Homemade Valentines Day Donuts

I’d like to take credit for my Martha Stewart tendencies, but I must admit, they totally come from my mother. In preparation for Valentines Day, I wanted to bring a treat to my boyfriend’s. I was going to go with classic strawberries, but my mom in her infinite wisdom suggested I make donuts. We have a “Babycakes” mini donut maker and it’s awesome. And this was a brilliant idea. I used the recipe in the little book that it came with, but I’m sure it would be just as good in a donut pan.

Ingredients Donuts:

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 vegetable oil

1/4 milk

1/4 sour cream

*I added a sprinkle of cinnamon because I love the combo with chocolate!*

Chocolate topping:

1/2 cup melting chocolate (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers)

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1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

SPRINKLES/JIMMIES! (optional)

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1. Whisk all wet ingredients in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. It is going to look a lot like a pancake batter.

3. If you are using donut maker, plug it in. If you are using a pan, turn your oven on!

4. Bake at 350 until golden brown, or as per the donut maker instructions (about 4 minutes)

5. When done, remove from forms, place on a wire cooling rack.

Topping:

1. In a double boiler, or metal bowl over a simmering pot of water, add in your chocolate, corn syrup and whipping cream.

2. Use a spatula and mix intermittently until all of the chocolate is melted, think gnache. Turn the burner OFF but leave the bowl over the pot.

3. Carefully dip the tops of your donuts into the melted chocolate and replace back onto the wire cooling rack.

4. Before the chocolate sets, top with any of your favorite donut toppings- sprinkles, jimmies, nuts, marshmallows…what ever floats your boat! I suggest putting a cookie sheet under the wire cooling rack to catch rouge sprinkles to make cleaning a breeze!

Let set or eat warm!

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Valentines, Sugar Cookies and Babysitting

I wouldn’t be seeing the kids that I babysit on Valentines Day, so I decided to do it a bit early. The idea started at Target, and really, don’t most great ideas start there? In their Dollar Spot, they had these cute scratch ‘n’ sniff puzzles for Valentines day. The kids love puzzles so I grabbed one!

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As I walked around, part II came to mind- “I should make sugar cookies with the kids!” So heart-shaped cookie cutters, hot pink vanilla frosting and some Valentines Day themed sprinkles were all juggled to the counter. After purchasing everything I asked Mom if this activity was pre-approved. She was ALL FOR IT!

The kids had all had their Valentines Day parties at school on Wednesday since they don’t have school Thursday/Friday this week so they were all hyped up on the holiday spirit! After Mom left for class, I dumped the puzzle out on the island. Because I am evil, I would not let them look at the box, it would have given away the surprise! They had to complete the puzzle to know what the surprise activity for the night was!!!

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By the end of the puzzle we’d lost one….he was hiding near by!

While the kids ate dinner, I pre-measured out all of the ingredients so that they could help me dump!

Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup sugar

2 sticks room temp/softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1/2 cold water

*Pre-heat the oven to 350

1. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar. I had one of the kids sift the flour/salt/baking powder at this time.

2. Add in 1 egg and vanilla until well mixed.

3. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. This is a very dry/crumbly dough and it will be in lots of little crumbly pieces.

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4. Slowly add some water until it starts to form a better ball.

5. Dump on a lightly floured surface, you might want to wet your hands to knead/work the dough a bit. I split the dough into 4 small balls, lightly floured the surface for the kids, rolled out the dough and let them go to down with the cookie cutters.

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6. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. I found that 7 minutes was perfect.

While the cookies were baking/cooling I prepped our decorating area. Using their kiddie divided dinner plates, I poured in the different sprinkles for them. Each kid also got a small bowl of hot pink frosting and baby spoon to frost their creations.

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We had a great evening of (early) Valentines Day fun, food and decorating! Because nothing says I Love You like a giant heart cookie smothered in frosting with half a pound of sprinkles and candy hearts! ❤

Valentines Day Deep Dish Apple Pie

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! Everyone associates Valentines Day with chocolate (YUM!), chocolate covered strawberries, roses- the classic works. Once in a while, you come across a person who sadly, has no taste for chocolate! I know, tragic, WHO DOESN’T LIKE CHOCOLATE!? My boyfriend. So I am forced to get a bit more creative and think wayyyy outside the normal Valentines Day box. And I came up with this. Deep dish, heart shaped apple pie. Yes, you heard me. Deep dish apple pie. Just like with the Mini Cannoli Cups, you can use store bought pie crust or the home made recipe. That recipe can be found here!

6 Apples

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

¼ cup sugar

¼ tsp ground netmeg and cloves

3 tbs butter (the real stuff)

2 tbs flour

1. Peel, core and cut your apples.

2. In a medium-large sauce pan stir in apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar, butter and flour. Because the pie is deep dish you need to pre cook the apples most of the way so you don’t end up with hard ones in the center of your pie!

3. While the apples are cooking, roll out your dough.

4. Grease and flour a heart shaped spring pan. Usually used for cheese cakes, but trust me on this. Gentle work the crust into the pan.

5. With a fork, poke holes in the bottom of the crust and put in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.

6. Once the crust is most of the way cooked, take the apples off of the stove and pour them into the spring pan.

7. With your second piece of pie crust cover the top. I had enough extra that I did a second heart piece to put on top.

8. Put back in the oven (with a cookie sheet underneath to catch potential drips) for another 15 minutes, or until the pie crust on top is golden brown.

9. Let cool a bit so that the moisture and heat don’t bust the sides of the pie out, and release from the spring pan.

You now have a deep dish, heart shaped Valentines Day pie for your non chocolate loving sweetheart!