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LOVE COOKIES

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These bright and yummy cookies make a perfect gift! Method below:

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Icing or powdered sugar, for rolling out dough:

Icing:

  • I cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into heart shapes using various sized cookie cutters, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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IMG_7200(Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, Food Network)


CANDY POPCORN GIFT JAR

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This delicious mix is so good for your Valentine with a sweet tooth! It is filled with yummy white chocolate coated popcorn, mini MnMs, Nerds, marshmallows, and best of all, cake batter!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups popped salted popcorn
  • 2 large bars of Lindt white chocolate
  • Yellow cake batter mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • Pink and purple Nerds
  • Mini MnMs
  • Mini marshmallows

Directions:

Pop your popcorn and remove half into a large bowl. In a double boiler, melt white chocolate after chopping it roughly with a knife. Add 2 tablespoons of cake batter mix when chocolate is completely melted.

Pour melted chocolate over popcorn in large bowl, until it is completely melted. Spread chocolate covered popcorn onto large baking tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the various candies and sprinkles on top, and allow chocolate to harden. Once cooled and hardened, break up into smaller pieces and add to a jar or container of your choice, mixed with the uncovered popcorn (doing this ensures a delicious sweet and salty combination of flavours).

Decorate jar as you please.


PRINTABLES!

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I created these printables available for free download. They’re great to use on your V Day envelopes and gifts, or when you just want to show your love for no reason.

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VDay Printables – Click on link to download
(Created using Rhonna Designs)

 

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