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Valentine Treats for Kids to Make
by Rachel Keller

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 well.

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
waxed paper

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 as gifts.

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.

Heart-Shaped Cookies

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
Powdered sugar
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 of sugar.)
Chopped nuts
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

 

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