Foodie Friday: Valentine's Day Treats

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies
Via Meatloaf and Melodrama

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!  Are you planning on getting some sweets for your sweetie?  Why not serve up a homemade treat instead?  We've found some delicious Valentine's Day treats for you to add to your recipe collection.  Enjoy! 



Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 32

Ingredients:
1 box strawberry cake mix any brand
1 8- oz tub of whipped topping thawed
1 egg
Powdered sugar for rolling cookies
Decorative sprinkles

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease baking sheets and set aside
In a large mixing bowl, slightly beat the egg, and then add the cake mix and whipped topping
Mix ingredients well, and roll small portions into powdered sugar until well coated
Place cookies on greased baking sheets, about 1 inch apart, and add sprinkles
Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are firm but not brown
Let cool, and enjoy

Notes:  If you decide to make these cookies, be sure to remove your rings first — They are messy and very gooey. The powdered sugar helps make them less sticky, but you’ll want to keep a bunch of paper towels handy. 

Peanut Butterfinger Blossoms
Via Something Swanky

Peanut Butterfinger Blossoms
Yield: 24

Ingredients:
 24 Butterfinger Hearts
 1/2 cup shortening
 3/4 cup Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
 1/3 cup granulated sugar
 1/3 cup brown sugar
 1 egg
 2 tablespoons milk
 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 Additional granulated sugar

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates, set aside.
Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until smooth and mixed well. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; mix well. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Mix dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture; mix only until dough forms.

Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on a parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each  cookie (it's ok if the cookie cracks at edges). Transfer from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container once cooled.
Notes: From Hershey's Kitchen




Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow
Via Life Love and Sugar

Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow

Ingredients:
5 oz white chocolate or white vanilla candy melts
5 oz red candy melts (Found in craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
5 cups rice chex cereal, divided in 2 parts
1/2 cup strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
M&Ms

Instructions:
Put 2 1/2 cups rice chex cereal into a medium sized bowl.

Slowly melt white chocolate in the microwave, stopping it every 30 seconds or so to make sure it doesn't burn.

Add melted white chocolate to chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly. Be careful to not break the chex cereal too much.

Add the powdered sugar to the white chocolate covered chex cereal and lightly stir to coat evenly with powdered sugar. You could add the chex cereal and powdered sugar to a ziplock bag, then shake, but save yourself the bag.

Repeat the same process with the red candy melts and strawberry cake mix (instead of the powdered sugar).

Allow to dry completely and then combine the two kinds of puppy chow together and add M&Ms.  Enjoy!



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