Looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dessert for kids and families? Valentine’s Day is a day of love and friendship. In our house, it’s usually a holiday we celebrate as a family from a tradition that started when my husband and I were a young, married couple. We don’t go big on gifts, but we do go big on sentiment. This special Valentine’s Day dessert – Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies – started back in my college days.
Valentine’s Day Dessert and Traditions
When my husband and I were younger and had small children, we didn’t have a lot of money. The funds just weren’t there to go out to a fancy dinner and get a babysitter, so we would celebrate with the family.
I would make us dinner or we would order pizza in the shape of a heart and eat with the kids. Then we’d either watch a movie or play some games together as a family, have a family date night, and put the kids to bed.
After the kids were in bed my husband and I would have our own date night. We’d set up a picnic in the living room, break out the sparkling apple cider, and eat a special dessert.
My roommate in college would always make these stacked chocolate wafer cookies with homemade whipped cream every Valentine’s Day, and they were delicious. I changed up the recipe a bit for my own family and added more cherries.
Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies Recipe
Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies Ingredients:
Chocolate Wafer Cookies (I use Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
Jar of Maraschino Cherries
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
Place a metal bowl and metal whisk inside the freezer for 10 minutes.
Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and add the whipping cream. Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks.
Cut cherries into very small pieces and add as needed for desired texture to whipped cream. (I’ll also add some of the juice from the jar for color and more flavor).
Layer whipped cream onto cookie wafer and top with another. Repeat. Add cherry to top of cookie if desired.
For crunchier cookies, place in refrigerator for 1 hour. For a more cake-like cookie, place in refrigerator overnight.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have your own practically perfect Valentine’s Day celebration. We’re counting down to Valentine’s Day over at our house. The kids get to eat the leftover cookies.
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