Foodie Friday! Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine's Day Mini Cherry Heart Pies

Valentine's Day is almost here!  Ah, love is in the air.  This is a great holiday to transform food into pink or heart shaped, delicious fun!  For this blog we will focus on treats, but don't let that stop you from creating heart-shaped meatloaf or whatever you desire!  We've found some cute and yummy sweets for you to try out this year.  Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Mini Cherry Heart Pies
Author: Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living

1 box Refrigerated Pie Crust
11 oz Cherry Pie Filling
1 Egg
1 tbsp Milk
White Sparkling Sugar
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Preheat oven to 350.
Using a 3 to 4″ heart shaped cookie cutter, you should get 8-10 pies from 1 box of crusts.
Cut as many shapes as you can get re-rolling scraps as needed.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together egg and milk to make an egg wash.
Place half of the hearts on prepared pan(s).
Use egg wash to wet the edges of the hearts.
Place a small amount of the pie filling in the center of each.
Make a small x cut in the center of the remaining half of the hearts.
Place an x heart on top of each filled heart and press and crimp edges.
Brush sealed pie with egg wash and dust with sparkling sugar.
Bake for 14-16 minutes until crust is browned.
Allow to cool.

Valentine's Day Popcorn
Via Mom Foodie

Valentines Day Popcorn 
Author: Mom Foodie/Robin Gagnon
Prep Time: 5 mins 
Cook Time: 5 mins 
Total Time: 10 minutes

1 bag of microwave popcorn, light or regular butter (full sized, not snack)
3/4 cup pink chocolate candy melts*
1/2 cup white chocolate candy melts*
Valentines sprinkles
Valentines Peanut M&Ms

Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernels.

Place the candy melts in small bowls or glass measuring cups, one for each color.

Microwave the pink candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20 second intervals until melted and smooth. (takes 1-1 1/2 minutes dependent on melt brand and your microwave).

Drizzle half over of the bowl of popcorn and toss to coat, Add the remaining pink chocolate candy melt (use a silicone spatula to ensure you get it all out.) Toss the popcorn with your hands until nicely coated. Then spread out onto a large serving platter (or baking sheet, if you are going to bag the popcorn up after).

Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top generously with candy sprinkles. They will adhere to the melted white chocolate candy.

Finally, toss on the M&Ms. Allow the Valentines Popcorn to cool a few minutes before serving.

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies
Via Meatloaf and Melodrama

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

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

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.

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