Can y'all believe that Valentine's Day is almost here? I certainly can't. It seems like only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas. Now we are heading into February, where everything is hearts and candy galore. It's all just going by so quick these days.
Since I started this blog, I have made it a point to post something festive every year, depending on the occasion. This year for Valentine's Day, I found myself trying my hand at making these cute little babies. We had everything on hand to make them except for the chocolate hearts.
For this recipe/project, you are going to need one batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, either store bought or your favorite recipe....and these nifty little things.....
These can be found at any craft store in your area (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore, etc..).
If you choose to make your own chocolate chip cookie dough, make this first before you do anything. I used my family's recipe for homemade dough, which can be found HERE.
It's been a while since I wrote a tutorial post, so I'm going to take you through the steps on how to make these ;)
Preheat the oven as directed on the package of store bought dough or in your recipe. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have any, aluminum foil works well too.
Scoop cookie dough and form into 1 and 1/2 inch balls (I used my handy dandy cookie scooper).
Place the ball gently on one end of the stick....like so....
Continue to do this for how ever many you want to make, making sure the sticks are 2 inches apart. After you are finished, gently press the dough down on each stick like you are flattening it. The purpose of this is to make sure the dough adheres properly to the stick.
Place in oven and bake according to the directions on the package or in your recipe. Let them cool for 7 or 8 minutes.
Once cooled, unwrap chocolate hearts and press them in the center of each cookie. I made sure the bottom tip of the heart was aligned with the top of the stick.
While I was experimenting, the chocolate started to melt around the bottom of the heart. If this should happen to you, quickly place the cookies in your freezer or fridge to stop the melting process.
Mine resulted in this cute little design:
......which made me smile because I thought it was so flippin cool ;)
After cooling completely, decorate as desired.
Take some green floral tape and wrap it around each stick to make it look more 'flower-like.'
You can make your own bouquet holder by taking a shoe box (or something that looks like a shoe box), filling it with filler, then lining it with green and red tissue paper. Place the cookies inside and give to recipient.
Or you can place the cookies inside a glass jar and tie a ribbon around the sticks or the opening of the jar.
Some ideas: mason jars, empty spaghetti sauce jars, Starbucks bottles, etc....
Whichever way you choose to decorate, your loved one will be thrilled to pieces to receive this cute and tasty bouquet ;)
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bouquet
(makes enough for one batch of cookies)
1 batch of chocolate chip cookie dough (you can use the one on the blog which can be found HERE, or you can the use store bought kind, or your own recipe)
1 package of cookie and/or lollipop sticks
1 package of chocolate Valentine Hearts
Decorating supplies as needed
1. Make cookie dough as directed if you are using a homemade recipe.
2. Preheat oven according to recipe or packaged directions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
3. Place a stick on top of the cookie sheet. Scoop cookie dough into 1 and 1/2 inch balls and place on the edge of each stick. Continue doing this for desired number you want.
4. Gently flatten the cookie dough on each stick, making sure the dough adheres to the stick.
5. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake according to the recipe/package.
6. Let cool for 7 or 8 minutes.
7. Press a chocolate heart in the middle of each cookie, making sure to align the bottom tip of the heart with the stick.
8. Cool until ready to decorate. Place quickly in the freezer or fridge if the chocolate starts to melt.
9. Decorate as desired.