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Sweets for Your Sweetie(s)


So, this is a bit of a deviation from the traditional Monday Meal, but with Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share some ideas for tasty sweets for your Sweetie(s). In this house, we definitely like to enjoy sweets now and then—at the occasional, appropriate, time and place.


Making a sweet treat for my husband, Matt, has always been one of my Valentine’s Day gifts since I consider it to be an appropriate time. I believe that when I make something myself and I can control the ingredients, I can make a version that is a bit healthier than standard recipes. I don’t kid myself into thinking that the following recipes are healthy, but are a little “less unhealthy” and that makes me feel better about what I feed my family.


First, here’s my recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. Heart-shaped in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.





And don’t forget a heart-shaped cookie cutter.



Heat the oven to 375°.


1. In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking soda and salt. Mix well with a fork or whisk.


2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each egg. Gradually, beat in the flour mixture and stir in the chocolate chips.


3. Place the dough onto a rimmed cookie sheet, lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, and spread it out across the sheet. Leave around ½ inch of space from the edge since the cookie will expand as it cooks. I’ve found that the easiest way to spread out the dough is to use my hands. Bake for 7 minutes, turn the cookie sheet around and cook for 6 more minutes.



4. When the cookie sheet comes out of the oven, let it sit for 1 minute. Then, cut the cookies into shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Let them sit for an additional 2 minutes**, then remove them to wire racks to cool. It is easier to remove the bits of cookie that are not shaped into hearts first and then remove the heart-shaped cookies.



The leftover bits of cookie are not so pretty to look at, but they are just as tasty!


I want them! I don’t care about burning my tongue.


**Or, let them sit for closer to 3 minutes to attend to the melting-down-toddler who can’t understand that cookies right out of the oven are too hot to taste.






Did you know that cookie cutters double as bracelets?


My little fashionista


Eliana was freaking out about wanting to eat them the moment they came out of the oven. They did smell pretty delicious. Here are the photos of when I let her try a piece. Notice how she shoved it into her mouth before I was able to snap the photo.


I guess she liked it, huh?


And, this cooking adventure added yet another word to Eliana’s ever-growing vocabulary!

Click here to hear her newest word. And click here to watch her reaction.


And here’s my recipe for Cereal Marshmallow Treats. This is my “less unhealthy” version of Rice Krispie Treats. And, in the spirit of St. Valentine, they are dyed pink and heart-shaped.





Again, don’t forget a heart-shaped cookie cutter. One tip: Use a metal cookie cutter. My plastic one had a hard time cutting through the sticky marshmallows.



1. Melt the margarine in a large microwave-safe bowl for around 45 seconds. Add the food coloring. Stir the margarine. Add the marshmallows and stir again.


2. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until marshmallows are melted. Stir the marshmallow mixture. The color of the marshmallows will be less strong once mixed with the cereal, it’s okay if the color is fairly dark.


3. Stir in the cereal. Pour mixture onto rimmed cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Pat down so mixture is flat and fills the sheet. I’ve found that flattening the mixture is easier if I pat it down using plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray or my own hands sprayed with cooking spray.



Let rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.





Eliana was pretty confused when I handed her the big mixing spoon to taste. The pink color and sticky marshmallow mixture was really strange to her. But once she tasted the cereal treats, she kept asking for more.


What is this sticky stuff? I’ve never seen something so strangely colored before.


Oh, now that’s tasty even if it’s full of red dye!


Finally, my Sweetie about to enjoy his treat.


Happy Cooking!