How to Serve Your Family on Valentine’s Day with Cherry Crunch Dessert

Cherry Crunch Dessert … Fill wine or water goblets with dessert, top with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve for Valentine’s Day!

Cherry Crunch Dessert

Each day is a precious gift. How ridiculous to grasp for future gifts when today’s is set before you! Receive today’s gift gratefully, unwrapping it tenderly, and delving into its depths. – Sarah Young

I love this quote from Sarah Young, which tells me that today is precious. A gift. With something special inside. For everyone!

Which makes me think of the gifts that I’ve been given, with the people in my life of family and friends.

Years ago, my husband and I read the book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. Have you read this book? Gary writes how most everyone has a primary way to love – to show love or a way they prefer to be shown love.

The ideas are brilliant, and can really help you understand people, family members, your spouse … but what I loved most was figuring out my kids’ love languages.

-Physical touch
-Words of affirmation
-Acts of service
-Quality time
-Receiving gifts

Life becomes easier to figure out when you understand yourself, your spouse, your kids. A lot of this goes hand-in-hand with our personalities, too.

One of my love languages is acts of service, because I love cooking for people. But honestly, I can see where over time, I appreciate all 5 of the languages.

My friend Kristen (her blog is Dine and Dish) reminded me this week, as I was coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, of her lovely way of serving her family on Valentine’s Day:

I love Kristen’s heart and love for her family!

For many years this is what my husband and I would do, too. We’d make the Valentine’s Day meal fun, exciting, using our good linens and dishes and goblets.

Those kind of entertaining moments–even with just our kiddos–I really do miss. :)

So keeping our precious gifts of family in mind, today I’d like to share a recipe–a family recipe from my oldest sis, Di–a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.

It’s sweet, red, and your family will love you.

It’s an easy one, where you can always keep the ingredients on hand, and it’s good enough for company!

What do you think about for Valentine’s Day serving each “guest” (your kids) this dessert in a wine or water goblet?

Here’s a tip: To toast the nuts, lay them on a paper towel; cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Rearrange the nuts and cook 1 more minute. Cool and chop!


Do you have plans to cook at home for Valentine’s Day this year?

Cherry Crunch Dessert

Cherry Crunch Dessert

Fill wine or water goblets with dessert, top with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve for a special occasion. (You can make without nuts if you need to.)


  • 2 cans (21 oz.) cherry pie filling (we use lite.)
  • 1 box white cake mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Whipped cream or ice cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Spread the cherry filling in the pan.
  3. Mix together the cake mix, softened butter, and toasted chopped nuts. Sprinkle over the cherries.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until brown on top.
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


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Cherry Crunch Dessert

25 comments on “How to Serve Your Family on Valentine’s Day with Cherry Crunch Dessert”

  1. This sounds and looks perfect for a Valentine’s Day meal. I think you could probably bake it in individual ramekins too. That way it could be served warm with the scoop of ice cream. Oh boy!


  2. The dessert looks delicious! I always prepare a special dinner for my husband and children on Valentine’s Day. I pull out my sparkly beaded placemats, red goblets and lots of candles!

  3. I LOVE the love languages. I love Valentines Day. I love fun desserts like this.

    this year Jason and I are going out (we do every year, we both love Valentines Day…), but I usually also make a special dinner for us, a day or two later. Last year I surprised him with a four course dinner – that was fun to pull off.

  4. My kids look so forward to this night and Nick and I do too. It’s probably one of my favorite traditions of the year.
    LOVE this dessert!

  5. YUM! This dessert looks wonderful and just right for Valentine’s Day. I’m pinning it to my Valentine’s Day board.

    And I really appreciate the idea of expressing love to our families in just the ways that will best communicate our love so that they can receive. :)

  6. Such a wonderful quote! And I just love this dessert. How wonderful for Valentine’s Day.

  7. My mom has always made a cake like this and I love it!

  8. We always do fondue for Valentine’s Day, but due to activities Thursday we’re doing that dinner Saturday night instead. We’re still doing a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day – and that dessert would be great with it! Looks doable on a busy night – thanks!

  9. This recipe looks delicious and uncomplicated, which i love! We will definitely have a kid-friendly celebration. :) I have only read The 5 Love Languages for Children, but was just thinking what a profound effect it had on my parenting (even as I parent my “inner child”). <3

  10. We have always done a family dinner, too. I usually made a heart shaped cake. On each plate I would put a card, and that person’s favorite candy treat underneath the card. I also really like the love languages books. They really make you think about how best to show love to someone.

  11. what great ideas! I’m not sure quite what we’re doing to V-day, but I am thinking maybe a special dinner for the fam!

  12. We started doing this too a few years ago when my in laws were living with us temporarily. We played “italian restaurant” for our Valentines dinner, played Italian music on Pandora while I made dinner, kids dipped fruit into chocolate for our dessert. We set the table up nice…it was so fun. I look forward to it every year!

    I love this cherry dessert, oh my it looks so good Sandy!!

  13. First of all, this dessert is LITERALLY one of my favorite things ever. We’ll go ahead and call cherry crunch dessert my love language ;)

    Second, I really love what Kristen said about serving her family – those are the things her kids will remember forever, and what a cool way to live out the Gospel!

  14. What a fabulous cherry dessert and it’s so simple, I love that!

  15. I used to make this dessert often but I add a can of drained crushed pineapple to the cherries. So easy and soooo yummy! Thanks for reminding me of this!

  16. I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. But we haven’t talked about what we might do yet. I’ll be putting it out for a vote shortly. And that dessert? Yum! Definitely looks like something different that I need to try!

  17. I’m a hard-core quality time girl. Almost don’t need the others at all.

    This looks delish!!

  18. It looks so good! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  19. Love languages are so important, and this dessert is wonderful for whipping up and enjoying any night of the week.

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  21. this dessert looks doable and delicious! Our children still talk about our “Mystery Menu Valentines Dinners”. I would make up a simple menu with silly names and the children must choose 2-3 items per course for a 3 course dinner.( use stickers or simple shapes next to menu items for non-readers). The funny part was that the utensils, drinks, and napkins were disguised as menu items as well! Here’s an example:

    red bull= bbq brisket
    knee high sunrise= corn on the cob
    field fodder= slaw or salad
    checkered flag=napkin
    pitchfork=fork or spoon
    cow patty= ice cream sandwich

    Messy fun had by all- because table manners were optional!
    Fun family memories

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  23. my family has been making this recipe for over 30 years. It tastes best if you use Comstock cherry pie filling, and the most important thing is you must use Duncan Hines white cake mix. It makes a huuuuuuge difference in the taste. Sometimes it’s hard to find, but the other white cake mixes can’t compare. Also we use pecans instead of walnuts. Much better!!!

  24. Oh, yeah, you’ve also got to put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it too, as it is very rich!

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