Valentine Treats

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Being a mom is not easy. It would be nice if things were easier every now and then, wouldn't it? If doing laundry only took 15 minutes a week, or if dishes were magically washed and put away, or even if everyone in the family could pitch in at meal time, life would be a bit easier. Well, here are a few easy recipes to please every member of the family on Valentine's Day. These treats are "mother tested and kid approved"...and easy, too!

Valentine's Day Chocolate Dipped Wafer Cookies

All you need for this recipe is parchment paper, wafers of any flavor (or madelines, or other plain cookies), a bag of chocolate chips or candy melts and a bottle of sprinkles. You first melt the chocolate. Your children can do the rest of the steps with your supervision. Get them to dip the wafers in the melted chocolate and place the dipped wafers on the parchment paper. Then have them put sprinkles over the chocolate. The last step is to put the dipped wafer cookies in the refrigerator for about 10 minute to help speed up the hardening process.

Chocolate Pudding Cookies

This easy recipe takes only 10 minutes to cook and 15 minutes to prep. Your kids will love mixing their yummy treat. For this recipe you will need:

  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packs instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1.5 cups packed brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start prepping by mixing together the salt, baking soda, and flour, then set it to the side. In a much larger bowl mix and beat the white sugar, butter, brown sugar and instant chocolate pudding mix. Blend in your dry mix. Next, add the vanilla and eggs. Once mixed well, add the chocolate chips. Lastly, drop spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack and let your family dig in!

Mozzarella And Tomato Salad for Kids

This recipe is the easiest on the list. No baking or mixing! Arrange basil leaves on a plate in a heart shape. Form a large heart shaped outline with cherry tomatoes. Last, fill the center with mozzarella balls. Let your kids do this or do it yourself.

On Valentine's Day, don't let your children forget who your favorite Valentine is...them!