Treats for Kids to Make
If you have young
helping hands around your house, they will enjoy these easy Valentine treats.
Make Your Own Kisses
This was so much fun and easy to do! We used rice krispy cereal to make these
kisses, but you could melt chocolate and make your own chocolate kisses, as
6 cups rice krispy cereal
1 10-oz. bag of marshmallows
3 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
Food coloring (optional)
You will also need:
A funnel coated with cooking spray or shortening
12" square of aluminum foil for each kiss
1" x 11" strip of paper per kiss
You can either make your own labels that say "A Kiss For You" or use
Hershey kiss labels from real candy kisses. To make the rice krispy candy. Melt
the margarine and add vanilla and marshmallows. Stir until melted. You can try
tinting with food coloring, although the yellow margarine prevents you from
making a nice red color. Allow the mixture to cool until easy enough to handle.
Have your children mold it in the funnel. Place on waxed paper to cool
completely before wrapping. Wrap kiss and strip in aluminum foil. We made these
Rice Krispy Hearts
Follow the directions above for making rice krispy candy. If you have a
heart-shaped bread tube, you can make heart-shaped rice krispy candy.
(Completely coat the inside of the tube with non-stick spray or shortening or
the candy will be difficult to remove.) If you don't have a heart-shaped tube,
you can make heart shapes with cookie cutters, too.
A variation is to use a heart-shaped pan to make a big rice krispy heart. I used
some frosting to decorate the heart and write "I Love You" on it.
1 20 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, chilled (or use your favorite
cookie dough recipe)
1 16 oz. can pink frosting (or make your own) Decorations
Heart shaped cookie cutters - 1 small and 1 large
Cut hearts in dough using a cookie cutter. Use a smaller cookie cutter (or a
knife) to cut out a heart in the center of half the cookies. Place cookies on
ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes. The baby hearts
bake a little faster, so watch carefully. Let cool. Spread each big solid cookie
with frosting and top with a cutout cookie. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or
other cookie decorations.
My sons also enjoy decorating these cookies before baking. You can decorate
these with the following:
Cinnamon sugar (Make your own by combining a little bit of cinnamon with a lot
Chopped peppermint candies or leftover candy canes
Chopped hard candy
Various cookie decorations
Colored sugar sprinkles. (Make your own by putting a drop or 2 of coloring in
some sugar and mixing.)
Mini chocolate chips or m&ms