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Looking for cute ideas for Valentine’s Day? This one is great, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day craft for kids. Who needs Valentine cards when you can pass out these yummy marshmallowy morsels of goodness? Here’s how to make Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Pops… Cake Pops are all the rage right now. But they take so long to make, and even after many attempts at the art, my pops end up being a bit lumpy (even though delicious)! If you would like the cute cake pop look for a baby shower, birthday party or a Valentine’s Day treat but you don’t want the hassle, make Marshmallow Pops! Ingredients: These Marshmallow Pops took under twenty minutes to make from start to finish and they turned out adorable! All you will need are: marshmallows, white chocolate, sprinkles (crushed graham cracker, coconut, etc.), popsicle sticks or paper straws and food coloring. Note: Buy paper straws online on Amazon and specialty baking and crafting stores. Also try Bakeitpretty.com. First cut a small slit in the top of the marshmallows to allow you to insert your straw. If you skip this step you just might mash your marshmallows! Insert the straws or popsicle sticks and put them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. They do not take long to freeze and by doing this, the marshmallow is adhered more securely to the straw. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in the microwave on medium heat and stir every 30 seconds. White chocolate seems to burn a lot easier than regular chocolate so watch it closely! Add your food coloring if desired. Next up is the fun part: decorating! Dip the frozen marshmallows in the white chocolate. You will want to tap the excess white chocolate off. The frozen marshmallow will make the chocolate harden quickly so don’t wait too long before dipping them into the sprinkles. My kids loved helping with this project. They are still pretty young, so I was in charge of the dipping and they rolled the chocolate covered marshmallows in their topping of choice! These would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts or treats all wrapped up in clear plastic and a pretty ribbon!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Is there anything better? Well, actual chocolate chip cookies would rank right up there I suppose.
But really, how many times have we all eaten raw cookie dough before shoving those babies in the oven to bake? I know I have. Risking raw eggs with every bite.
Well, worry no longer because Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil has just written her first book, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, filled with recipes using eggless raw cookie dough in cakes, pies, brownies, ice cream and more. We met at a Food Blog Forum event a couple of years ago and this year when I heard about her book I was captivated. How can you resist a title like that.
So this weekend I tried the basic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles recipe from her book. It involved dipping so I was all in.
All you need is flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, butter, milk, vanilla and chocolate chips.
No egg and all safe to eat by the spoonful. (See note in recipe about raw flour) And you might want to do just that because it’s so good.
Or you can make truffles. Use a 1-inch scoop for even amounts of dough.
I got more than 30 from the recipe but I can’t say exactly how many because, well I may have eaten some first. You know how cookie dough goes.
After you scoop them, roll them into round balls like the third one up from the bottom right. Yeah. I forgot to take a picture of them all rolled.
Then freeze them so they’ll be firm enough to dip.
You can use popsicle sticks to dip them in candy coating and then just sprinkle with tiny sprinkles. Smaller sprinkles are better for these because of the size of the truffles. And of course you can always just leave them stickless too.
I used these Dark Chocolate Decoratifs from India Tree for the first time and I love them. They are tiny, delicate squares of chocolate and they will need to cover some cupcakes soon too. Really soon.
Try writing on the popsicle sticks for an added touch. These would be cute on display for a party.
If the chocolate starts to pool too much at the bottom after you dip, here’s what I do to help them look pretty.
It can be messy, but effective.
Dip the ball in candy coating…
… and dot or slide the bottom of the coated ball on wax paper to pull off some of the excess coating.
Then just add sprinkles and set it over to the side in a clean spot on the wax paper to dry. Easy peasy and it makes them pretty.
They’ll taste the same no matter what they look like though, so now worries. Except for how many you’ll want to eat. These are pretty addictive little treats.
So… I dipped about half the balls in chocolate coating but about halfway through I had another idea.
It started with flattening the balls into little patties (the less perfect the better) and then freezing them for dipping.
Dipping into peanut butter coating for color this time. Sound interesting?
Can you see where I’m going?
You guessed it.
Chocolate chip cookie decorated chocolate chip cookie dough pops.
I just couldn’t resist.
Too too cute.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook (Thanks Lindsay!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
chocolate candy coating
popsicle sticks, cut in half (use kitchen scissors to make a clean, smooth cut)
If decorating like chocolate chip cookies, flatten the balls into patties and freeze for dipping. Insert the stick carefully into the thickness of the patty and dip in melted peanut butter candy coating. Then just sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips before the coating sets.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Yield: 3 to 4 dozen truffles
Prep Time: 45 min + chilling time
Best served cold, these treats are for cookie-dough lovers.
1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
chocolate bark, to melt for dipping
additional chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc., optional for topping the truffles
1. In a large bowl, use electric mixer to cream together butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla. Beat in flour, 1 cup at a time, until it is incorporated and you no longer see chunks of brown sugar (if you spot any, just squish them). Beat in sweetened condensed milk and mix until well-combined. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
2. Cover bowl and refrigerate until dough is firm (at least 1 hour- maybe more… you want the dough to be quite firm). Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out heaping Tablespoonfuls, roll into balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place all of the rolled balls back into the refrigerator until you are ready to dip them in chocolate.
3. Melt chocolate bark in a glass bowl- easiest to do in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each heating time, until smooth. Use a spoon to help you dip the chilled dough ball into the chocolate and roll it around to cover all sides. Place it on a waxed paper-lined platter. Sprinkle with any desired toppings. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls. They’ll begin to set pretty quickly. Keep them refrigerated until ready to serve.
*I used the Ghirardelli Candy Making Dipping Bar- both Double Chocolate and White flavors. It’s available at Sam’s Club- they may have it at Costco too.
*You may wish to speed up the chilling process and place the balls into the freezer, but it’s not such a good idea. The dough freezes up and then when it begins to warm up again- it expands and may cause the chocolate coating to crack.
*Have your own favorite cookie dough recipe? Leave out the eggs, add a little milk to compensate for any dryness in the dough, and try making truffles with your own recipe!
I’ve shed lot of tears for this well written love story. Very heart-touching.XD