Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day is in just two days!  Have you finished making treats for the special people in your life?  I haven’t made anything for Friday … I’m so behind!  My hubby was home last week … we hung curtain rods, went grocery shopping … very exciting stuff ;)  Having him home is nice, but I fall behind in other things … like blogging, visiting other blogs, Facebook … trying to play catch-up now!

I thought that a recap of a few past ideas may be fun and inspiring.   These are some of my favorites …

P1030535 Nutter Butter Hearts

Nutter Butter Hearts  … Nutter Butters are suitable for all occasions!

edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s totally edible!

Very Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes … I love the marbled hearts!

valentine snocaps

Hand Made Valentine Sno-caps … these were so easy to make!

Peas be my Valentine

Peas in a Nutter Butter Pod … what can I say … more Nutter Butters ;)

P1030560  candy love birds

M&M’s Lovebirds … I just love these guys!

We are staying home for dinner on Valentine’s Day … what are your plans?

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Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms

Good Monday morning!  I hope your week is off  to a nice start!  These butter cookies with chocolate hearts are sure to help …

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I’ve seen quite a few yummy peanut butter blossoms with chocolate hearts … just wanted to change it up a little … made a butter cookie and used three different varieties of chocolate!

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This is how I can tell the cookies apart …

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Since I’m the only person at my house that truly loves dark chocolate, I added Sea Salt and shared them with girlfriends.  That leaves the solid milk chocolate and peanut butter filled milk chocolate for my guys to fight over share :)

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Note:  I love the way the cookies with red sugar look … next time I would use a brighter pink and lavender sugar.

Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • colored sugar for rolling
  • 30-36 chocolate hearts
  • Sea Salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line baking sheets with parchment.  Remove foil from chocolate hearts.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beat well.
  4. Add about half of the flour and beat well, add remaining flour and beat well.
  5. Roll dough into 1″ balls, cover balls with colored sugar and place on prepared baking sheets about 2″ apart.
  6. Bake 9-12 minutes.  Remove cookies from oven, immediately gently push a chocolate heart into the center of each cookie.  Let sit on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.  Note:  the chocolate may melt and become very soft and glossy, but it will hold it’s shape.  Add sea salt at this point, if desired.  Let cool completely and allow chocolate to firm up.  Makes 30-36 cookies.

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Make these Valentine cookies (sorry, don’t mean to sound so bossy) for family, friends, neighbors or that someone special … Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms make people happy!  My hubby, The Peanut Butter Man, loved them … even the ones without peanut butter!

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the chocolate hearts!

Candy Arrow Cupcakes & A Quick Sweet Giveaway

Oh my gosh … Valentine’s Day is just 10 days away!  I’m going to make this short and sweet … sharing Valentine’s Day cupcakes and giving away some candy to one lucky person … it’s a Quick Sweet Giveaway !  You must enter quickly … winner will be selected quickly … prize will be mailed quickly ;)

P1030615 Chocolate & Cherry Arrows

Cupid’s arrows are totally edible … made with chocolate sticks and gummy cherry hearts … can’t get much sweeter than that!

Well, I said this would be quick … better get started …

P1030618 Valelntine arrow cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes … make your favorite frosting … make candy arrows like this …

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  1. Use a small sharp knife to make openings in two gummy candy hearts (I used cherry, but sour and cinnamon flavors are available).
  2. Insert hearts gently on each end of a chocolate Ovation stick. (Hint – Refrigerated chocolate sticks don’t break as easily)
  3. ???  I tried to create an arrow using an Ovation Break-A-Part and white candy coating.  I wasn’t happy with the results … showed it anyway because I’m including a Break-A-Part in the giveaway!

Frost your cupcakes like this …

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Now for the Quick Sweet Giveaway 

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This sweet package includes a few Valentine’s Day candies …

  • A milk chocolate and raspberry Break-A-Part … yummy!
  • Chocolate coffee sticks … for making arrows!
  • Red and white pearls … for decorating cookies, cupcakes, candies or ?
  • Valentine Sixlets … just because you need them!

Here’s the Rules …. One entry per person – open to United State residents only – entry deadline is February 5, 2014 (11:59pm, p.s.t.)- winner will be selected (using Random.org), announced and e-mailed on February 6, 2014 – winner must respond by February 7, 2014 or a new winner will be selected.

The contest is now closed.  Random.org selected comment #2 – Dee!  I have sent an email to her!  Thank you to everyone for entering :)

Here’s how to enter … Follow SweetSimpleStuff by subscribing to receive e-mails or follow by “Liking” SweetSimpleStuff’s page on Facebook.  Leave a comment on this post … what will you do with the candy if you win … make treats for the kiddos, neighbors, coworkers … or just say HI ;)  Good Luck!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the candy!

Arrow Valentine's Day Cupcake

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Valentine’s Day Candy Dish

Candy dishes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials.  Do you keep a candy dish out … all of the time or never … just on special occasions or holidays … chocolate or hard candy?  I change it up … right now I have a glass vase filled with round peppermint candies.  Yes, they are leftover from Christmas, but I say it’s OK because they are red and white … ready for Valentine’s Day ;)

I wanted to put out some Valentine’s Day chocolate, but in a different way …

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Spell out a message with individually wrapped candies!

I made the “I” and “U” … tried a heart-shaped dish that just didn’t look right … wrong proportions.  For some unknown reason, I pulled out my cookie cutters … I think it works!

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My suggestion is … think outside of the box … or dish!  Candy dishes don’t need to be candy dishes :)

P1030608 Alternative candy dish display

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Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the candy!

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Individual Ice Box Cakes … pretty in pink!

The little Ice Box Cakes that I made for you today came about for a number of reasons …

  • I love Ice Box Cakes and have been meaning to make individual ones!
  • The combination of dark chocolate and pink is so pretty!
  • Peppermint seems like a good choice for Valentine’s Day … fresh breath is a good thing!
  • I believe chocolate hearts are required on Valentine’s Day … at least in my book!

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These were soooo easy to make … you can make as many or as few as you want … love the convenience of individual servings.

At Christmas time, I had seen Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips featured in several recipes, but never saw them at my grocery store.  Then, earlier this month I spotted them at Target … they jumped right into my cart and came home with me!  I knew that I needed them for Valentine’s Day and with dark chocolate.  SweetWorks sent me some delicious (I know … had to taste test) dark chocolate hearts wrapped in pink foil … it was the perfect decoration for the top of these little cakes!

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Individual Ice Box Cakes

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Soft Pink Americolor gel food coloring
  • 18 Chocolate Wafers (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 6 Dark Chocolate Hearts
  • Parchment paper or 6 cupcake liners flattened
  1. Place medium size bowl and whisk (or beaters) in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cream, sugar and a drop or two of food coloring to cold bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.  Add more coloring if desired.
  3. Cover a tray with parchment paper or cupcake liners.
  4. Place six chocolate wafers on prepared tray, add a spoon of whipped cream to each wafer, repeat two more layers (3 wafer and 3 spoons of whipped cream).  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. To serve, remove each cake and top with (about 1 tablespoon) Peppermint Crunch and a chocolate heart.  Makes 6 servings.

Hints and variations:  Using the flattened cupcake liners makes it easy to remove from the tray and serve.  You could also assemble the cakes on individual plates, cover and refrigerate.  Don’t want to whip cream … substitute Cool Whip and eliminate powdered sugar.  Substitute mini chocolate chips for the Peppermint Crunch.

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the dark chocolate hearts!

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M&M’s Lovebirds

Hello!  How are you today?  Did you have a nice weekend?

Last year I asked for your help with these chicks and you were very helpful!  Today, I’m hoping that you will share your opinions again.  May I introduce you to the chicks’ distant cousins … M&M’s Valentine Lovebirds …

P1030559 Tail Feathers, wings or both

 

I can’t decide which version is my favorite!  Do they need wings to fly … tail feathers to shake or maybe both?  What do you think?

P1030562 M&M's Love Birds lovebirds

Are you ready to get started?  You will need …

  • Peanut M&M’s in Valentine colors
  • Jumbo heart sprinkles 
  • Candy coating/melts – yellow (I used yellow for everything … you may want coordinating Valentine colors)
  • Black edible marker
  • Wax or parchment paper

Now for the easy peasy instructions …

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  1. Work on wax/parchment paper.  Melt candy according to package directions – I place the melted candy in a squeeze bottle, a pastry bag or toothpick will also work.  Locate the “m” on the candy.
  2. Place a dot (about 1/4″) of melted yellow candy on wax paper and place a M&M on melted candy, so that the “m” is facing down … place heart “tail feather” if desired.  You may need to hold the M&M for a few seconds to maintain its position.
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  4. Use the edible marker to make eyes.
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  6. Attach heart “wings” with a dot of melted candy.  I used yellow candy, which is visible at certain angles … you may decide to use coordinating colors … your choice!

I love these little lovebirds ;)

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You know that I ♥ your opinions!  What do you say … wings, tail feathers or both?

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Simplified Nutter Butter Hearts

Good morning!  Yesterday I was very excited to share my Nutter Butter Broken Hearts.  Shortly after I finished the post, shared on Facebook and Pinterest … I started to have second thoughts about my hearts … were they overdone or complicated?  Why didn’t I simplify them?  I’m all about simple, after all!

Well … I simplified …

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To tell you the truth … while I was making the batch of hearts for yesterday’s post, I was worried about the two pieces of cookie needing the chocolate backing to help hold everything together.  I was wrong … it was not necessary … although, there’s nothing wrong about having extra chocolate!

This is what I tried and it worked!

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Cut the cookies like I showed you yesterday … apply some melted chocolate to one cut edge … press the two pieces together … apply top decoration as desired … chill for a few minutes!  SUPER SIMPLE … EASY PEASY … just the way it should be ;)

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By the way … as I was making these, my hubby walked by and told me that I’m a genius … and he laughed!  That’s just how our relationship works ;)

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