Maggie and I have been busy making some of the Valentine’s Day treats that I blogged about earlier. She and I made the Kissable Valentine’s Day Pretzels from No Fuss Fabulous. We used Brach’s Chocolate Stars on the pretzels instead of Hershey’s Kisses. I didn’t want to mess with unwrapping all those kisses, and the unwrapped ones in the baking aisle are so expensive (and not many come in a bag).
These are quite yummy. I love the salty-sweet combination. I will be taking them to a friend’s annual Chocolate Health Seminar today, and I imagine I’ll take home an empty platter!
Maggie and I also made Sweetie Pies from The Farm Chicks. I couldn’t find any pre-made dough to roll out, so I resorted to using a pie crust recipe from my new Martha Stewart’s Cooking School cookbook. This was probably the third time I have made crust in my life, and I must say that it turned out pretty well. It was so nice to have step-by-step instructions and pictures as a guide.
The Sweetie Pies were a HUGE hit with my husband (the taste-tester who had to try a few just to make sure he gave a legitimate review) as well as the girls at my M.O.P.S. steering meeting. The pies were gone in an instant!
I used homemade raspberry freezer jam in the center of the pies…Mmmm. Like the above treats, these had a great salty-sweet combination. Martha’s crust recipe called for coarse salt, and I loved the way it made the flaky pastry taste. My pies certainly weren’t as pretty as Serena’s, especially since my dollops were little large. However, given the response I received, I will make these again and again.
I also finally attempted my hand at Cake Pops from Bakerella. Oh! What a messy treat to make! And so delicate to work with! I made these over the course of two days with lots of refrigerating in-between. I think I’ll freeze the pops next time for a little more stability when dipping them.
Dare I say it….These are almost too sweet! One mom suggested trying dark chocolate sometime. But again, great reviews came in from my husband, kids, and M.O.P.S. gals. I dipped some pops with the moms at my meeting so that they would have an idea of how to work with them. We will make them again next week with a group of 35 women. I hope to receive some positive feedback at the chocolate gathering today too.