We all know that the way to a woman’s heart is through chocolate. And chocolate treats that you make yourself are sure to win her heart this Valentine’s Day.

These three chocolate baking recipes are simple ones to make that hardly take any time at all. She will love the fact that you took the time to make something yourself. It always means more to get something that you have made for her than something you bought.

Chocolate Creams

* 1 package (8 squares) semi-sweet chocolate squares
* 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* finely chopped pecans

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate squares with the butter over low heat. Take it off of the heat and add in the confectioners’ sugar, cream and vanilla. Chill in the refrigerator until it holds together when shaped (about 1 hour). Form into balls and roll them in the pecans. If you want to take a little more time to make your Valentine’s Day treat even more special, shape the dough into hearts and put red and pink sprinkles on them. Make sure to store them in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

* 1 package chocolate cake mix
* 1 large package (6 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
* 1 cup water
* 1/4 cup oil
* 4 eggs
* 1 container chocolate frosting
* pink and red sprinkles

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil, and eggs. With an electric mixer, beat the mixture for 2 minutes. Grease (take butter and smear it over the bottom and sides of the pan) and flour (put about 1/4 cup of flour in the pan after you’ve greased it and shake it around, covering the bottom and sides completely) a 9 x 13-inch pan. Pour the mixture into the pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until cake tests done (put a toothpick in the center and when it comes out without anything on it, it’s done). Allow to cool for 30 minutes to an hour and then frost with the chocolate frosting. Shake the red and pink sprinkles evenly over the top of the cake for added Valentine’s Day decoration.

Fudge Cookies

* 2 cups white sugar
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 square semi-sweet chocolate
* 1/2 cup milk
* 3 cups oatmeal
* 1/2 cup pecans
* 1/2 cup coconut

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar, butter, chocolate, and milk. Stir almost constantly. When mixture starts to boil around the edges, start to stir it constantly. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the oatmeal, pecans and coconut. Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets covered in waxed paper. For an added Valentine’s Day touch, put a candy heart on top of each one. Put in the refrigerator to set until hardened (overnight works best). Be sure to store them in the refrigerator.

Jill Seader has a passion for baking, story telling, and organizing. She loves to share her baking recipes at YourBakingStory.com.

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