Super Sweet, Last-Minute Baking: Valentine’s Edition
Let's say you don't have plans or you accepted our advice to avoid dining out on Valentine's Day. Now what do you do? Whether you’re looking for a sweet way to show your love, a fun activity to share as a couple or simply an excuse to overindulge in chocolate, we’ve brought you two super simple Valentine’s Day desserts made to share... or hoard.
Valentine’s Day Buttons
1 bag of square shaped pretzels
1 bag of Hersey kisses (we prefer hugs)
Heart-shaped Candy Decorations (use M&Ms in a pinch)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. While the oven is heating up, line up the pretzels in one layer on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Peel the kisses and place one on each square. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 5-6 minutes, enough so that the kisses/hugs are sweating, but not melting. Take them out and push in one heart decoration into the center of the concoction. Chill until the chocolate has been hardened, then share!
1 bag of lollipop sticks (commonly found at craft stores like Michaels)
1 box of brownie mix (and all other ingredients required for such)
1 bag of candy melts
Make brownies according to directions on the box (Tip: we used less oil and water than instructed for a more fudge-like texture). Once the brownies are cooked, cool and cut off the crusts to eat later. Use a fork to crumble the center portion of the baked brownies in a separate bowl. If your brownies are more fluffy and cake-like, add some frosting to thicken the mixture.
Take the crumbled brownies and shape into 1 inch thick balls. Place one stick into each balled brownie and pinch the batter around the base of the stick to secure the ball in place. Freeze for about 5 - 10 minutes, until the brownie bites with the sticks are firm. Melt the candy melts in either the microwave or in a double broiler. Dip the brownies into the melted candy mixture and coat. Decorate and enjoy!