Cooking with Kids on Valentine’s Day

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Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it’s still February and you don’t have to wait for the 14th to celebrate the meaning behind the special day all through the year.

Growing up in a Catholic Christian home I read, and was told, countless stories about the saints. One of them was St. Valentine. There are many legends about him, but the focal point of all those legends is the kind of self-sacrificial love that St. Valentine showed while he was alive. His life can easily be summarized from scripture with the passage, “No greatest love has man but this,  that he lay down his life for his brother”.

As a Catholic Christian Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in many different ways: sharing a meal, doing something nice for a loved one, or going out of your way to do something kind for a stranger.

Today I will share with you a sweet recipe that my mom makes around the holidays. I personally think it’s great for Valentine’s Day! It’s also a fun activity to do with your kids.

Food is a way of saying “I love you”!

It’s also a way to bond with family. Your kids will just love making these, just as much as eating them.

Fruity Cheesecake Mini’s*

Makes a dozen

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Ingredients: 

1 c. of graham crackers (crushed)

4 tablespoons of butter

2 (8 oz.) cream cheese packages

1/4 c. 2 tablespoons of sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

21 oz. can of  Hannaford’s fruit pie filling (Cherry, Blueberry)

Instructions:

1.) Take a zip lock bag and place a few graham crackers in the bag. Seal it, and crush the crackers within the bag until they are crumbs. Place aside.

2.) In a small mixing bowl, measure out 1 c. of graham crackers and mix with butter until it has a damp consistency to it.

3.) Take out a cupcake tin and line it with cupcake liners. Put the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the cupcake liners in an even layer.

4.) In a separate mixing bowl combine cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice.

5.) Fill the cupcake liners 2/3rd’s full.

6.) Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool. Put your choice of pie filling on top (blueberry, strawberry, or cherry)

Note: For the more daring chef you can add fresh fruits to the top of your cheesecakes by slicing strawberries on top, or blueberries. 

As a reminder, you can get your younger kids involved by mixing/combining/stirring ingredients. Older ones can layer the ingredients in the cupcake tins. Everyone can help spoon fruity pie filling on top.

 

*Original Recipe came from Cooks.com

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