I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I love capturing this holiday by making easy, fun, tasty treats with the kids! Here are a couple of super simple recipes that are perfect for this holiday.
Dipped Cookie Sticks
- 1 can Pepperidge Farm French Vanilla cream filled wafer cookies
- 1 bag white chocolate chips
- Valentine’s sprinkles
Using a double boiler, melt your white chocolate. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can also microwave your white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Be sure to do this in short intervals, stirring in between, so as not to burn the white chocolate. I would start with 30 seconds, and then 15 second intervals.
Once your white chocolate is nice and smooth, use a spatula and “paint” the bottom half of your cookie. Next, sprinkle your Valentine’s candy onto the cookie (my toddler loves this step) and place it on a paper plate (wax paper and parchment paper will work also).
Place your cookies in the fridge for about a half hour and you’re ready to enjoy!
Valentine’s Meringue Cookies
Next up is a Valentine’s Meringue cookie. Makes 12 – 18 cookies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup egg whites or 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup + 1 T granulated white sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar (not packed)
- Valentine’s sprinkles
- red food coloring (optional)
- decorating tip of choice, pastry bag (or Ziploc bag)
Preheat your oven to 200° F and place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. I love using parchment cookie baking sheets. You get a box of 22 precut sheets that are perfect and ready to use.
Whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy. I use my electric stand mixer and it usually takes about 2 minutes to get the consistency I’m looking for.
Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Slowly add the granulated sugar and continue whisking until you reach stiff peaks. This takes a bit longer; 5 minutes or more with your mixer is totally normal. Don’t give up!
Fold in your powdered sugar.
Now comes the fun part. Add two drops of red food coloring and just fold over a few times. Your goal is to achieve a swirl….not a completely pink batter.
Gently spoon your mixture into your pastry bag (or Ziploc bag). If using a Ziploc bag, snip one corner to fit your decorating tip. Using a swirl pattern, pipe your cookies onto your parchment paper and sprinkle with Valentine’s candies.
Bake at 200° F for 2 hours. Cookies will be crunchy on the outside with a marshmallow-like goodness on the inside.
Arrange on a platter and you’re ready to enjoy!