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Failproof Valentine’s Day Treats

Yes, I'm one of those people…the ones who posted just one word in her Facebook status at the beginning of 2015. A word that would hopefully define the year ahead. My word for this year is simply, simplify.

Since having kids, I've tried to be the mom who not only did it all, but who also felt the need to take it all way over the top. But, one of the loveliest things I've learned recently is that my kids are happy even when I'm just showing up.

Last week, I poured my son a bowl of Cheerios and dug around in the silverware drawer for his favorite spoon and placed it alongside his bowl. He turned to me, with those big, bright eyes, and said, "You're the best cereal maker ever, Mommy."

Cereal. Not pancakes made from scratch in the shape of a dinosaur. Just plain Cheerios.

So, keeping my word of the year in mind as I approach all things this year, I'm finding more time for playing. And laughing. And breathing. Less time for stressing, over-doing and worrying.

In celebration of my declaration, I'm avoiding any Valentine's Day Pinterest boards because I'm passing on the elaborate recipes that put me in the kitchen for hours upon hours. I'm opting for a super simple (read: fail proof) Valentine's Day treat that my kids can not only help with and appreciate, but also package up and give to their best buddies.

Ingredients

  • Store bought cookies of your choice (We used Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters and Mother's Tea cookies.)
  • Milk chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Valentine's Day sprinkles
  • Young, adorable assistant(s)
  • Treat bags (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions

  1. Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment paper for cooling your dipped cookies.
  2. Chop the milk chocolate into small pieces and place in a small microwave safe bowl.
  3. Place the chocolate in the microwave and heat at 50% power for 1 minute; remove the bowl and stir. If your mixture is nearly all melted, don't return it to the microwave. Just stir for a few minutes, allowing the melted chocolate to melt the remaining bits.
  4. Return the bowl to the microwave and repeat, stirring every 15 seconds to prevent scorching.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the white chocolate, but heat for only 30 seconds at first and then for the 15-second intervals as you did with the milk chocolate. (White chocolate scorches easily, so you'll want to melt it slowly and carefully.)
  6. Dip your cookies into the melted chocolate and allow excess to drip off before transferring to the parchment paper.
  7. While you continue dipping the remaining cookies, have your assistants add the sprinkles to the cookies on the parchment paper before the chocolate hardens.
  8. Repeat the process until you've dipped and sprinkled all of your cookies.
  9. Once the chocolate hardens, transfer the cookies to an airtight container or into individual bags for gifting.

We made cute gift bags by taking simple treat bags, folding over the tops, punching two holes in the top and threading through some ribbon. (We found our bags on Amazon.)

Images via Nichole Beaudry

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