Monday, January 28, 2013

Easy Valentine's Day Cookie Pops

I've made a few versions of these cookie pops before. Mainly because they are easy, (which is a favorite "thing" for me) delicious and a great way to fancy up a cookie for the upcoming holiday!

This is what you will need to make them....

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Heart shape or any Valentine's themed cookie cutter
  • Lolly stick or skewers
  • Colored chocolate candy melts of your choice (I used red and blue)
  • Decorating bag or plastic Ziploc bags
  • Wax paper
  • Heart sprinkles or what ever sprinkles you like.
Keep in mind if you don't have the exact decorating items on hand, use your imagination and use what you have. These can be decorated with any color of chocolate, just go with what inspires you and make you want to create :) I went with the blue, because I had saw some adorable mason jar cookies over at Munchhin Munchies that were made with this color combo and I just loved it!

I went with my favorite cookie recipe in the entire history of  the universe, because honestly it's that good. It's a chocolate cookie recipe from LilaLoa. Trust when I tell you there is a reason she calls it The End for All Chocolate Cookies recipe. Reason being, you'll never have to look for another recipe as this will be your go to recipe :) But if your not into making cookies go buy a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough and go from there.

You can make these cookie just as they are or take the next step and make them into cookie pops. But if you do make them into cookie pops, do NOT ADD the sticks into the uncooked dough. WAIT a minute after they come out of the oven and slide the stick (I used skewers) into the still soft cookie dough, be mindful as they will be hot.

Now leave them alone and they will set up as they cool.(Just a note, remove the stick before consuming if you use the skewers as they have a very pointy end.)

When the cookie have completely cooled, you can begin to get your chocolate melts ready. Now the amount of chocolate you need to melt depends on the amount of cookies you are making and the amount of drizzle you put on the cookie. If you melt it in small batches you won't  have so much extra unused chocolate left over.

Lay out your pops on a sheet of wax paper and get your sprinkles ready nearby. Lay another sheet of wax paper nearby a you will need it after you put the chocolate onto the pops.

Put your melted chocolate in a decorating bag or a small plastic baggie with a small piece of the corner cut and start going over the cookie back and forth horizontally. Don't worry about it being super neat as the messiness of it gives it a bit of charm. Do a layer on a cookie and move on to the next then repeat. This will allow you to build a bit of dimension on the cookie without the chocolate settling into each layer.

Repeat until you get the amount of chocolate you want on the pop.

Before they set lift them off the wax paper, this will clean off the excess chocolate and clean the edged. Set them on the clean sheet of wax paper you laid out earlier.

Before the chocolate sets completely add in your Valentine's day bling to the cookie! I made some with Pink and white sprinkles....

Some with heart sprinkles and silver dragees....

And some I made with the standard fare of Valentine's red chocolate with colored hearts sprinkles....

You can make and create any color combo really, so have fun with it. Be sure to allow them set completely, you can put them in the fridge to speed up the process.

Add paper straws or ribbons to pretty them up! Whoever gets one on V-day will thank you!!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Mini Candy Bar Wrappers {{Free Printable}}

It's getting closer.......Valentine's Day, that is!

So if your looking to get a jump on things this year and need a quick and easy idea for yourself or your kiddies, these might just be for you.

I made these for Halloween as well and they were such a hit that I knew they would work out perfectly for Valentine's day. I used these miniature candy bars which can be found in any grocery store and wrapped them to transform them into cute Valentine's day themed treats. Personally I think they look adorable all dressed up for the holiday.

These are printed on sticker labels, so all you have to do is print and wrap each bar individually. I used Avery Multi Use Labels #5440 and created a template to design the images on.

Just so you know these are NOT labels on a 8-1/2 x 11 sheet, they measure smaller and are on a 4x6 sheet. So if you decide to print them out on the sticker be sheet be sure to change your printers settings so it knows that it will be printing out on a 4x6 sized paper.

But for those of you that don't have the sticker labels to print them on or just want another option, I also created a  8-1/2 x 11 sheet of the labels that you can print, cut and attach on any type of paper. (Regular old printing paper is fine for this)

I created three different versions to mix it up a bit.....  printed hearts.

These print in three different colors... Red, pink and a lighter pink with "Be Mine" printed across the front.

A chevron print....with "Love" on it.

These also come in three color varieties...

And lastly I made a wrapper with the candy conversation hearts as a faded background.

They really make a great little treat!

Use a small cellophane bag and pretty ribbon to wrap them and hand them out as gifts.

Whatever you do with them, will surely make the receiver smile!

You can print out the Wrappers from {{HERE}}

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Homemade Valentine's Gummi Pops

Remember when I made {{these}} for Halloween???? Homemade, easy, fun AND really kid friendly.

So friendly that I make these for my kidoddles more than I care to admit.

Yup, homemade gummi pops, but for this post specifically Valentine's day gummi pops. These are great for little gifts for V-day or just snacks for little people play dates which is when these bad boys got consumed.

Make them yourself, your kids will "Love" you for it :)

This is what you will need.....
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 package of 1/4 oz. gelatin (unflavored)
  • 1 package 3oz. flavored gelatin (flavor/color depends on the type mold you use.)
  • Candy mold (I bought mine at a local craft store)
  • Lolly pop sticks
  • Paper straws..if you have them and want to use them to dress up the lolly pop sticks.
  • Corn starch
Fill a pot with 1/3 cup of water and sprinkle unflavored gelatin and flavored gelatin into water and give it a quick stir. Let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. Transfer pot to the stove and cook on medium heat on the stove for about 3-5 minutes, until all of the gelatin has dissolved.

I let it cool for a quick minute and then I poured the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout, so it would be easier to pour into the mold. As you can see the total mixture amount is a little less than 2/3 of a cup, so use this to determine how much you will need to make your pops.

Insert sticks into the mold. You might want to place something under the edges of the sticks that hang so they stay level. (You'll understand better when you make these what that means)

The powdery stuff in the picture is actually disco dust as I wanted to see how I could "add" some sparkle to the pops. I also tried sprinkles and nonpareils and there is a reason why there are no pictures of them.....because they didn't work out so well. Edible, yes, but pretty...not so much!

Pour the mixture into the mold.

Fill all the cavities of the mold and be sure not to overfill them. (Yes, at times I am a bit messy.)

Let it sit out on the counter for about 20 minutes, until set. Resist the urge to check on them before they set (like I did) completely or they will shift and spill if not totally set.

After they have completely set, dust the back of the mold with cornstarch to off set the stickiness. Peel out of the mold.

You can use any mold you can find, they tend to carry them in local crafts stores. Or you can find some {{HERE}}

You can use any flavor/color combo of gelatin you like to make these fun and easy treats. Let your imagination be your guide!!

Hope you liked this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Valentine's Day "Love" Muffin Wrappers

In a little more then a month guess what will be happening????

Valentine's Day!!!

Which means a whole bunch of Valentine's day inspired posts about this famed day of love.

Excited yet?????

For me its a day of celebrating the good fortune of the love of my husband and children and of course treats of some variety. Since the holiday season wreaked havoc on our families "good" eating, in this New Year we are being more conscious of our food choices.

Hence I pack the hubbers lunch everyday and will be including a few "Love" muffins for him on Valentine's day....of the healthy variety of course :)

It would be weird and mean for me to be feeding him sugar laden cupcakes veering him away from our healthier way of eating.  So I figured these would work as a cute Valentine's Day holiday wrapper for a few mini muffins during his coffee break at work.

Although you don't have to use them for muffins and could totally use these for mini cupcakes.

Which I will most likely make for my kiddos for an after lunch treat. I also made them standard size for those of you that want regular sized muffins and/or cupcakes.

Like many of my other printables these can be printed on a standard 8-1/2 x  11 sheet of paper.Regular printing paper can be used, but be mindful that they will be a bit flimsier. For sturdier wrappers use card stock, which can be purchased at most craft stores.

Just print them, cut them out and attach the ends using a hot glue gun or tape if that is what you have.

These are great for brightening up any celebration of love!

You can print the wrappers out from {{HERE}} at my newer site I'm STILL working on MightyDelighty.net

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!


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