Pinterest perfect recipes for a last-minute Valentine’s Day, priced under $20

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow; if you’re a college student, you’ve procrastinated and haven’t gotten a thing for your sweetheart yet.

No worries, I’ve pondered over Pinterest and found some winners. I’ve even cooked and priced them for you. Every individual recipe is under $20, so take a look and choose your penny-pinching-Pinterest recipe to conquer.

Reese’s Chocolate Cheesecakes
This one is the most challenging of the goodies, but arguably, the most rewarding. It can be done for $17.75, assuming that you have to go buy everything brand new. However, most people have butter, eggs, sugar, and flour in their kitchen, so the recipe would realistically cost about $12 to make 18 cheesecake cupcakes.

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Reese’s chocolate cheesecakes. Photo by Tristen Phipps.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
You will need:

For the Cheesecake:
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used Oreos.)
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening

For the Peanut Butter Mousse:
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

The shortening is optional. If you don’t have it in stock, it isn’t worth buying, I replaced it with butter.
Despite the intimidating image of the finished product, Reese’s Chocolate Cheesecakes were very practical to make.
You can find the full recipe at http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/04/chocolate-reeses-cheesecake/.


Strawberry-Filled Heart Tarts

This recipe was inspired by a photo on Pinterest. however, it was a tragic incident of the pinner only posting a photo and no recipe. So, I winged it.
This one only costs about $9 (with fresh strawberries to spare) and takes about one episode of Friends to complete.

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Strawberry-filled heart tarts. Photo by Tristen Phipps.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes

You will need:
2 premade (refrigerated) pie crusts
4 strawberries, diced
4 teaspoons strawberry filling
3 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
2 tablespoons almond bark (chocolate)

Directions:
1. Roll out your pie crusts. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter cut as many hearts as you can. (I managed 18 hearts, so 9 tarts total.
2. Dice 5 fresh strawberries. Combine fresh strawberries with strawberry filling and 2 teaspoons sugar.
3. Spoon strawberry mixture on top of hearts (leave equal number of hearts uncovered).
4. Use the remaining hearts to top the tarts, pinch together.
5. Bake for 14 minutes at 400 degrees, or until golden brown.
6. Meanwhile, melt almond bark.
7. Once tarts are cool, drizzle with almond bark and enjoy!

 


Classic Oreo Truffles

Once Oreo Truffles melt in your mouth, Oreo cookies won’t be the same.
This recipe costs only about $8.

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Oreo truffles. Photo by Tristen Phipps.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Freezer time: 10 minutes

You’ll need:
39 Oreos (One entire 15.5 oz pkg)
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
16 oz. vanilla almond bark

Directions:

1. Simply put, you crush 36 Oreos in a food processor (or a blender) and combine with the softened cream cheese. Roll that into one inch balls, place on a pan, and freeze for ten minutes.

2. Meanwhile, crush the last three Oreos and melt the almond bark. Take the Oreo balls out of the freezer, dip them in white chocolate and sprinkle the remaining three Oreos on top.

3. Also, if you want to be festive, add red food coloring to the vanilla almond bark.

If you want all of the bakers jargon, you can find the full recipe at http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/12/oreo-truffles-two-ways/.


Chocolate-covered strawberries OR Chocolate-covered marshmallows

The last recipe (if you can even call it that) takes five minutes and costs only $5.

Prep/Cook Time: 5 minutes

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Chocolate covered strawberries. Photo by Tristen Phipps.

You’ll need:
One container strawberries OR one bag marshmallows
Chocolate almond bark

Optional ingredients:
1 cup semi-sweet mini morsels
1 box Pocky

Directions for the strawberries:
Heat almond bark. Dip strawberries. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle mini morsels. Refrigerate.

Directions for the marshmallows:
1. Heat almond bark. Put marshmallows on Pocky. Dip marshmallows and before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle mini morsels.


Okay, stop reading this, share it and get cooking, you’ve only got a day. Oh and remember, chocolate is an aphrodisiac so the more, the better. (All ingredients were purchased at Kroger with a Kroger’s Plus Shopping Card)

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