Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fun in the Kitchen

**DAY 8**

One of my favorite things to do with kids is COOK! There are so many fun ways to involve your kids in the kitchen. Today while watching a T.V. segment on KSL's Studio 5,  I saw some great ideas for some Valentine's Day goodies that you could bake with your kids. 

"LOVE"ly Lollipops

Courtesy of KSL Studio 5:

Candy Canes*
Lollipop Sticks (6 or 8-inch)
Almond bark or vanilla candy melts/chips
Wax paper
Valentine sprinkles
Lollipop bags and ties
* You can use small or regular-size candy canes. Small are the easiest to get out of their wrappers. For the small, use 6-inch lollipop sticks. If you use regular candy canes, you'll need to break the bottom off each to make the heart shape. Use the 8-inch stick for them.
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Place two candy canes in a heart shape on a greased cookie sheet (or one covered with a non-stick baking mat). Put a sucker stick in between the two candy canes so that it goes through the bottom point all the way to the top point of the heart. Start with 8 suckers per sheet so that you can shape them before they cool and re-harden.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven and watch the candy canes closely. They will begin to bubble and melt in 3-5 minutes. When this occurs, remove them from the oven and pinch the ends of the candy canes together at the top and bottom of each sucker to form a heart. THE CANDY CANES WILL BE HOT, so do this carefully. (I used a butter knife to help shape them.) Let the candy canes cool completely. Transfer onto wax paper.
Melt almond bark or candy melts in the microwave, following the directions on the package so that it doesn't burn. Pour some into the center of each sucker and use a spoon to smooth it in each heart. Add sprinkles before the center hardens. Let the bark harden and then package for your valentine.
Fun Variation: Snip a couple inches off of each stick and place through the center of a frosted cupcake for a cute topper.

Check out the other 2 ideas here: 
Conversation Cupcakes
Sweetheart Grahams


I also love to look up fun recipes on these two fabulous websites: 

Here is a yummy treat that would be SO fun to make with your kids for a Valentine Day gift for friends or neighbors. I am planning on making mine tomorrow! SO EASY and FUN!

Oreo Truffles: Found on www.picky-palate.com
Oreo Cookie Truffles
1 bag Oreo Cookies, ground in blender or food processor (filling and all)
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 package Almond Bark (white chocolate candy coating)
1 square of the Chocolate Bark for drizzling
1. Mix ground oreos and cream cheese until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and place onto baking sheet or tray. Refrigerate overnight or until very firm.
2. Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Using 2 little spoons, dip balls into chocolate and place onto parchment paper to harden. Once dry, melt chocolate bark and spoon into the corner of a ziplock baggie. Snip a small corner and drizzle back and forth over the truffles. Let dry.
3. I enjoyed mine chilled in the refrigerator, but may be room temperature as well! Enjoy! Thanks for the great recipe Bakerella!
About 30 truffles each recipe
Simple and Delicious!

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1 comment:

leah said...

These are PERFECT! My son's birthday is in December- and I used candy canes in his party, and we have tons left, so the hearts on a stick are perfect!! Thanks for the ideas ladies!! They are much appreciated!