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Valentine’s Day

Valentine Chocolate Dipped Biscoff Cookies & Spoons | JavaCupcake.com

Chocolate Dipped Spoons and Cookies

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day with these simple, delicious chocolate dipped treats for your family and friends!

Valentine Chocolate Dipped Biscoff Cookies & Spoons | JavaCupcake.com

There’s nothing I love more than a hot cup of coffee mid-morning.  I have a routine everyday… wake up, eat breakfast (cereal with berries – every morning!), play with Matty, get some work done and then mid-way through the morning I treat myself to coffee!

Not just any coffee though.  My cup is always full of a chocolate flavored or pumpkin spice or something delicious topped off with whatever seasonal creamer is in stock at the commissary.   And my coffee is always served in a Starbucks mug.  ALWAYS.   It’s one of my most favorite times of the day… coffee time.

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About two weeks ago, my friend Margot dropped off a bag full of chocolate goodies to go along with my morning coffee.  She had included a few chocolate dipped cookies and a few lollipop style chocolates on sticks.  I think it only took me two cups of coffee to enjoy it all.  But, her treats gave me the idea to recreate them as gifts for Emily’s teachers for Valentine’s Day!

I had already made the White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies for her teachers.  But now they could have a few days worth of goodies to go with their morning coffee at school with these Chocolate Dipped Spoons and Cookies! Perfect!

Valentine Chocolate Dipped Spoons | JavaCupcake.com

You could really make these in so many different ways.  Any type of cookie or biscuit could be used.  Any kind of chocolate could be used!  I chose the Biscoff cookies because they go so wonderfully well with coffee and dipped them in a dark chocolate.  My favorite dark chocolate is one that is 60-70% cocoa.  Not too bitter, but still smooth and oh so chocolaty!

The spoons I dipped are just from the grocery store, but you could easily used colored spoons or even order cute wooden spoons!  Instead of pink and red sprinkles, green could be used for St. Patrick’s Day or brown for Thanksgiving.  The possibilities are really endless!

Matthew | JavaCupcake.comAnd of course, Matty had to try a chocolate spoon too.  Okay… he didn’t really ask for permission before he grabbed this spoon.  But how can I bet mad at that face?  I’m just happy he loves chocolate!!

So, get creative and start dipping things in chocolate!  Valentine’s Day treats don’t have to be difficult… just delicious and fun!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Spoons and Cookies

Yield: 12 treats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Plastic spoons
  • 24 Biscoff cookies
  • 12-15oz high quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate)
  • Valentine nonpareils and heart shaped sprinkles
  • Valentine M&M candies
  • Wax paper
  • Double boiler

Instructions

  1. Lay out a piece of wax paper on your counter.
  2. Chop chocolate into very small chunks and place in a double boiler.
  3. Over medium-high heat, melt the chocolate until smooth.
  4. Dip the spoons into the chocolate making sure that the spoon cavity is full of chocolate. Holding the spoon horizontally flat, tap any excess chocolate off. Lay the spoon on the wax paper. NOTE: If the chocolate spills out, prop the end of the handle up with an Oreo or other cookie (or whatever you have) so that the chocolate stays in the spoon cavity.
  5. Immediately place a M&M candy and heart shaped sprinkles into the chocolate. Optionally, sprinkle with the Valentine nonpareils.
  6. Dip the Biscoff cookies into the chocolate until 1/2-2/3 of the cookie is covered.
  7. Tap the wrist of the hand holding the cookie so that the excess chocolate dripped off the cookies. Gently scrape the bottom of the cookie on the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.
  8. Place dipped cookie onto the wax paper and sprinkle with Valentine nonpareils.
  9. Allow spoons and cookies to dry completely before packaging - about 3-4 hours.
White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

In need of an inexpensive, fun, delicious treat for Valentine’s Day?  Make these white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies… they will make your sweetheart want to kiss you!

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This year I’ve decided that I wanted to create simple treats for Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t want to make anything too super elaborate, yet I wanted to show how easy it is to make delicious, fun treats without a lot of money, effort or skill.

These white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies accomplish just that!  With just a few ingredients, these cookies are incredibly easy to make!  You cookies don’t have to look like mine either… just use whatever Valentine sprinkles you already have in your pantry! You could even use milk or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate if you preferred!

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

I also found out something great about these cookies!  Matty loves them.  Yup, my toddler can’t get enough of the fortune cookies!  We don’t eat out Asian food that often and I don’t think I’ve ever bought them… so when we were given them at a restaurant in Berlin over Christmas, I was surprised to see how much Matty loved them.  He probably would have eaten 10 of them if I let him.  He loves them that much!

When I made these fortune cookie today, he ate two… okay, he had three.  And he loved every moment!

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

For Valentine’s Day, I’m going to package these white chocolate dipped valentine fortune cookies in cellophane bags, tie them with curling ribbon and attach a love-themed fortune to them.  They should be pretty cute.  If I’m on top of things, I’ll take pictures and put together a tutorial for you.

But that’s only if I’m on top of things.  Haha

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet?

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Valentine Fortune Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen decorated cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 36 fortune cookies
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (I used Hershey's)
  • Assorted Valentine sprinkles
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Wilton piping tip #4 (or very small round)
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Wax paper

Instructions

  1. Set out a large piece of wax paper on your counter.
  2. In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the white chocolate. TIP: Microwave chocolate for 1 minute at 70% heat, stir and repeat. Then switch to microwaving for 30 seconds at 70% heat, stir and repeat until smooth.
  3. Dip 1/3-1/2 of one fortune cookie into the melted white chocolate. With the cookie in one hand, use the other hand to tap the cookie holding hand gently... this will help the extra chocolate drip off the cookie without breaking the cookie.
  4. Once the extra chocolate has fallen off, sprinkle the chocolate with Valentine sprinkles. Set on the wax paper until the chocolate has hardened. Repeat this with 2 dozen fortune cookies. NOTE: You may need to reheat the chocolate if it has become too firm to dip in.
  5. With the last dozen cookies, dunk each in chocolate then set aside to dry.
  6. Once the last dozen has hardened, reheat the remaining chocolate until smooth. Add pink gel coloring to the chocolate and mix until uniform in color.
  7. Spoon the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag fitted with the very small round tip.
  8. Pipe mini hearts onto the white chocolate and allow to harden.
  9. Once all the chocolate has hardened, the fortune cookies are ready to eat!
  10. Store them in an air tight container or package them as gifts!
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies | JavaCupcake.com

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

This decadent chocolate brownie topped with rich and creamy raspberry cheesecake is a dessert you will definitely feel guilty about… but it’ll be so worth it! Plus, there’s a super fun Berlin giveaway! Yay!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies | JavaCupcake.com

There’s no doubt about it.  There is nothing healthy about these raspberry cheesecake brownies.  From the eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate in the brownie to the full fat cream cheese and sugar covered berries in the cheesecake topping… everything about this dessert is decadent, delicious and oh so good!

While I was in Berlin for the New Year, I knew I had to take some time out to meet and bake with Erin of Texanerin Baking.   There aren’t many American food bloggers living in Europe and I’ve been looking forward to connecting with Erin since I’ve lived here.  Her style of baking is a it different from mine because it focuses on making healthier versions of desserts, snacks and other food yet still maintaining delicious taste and quality!

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I met up with Erin at her apartment and was greeted so sweetly by her husband.  Erin and her husband live in Berlin while he finishes up his education.  Before we got to baking, I had brought a surprise for Erin… a 5lb bag of all-purpose flour!  See, Germans don’t use AP flour.  They have different versions of white, unbleached flour but none of them are as good as AP flour.  Erin had never seen a bag so big before… she was pretty excited to start baking with it!

We had decided to make a Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie together… but make it two ways.  Full fat, full sugar and full flavor and then a lightened up, healthier version.  We wanted to show that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for healthier choices in baking.

Starting with a baked brownie recipe for the base, my recipe used all-purpose flour and granulated sugar.  Erin’s version uses whole wheat flour and coconut sugar… two easy ways to lighten up the brownie.

After taste testing both brownies, neither of us could tell a difference.  Both brownies were incredibly delicious and oh so addicting.  I think Erin mentioned that between her and her husband, most of the brownies were gone the next day!  Yeah… so were mine.  They were THAT good.

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Make sure to visit Erin’s blog Texanerin Baking for her healthier version of these brownies!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Yield: 8-12 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6oz dark chocolate
  • 4oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup homemade brown sugar (Recipe Here)
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Rapsberry Cheesecake Topping

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen berries, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp homemade brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees or 180 C degrees and line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, make the brown sugar & set aside. (See recipe link above)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, and salt.
  4. In a heat-proof glass bowl, melt the chocolate either in your microwave or a double boiler and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Whisk in the sugars until smooth.
  6. Pour in the melted butter and whisk until combined.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time and whisk until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the chocolate/sugar mixture into the flour mixture and fold together until no more flour is visible.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  10. In another bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  11. Gently spread the cream cheese evenly over the chocolate batter.
  12. In a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 Tbsp sugar over the berries and mix to combine. Break up the berries until it resembles a jam consistency.
  13. Spoon dollops of raspberry over the cream cheese mixture. Using a knife, swirl the raspberry into the cream cheese.
  14. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden and the top is firm to the touch.
  15. Allow to cool in the pan completely before cutting into square and serving.

 

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As a fun treat for our readers, since Erin and I had such a good time together baking… we’ve put together a prize package of some fun baking related goodies that are exclusive to Berlin!   To win all these great prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below.

Contest open to those with a USA mailing address.  Contest ends Thursday, Feb. 6th at 11:00pm PST and a winner will be chosen Friday, Feb. 7th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to our email before a new winner will be chosen.

The Prizes:

Have you ever heard of the Ampelmann? He’s the character on all the stop lights in East Berlin.  He’s pretty famous here.  So, we’re giving you a set of Ampelmann cookie cutters!

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The Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower are two iconic landmarks in Berlin.  Everyone who visits this great city goes to see them.  And now, you can enjoy these landmarks in cookie form with the Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower cookie cutters!

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower Cookie Cutters | JavaCupcake.com

Lindt is a Swiss chocolate that I know is sold world-wide.  But, I had never seen a Lindt store until I was in Berlin.  Nothing but delicious Lindt chocolates and other confections.  And when I say other confections, I mean these grinders I scored at the store in Berlin.  One is chocolate & sugar and the other is chocolate & espresso.  Can you imagine the possibilities for these?  Recently, I used the espresso grinder on top of espresso truffles.   So good.  You’ll get one of each!

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Ritter Sport is a 100 year old chocolate company based out of Germany.  Ritter recently opened a store in Berlin where you can have a bar of chocolate handmade for you with your favorite mix-ins.  You will get two hand made bars from the Ritter store with the following mix-ins: Milk Chocolate, Biscuit Bits & Mini Marshmallows AND Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Pieces & Hazlenut.  So yum!

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Finally, Viba is a German company that makes nougat bars that, according to Erin, everyone she knows in the USA is always asking for her to send them!  So, You’ll get 4 Praline dark nougat Bars and a 3-pack of Classic nougat Bars!

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Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M candies and semi-sweet chocolate chips fill these cookie bars making them out-of-this-world delicious!

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My neighbor likes to collect things for me that she think I’ll like.  Most recently, she brought me a bag of Cherry M&M candies.  Now, you might not think this is too significant, but when our Commissary has something new, you have to jump on it and buy it immediately.  You never know when or if they’re going to have it again.

So I’ve got this bag of cherry M&M’s, what am I going to do with it?

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars.  Duh.

I mean really.  Was there any other option?  Not really.

Okay, now I know what I’m going to make, but now I had to figure out what I was going to do with them once I did make them.  I certainly didn’t need an entire pan of these sitting in my house.  I’d eat them all.  Or my kids would.

Oh… I’ve got it!

The 12th Man in Germany | JavaCupcake.com

My friend Holly is a photographer at Winter’s Splendor Photography and she’s taking picture of my 12th Man Rally.  I can give them to her as a Thank You! Perfect!  She’s got kids and a husband who can all enjoy them together.  Wonderful.

Are you wondering what a 12th Man Rally is?  If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan.  I mean… I’ve loved them my entire life!  And finally… this year they are going to the Super Bowl!  For only the second time in the history of the team they are going to the Big Show!

To show my support for the team and my hometown of Seattle, I gathered as many Seahawks fans I could find and took a big group photo! The fans are called the 12th Man… 11 players on the field…. the 12th man in the stands.  That’s us!

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Back to these Cherry M&M Cookie Bars!  The batter is really a basic one… two bowls and a 9x13in pan are really all you need.  If you didn’t have Cherry M&Ms you could sub any candy, nut, or chocolate.  The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Yield: 15 cookie bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10.5oz all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Cherry M&M candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees and line 9x13in baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the pan and paper with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together until completely combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the cherry M&M's and mix until incorporated.
  6. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the remaining cherry M&M's on the top of the batter making sure to evenly distribute. Gently press the candies into the batter.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes on the low-middle rack in your oven. The bars will be done with the edges brown and the top is firm to the gently touch.
  9. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  10. Use a butter knife around the edges of the cookie that directly touch the pan before lifting the cookie out.
  11. Cut the cookie into squares. Serve with cold milk.
  12. Store in an air tight container up to 4 days.
Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

If you make these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies for your Valentine, they’ll be sure to love you forever! Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com I’ve been in search for a really great peanut butter cookie for a few weeks.  I’ve tried several recipes but none were what I was looking for.  What I wanted in a peanut butter cookie was for it to be soft, full of peanut butter flavor and to melt in my mouth with each bite.  I have had many cookies that were good, but most were too hard, crumbly and just didn’t make the grade. Of course, it wouldn’t be a great peanut butter cookie if there wasn’t chocolate involved.  And, since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner what better addition to these cookies would there be but Valentine M&Ms?  Seriously, there isn’t anything better. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com So here we have a super delicious soft batch peanut butter cookie filled with Valentine M&M’s that’s just about perfect.  My kids absolutely LOVE these cookies.  I’m pretty certain that Matty Pants has eaten 3 today.  And I’m also pretty certain that if I let him he’d eat 30 today! Matty Pants | JavaCupcake.com Speaking of Matty Pants… he’s about to turn two years old.  What the heck?  Where has time gone?  I mean seriously, it just seems like a few months ago that he was born and now my little man is almost two?  Holy cow! I’ve been thinking about what theme to plan his 2nd birthday party in.  Dinosaurs or Toy Story.  Toy Story has a dinosaur in it… so if I did that, then I’d be killing two birds with one stone.  But, if I just did a dinosaur party, it’d be really easy to just pop some dinosaurs on top of cupcakes and call it good. What have been some of your favorite themes for your kid’s birthday parties? Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com Last year you might remember I made Sesame Street Cupcakes for Matty’s 1st birthday.  I put together this amazing tutorial for them because they just turned out so super cute. Anyhoo… back to these cookies.  I kinda went off on a Matty-tangent there. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com This year, I’ve decided that I wanted to keep my Valentine’s Day treats really simple.  I’ll be posting several recipes that are either no-bake, have very minimal prep, or that are just super simple.   I’ll also be posting a DIY project that can be giving as a sweet, yet delicious teacher-gift.  So make sure to stay tuned for all the Valentine awesomeness still to come! I really hope you enjoy these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies as much as we do! Happy Baking! 

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used JIF)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Valentine M&M Candies + more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add the sugars and mix on high for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix on high for 1 minute.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the wet butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to ensure that everything has been incorporated.
  7. Fold in the 3/4 cup M&M candies.
  8. Form 2-3 Tbsp of dough into a a ball and flatten slightly to form a disc. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern into the top of each cookie. Garnish with 2-3 additional M&M candies on top.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe from Bake Space .

NOTE: Some people have noticed the dough was a bit dry why they made this recipe. If yours turns out dry, add a few tablespoons of water or milk to the batter to help moisten it. I have never had to do this, so I can't guarantee the outcome - it's only a suggestion. :) Happy baking!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Red Velvet Love Cupcakes

I had a little bit of extra Red Velvet batter when I made an order for mini’s recently,  so I decided to dress up a full size cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.

First, I used my favorite red and white liners from Sutton Gourmet Paper that owner Kellie sent me.  Seriously, these make any red and white cupcake so much more beautiful.  They hold their color so well… I just love them!

Second, I filled those awesome liners with my recipe for Red Velvet cake… which, I think I’ve pretty much perfected.

Third, I topped them with a simple cream cheese and vanilla bean frosting.

Finally, I added the cutest red heart sprinkles… making these the perfect Valentine treat!

Here’s to wishing all of my fantastic readers a very

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! 

Please know how much I love each and every one of you and truly am thankful for your love and support over the years!

Cream Cheese & Vanilla Bean Frosting

Yield: Enough to frost 12+ cupcakes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • the seeds from one Madagascar vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Madagascar vanilla bean cream (recipe for this cream can be found here)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Mix in the vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Mix in the powered sugar and salt.
  4. Add enough of the cream until you get the consistency you desire and mix until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Pipe swirls on you the cupcake and top with red hearts.

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