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!

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Fondue S’mores

Good Monday morning!  How are you today?  I made something that could give your week a little kickstart …

Fondue S'mores

We returned home a few days ago from a camping trip that did not include s’mores … a true violation of my camping rules!  So … I made these s’mores at home … definitely worth the wait ;)

I was very happy to receive a package of Emmi Swiss Chocolate Fondue in the mail … just what I needed to create this yummy simple dessert.  This fondue comes ready to use … just melt it, yeah!  This is how it starts …

Emmi Swiss Fondue

After a short time in the microwave …

Chocolate Fondue Love

Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate are all present in my Fondue S’mores … in a little different form.  This is what you will need …

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Fondue S’mores

  1. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ pan and a spatula by buttering (or spraying with nonstick cooking spray)
  2. In a large pan (I used a 6 quart), melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add 6 cups mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring until all cereal is coated.
  5. Add remaining 4 cups mini marshmallows and stir to combine.
  6. Spread in prepared pan using buttered spatula.
  7. Let cool at least 1 hour and cut into squares.
  8. Melt chocolate fondue according to package directions and serve with cereal squares.

Family Poll … Hubby, Sons #1 and #3 … 6 thumbs up!  Son #2 (whom I should name the critic)… says the cereal squares did not need the extra marshmallows added.

Golden Graham bars chocolate fondue

Thank you to the folks at Emmi for providing me with the Swiss Chocolate Fondue … all opinions and recipes are my own.

Golden Graham S'mores Emmi Swiss Fondue

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Reese’s PB Cup & Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Good Friday morning!  I started writing this post three days ago … don’t know what happened, but I lost everything!  It’s OK because I rewrote it over and over again in my head … several times.  I would ask myself should I share or just post the recipe?  I decided to do both.

I finally figured out that I’m in a slump and need to SNAP OUT OF IT!  I’m not in a rut … my rut or routine has been changed … I think that’s my problem.

Several changes have taken place around here, some good and some not so good.  My hubby recently lost his oldest brother, whom he would visit twice a week, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Our 14-year-old puppy, a.k.a. my hubby’s daughter and my pretty girl, had been ill for several months and we lost her Monday.  On a good note … we are back in home improvement mode … we are slooooow home improvers … finally finishing a master bathroom that has been six years in the making (loooong story).  We have had a nice time visiting with family from out-of-town that we don’t get to see often enough.

We have a few short trips planned, including one to Laughlin, Nevada.

Jackpot Bars

Have you ever been to Laughlin?  I was trying to describe it to my niece (who has been to Las Vegas) I basically told her it’s like old old Las Vegas on a mini scale and located on the Colorado River.  My hubby likes Laughlin because the gambling is cheaper less expensive than Las Vegas.  Now, please don’t laugh at me … the real reason I agreed to go to Laughlin, because I’m not a gambler … is that we will make a short drive to Kingman, Arizona and have breakfast at Cracker Barrel and maybe buy a new cast iron skillet ;)  I live in California …. there is no Cracker Barrel in California!!!  We Californians are Cracker Barrel deprived!  It may sound silly to some of you, but I don’t understand when some people who I know come for a visit to California and must go to In-N-Out-Burger!  Don’t get me wrong, I like In-N-Out Burger, but I think that being deprived … makes it seem even better … just like me and Cracker Barrel :)

Now that I’m finished rambling … these bars are my idea of gambling.  You may get one or two peanut butter cups on a bar or hit a jackpot and get four cups …

Chocolate & Reese's Rice Krispie Treats

Reese’s PB Cup and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 6 ounces of chocolate marshmallows (4 cups)
  • 8 ounce bag Reese’s Minis
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies (crisp rice cereal)
  1. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and a spatula with butter or cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large pot (6 quart) melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add Rice Krispies, stir until coated.  Immediately pour 1/2 of mixture into prepared pan, sprinkle candy evenly, add remaining cereal mixture.  Use prepared spatula to press into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into bars.

Good luck … I hope you pick a winning bar and hit the jackpot!

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Spreadable Butter … make your own

Just sharing a sweet money-saving tip … no sugar involved …

Have you ever bought spreadable butter … the kind that is usually a butter and canola oil blend?

I have looked at spreadable butter … but never purchased it.

The prices that I have seen are usually $2.50 – $3.00 for an eight ounce package … I’m cheap ;)

A friend told me how to make my own for a lot less money … thank you, Gwen :)

All you need is butter and canola oil … what could be easier?

This is all you need …

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) – softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • A container to hold the finished product (a little larger than 1 cup)

First, whip the butter … I usually use my hand-held mixer …

Next, add the canola oil …

And beat until smooth …

Pour into your container and store in the refrigerator …

You now have spreadable butter … straight out of the fridge.  We use this spread as a substitute for butter on bread and some cooking … you get the taste of butter and less saturated fat.

I have not used it in place of butter for baking yet … have you?  I’m interested in feedback!

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