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Forget going out for a slice of cake, Tiramisu or crème brûlée; a sweet bite for your sweetheart doesn't have to be lavish or expensive.

Check out these recipes from your fellow Knights that might be perfect for a Saturday night, stay-at-home celebration.

Red Velvet Fried Oreos
Recipe from: Kenneth Mitchell, a sophomore computer science major

Ingredients:
-1 box of Double Stuf Oreos
-1 box of pancake mix
-1 egg
-3/4 cup of milk
-1 tablespoon of cinnamon
-2 tablespoon of cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon of red food dye
-Peanut or coconut oil

Directions:
1. Combine pancake mix, egg, milk, cinnamon, cocoa powder and red food dye into a large bowl.
2. Cover Oreos with the mix in the bowl, evenly surrounding the cookie.
3. Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil on medium-high heat in a deep frying pan.
4. Place the cookies into the oil, heat for two minutes on each side.
5. Place the cookies on a paper towel, allowing them to cool for two minutes.

Soft and Chewy Valentine's Cookies
Recipe from: Stephanie Cuellar, a sophomore health sciences major

Ingredients:
-2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
-1 cup of unsalted butter (room temperature)
-1/2 cup of granulated sugar
-1 cup of packed light brown sugar
-1 teaspoon of salt
-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
-2 large eggs
-2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Keep mixing until everything is combined and smooth. Add the chocolate chips.
2. Make tablespoon-size balls of dough and place inches apart on a baking sheet.
3. Bake cookies for eight to 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden around the edges but soft in the center. Remove from oven and leave on baking sheet for about one to two minutes to cool.

"These are my favorite treats to make for my friends and family for Valentine's Day," Cuellar said. "Usually after the cookies are all cooled down, I decorate them with pink and red frosting just to make them to fit the Valentine's Day theme. I love making them, and they love eating them."

Easy Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Recipe from: Jesse Ramos, a sophomore theater major

Ingredients:
-2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
or 2 cups of white chocolate chips
-24 pretzels
-1 cup of red or pink sprinkles

Directions:
1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds, until chocolate is smooth and easy to use.
2. Using a fork, dip the pretzel into the chocolate, covering most of it.
3. Pour sprinkles on top.
4. Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to cool.

"These are delicious and very easy to make," Ramos said. "A good idea is to wrap them in cellophane with other treats for a fun Valentine's Day surprise for friends."

Valentine's Day Rice Treats
Recipe from: Jesse Ramos, a sophomore theater major

Ingredients:
-3 tablespoons of butter
-4 cups of Miniature Marshmallows
-6 cups of Rice Krispies Treats cereal
-2 cups of chocolate chips (optional)
-Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal. Stir.
3. Press mix into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool.
4. Cut into fun Valentine's Day shapes, like hearts and X's and O's. Serve as is or dip into melted chocolate and let cool. Add designs as desired.

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