Cooking With Your Kids: Valentine’s Day Treats

Love is in the air with this kids cooking session. These simple and sweet treats are the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can even whip up a batch for your child’s class at school, or as a cute “thank you” for your child’s teacher. So put on your aprons and round up your kids- it’s time to bake!

Be My Valentine Cupcakes

These could not be any easier. You’ll need Valentine’s Day themed cupcake liners, a store bought cake mix, frosting, and conversation heart candies. Using a store bought mix and frosting will save you loads of time, and allows you the freedom of picking your favorite flavor without having to put in the work of making it yourself from scratch. The real fun comes with a special decorating touch at the end.

Once you’ve followed the directions on the box and the cupcakes have cooled completely after baking, you’re ready to frost them. If you’ve chosen a vanilla or butter cream frosting, you can even add a few drops of red or pink food coloring for a pink frosting twist, but even chocolate frosting will work for this. After each cupcake is frosted, take the conversation hearts (the ones that say “be mine” and fun stuff like that) and add 2 or 3 to the top of each cupcake. You can personalize each one for specific people, or you can randomly put them on. It’s such a quick and easy way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, and a fun way to spend time with your kids in the kitchen.

Chocoholic Truffles

This recipe will satisfy the chocoholics in your life, and is still easy to make and kid friendly. Sounds like a win/win, right? For this you’ll need:

1/3 Cup heavy cream

6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 Cups of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

The adult portion of the cooking comes first. Heat the cream in a saucepan until it’s simmering, then add the butter and stir until it’s all melted. Next, add the chocolate chips, stirring until they are melted and the mixture has a smooth consistency. Take it off of the heat and pour into a shallow bowl. Let it cool down on the counter, then cover and refrigerate it for approximately 2 hours. Now for the kids part. Once it has been in the fridge for 2 hours, take a teaspoon or about half an ice cream scoop of the chocolate goodness and form into a ball. You’re looking for about the size of a golf ball. Your kids may even think they’re playing with Play Doh. For an added touch, you can roll the now formed truffles in cocoa powder, chopped nuts, confectioners’ sugar, and even grated coconut.

You can give these treats as a gift by lining the inside of a cute red box with wax or parchment paper, or you can pick up a small cellophane bag and tie it with a red ribbon, all of which can be found at your local craft store or pharmacy. That is if you and your little chefs haven’t eaten them all.

Jesseca Stenson