This Valentine's Day spend fun, quality time with your kids in the kitchen. Let them help you bake tasty, festive cookies. Or prepare other fun desserts to celebrate the Valentine holiday together.

Also think of fun family Valentine activities. For example, Crayola offers free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages and bingo games. Print them out and give them to the kids for fun while they wait for their delicious cookies and other desserts to come out of the oven or cool.

Here are some simple, festive kid-perfect dessert recipes your kids are sure to love preparing and assembling:

I love you scones

Makes 9 scones

1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbs. butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 tsp. strawberry or raspberry preserves
Powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400º F. Grease cookie sheet.
  2. Beat egg slightly in medium bowl. Stir in milk, applesauce, butter and almond extract. Stir in remaining ingredients except preserves and powdered sugar, just until moistened.
  3. Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Pat into heart shapes about 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch high, using fingers dusted with flour. Make shallow well in center of each heart, using back of spoon dipped into flour. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the preserves in each well.
  4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from and photo by Betty Crocker