Valentines Day is just around the corner. I am not the artistic or crafty type. Frankly, I don’t have an artsy bone in my body. I envy moms that can make their kids lunches look like animals or flowers. There is nothing cute about the cheese, peanut butter or turkey sandwich that gets packed in my kids lunch box. So thankfully there is pinterest where I can actually get cute ideas for holidays and get a little creativity flowing.
This past weekend I decided to dip some Nutter Butter cookies into chocolate and decorate them with Valentines sprinkles. It’s easier than you think and the oven didn’t even have to be turned on. I dipped in the whole cookie but started running out of chocolate at the end. So I ended up doing only half of the cookies for the last few. The funny thing is that my son and husband preferred the half covered ones. They were not as chocolaty and are really good especially if you love the flavor of the peanut butter cookie as much as the chocolate. The half covered ones are also easier to dip. But if you are making the cookies for a chocolate lover, then go ahead and dip the whole thing. I prefer to do a little of each.
I added a touch of coconut oil when I melted the chocolate. It made it very easy to work with and gave the coating a bit of a creamier texture. Chopsticks are a good tool to turn the cookies with in the chocolate. And don’t forget to have some sheets of wax paper to lay the dipped cookies on. It really made things easier, especially when cleaning up.
While my son prefers these cookies, I would much rather have some chocolate covered fruit for Valentines day. So I am making a big batch of that. My favorite is chocolate covered clementine sections. They are soooooo good!
If you want to make some too, take a look at my DIY post on the KitchenAid blog. Have you checked out the price of chocolate covered cookies and fruit? You can save yourself a bundle of money and chocolate cover everything yourself. Cookies, fruits, nuts and marshmallows all work well. It is not as hard as you think. Especially since this clumsy artist can even do it…haha.
- 12 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- One bag (16 ounces) peanut butter sandwich cookies
- Colored sprinkles
- Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Choose chocolate melt setting on your microwave and put in the correct weight . Melt chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. You can also melt chocolate in 30 second increments on low setting or in a double boiler.
- Using chop sticks, another utensil, or fingers, dip cookies in chocolate and place on a large cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
- Sprinkle on colored sprinkles. Repeat with remaining chocolate and cookies.
- Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or until chocolate hardens. Wrap well or place in plastic containers and store in refrigerator.