Valentine's Day may be over, but I thought I'd quickly share with you guys the few treats I decided to make for the occasion!
First I made chocolate-dipped strawberries because 1) they're super easy to make! and 2) Brian and I both love strawberries; good enough reasons, right? :)
All you need: - a batch of strawberries - flat chocolate bars for melting. You can use any kind you'd like - a glass saucer, or a plate that won't burn on the stove for the melting
I'd never melted chocolate before and thought for sure I was going to burn it! But it's actually very simple.
-Boil a pot of water on the stove
- Once done, turn the heat down to about 5 degrees and place a non-flammable bowl over the pot. Usually glass saucers are the best fit for this if you have any - just make sure they are non-flammable so the heat doesn't cause them to crack!
- Start breaking up pieces of the flat chocolate and place it on top of the bowl. With a bit of stirring, you'll notice the chocolate will start to melt
- Keep this up depending on how much melted chocolate you're making! Eventually, it's a good idea to turn the heat down (to three or two degrees) to prevent burning.
- Once the strawberries are washed and dried thoroughly, just individually dip them into the warm chocolate when it's still turned to low heat. Make sure to dry up the strawberries as best as you can, as this will help the chocolate to stick better!
- Place them on a pan to cool off for about 20-30 minutes. Once done, refrigerate them to allow the chocolate to harden.
I searched online and saw a very similar recipe: Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies. I decided to go for these!
You can read up on the original recipe here.
To make mine, I used: -Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dessert Mix. Just add one egg and 3 tablespoons of butter - chocolate hearts from the dollar store
-Once the batter was mixed, I moulded and placed small lumps of them on a pan.
-At 375 degrees, they baked for about 15-20 minutes.
-Once done, let them cool off for about 10 minutes before placing the chocolate hearts on top. The reason for this is because you wanna place the chocolates on while it's still warm, but if it's too warm - the chocolate will melt!
- Allow another 20 minutes to cool and then refrigerate before serving!
I also whipped up a quick batch of Pilsbury cookie mix into heart-shaped moulds. Easy-peesy!
With the left over melted chocolate, you'll notice I filled in the centre of the cookies with some because it can't get more chocolately than that!
Be sure to check out the Valentine's Day treats I made last year under the Bon Appétit tab. I bet you can find ways to make them for other fun occasions too!
I hope you're all having a great Thursday! (it's almost Friday!)