Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day for Kids: Fun Deserts to Make With Your Children

Valentine's Day for Kids:
Fun Deserts to Make With Your Children
     Making deserts is a wonderful way to send Valentine’s Day with your kids, and to do something fun and delicious at the same time! Here are some ideas for deserts that you and your child will love to create together as much as you’ll enjoy eating.

Cupid Chow: I took a Reindeer Chow recipe and modified it for Valentine’s Day to create Cupid Chow! Here it is:
1 box Chex Corn Cereal (14 ox.)
1 cup white chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cup pretzel pieces
2 cups Valentine M&Ms
Heart shaped sprinkles
Heart red hot candies, if desired
     Pour Chex cereal into a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Melt in microwave on high heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue heating for another 30 seconds. Remove from microwave. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and stir to evenly distribute. In a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, pour in 2 cups powdered sugar. Add chocolate mix, and shake well. Pour Chex mix into a bowl, then add pretzels and candy, mix well and serve. 
     This is a yummy desert that’s fun to make and just as much fun to eat!

Valentine’s Day Parfaits: Your child will be amazed at the science behind this fun desert, and will enjoy eating it just as much! Mix strawberry Jell-O according to package directions. Add in a can of drained mixed fruit of your choice and stir. Spoon some Jell-O mixture into fluted glasses and lay them on their sides on a cookie sheet. Slide into refrigerator and let set. (The Jell-O mixture will set up perfectly on the side of the glass.) While mixture is setting, mix strawberry instant pudding according to package directions. When Jell-O glasses are ready, set them upright. The Jell-O will stick to the side of the glass and will be slanted. Add pudding to the other side until even with the set Jell-O. Top with whipped cream and a slices strawberry on top! Place in refrigerator until pudding is set. After dinner, serve and enjoy!

Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies: Here is a yummy sugar cookie recipe that is very easy to make. Afterward, we’ll decorate them for Valentine’s Day! Here’s the recipe: 

1 egg
1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Mix dry ingredients first. With a hand mixer, blend in margarine alternately with egg. Stir in vanilla. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until edges are brown.
2. Once cookies are cool, spread white or cream cheese icing across the top. Then, place a conversation heart on each cookie. Voila! Instant Valentine’s Day cookies to enjoy at home or for your child to share with their classmates at school!

Sour Milk Valentine’s Day Doughnuts:  This is a wonderful recipe for doughnuts. Don’t let the “sour milk” fool you! This recipe is delicious!

1. Make Sour Milk: Mix together 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes.
2. Sour Milk Doughnut Recipe: Beat 2 eggs until thick and lemon-colored. Add 1 cup sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in ¼ cup cooking oil and 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir together 4 cups all-purpose flour, 4 tsp. baking powder, ¾ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. baking soda. Add to the egg mixture alternately with 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk, beating thoroughly. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, roll dough ½ in. thick. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fryer (375 degrees) until doughnuts are golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper toweling.
3. Decorate: Once doughnuts are cool, ice with vanilla or cream cheese premade icing. Add Valentine sprinkles and you have a wonderful desert that’s just as much fun to make as it is to eat!
These are just a few wonderful deserts that you can make with your children. With your favorite recipe and a little imagination, the sky’s the limit on what you and your child can create together!
My blog series Valentine’s Day for Kids continues Monday
with Valentine’s Day Party ideas! See you then! 

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