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Thursday, January 27, 2011

{valentine's day tea party}

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a tea party, and I have some fun and yummy ideas for you!

I found the cookie recipe on the back of an old favorite--Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. This mix is so versatile, and always popular, but can easily replace it with your own favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then about a week or so ago, I saw some pink hot chocolate mix in Michael's. It was super cute, but also really expensive. It started me thinking, and even though I didn't know how to make true hot chocolate pink (pink + brown??), I did have a yummy white hot chocolate recipe that I could try it with.


Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

1 package Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix (prepared as directed for drop cookies, + 3 T. flour), OR your favorite sugar cookie dough
raspberry jam
white chocolate chips

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into the center of each ball, then place about 1/4 tsp. of raspberry jam in the indentation. Bake according to package or recipe directions. Cool for 10 minutes. Melt white chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave until smooth. Spoon the melted chips into a sandwich bag, forcing into one corner. Snip the very tip, and pipe the chocolate over the cookies.

I love the hearts! It really makes it an extra special Valentine treat. I also tried some xoxo's, and you could even write names, initials, or "be mine". So fun!


Pink Hot Chocolate

(recipe originally from Food Network)

1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. heavy cream
4 c. half and half
red food coloring

In a large saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips with the heavy cream, stirring until completely smooth. Add the half and half, vanilla, then the food coloring to get your desired color (I used 7-8 drops). Heat through. Serve in mugs, topped with whipped cream!


Valentine Serving Tray

I wanted something fun to serve some of the treats in, but I didn't really have anything that I liked.

So, I took this box I had saved...

spray painted it white, and added some fun Valentine's Day paper to the bottom. I did distress all the edges first, using Distress Ink. A little Mod Podge adheres it on perfectly!




Blogger WobiSobi said...

Oh My!! this is just tooooooo Cute. I am going to make Pink hot chocolate Pronto!!

January 27, 2011 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger Life with the Lebedas said...

Those look good!!
You've been featured on Life with the Lebedas for Craftify It Thursday! Hope you'll swing by and grab the feature button. We also have a linky if you'd like to link other crafts off! :D

Have a great day!

January 27, 2011 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

What a fun idea!! Love it!

January 27, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Thumbprint cookies have always been a favorite of mine at Christmastime. I've never thought of making them for Valentine's Day! They look so good with that little bit of white frosting drizzled on them. Thanks for the great idea!

January 27, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those cookies are adorable with the hearts piped on!

January 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh,I love it! If I can get my act together, I was thinking about doing a little Vday something with my girls and their friends. Thank you for the tips! :)

January 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...


January 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Marissa said...

So funny, I just made those exact same cookies yesterday for my son's preschool bake sale. Except, I tinted the white chocolate pink. So yummy! Just a tip, if you add a TBSP of shortening when you melt the chocolate, it makes it easier to drizzle. :)

January 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Barbie said...

Pink hot chocolate? Pure genius, my friend.

January 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Deanna@shadytreediary said...

GREAT idea to repurpose the old Melissa & Doug box. I always keep those, too, in hopes of finding something to do with them, but I never have until now. I'm off to paint ours now, LOL!! Thanks for the great idea!

January 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

PINK hot chocolate !!!!!!!!
Love it!!!!

January 27, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

I'm with Jane! Love the pink hot cocoa!

January 27, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
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January 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
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January 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
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January 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger SANDI said...

Wow! Pink hot chocolate...LOve IT!!!!

January 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

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