Five super-cute, heart-shaped recipes for Valentine's Day

It's the little things that count, right? With a few switch-ups, turn their favourite edible bites into gestures of love. It's so easy (but you don't have to tell them that).

From breakfast to dessert, we turned five of our beloved recipes into sweet and edible treats to celebrate the ones we love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

1. Cupid’s pumpkin pancake hearts

Wake your loved ones with the scent of spicy pumpkin pancakes wafting from the kitchen. Fill an empty squeeze bottle (we used an empty honey bottle, but you can use ketchup bottles, too) with batter which will give you better control when piping heart-shaped pancakes into a hot, oiled pan. Cook as per recipe’s direction.



2. Cinnamon-heart buns

Perfect for a crowd, turn these cinnamon buns into cinnamon hearts! Add 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to brown sugar-butter spread. After spreading cinnamon mixture on 12-in. square dough, tightly roll the end closest to you to the centre of the square. Then roll the other end of the dough to the centre of the square. Slice into 12 pieces, about 1-in. thick. Pinch the rounded edge of each piece to form a heart. Place 4 hearts in a 9-in. pie plate, with pinched ends pointing to the middle of the plate. Bake as per recipe’s direction.

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3. Caprese love bites

These quick and easy caprese salad bites get upgraded to a lusty appetizer with a simple tomato trick. Use a paring knife to slice grape tomatoes in half on a bias. Flip one piece upside down to form a tomato heart, then skewer with pesto-coated bocconcini.



4. Be still my beet-ing heart

Instead of cutting beets into wedges for this roasted beet salad, slice roasted beets into 1/2-in. slices, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and turn them into a sweet surprise.



5. Brownie points

Change up our best-ever brownies into heart-shaped treats with a cookie cutter! They’re fudgy, delicious and easy to customize by using your favourite toppings. (And isn’t the best way to a person’s heart through chocolate?)