Valentine's Day Desserts for Kids

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Chocolate Chip Blondies, recipe provided below (adapted from Cooking Classy)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/8 cups (300g) all-purpose flour*
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups (338g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (210g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided**

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10 by 15-inch jelly roll pan (this is NOT a traditional cookie sheet size, it's smaller. If needed you can bake these in a 13 by 9-inch pan but the baking time will need to be increased). Line pan with 2 sheets of parchment, one sheet going in each direction, while leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Butter parchment paper, set pan aside. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together butter, and brown sugar until blended. Add in one egg and mix, then add second egg and vanilla and mix. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. Set aside 2 Tbsp of the chocolate chips then mix in the remaining (1 cup + 2 Tbsp) remove bowl and fold batter with a spatula until everything is evenly incorporated. Pour dough onto prepared jelly roll pan and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the 2 Tbsp chocolate chips evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven until cooked through, about 17 - 21 minutes (they should appear slightly under-baked but a toothpick should come out clean or with a few crumbs). Remove from oven (I even gently pressed in a few more chocolate chips at this point, just for looks) and let cool completely on a wire rack, then lift bars out using parchment paper and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels, recipe provided below (adapted from Love From the Oven)

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (16 oz) Snyder's Of Hanover Old Tyme Pretzels or Pretzel Rods
  • 1 package (16 oz) Chocolate or Vanilla Candiquik or other candy coating
  • Assorted Sprinkles

Directions

  • Melt Candiquik or other chocolate coating according to package directions. Line two baking sheets with was or parchment paper. Working one pretzel at a time, dip your pretzel into your melted Candiquik or other candy coating. Tap pretzel gently to shake off excess candy coating. Sprinkle with sprinkles of choice. Place on wax paper to allow to dry, approximately 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining pretzels. Store in a covered container.
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Valentine's Day Donuts, a portion of the recipe provided below. For the full recipe visit The First Year Blog.

Ingredients

  •  cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Light Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Bright Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • Icing
    • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tbsp meringue powder
    • 1 tbsp & 1 tsp water
    • Plus: gel based food coloring (I used pink and purple)