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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. There’s also a special Valentine’s Day dessert – Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies – that gets made every year.
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.
Then 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.
Valentine’s Day Gifts
I set expectations early that I didn’t care about Valentine’s Day Gifts. This wasn’t a holiday where I needed some grand gesture, but I had one requirement – I needed a card. Cards were important to me, because they didn’t cost a ton of money, but it did show that you were thinking of the recipient. I love pouring through the cards in the card aisle and finding that perfect line. Do I want to be funny, heartfelt, mushy, or flirty? I get to decide. This year it was a combo.
Y’all know I love my Disney and the newest collection of Hallmark Signature Cards for Valentine’s Day had just what I needed. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with that wood detail and gold lettering made my heart melt. Inside, it says, “We’re so cute together.” Awwww. Yup, that’s me and my husband. Purchased!
My kids can be a little more difficult to shop for, but I was dying when I saw this card. “Hope your Valentine’s Day is T-riffic!” My girls love dinosaurs, so this is perfect. The gold 3D Dinosaur makes it extra fancy for the holiday.
It’s easy to get everything for your Valentine’s Day celebration at Walmart – including the perfect Hallmark Card. You can find these cards, as well as other Hallmark Signature Cards, plus the ingredients to make Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies there. They even have cards with vinyl records in the card aisle at Walmart!
Cherry Chocolate Wafer Cookies Recipe – Valentine’s Day Dessert
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.
Don’t forget your loved ones this Valentine’s Day and earn $1 back on any Hallmark Valentine’s Cards priced $2.97 and above through Ibotta at Walmart. Offer through 2/14 or while supplies last. There’s also an offer in Walmart stores for $2 off any 3 Hallmark Valentine’s Day Cards. To find a store near you and for more ideas on how Hallmark offers a wide range of cards to make Valentine’s Day, every day and other occasions special, check this out.
I hope your Valentine’s Day is t-riffic!