Friday, February 12, 2010

I Heart Valentine's Day!

Ahhhhh Yes! Valentine's day is so very close. I love this special holiday. All of the pink and red makes me giddy like a little school girl waiting for that little paper valentine from the dreamy blue eyed boy in the seat beside her.  Do you remember those days when everyone swpped their valentine cards at school? Those days have since past but the sweet memories linger. Now that my little Princess is getting older she will soon get to make those memories with her school friends and I can't wait to help her make the cutest little valentine for that dreamy blue eyed boy.  Shhhh....don't tell her daddy I said that. He has decided to keep her under lock and key until she is 30!!!
She is only 4 and already stealing hearts. She just performed in her first ballet recital this past weekend and made hearts melt with her smile. Okay...she made my heart and her daddy's heart melt. Can you tell we are proud parents?  Here are a few pictures of her on stage. No stage fright at all.
(By the way, I married that dreamy blue eyed boy and he is still dreamy and Oh so wonderful.)

Okay, I got a little off  the Valentine subject for a second but I could not resist sharing my pics with you.
Since this is such a "SWEET" holiday for me  I would like to share with you a couple of treats that I made to celebrate.  There is nothing like peanut butter and chocolate together. Don't you agree? One of my all time favorite treats is the Reese cup. They have the Double Peanut Butter Hearts out for Valentine's. Yum!  I think I can do one better than that. How about Peanut Butter Brownies covered in chocolate? Oh, Yeah! That's the ticket. Just wait until you see what I did with the scraps. :)

It all started with this recipe...

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

1 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 Tbls. butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla flavor

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8 x 2 in. square pan with bakers joy or Non-stick spray.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.
Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 mintues or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely. Turn out onto a piece of waxed paper to cut into shapes if desired.

 Cut out the brownies
Melt your chocolate morsels in the microwave. (DO NOT GET WATER IN THE CHOCOLATE)
It will seize up and ruin the chocolate.
Using a spatula, cover the bottom of the brownie with chocolate and place on bakers rack chocolate side up. you can place them in the freezer for a couple of minutes to speed up the drying process.

This is a messy process but worth it.
Now cover the sides and top of brownies with chocolate.
Place back on the bakers rack and into freezer for a few minutes.

You can leave them as is or add a little more to dress them up. I used white chocolate to decorate them.
store them in a single layer in an air tight container. You can package them seperately for gifts too.

I had a lot of left over brownie pieces too. I've always been taught, "Waste not, Want not".
So I took a little time to make some brownies pops. Here's how.
I used my food processor to make crumbs and then added a little cream cheese frosting to it.

I forgot to take a picture of the brownie mix as I rolled it into balls. But that is what you do. Just roll it into 1 1/2" balls. Place on a waxed paper covered cookie sheet and freeze for abot 15 minutes.
I used white chocolate to cover them . I melted the chocolate in the microwave and added a little marshmallow and coconut flavored oil to it. (It was so good)
Remove the balls from the freezer and insert sucker sticks into each ball. Dip into the chocolate and gently tap and swirl to remove excess. You can add sprinkles like I did or get a little more creative.

Here is the finished product with a few heart shaped chocolate lollipops added in.
My inspiration came from Bakerella. If you haven't seen her creative pops you should really check her blog out.


As Always....Enjoy! And Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO
The Cookie Girl

30 comments:

  1. your little ballerina is adorable...and she looks very poise up there on stage. boy those peanut butter brownies look delicious! i have some cake lying around (strange but true)..i might just have to try those pops out this weekend.
    happy valentines day!

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  2. The brownies look fabulous! And your ballerina is adorable...

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  3. The cookies (and most importantly: your loved ones) are beyond adorable and beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing the photos:o)

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  4. Awww, she's sooooo adorable! Those cookies look yummy!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! :)

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  5. Here for Saturday Sharefest. Your photos are adorable. And those cookies look fantastic.

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  6. What a sweet post. Beautiful ballerina and brownies. Nothing better. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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  7. Stopping by from SITS, I love your blog and I look forward toi getting some good recipes. I bake cookies every week to send the kids for lunch and I am always looking for new ideas.

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  8. Both your Superior Snaps and the cookies look so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

    Will We Ever Have School Again?

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  9. Your little ballerina is so precious!

    http://justcherishtoday.blogspot.com

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  10. OH my gosh, so much to comment on. First, your little ballerina is adorable, I love that first picture of her, no stage fright!

    And wow.. these look incredible, the chocolate-covered brownies would make my husband faint with happiness. Plus the brownie-pops,what a cool idea. You are so creative!!

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  11. Your little Princess is beautiful, she looks so adorable in her ballerina dress. Love all your Valentine's day treats, they all look so yummy!

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  12. Your daughter is darling! What a nice family you have!

    Your brownies are fantastic! I love you way you decorated them!

    Oh, I also love your new header! ;) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  13. Sprout...you just know how I love you...and think little miss C is just a doll...
    she is so blessed to have you and B, love her...care for her and raise her up in a home that stands for the glory of heaven.

    I am sure your valentine's Day will be most lovely...! Blessings and greetings to all!

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  14. Your blue eyed boy has grown into a lucky blue eyed man.....he has a beautiful wife & such a sweetie pie daughter. Your tasty treats look as cute as I'm sure they are delish!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  15. the baby is gorgeous congrats on Top 9 on foodbuzz, this was a winner all the way around! Have a wonderful day

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  16. Your little girl is so cute in her ballet costume. :) I love the treats you featured...they are pretty, but they look delicious too, which is more important--in my opinion. ;)

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  17. She is adorable and he is quite handsome. You lucky girl you. Looking forward to trying the goodies.

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  18. Come here from SITS (still getting used to the whole comment thing). Two of your blogs are really cute and I guess I will have to read more or stay tuned to get the third one. The peanut butter brownies look yummy!

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  19. This is one precious & yummy post!!

    m ^..^

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  20. Our 4 y.o is just getting into her ballerina stage. I can't wait! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog on my SITS Day. And what a great day it was! When you have a moment, pop back over. I don't do many giveaways, but I have a cool one going now on a great kids book. TTFN! http://www.franticmommy.blogspot.com/

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  21. Your ballerina is wonderful!! And score on the hubby. ;)

    Now it's really a good thing you don't live next door or I'd really be in trouble. It's bad enough with Suzi if you know what I mean!!

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  22. What a great idea for those leftover brownies scraps! My five year old will have her second ballet recital in March...it's so much fun to have a little ballerina in the family! I'm visiting from the Coffee Shop today, and I left a guess about where you took your coffee photo back on Paloma's blog.

    Happy Friday!

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  23. Awesome idea - they are SO cute! I just found your blog from the featured section of the Foodie BlogRoll. Can't wait to see more ideas, you are very creative! I don't know if my blog will ever be featured, so if you get a chance you can check it out at www.mealsforfriends.com

    happy cookie making!

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  24. coffee day ... one day old.
    need a fresh cup LOL
    HUGS !

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  26. What a great post, a beautiful family, and a great recipe!

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  27. oh my WORD that looks yummy! my mouth is watering!
    And that little ballerina of yours is adorable! :)

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  28. What an angel!You have a beautiful family and for me these treats reflect what a sweet family you also have.What a fantastic idea for the brownie scraps, although my son or husband would have probably snatched them all up before I made em into brownie pops :)

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