Two Easy Valentine's Day DIY Projects
Candy Heart Valentine Bouquet DIY:
“I’m going to work with my son to make this arrangement for my daughter. It’s a little bright in color for me, but Mila’s middle name is Rose and she loves brightly colored roses. I think the best gifts are ones that really go the extra mile to suit the recipients taste - so although it’s not my style exactly, I know she’ll love it.” – Amy
• 1 large vase
• 1 smaller vase / mason jar
• 2-3 large bags of candy hearts - or any small candy could work
1. Make sure that your small cup/vase fits easily inside your other vase. The more room there is the more candy you’ll need - but they can’t be too close together!
2. Cut the flowers down to size
3. Fill the smaller vase with water
4. Wrap a piece of paper to form a funnel and pour the hearts in between the 2 vases
5. Arrange the flowers inside the smaller vase, and you are done!
Peanut Butter Heart Cookies Recipe:
“My daughter and I are going to bake these for my son Nico (he doesn’t like chocolate - and while we are at it maybe dip a few with some chocolate for me and her to share!). Mila loves baking, especially when it’s a project where she can get her hands messy - so forming the dough by hand and the process of shaping the hearts and pressing with the fork was especially fun.” - Amy
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• ½ cup packed light brown sugar
• ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted (microwave for 25-30 seconds)
• ½ cup smooth peanut butter
• 1 large egg
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a stand mixer add sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter, mix until combined. Add peanut butter egg and vanilla, and stir until smooth.
3. Add dry ingredients (flour and baking soda), stir until well combined with no dry parts showing
4. Roll the dough into 1 ½” balls and press down with the bottom of a sturdy glass with a flat bottom. Slit the top of the heart with a butter knife, push to spread the cut and use your hands to shape into a heart, then press with a fork to make the criss-cross heart pressed shape.
5. Layer them up on parchment paper and pop them in the freezer on a tray for 30-60 minutes so that they hold their shape better in the baking process.
6. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. They do expand a bit, so make sure to leave plenty of space between them.