Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Girlfriends and wives always look forward to this day. Roses, frilly heart shaped boxes of chocolate, champagne, fancy dinners, diamonds, and the list goes on. Can you blame them? Even if your guy isn’t romantic this may be the one time of year that he is. And let’s face it, this is a holiday that’s more for women than men. In other words a guy’s gift for his lady will be judged much more than a girl’s gift will be for her guy. I think that’s why so many guys hate Valentine’s Day (and Sweetest Day). It’s frightening to think about all the pressure to make it perfect.
I have to say over the years I’ve been that lucky girl who’s spoiled by her boyfriend (now husband). I’m sure all his friends will tease him if they keep up with my blog, but I can honestly say, hands down, that I have the most romantic and thoughtful husband in the world. One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is when we celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple. We were out to dinner and he surprised me with a little box. I definitely was not expecting jewelry considering we had just celebrated our wedding a few months earlier. But inside the box was a beautiful, antique, gold cameo locket necklace. Why was it so special to me? I’ve ALWAYS wanted an antique cameo necklace. I had seen them at antique stores and always thought I’d buy one for myself someday. Well he remembered this from years past and bought me one!
|My cameo locket|
Or there was the Valentine’s Day when we were dating and he made me breakfast in bed with heart shaped, chocolate chip pancakes that were absolutely delicious! I found out months later that he practiced making them during the week so they’d turn out just right that day (seriously how did I get this lucky?!).
|Cook the pancake inside of the cookie cuter - Make sure to sprinkle with chocolate chips!|
The true meaning of Valentine’s Day isn’t about gifts, it’s about making your loved one feel special and know how much you appreciate them. To this day those heart shaped pancakes are still engraved on my brain. That’s why I wanted to share this post with you. This is a simple way you can show your sweetie how much you love them. Everyone can make pancakes (Bisquick please!) and with the right tools (a large heart shaped cookie cutter) you can make these decadent, heart shaped, chocolate chip pancakes. And ladies if you’re making these for your guy who doesn’t have a sweet tooth, simply substitute banana slices for the chocolate chips. And remember, if you don’t have time to celebrate during the week (Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday this year) then wait and celebrate the following weekend like we’re doing. Whatever you do, enjoy it, and spoil your loved one with love.
Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Original recipe by Alissa Hebert
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total Time: 20 mins.
- pancake Mix (brands such as Bisquick or Hungry Jack)
- semi sweet chocolate chips
- Pam No Stick Cooking Spray
- Large Heart Shape Cookie Cutter
Note: These can be purchased at major grocery chains and cooking stores
- confectioners sugar
- Make pancake batter by following directions as stated on box of pancake mix.
- Add an additional 1/4 cup of water (this will make the batter easier to spread). Stir until well combined.
- Pre-heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Spray inside and outside edges of the heart cookie cutter.
- Place cookie cutter in pre-heated pan and allow to heat for 30 seconds.
- Pour batter into cookie cutter. Quickly sprinkle chocolate chips on top of batter.
- Cover skillet with lid and cook for approximately 1 minute. Remove lid and use tongs to carefully remove the cookie cutter (use caution as the cookie cutter will be hot).
- Using a spatula, flip the pancake cover and cook until the bottom is cooked.
- If desired lightly sprinkle with confectioners sugar for an extra nice treat! Note: this is also a good way to cover any blemishes.