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“you complete me” heart cookies for Valentine’s Day

heart half cookies for Valentine's Day

I’m not really a “you complete me” kind of gal. In fact, I could probably make a case for Dorothy telling Jerry Maguire “good-bye” instead of “you had me at hello.”

heart half cookies for Valentine's Day

But the good folks of the world seem to like the notion of “you complete me,” so let’s go with that. And it is a lovely notion. Though for me, romance is my husband bringing home my favorite box (bottle, I mean bottle, did I say box?) of wine and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

heart half cookies for Valentine's Day

how to make “you complete me” heart cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
heart cookie cutter(s)
food coloring (red, pink)
disposable decorating bags
couplers
size “4” and/or “5” decorating tips
rubber bands
sprinkles (red, pink)

*Find the cookie cutters, decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles at the craft store. Use any size heart cutters you like (2-inch and 3-inch used here). For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red and Electric Pink used here). For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE.

heart half cookies for Valentine's Day

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill it, roll it out and cut out hearts. Use a sharp knife or dough scraper to cut the hearts in half. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake. Let cool.

heart half cookies

 

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your colors: Red and pink (or any other colors you like). Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and close tightly with rubber bands.

 

step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe an outline on a heart half. Pipe back and forth to fill the heart half completely, then immediately cover generously with a matching color of sprinkles. Repeat with all the heart halves, using a variety of colors. Let the cookies dry overnight before handling and packaging.

heart half cookies

heart half cookies for Valentine's Day

 

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Butterscotch Popcorn Football Cake for Tablespoon

Butterscotch and Marshmallow Popcorn Cake

So I know that right about now lots of interested people are watching that brown-ball throwing and tackling game. I am not one of those interested people. I once fell asleep at a football game and if you ever make me go to another one, I promise I’ll fall asleep again. But I do love the food associated with all those football-y gatherings. Oh my word, this butterscotch popcorn football cake is ridiculously delicious. Like really good. Like cereal treats, only with salty popcorn and butterscotch and chocolate. I would even watch (part of, like a very small part of) a football game to have a slice of this.

Visit Tablespoon to make the Butterscotch and Marshmallow Popcorn Cake football. 

 

 

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Wednesday Links: Paint-by-number fun

paint-by-number links roundup

Months ago (years?) I bought a paint-by-number kit at the craft store (see above).  I’ve always liked to draw and paint and create, but my fine art skills are still limited, so I thought it would be a good hobby. Nice and retro. And yet it’s still in the box. It’s not that I don’t have time for a hobby (though I really don’t), it’s just that instead I read my kindle and drink wine. So to inspire me to go get that box down from the attic, here are a bunch of fun paint-by-number links. Remember to follow all the Wednesday Links over at Pinterest.

 

This shop looks freaking’ awesome. Send in a photo and get a paint-by-number kit.

Or, learn how to make your own paint-by-number canvas.

Here’s a great tutorial to make a paint-by-number gift set.

I’m madly in love with the paint-by-number downloads from this etsy shop. When I finish mine, this is my first stop. Think Little Red Riding Hood and the White Rabbit.

Turn a paint-by-number into song lyric wall art.

Here are a few ways to use paint-by-numbers to make furniture.

This etsy shop has some fabulous, vintage, paint-by-number watches.

You can even get a paint-by-number phone case.

This photograph of a gnome in front of a vintage paint-by-number? Yes. This.

Look no further than amazon for a wealth of kits.

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easiest-ever DIY Valentine’s Day lollipops

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

Oh, the Jolly Rancher lollipop. I made my first batch of easy Jolly Rancher lollies almost five years ago. Then that second batch I made bigger and better.  And I made these flower candy pops two years ago. So it’s time to revisit the Jolly Ranchers for Valentine’s Day.

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

 

There really is nothing to making these. You place some hard candy on a tray, melt them, and add some sprinkles and a lollipop stick. That’s it. They are easy enough for kids to help make. But, just to be all formal, I’ll give you the more formal looking instructions below.

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

 

I even made a heart.

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

 

how to make Valentine’s Day lollipops

you will need:*

red Jolly Rancher candies (watermelon and cherry flavored, unwrapped)
lollipop sticks
Valentine’s-themed sprinkles (optional)
baking tray
aluminum foil
parchment paper

*Find the lollipop sticks (6-inch used here) and sprinkles in the craft store.

 

what to do: 

Preheat the oven to 275º F. Line a baking tray with foil and place a piece of parchment paper on top. Take two red Jolly Ranchers (either two Watermelon flavors, two Cherry or one of each, as shown here) and arrange them on the tray. Don’t arrange more than a few lollipops per tray, as they will need room to expand and you’ll need room to add the sticks later. You can also add more candies to make the lollipops bigger.

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

Place the tray in the oven, making sure none of the candy is jostled. Bake in the oven just until the final lump of candy melts. Mine took about 7 minutes, but watch them closely as they melt. Immediately (and carefully) take a lollipop stick, place it on the melted candy and rotate it until it’s covered with candy. If desired, sprinkle some heart sprinkles or other Valentine’s-themed sprinkles on top. Let the pops cool completely on the trays before removing them.

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

 

I had some success making heart shaped lollipops, though the candy has a mind of its own when melting and spreading, so this can be an exercise in frustration. But I arranged four candies in a “V” shape. These took an extra two minutes or so to melt. Try these at your own risk. I had a few that looked very much not like hearts.

 

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

easy lollipops to make for Valentine's Day

 

 

If you like these, you might like: 

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easy lollies  •  easy lollies, revisited  •  flower lollies

 

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25,000 clever treats to make for Valentine’s Day (well, 22)

Valentine's Day treat roundup

Love is in the air, folks. Even though Valentine’s in our house is pretty much limited to cards for the kids, I clearly have no trouble making heart day treats for the blog, because I have tons in my archive. Here are some of my favorites from the past, most pretty gosh darn easy to make, too:

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warm and fuzzy cookie heart pops 

 

 

chocolate pretzel heart pops

chocolate pretzel heart pops

 

 

chocolate strawberry pops

chocolate strawberry pops

 

 

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“we go together like…” marshmallow pops

 

 

fox marshmallow pops

 “you are a fox” marshmallow pops

 

 

heart sprinkles

make your own heart sprinkles

 

 

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easy heart candy pops

 

 

 

marshmallow subway art

marshmallow subway art

 

 

love bug marshmallow pops

marshmallow love bugs

 

 

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 dunkable Valentine’s marshmallows

 

 

mod rose Valentine’s marshmallow pops

 

 

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sprinkle marshmallow pops

 

 

stamped conversation heart cookies

stamped conversation heart cookies

 

 

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conversation heart cookie pops

 

 

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conversation heart bark 

 

 

heart cookies

chaos heart cookies

 

 

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hugs and kisses cookie bites

 

 

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sprinkle heart sandwich cookies

 

 

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stained-glass heart cookie pops

 

 

sprinkle heart cookies and marshmallows

 

 

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licorice heart cookie pops 

 

 

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secret stash heart “cupcakes”

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