Sweets for My Sweets!

This week I am going to share some Valentines treats!
When I was a kid I always looked forward to class parties and the treats the moms would bring.  There was a boy in my class who’s grandma would save those little detergent scoops and make fun little themed baskets for all the kids. I knew I wanted to be the “fun” class mom even then!  Please notice I didn’t say cool class mom.
So today I’m going to share three class treats I would totally make for my kids class IF they were allowed to take food.  Since they’re not my family and I will just eat them all..it’s really such a sacrifice.

Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt
Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy
Add the egg and mix until combined
Slowly add the dry ingredients as you mix
Add the vanilla last
When all the ingredients are mixed well, lay out plastic wrap, drop the dough onto it, and wrap it up. Put it in the fridge for at least an hour or the freezer for twenty minutes.
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Flour your rolling surface and roll dough out to 1/4 inch
Use cookie cutter to get your shapes!
Bake the cookies for seven minutes until the edges are golden brown
Let the cookies cool and ice them!
We used Royal icing, but next time I think I’ll stick to my cream cheese icing 😉
My daughter had a friend over that evening so I made everyone an initial cookie, then we just had fun with them!
If I were going to take these to a class party I would probably put each childs name on them…I would also have hand cramps and my back would be killing me, but they would be cute!
Another treat I’m partial to is of course a cupcake!  Rather than focus on the design of the cupcake I thought I’d focus on some fun flavor.  So here’s two cupcakes from one batter!
Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes
Ingredients
Devils Food Cake Mix (make as the box instructs but replace water with milk)
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can of cherry pie filling

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Preheat the oven to 350
Make the batter as it instructs on the box (again, replace water with milk)
Fold in the chocolate chips
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Fill your muffin cups 2/3 of the way
Bake 19-22 minutes
Let the muffins cool
I just used a can of cream cheese icing, made a thick swirl, and let the kids throw some sprinkles on them!
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So I took half of my double chocolate cupcakes and made them cherry filled!  It was easy and my kids were super excited when they bit into the cupcake!
I took a parring knife and cut at a small angle all around the top
Scooped three cherries with the pie filling into the cupcake and pressed them into the cupcake
I leveled the under side of the cut off piece and placed the top back on
To cover the cut marks I just made the same swirl in a red icing, but I had some left over chocolate chips so I made some chocolate “flowers” (my kids said they looked like stars, but whatever 😉 )

The double chocolate was so rich!  If you make these just to make them I’d suggest microwaving them.  The chocolate chips will be extra gooey and so delicious!
And cherry anything is my favorite, so I may have already eaten three of these before I could post this!
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