This Valentine’s Day, try your hand at a few of these classics from Real Simple and fall in love with your new Traton home.
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe makes 48 cookies and only takes an hour! You’ll have a blast baking these with your family. You’ll need all-purpose flour, kosher salt, baking soda, sticks of unsalted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and chocolate chips.
2. Classic Chocolate Cake
What better way to host a housewarming party than with a classic chocolate cake? Your guests will love this cake and your family will love making it together! You’ll need sticks of unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract and chocolate frosting. Yum!
3. Devil’s Food Cupcakes
If you’re not in the mood for a large chocolate cake, start out with the smaller, cuter version. This recipe only takes half an hour and will immediately bring life to your kitchen. You’ll need eggs, mayonnaise, devil’s food cake mix, water, vanilla extract, sour cream and chocolate chips.
4. Chocolate Mousse
Impress all your houseguests with this delicious chocolate mousse. This recipe has espresso powder for an added kick, but you don’t have to use it if you don’t want your children to bounce off the walls too close to bedtime. You’ll need chopped semisweet chocolate, egg yolks, granulated sugar, heavy cream and optional espresso powder.
5. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These may be a mess, but that’s what makes them fun! This recipe only requires 35 minutes of hands-on time, so you can dedicate the time they’re in the oven to collectively cleaning up the confectioners’ sugar spills. You’ll need all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sticks of unsalted butter, brown sugar, eggs and confectioners’ sugar.
6. Chocolate Croissants
Whisk your family away to Paris in the comfort of your own Traton kitchen with this recipe! This makes eight croissants and only requires five minutes of hands-on time. You’ll need refrigerated crescent rolls and semisweet chocolate, chips or chopped. Bon appétit!
7. Chocolate Truffles
Everyone loves these classic sweets! This recipe includes espresso powder, but this is up to you. You’ll need heavy cream, a half-pound of semisweet chocolate, and half-pound of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and optional espresso powder or coffee liqueur.
8. Vanilla-Chocolate Pudding Pops
YUM. These frozen treats are perfect for a housewarming party or birthday party! All you’ll need are cups of vanilla pudding and melted chocolate.
9. Chocolate Peppermint Wafers
Can’t wait for those Girl Scouts Thin Mints? Neither can we. Try them out early with this recipe. You’ll need all-purpose flour, baking soda, kosher salt, sticks of unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, crushed peppermint candies and semisweet or bittersweet chocolate.
10. Chocolate Silk Pie
Does your home happen to lack cake or cookie-lovers? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this delicious chocolate silk pie. This recipe only requires 15 minutes of hands-on time. You’ll need shortbread-pecan crust, heavy cream, semisweet chocolate, sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, vanilla extract, unsalted butter and cocoa.
11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut butter lovers will go nuts for this delicious fudge recipe! You’ll need nonstick cooking spray, unsalted butter, miniature marshmallows, sugar, creamy peanut butter, heavy cream, kosher salt, semisweet chocolate and chopped peanuts.