My Healthy Valentine: A Holiday DIY Project and Recipe

These heart-shaped, buttery scones are rich and chocolaty enough to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but the wholesome ingredients say, “I’m planning to keep you around for many Valentine’s Days to come!”

| January/February 2009

  • Homemade glue for the gift box can be made from household products.
  • The scone recipe makes 8 to 10 scones to give to your significant lover.
  • Chocolate cherry scones and a homemade box make an eco-friendly and healthy gift.
    Photos by Ken Hoyt

Cherry Chocolate Scones (makes 8 to 10 scones)

1 cup unbleached white flour
1⁄2 cup whole-wheat flour
1⁄2 cup multigrain cereal
2 tablespoons raw or natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1⁄2 cup low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2⁄3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
2⁄3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped

Streusel Topping 

1⁄2 cup multigrain cereal
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Lightly oil a cookie sheet; set aside. Mix flours, cereal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
3. Work in butter with fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add yogurt and vanilla. Whisk. Add this to the dry mixture and stir to combine. Lightly fold in cherries and chocolate.
5. Turn dough on to floured surface and knead, about one minute. Pat dough to ¾-inch thick and cut into hearts. Place scones on cookie sheet. Combine ingredients for streusel topping and sprinkle on scones.
6. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
Cool thoroughly before packaging.

Homemade Glue

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