I’m one of those rare people who gets really jazzed for Valentine’s Day. I love it. I’m not saying I have to get flowers and go out to a fancy dinner, but I love the little things about the holiday. I love the candy + treats that surround it, obv… and I’m all about the cutesy decorations that are everywhere, the sweet cards and the excuse to watch a sappy love movie.
My mom always gave my siblings and I little gifts for Valentine’s Day (and she still does! The heart platter in the last photo is from her this year) and that always made the day extra special. I look forward to doing the same… one day. For now I’ll enjoy baking all the sweets and dishing them up to Mark and anyone else who comes near me.
So in honor of one of my favorite holidays, I baked up something special this past weekend and it may be a new favorite!
This simple chocolate cookie is soft and chewy, but the orange chocolate ganache is the real star here. The ganache is thick and creamy and I could honestly eat it by itself by the spoonful. The two combine for the perfect touch of rich and sweet.
I used a blood orange for the citrus zest in the ganache, but any kind of orange would work. The orange flavor is subtle and I kinda want to try it again with citrus + juice in the cream to make it even more orangey.
If you’re looking for something sweet to make for your sweet tomorrow I highly recommend trying these out– and please let me know if you do! Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!