Running Forward

Some Sugar for Your Sugar

on February 10, 2013

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, which means….another year dateless. Haha! But that’s okay because my life has been crazy lately. The less drama the better. However, I still love the beautiful pinks and reds and the fun surprises that usually happen throughout the day. In fact, last Valentine’s Day I found out that I officially got the Food Network internship. I have a full time job this year, so I’ve been busy baking some treats for my office. Deciding which things to make was quite difficult, but I finally landed on two; Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats and Chocolate Sugar Cookies with a Chocolate Caramel Filling.

 

Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats

3 tbsp butter

1 bag mini marshmallows

3 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

3 cups Kix (Berry kind)

White Chocolate Chips

Cherry Cordial Valentine M&Ms

Start by melting the butter in a large pot, then adding the marshmallows. Stir every few moments until the mixture is more liquified. Once ready, remove the pot from heat and add the cereal. To make it easier to stir, I added two cups at a time. Once the cereal is incorporated, add the white chocolate chips and M&Ms. Quickly spread out the mixture onto a sheet pan covered in parchment paper. The parchment paper makes clean up so simple. Let cool out on the counter, then simply slice when ready.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies with a Chocolate Caramel Filling

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1.5 tbsp egg beaters

1/2 tbsp milk

1.5 cups flour

3/8 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/5 tbsp cocoa powder

chocolate chips

caramel bits

Start by creaming the butter and sugar together, then adding the egg and milk. Once fully combined, add the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Wrap the dough in a sheet of plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Once ready to prep the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 and get creative. For a filling I melted chocolate chips and caramel bits to create a chocolate caramel center. You could also use jam to create a fruit-filled center. Since I made the cookies for Valentine’s Day I cut out heart shapes and filled them with the chocolate caramel mixture. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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