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 …

P1030629 Chocolate Heart Butter Blossom Cookies

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!

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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 …

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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?

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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.
  5. Draw a wing if desired.P1030558 ed
  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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Valentine Pretzels a.k.a. Heartzels

Are you surviving the cold/flu season?

The hubby and I have been passing viruses back and forth for about a month … we share everything!  The dog even got sick :(  I’m sure that this is the end of it :)

I finally ventured out of the house to do some shopping at Target … Kleenex, toilet paper, laundry soap, very exciting stuff ;)  However, I was very excited when I found these … Heartzels

Aren’t they cute?  This is the first time that I have ever seen Heartzels!

Chips were on my shopping list … but the pretzels were the highlight of my shopping trip!

This is what I made …

Valentine pretzels - Heartzels

Here is the best part … what is better than a Rolo on a pretzel?  Answer … 3 Rolos on a pretzel!!!  Yes … I said 3 Rolos ;)  Just hang in there for a moment and I will explain …

This is what you will need …

Heart pretzels

  • Heartzels
  • Mini twist pretzels
  • Mini Rolos
  • Red sanding sugar

In each bag of Heartzels (.7 oz.) were only about 9 whole heart shaped pretzels and some broken ones … so I used mini twist pretzels on the bottom of these little treats and Heartzels on the top.

Heartzel rolo pretzel

Directions …

  • Heat oven to 325°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Lay mini twist pretzels on parchment and 3 mini Rolos on each pretzel … can you see the ♥ forming?
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top each with a Heartzel and gently press to slightly smash the Rolos, creating a little sandwich, sprinkle with red sugar immediately … chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until chocolate hardens.
  • Tap off all excess red sugar … don’t forget to save the extra sugar for another project!

Update 1-25-13 … I found an alternative to Heartzels today.  These are made by Herr’s … chocolate covered pretzels!  I hope these are easier to find … Target was my source …

Herr's Valentine Treat Packs

 

I ♥ YOUR COMMENTS :)   Here is my comment … Heartzels + Mini Rolos = LOVE

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Pretty Pink Sparkly Bark

Are you thinking about Valentine’s Day?

I know it’s hard to believe … February 14 will be here before we know it!

I still have to finish packing up Christmas stuff … I’d better get a move on it.

Today, I whipped up this pretty pink peppermint bark …

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Wouldn’t this pretty pink peppermint bark be perfect for Valentine’s Day?  The marshmallows are puffy too!  Sorry for all the “p” words … I couldn’t help myself ;)

This is what you will need … pink & white chocolate (candy melts), peppermint marshmallows, peppermint oil and coarse white crystal sugar.  Do you like my penguin bottle of sugar?  It came filled with maple syrup … it was sooooo cute … had to keep it :)

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Mix marshmallows with melted white chocolate … use regular mini marshmallows if you can’t find peppermint ones …

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Spread the mixture on a tray lined with wax paper …

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Add peppermint oil to melted pink chocolate and drop dollops of the pink onto the marshmallow/chocolate mixture …

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Use a knife to swirl the two colors together …

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Sprinkle crystal sugar on top … now it’s sparkly …

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Chill for a few minutes … then break it up …

Pretty pink sparkly bark

PRETTY PINK SPARKLY BARK

  • 1 pound white chocolate, melted (or candy melts)
  • 4 ounces pink chocolate, melted (or candy melts)
  • 2-1/2 cups mini peppermint marshmallows
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarse white/clear crystal sugar
  1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Mix marshmallows with white chocolate and spread out on prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Add peppermint oil to pink chocolate … start with a small amount and add as needed to suit your taste.
  4. Drop pink chocolate by a teaspoon onto white mixture.  Use a dinner knife to swirl colors.  Tap cookie sheet on counter to make candy smooth out.
  5. Sprinkle with crystal sugar.
  6. Chill in fridge or freezer.  Break into pieces.

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Conversation Heart Pops

Last week my husband was on vacation from work.  We didn’t go anywhere … except shopping … Target, WinCo, Costco, etc. … and bought waaaay toooo much candy.  He has been bugging me to open and eat the conversation hearts.  I kept telling him “no” and that I was going to use them for my blog.  Now that the bag has been opened … I guess they are going to be gone shortly.  I don’t know why he likes those hard little candies … and now that he has seen my soft and chewy pops … he wants those too!  I do have to hide candy from him … I think he knows what I do :)

My conversation hearts are … guess what … marshmallows!  I’m sure you probably guessed … knowing my obsession and all.  Believe me … if I find new marshmallows … I feel compelled to buy them.

Before we start … let me say that you will see imperfections in my pops.  Just remember that these are made with marshmallows … which are not perfect … they may have little lumps or bumps.  Don’t worry about perfection … it’s only candy … have fun!

This is what you will need …

  • Jumbo HeartMallows (about 60 per bag)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Red Edible Marker
  • Candy melts – assorted colors (3-4 pounds to do 60 pops)

I wanted light-colored candy melts … but I only had bright pink candy.  So I started with melted white chocolate (candy melts) and added pink until I got the shade I wanted.  I ended up using 4 parts white to 1 part pink …

First dip the tip of your stick in melted candy.  This will help “glue” the marshmallow to the stick …

Then insert it into the marshmallow and set aside to let the candy harden up …

Now cover the entire marshmallow with melted chocolate and tap off all excess candy …

Lay the pop on waxed paper or place in a fancy dancy homemade pop holder … then put in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up …

Use the marker to write messages on room temperature pops.  I used some of the sayings on the real conversation hearts … or be creative …

Note:  Be careful not to touch the writing, it may smudge.

Visit the “Dollhouse Bake Shoppe” for a Virtual Valentines Party … lots of fun ideas and recipes!

I ♥ all of your comments …

Valentine’s Day Sno-Caps

Do you remember Sno-Caps or Nonpareils … you know, those chocolate discs that are covered with little white balls?

Well … you can make your own … any shape you want!

This is what you will need …

  • Nonpareils … or
  • Sanding Sugar … or
  • Crystal Sugar
  • Melted chocolate or candy melts
  • Leftover Candy Canes … I’ll explain later

My philosophy is … use what you have … or what you can find.  This is what I had in my cupboard …

Melt the chocolate and put it in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag or even a ziptop bag (a quart size works well).  I like squeeze bottles that I can put different size decorating tips on them.  I used a red Candy Decorating Pen, white chocolate with a #3 tip, dark chocolate with a #4 tip and pink chocolate with a #10 tip.

I do not make my chocolate shapes and add sprinkles on top because … the chocolate sometimes hardens too quickly … and I usually end up with sprinkles all over the kitchen.  So this is what I do … just squeeze the chocolate on the sprinkles in the shape you want …don’t worry about perfection … we will call them “artistic” …

These sizes are the small ones that I used on the cupcakes above.  Let the candy firm up … then remove them …

Here is another idea … make larger ones for individual treats …

This is where the candy canes come in …

Or how about the two tone heart …

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  Second step

  Third step

These are all so easy peasy … I hope you find it fun!

F.Y.I.  I really took the easy way out this time.  The cupcakes are made from a mix and frosted with whipped cream … straight out of the squirty can!  :)

Up next … on Friday … a little giveaway

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