Valentine’s Day: White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark

White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | Revamperate White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | RevamperateSo what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

If you want to have fun playing with chocolate and give your Valentine a cute homemade gift, this super easy conversation heart candy bark is the perfect thing to whip up. Chocolate bark is really easy to make and easy to customize, so why not make some with pretty much any candy in your cupboard, right?! Naturally, Valentine’s Day bark requires conversation heart candies, but also some sprinkles, and it really is just that easy.

Ingredients (makes 6 pieces):

  • Silicone heart mold 
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Pink or red food coloring
  • Heart sprinkles
  • Conversation heart candies
  • Toothpick or butter knife

Microwave the chocolate on the lowest setting for about 45 seconds. Remove, stir and heat in15 second intervals until completely melted. Pour about half the chocolate into a separate bowl and stir in 2-3 drops of pink or red food coloring until you reach your desired color. Move the pink chocolate to a ziplock bag or piping bag with the tip cut off. 

Pour the white chocolate into the silicon heart mold as cleanly as possible so that it doesn’t splash the sides. Carefully pipe rows of pink chocolate over the white chocolate while both are still melted. Using a toothpick or butter knife, make lines perpendicular to the lines of the pink chocolate. As you run the toothpick or knife down the chocolate it will smudge. 

Sprinkle with conversation hearts and and heart-shaped sprinkles. Press lightly into the chocolate and set aside to cool and harden completely (about one hour). 

White Chocolate Conversation Heart Candy Bark for Valentine's Day | RevamperateCarefully pull the chocolate from the mold and package in little bags with ribbon to make a sweet gift for your valentine! šŸ˜‰

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for Valentine’s Day

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateGuys, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I swear time flies by faster and faster every year. Lucky for my boyfriend, I’m not obsessive over Valentine’s Day, but he and I agreed to celebrate our anniversary and Valentine’s Day as one happy holiday since we met the day after Valentine’s Day. Last year we went to Disneyland and I’m (fingers crossed!) hoping we can make it an annual thing. Life’s a bit tougher on our schedules these days, so I’ll just be happy to just have some dinner at home together (with some wine!) for a night without work or school. 

Anyway, today’s project is an easy one and one of my favs. Dress up a box of chocolates in minutes by making it look like everyone’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts! These cute conversation heart chocolate boxes are as simple as cutting paper and picking out some stickers, but they’re really fun and make cute gifts. Plus, if your boxes are like mine, you can remove the plastic when you’ve eaten the chocolate and still use the boxes for little candies or wrapped chocolates!

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateSupplies:

Trace the top of the box onto the backside of colored cardstock. Cut around the marks as carefully as you can, leaving about 1/4 inch extra so that the paper does not lie right on the edge of the box. Use the stickers to spell out your favorite conversation heart sayings onto the frontside of the cardstock. Then glue the backside of the cardstock (with pencil markings) onto the top of the chocolate box and let dry. 

Then, if you want to add strips of paper on the sides of the box top, lay the side of the box against the edge of the paper to measure the size and cut a long strip the length of the paper. Starting at the middle curve of the heart, glue the paper down and around the box, clipping any extra paper. Let dry and replace the box tops.  

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | Revamperate DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes | RevamperateThey make fun gifts for anyone, really. Naturally, I gave “BAE MINE” to Andrew šŸ™‚ The others I gave to my coworkers. Happy crafting!

Valentine’s Day: Sweetheart Baked Vanilla Donuts

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I’m not nearly as excited for Valentine’s Day as I am about the day after. Want to know why?! Ok, I’ll tell you…Andrew and I are going to Disneyland!

The day after Valentine’s Day is our two-year anniversary of meeting each other, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate, and his friend who works at Disneyland is willing to let us in for free. Seriously, I’m stoked. Considering Disneyland is only about 30 minutes away, it’s crazy that we never get to go (because it’s incredibly expensive). Anyway, that’s my weekend and I can’t wait. I am literally going to feel like a child at Disneyland, hopefully with a really obnoxious princess backpack and Mini Mouse ears.

Ok, we canĀ move on to the treats now. Baked vanilla donuts with sweetheart candies on them to be exact! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these adorable and very easy cake donuts, topped with colorful candy. I’m new to donut-making, but they’re pretty easy and delicious, and I highly recommend giving them a shot.

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Donuts (makes 8-10 donuts):

  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp bakingĀ powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Vanilla glaze:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetheart candies (for garnish)

First, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream and egg until smooth. BeatĀ in the melted butter and vanilla, and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until it is just barely combined with a little bit of white still visible.

Spray a donut pan with cooking spray (I use this one for 6 donuts) and dispense the batter into the moldĀ using a large plastic bag with the cornerĀ cut off (basically a piping bag). Using a large ziplock bag let’s you dispense the batter easier into such a thin space. Fill the donut mold about 2/3 fill and bake on 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes until the edges begin to brown slightly.

Let the donuts cool and begin making the glaze. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla on low-medium heat and slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until it reaches the desired sweetness and the sugar has melted into the milk.

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Dip the cooled baked vanilla donuts into the glaze and let them drip on a cooling rack over some wax paper or foil. Once the tops have hardened a bit, dip them a second time for good measure. Press the sweetheart candies on top of the wet glaze and let set. Donuts are best while they’re fresh, so eat them as soon as you can! I brought them to work the morning after I made them, and they were still really good but fresh is always best. Serve them up for any occasion and everyone will love them and they’re baked vanilla goodness! They’re baked so they must be healthy, right?

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day! I’m looking forward to a really exciting weekend because, unfortunately, I have to work on Monday despite the holiday. Disneyland, here we come!

Valentine’s Day: Red Velvet Roll-Out Cookies

Red Velvet Roll-Out Cookies | Revamperate Red Velvet Roll-Out Cookies | RevamperateCake batter cookies were always my go-to recipe for every occasion when I was too lazy to make cookies from scratch. They’re basically fool proof and taste like cake but with less effort. Plus, half the time I would just eat the dough before making a few cookies out of it. They’re the best. Little did I know there would be such a big world outside of my standard soft, thick cake batter cookies. Then I realized I could use cake mix to make roll-out cookies! Even better, I could make RED VELVET roll-out cookies. Red velvet is pretty hard to make from scratch because most people don’t have the ingredients for it in their cabinet, so the cake mix route is a much easier one to go.

Plus, you can make them into cute peek-a-boo cookies if you have multiple sized cookie cutters. And yes, that’s totally the proper term (not really).

Ingredients (makes 20-25 cookies):

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick butter, soft
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cookie cutters (1 large heart, 1 smaller one)

Cream cheese filling:

  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

If you pay really close attention to cake mix boxes (which I wouldn’t expect you to), the ounces have actually decreased in size over the time, but the cookies recipes have not. Back in the day (I say that as if I’m 40, not 23), you would buy an 18 oz. package of mix, but today it’s more like 15-16 oz. Yeah, we’re totally getting jipped. Nonetheless, this recipe works well,Ā despite the shrinking amount of dry ingredients in a box of cake mix.

First, beat together the butter and egg until the butter is no longer lumpy. Mix in the vanilla, followed by the cake mix. Mix on medium and scrape the bowl as you go. It will be really sticky, so leave it in the fridge for at least an hour, but longer is better. You could even give it 30 minutes in the freezer if you’re in a hurry.

Pull the dough out onto a floured surface and massage it with your hands, letting the flour soak into the dough. It should become less sticky the more you massage it. Knead in a little more flour if needed. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with your cookie cutters and move the cut-outs to a lined cookie sheet.

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If you want to make these two-layer cookies with cream cheese filling like I did, use two different sized cookie cutters. Cut all cookies with the large one first. Set aside half of them, and press the smaller cutter into the middle of the others, setting aside the small middle cookies so you can get even more out of your batch.

Bake all cookies on 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly hardened and the cookies no longer appear doughy. Let cool for several minutes.

To make the cream cheese filling, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix in the vanilla and beat until creamy. From there, you can use a piping bag to pipe designs on your cookies or spread the cream cheeseĀ on the whole cookies and place the others on top so that the cream cheese peeks through the shape.

You can follow this recipe with any cake mix now, and they will be incredibly easy to make for any occasion. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so break out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and get baking on these red velvet roll-out cookies. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day: Nutella Brownies

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For all the Nutella lovers out there, this one is for you. I missed Nutella Day by four days…I’m very disappointed, but I was close. It was on February 5th, btw. Good to know for next year!

Anyway, these Nutella brownies are in honor of Valentine’s Day because I’ve had this adorable heart-shaped silicone baking moldĀ I’ve been dying to use, and nothing sounded more perfect than brownies made with Nutella baked in. To make them even more Valentine’s Day-ish, I drizzled them in pink candy melts, and they were so delicious I ate most of them by myself.

Because I used a silicone pan and had to pop the brownies out, I justified eating half the batch by mercifully eating the ones I destroyed trying to get out of the mold. Totally justifiable if you ask me. By the way, I highly recommend these Nutella brownies still warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Yum! Ok, moving on….

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Ingredients (makes 10-12 brownies):

  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Pink candy melts (optional)

Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove on low-medium heat. Whisk in half the chocolate chips and stir until melted. Stir in the sugar and Nutella, and remove from heat.

Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool. Beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla and espresso powder to make a paste and then mix it into the rest of the batter. Mixing it together separately helps prevent the powder from changing the texture (just a precaution on my part, really). Once everything else is well-mixed, stir the flour in with a spatula along with the remaining chocolate chips and mix until you can still see a small amount of white – you never want to overmix brownies.

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Move the brownies to a greased pan/mold and bake on 350 degrees for 28-30 minutes, depending on the pan you use. I used this heart silicone mold, so they baked faster than they probably would have in a standard 9×13 or something.

Take them out and let them cool before removing from the pan. Once removed, I drizzled them in candy melts for a pop of color and made sure to eat like three or four while they were still warm…no judging here. Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day: Glittered Heart Cupcake Toppers

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you might be struggling to find an easy treat to celebrate. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Cupcake toppers are the quickest and easiest way to add theme to just about ANY cupcake. Seriously, problem solved. Boom.

The cupcakes are actually my spice cupcakes with brown sugar frosting from last week, and ohmygod were they good. The toppers totally made them though.

These glittered heart cupcake toppers are a great solution to Valentine’s Day treats because they are super easy and still look totally glamorous. Bonus:add fun cupcake liners to give your cupcakes a theme. I just added some watercolor to the bottom of white liners!

Supplies:

  • Toothpicks
  • Heavy glittered scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stencil or shape punch (optional)

You can either cut hearts out of the paper yourself or use a heart-shaped punch, but that’s not an item everyone has, including me. Use a pencil to draw a heart on the backside of the paper and cut it out, shaping it until it’s perfect. Use this as a stencil to trace the rest of the hearts on the backside of the paper and cut them out. Then place two hearts back to back, glittery sides out, and use your scissors to shape them until they match up perfectly.

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Heat up your glue gun and glue a small amount onĀ the inside bottom of the heart. Stick the toothpick to it, add more glue on top, and stick the other heart on top of it, adjusting it however necessary to make the two hearts line up. Give it a minute to dry and remove any loose strings.

Pop your finished heart cupcake toppers on top of your favorite cupcakes for a fun themed treat, and serve. They’re simple but adorable, and people will love them. Enjoy (and happy Valentine’s Day)!

Valentine’s Day: Dove Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Sugar Cookies

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching (less than a month away)! For your Valentine’s Day treats this year, look no further than cookies. Try a new twist on classic thumbprint cookies with these pink Dove dark chocolate thumbprint sugar cookies. That’s a mouthful, eh? But these cookies are worth every word.

A lot of times, you see thumbprint cookies take the form of Kiss Blossoms, peanut butter cookies with a Hersey’s kiss in the middle. These thumbprint cookies are actually sugar cookies, and they’re even rolled in extra sugar for good measure. With a dark chocolate Dove heart in the middle, they have a rich taste thatĀ compliments the soft and light sugar cookie very well without being overwhelming. Plus, they’re pretty perfect for Valentine’s Day with their light pink tone. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients (makes 15-18 cookies):

  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar + extra for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs heavy whipping cream (can substitute milk)
  • 4-5 drops red or pink food coloring
  • 15-18 Dove dark chocolate hearts

First, cream together the softened butter and cup of sugar. Add in the egg, beat well, and then add the vanilla. Mix in several drops of food coloring until you reach your desired color. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the pink mixture and mix until soft.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on a cookie sheet a couple inches apart and bake on 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. They won’t look done yet, but that’s ok. Even if you don’t see brown yet, they are probably perfect.

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Pull the cookies out of the oven and push a dark chocolate Dove heart into the center of each one. Let sit for one minute and move to the fridge to cool completely. This will keep the chocolate from over melting while the cookies cool.

Once the chocolate has hardened, take a bite and experience the rich taste of dark chocolate with light sugar cookies. Give them out for Valentine’s Day this year, and everyone will love them. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day: 50 Things I Love About You

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If you need a Valentine’s Day gift on a budget, try to keep it sweet and simple!

This “50 Things I Love About You” box is easy and thoughtful for any gift occasion. I made this one for my boyfriend this Valentine’s Day to also honor our one-year anniversary.

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Pick up a plain wooden box at Michael’s, paint it with some regular craft paint (I used a metallic red), and decorate it with stickers and other embellishments. I used a painted “love” wood piece for the top and stickers for the inside of the box. I didn’t want to go too overboard with glitter for my boyfriend, but there are so many things you can do with a box and some fun embellishments.

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Write or type out 50 or so things you love about your significant other. Add in some silly ones. Keep it sweet, fun and personal. I used things like “I love…the way you sneeze in twos” and “I love…that you forget the difference between tights and leggings” and “I love…the weird things you say in your sleep.”

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IMG_3394If you typed them out like I did, print them out with spaces in between. Use a paper cutter to cut them into separate strips. Because my box was fairly deep, I wanted the papers to fill it rather than just sit there. I wrapped each piece around a pencil to give it a little curl and placed them all inside the box, giving it a more full and bouncy appearance.

Bonus: make a card to go with it! I cut out a simple, classic heart shape out of red paper, using the top of heart as the fold. Using rub-on stickers, I spelled out “…guess what?” on the front and “I love you” on the inside because that’s our little inside joke. Sometimes short and sweet is all you need.

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Lucky for me, my boyfriend appreciates cute, corny gifts as much as I do, and I loved it making it! It’s nice to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you (not just on Valentine’s Day!)