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3 Easy Valentine’s Day Treats to Wow Your Kids

Ramp up the cuteness factor this Valentine’s Day with these 3 easy to make, even yummier to eat treats.Β  Whether your serving one kid or looking for something to earn you the Room Mom title next year, we’ve got you covered.

LADY BUGS

Ingredients

  • Double Stuffed Sandwich Cookies
  • red candy melts
  • dark brown candy melts
  • coconut oil
  • yellow candy melts (for bumble bees)
  • piping bag
  • edible googly eyes
  • edible heart decorations

Directions

  1. Pour red candy melts into a bowl with 1 tbs. coconut oil and melt in microwave in 30 mins intervals and stirring in between. Takes about 1.5 minutes to melt fully.
  2. Dip each cookie into the melted red candy melt about 2/3 of the way up.
  3. Quickly add small heart sprinkles pushed into the red coated cookie.
  4. Allow to cool, about 20 minutes or 8 in the refrigerator.
  5. Melt dark brown candy melts in the same manner. Dip the remaining 1/3 uncovered parts of the cooled coated cookie into dark brown (for the head of the love bugs).
  6. Immediately add edible googly eyes.
  7. Poor remaining melted dark brown candy melts into a piping bag and cut a small hole at the tip.
  8. For red ladybugs: pipe a vertical line down the middle splitting the red part into 2 equal halves. Add dots in between hearts sprinkles.
  9. Leave to cool then serve

STAINED GLASS HEARTS

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Crush the jolly ranchers with a hammer or mortar and pestle.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  3. Prep the cutting board or counter with flour. Sprinkle flour on a rolling pin as well.
  4. Roll out the dough to be about 1/3 or 1/4 inch thickness
  5. Use large size heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into the dough.
  6. Leave the cutter on the dough without removing yet.
  7. Use a smaller heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out a smaller heart cutout inside the bigger cutter.
  8. Remove the inner cutout excess. Transfer the heart shaped border onto a baking sheet with lined parchment paper.
  9. Repeat this step for as many cookies as you want.
  10. Go back to the crushed jolly ranchers, fill in the center of each heart shaped cutout cookie dough 1/2 – 1/3 way to not overflow while baking.
  11. Stick the cookies in the oven for 10 – 12 mins checking after about 8 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  12. Leave to cool.

PRETZEL HEARTS

Ingredients

  • small pretzels (taste better salted)
  • dark brown candy melts
  • white candy melts (optional)
  • embellishments

Directions

  1. Line pretzels all out in rows on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Melt those candy melts with 1 tbsp coconut oil in microwave in 30 mins intervals, stirring after each interval. Usually melts in about 1.5 minutes.
  3. Put melted wafers into piping bag and cut small hole at the tip.
  4. Pipe a heart shape inside each pretzel. ***TIP*** pipe the letter “V” instead of a heart to make it easier and neater looking.
  5. After piping each heart – add sprinkles (optional) then place a heart shaped candy on top.
  6. Leave to cool.

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Meg is a Co-Founder of What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (9, 7 and 4). She wishes her kids asked for caramelized brussel sprouts and wild salmon salad every night. But most of the time, you'll find her whipping up a kid-friendly pasta or a sweet treat with a healthy twist. Her motto is: everything in moderation... except coffee. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}