Valentine’s Day Festive Pretzels

Valentine's Day Sweet Pretzels

What’s a girl to do with leftover melted almond bark and heart-shaped sprinkles? Make cutesy holiday themed “chocolate” covered pretzels of course. These were super simple to throw together, but oh so good to snack on. These pretzels disappeared in no time and were the perfect combo of sweet and salty to satisfy any craving.

Ingredients:

  • pretzels
  • melted white almond bark or white chocolate
  • heart shaped sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Lay wax paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Spread pretzels out flat on the wax paper.
  3. Drizzle pretzels back and forth with melted white almond bark or chocolate.
  4. Top with festive sprinkles.
  5. Let sit until chocolate/bark hardens.
  6. Devour & Enjoy!

Making Valentine's Pretzels

Valentine’s Day Oreo Truffles

Valentines Oreo Truffles

Love is in the air! We’re enjoying celebrating holidays with our little toddler this year and Valentine’s Day is no exception. We’ve loved the classic Oreo Truffles for years, but decided that it would be fun to put a lovely little twist on the recipe for a special Valentine’s Day treat this year.

You can use any festive cookie cutter to shape your truffles. We opted for hearts and X’s so we could make “XOXO”. These were too cute and super fun to make together. Let the little ones take on sprinkle duty and they’ll absolutely love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Oreo Cookies
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 package white almond bark (or white chocolate)
  • heart shaped sprinkles

Directions:

    1. Crush Oreos until crumbs are small and fine.
    2. Mix Oreo crumbs with softened cream cheese until blended smooth and thick.
    3. Roll out the Oreo and cream cheese “dough” mixture onto a smooth surface to desired thickness.
    4. Use festive cookie cutters to cut out truffles. Combine scraps together and roll out “dough” again to cut more shapes.
    5. Place cut-outs on wax paper.
    6.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
    7. Melt almond bark in a double boiler (or microwave if you prefer).
    8. Drop truffles one at a time into almond bark to coat.
    9. Top with fun sprinkles.
    10. Refrigerate until coating hardens or pop them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the process if you’re in a hurry.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Moores!

Valentine's Oreo Truffles XOXO

How to Make Sprinkles

how to make sprinklesWhile scrolling through Pinterest for ideas for Baby D’s vintage Mickey Mouse themed first birthday party, we came across the cutest custom Mickey-shaped sprinkles. They were absolutely adorable and as much as I love supporting a cute, little Etsy shop, the sprinkles were a little pricey for such a small quantity and our party budget was getting pretty low.

I was a little bummed to have to pass on the sprinkles. Kyle on the other hand saw it as a challenge and decided that we should at least attempt to learn how to make sprinkles. I’m so glad that we tried making these sprinkles. They really weren’t that hard to make and were the perfect addition to our little man’s first birthday cake.

sprinkles in progress

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbs meringue powder
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • drops of gel food coloring to reach desired color

 

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the water, meringue powder and lemon juice for about 30 seconds (or until lump-free).
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the sugar and mix for about a minute.
  4. Mix in the honey, extracts, and food coloring.
  5. Beat until stiff peaks are formed, approx. 6-8 minutes.
  6. Add to a pastry bag with a small decorating tip of your choice.
  7. Lay out a sheet of wax paper.
  8. Pipe the icing onto the wax paper to form your desired sprinkle shape (in our case Mickey).
  9. Let sit and harden for several hours.

Tip: Keep in mind that for some shapes (like our Mickeys) the side that was laying flat may end up being better looking than the way you piped them. Ours had a few small peaks from lifting up the pastry bag while piping. It may just take a little practice to get the hang of it.

how to make sprinkles