View Full Version : Desserts for Valentine's Day
02-12-2008, 11:31 AM
I need some QUICK help. We're going to a Valentine party tomorrow for the kids. They're going to have red and pink M&M cookies there for most of the kids, and they picked up a couple oranges for our kids (nice gesture, right?) Our kids DO love oranges, and I know they wont outwardly complain about not eating the cookies, but I would like to have a little surprise for them so they don't feel so "left out" I guess. We do brownies for just about every other group occassion, so I was hoping for something more, I don't know, festive for the holiday this time. ANY creative minds out there want to help me? Some kind of easy, durable, finger type desserts (like cookies) that wouldn't require a dehydrator (I know, I just made it 100 times more difficult, right? lol). Something that could maybe mimic their cookies, or atleast have the v-day color to it? Anyone? And quick?! :o
We're already doing a strawberry cheesecake for them on Valentines day, just for the family. Yum!
02-12-2008, 11:43 AM
I made chocolate covered fruit for mine. Well, it was apples and strawberries. All the other kids wanted to eat our goodies instead of the other stuff so I know to bring plenty next time. I actually wanted to make it without cocoa and use beet powder to make it pink, but I couldn't get to the hfs in time. That would be more valentines like. Bananas would also be good and much cheaper than strawberries. I am going to do that next time, since I will obviously have to provide for 20 instead of 3! :D
I'm going to make RP's brownies and cut them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter for my daughter for a surprise.
02-12-2008, 12:07 PM
Here is Mysticat's Coconut Macaroon recipe:
Coconut macaroon candy canes:
2 cups cashew "flour"
3/4 cup ground oat groats
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
2 cups dried shredded coconut
water and meat from one young coconut
--mix in food processor, shape into balls or candy canes, and dehydrate
--for the red stripe, I mixed a handful of strawberries with about 1/2 cup coconut oil in a blender. I used a pastry bag to pipe in on cookies. The chocolate swirls are made with the chocolate chip mixture (noted above) in a pastry bag. Use shredded coconut for "snow". Gogi berries are the snowman's nose and scarf!!
NOW...while she does mention dehydrating, I'd say to chill the dough after processing it and then once chilled and firmer, roll out between two sheets of parchment paper, cut out heart shapes if you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter. To make the color, I'd perhaps take part of the dough...like half or so...and process with some strawberry puree or strawberries (not too many) to make it pink or red. Or you could use her idea for piping on strawberry and coconut oil and just decorate the originally-colored cookies with red/pink. Then, put the cookies back into the fridge on a tray, plate, cookie sheet, etc. so they can firm up.
02-13-2008, 11:05 AM
Thank you guys!!! You Rawk!
We decided to go with a slightly modified version of the coconut macaroons (mmmm, I used to love the cooked version) and they are DELISHIOUS!!!! Yum, I can't wait until we can REALLY dig in, lol.
thank you again :D
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