips or freeze-dried strawberry pieces as the pancakes are cooking.

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Scandinavian Sweetheart Waffles

Scandinavian Sweetheart Waffles
My Hot Southern Mess

Make Valentine's Day special for your kids by putting your heart into these sweetheart waffles. The fluffiness comes from whipping lots of air into your egg whites, then folding them gently into the rest of the batter. Set out lots of toppings like berries, syrup, and cream and let them help themselves!

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So Pink Cereal Bars

So Pink Cereal Bars
Photo by Jennifer Baker.

Kids will adore these brightly-colored, chewy rice krispie marshmallow treats with hidden pieces of chocolate candy. The mixture can be molded easily into heart shapes, making them an ideal portable gift for a party or sharing with their class friends on Valentine's Day.

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Valentine's Day Strawberry Muffins

Valentine's Day Strawberry Muffins

These cute chocolate chip muffins, topped with sliced strawberries, make a loving addition to your kids lunch box on Valentine's Day. Jason Shaffer says "I recommend stirring the strawberries into the whole batter instead of just putting one slice on top. That's what I did and they were amazing!"

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Strawberry Heart Bark


Chocolate bark with candy hearts that's ready in just over an hour is the perfect way to show your affection on Valentine's Day. Arrange thinly sliced fresh strawberries on top if your kids prefer them to the freeze-dried version, or pop in candy for an element of surprise!

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Sweetheart Cupcakes

213469 Sweetheart Cupcakes| The Gruntled Gourmand

We're a little bit in love with these pink, red and white layered cupcakes. Top the cupcakes with your favorite frosting and Valentine-themed sprinkles or candies. Jenn Delorey Tulp says these were "so fun when the kids discovered there was something different inside."

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White Chocolate Pretzels

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels make the ideal portable treat for kids to share with their friends in school on Valentine's day. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and use a skewer to swish the pretzels in the chocolate, then let the kids loose with an assortment of sprinkles!

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Heart Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

Heart Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing
Photo by Allrecipes.

Older kids will feel truly loved when they see these gorgeous heart-shaped cookies on Valentine's Day. Royal icing gives them a glossy, smooth finish that's easy to decorate before it sets. The video outlines lots of clever decorating techniques — and once you master it yourself, it's a great skill to share with your kids!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A square white plate of chocolate-coated strawberries drizzled with white chocolate
Cathy Van de Moortele

If you are short on time and have some fresh strawberries, chocolate and colorful sprinkles on hand, you can make an irresistible Valentine's treat for your kids! They'll have tons of fun decorating them for friends and packaging them into small cellophane bags to pass out as treats.

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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
Janice Simms

Don't waste time looking for a sugar cookie recipe because the best one is right here! Chill the dough for at least one hour before cutting out shapes. When the cookies have cooled, cover them with thin fondant and write love messages to your kids for a special Valentine treat they'll cherish.

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Chef John's Rocky Road

281958 Chef Johns Rocky Road

Use mini pink marshmallows and add chunks of your kids favorite treats, such as heart candies, jelly beans or sandwich cookies to make a Valentine-themed rocky road! For best results, try to keep the same proportion of chocolate and added treats.

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Easy Valentine Sandwich Cookies

Easy Valentine Sandwich Cookies
Sara Davis

These Valentine cookies are so much fun to make with your kids. Decoration ideas are endless — let them write love notes, add hugs and kisses or even draw pictures with a tube of food coloring gel. Don't forget to include the smaller heart-shaped cut-outs.

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Quick and Almost Professional Buttercream Icing

swirls of white frosting piped onto cupcakes, topped with multicolored round sprinkles
on Banana Cake II. Diane

This creamy and fluffy buttercream icing is perfect for piping on top of your family's favorite cupcakes. Stir in a few drops of red food coloring to turn it pink, then head to the baking aisle to find colorful Valentine's day sprinkles or candies for a lovely finish.

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Emily's Famous Marshmallows

Emily's Famous Marshmallows, stack of marshmallows

To create pink marshmallows for Valentine's Day, add a few drops of red food coloring with the vanilla in Step 4 of this recipe. Once they are set and sliced, you can dress them up as a special treat for your kids. Dip them in cool, melted chocolate and decorate with red colored sprinkles or heart candies.

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Raspberry Almond Kiss Cookies

Raspberry Almond Kiss Cookies
Pictured: Kiss Cookies by Dianne.

These melt in your mouth cookies have a drizzle of bright pink frosting and a chocolate candy kiss on top. Sneak one into your kid's lunchbox as a token of your affection on Valentine's Day. We're sure these cookies are something a favorite teacher would appreciate as well.

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Cake Pops

217180 Cake Pop

These clever cake pops are the perfect Valentine's day treat for kids. They are much easier than they look as they start with purchased donut holes. For easy handling, coat the tip of each craft stick in melted chocolate so it acts like glue and holds the doughnut hole firmly on the stick while you decorate them.

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Lollipop Cookies Valentines

sugar cookies on popsicle sticks decorated with white, red, and pink frosting and sprinkles

These gorgeous Valentine cookies take a bit of time and effort but the smiles you receive will make them worth the effort. You can prepare the dough a few days in advance and store in the freezer. If you're planning to give them as school treats, pack cookies into clear goodie bags and tie with colored ribbon.

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Valentine Pizza

31785 Valentine Pizza

These heart shaped pizzas are a welcome savory treat on Valentine's Day. For more heart shapes, cut tomato into slices, and then cut slices into heart shapes. Do the same to the zucchini and pepperoni. Syd says "we had this pizza for Valentine's Day and it was a great way to get the whole family involved."

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