Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite days mostly because of how girlie it is.  Pink, red, hearts, glitter, flowers:  it all adds up to a happy girl.  I saw the idea for this bark from Heather at Sprinkle Bakes back during the holiday season and I couldn’t wait to adapt the recipe to make this Sugar Cookie Crunch Bark for Valentine’s Day.

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I think this Sugar Cookie Crunch Bark would be so adorable wrapped up in a pretty cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.  I used a heart-shaped soft plastic ice cube tray that I have had in my collection just waiting to do something with it and it worked pretty well, but I think these treats would be just as cute without the heart shape, made in a mini muffin pan with festive paper liners.

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The Sugar Cookie Crunch Bark begins with candy melts.  I used Sugar Cookie-flavored Wilton Candy Melts that I colored light pink as the base for the bark, but if you have trouble finding that flavor, use vanilla and add some of your own sprinkles.  The sugar cookie base could not be a easier to make and it’s nice to finish making a cookie dough and not even have to shape it into cookies!  You simply pour the dough out onto a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet, spread it out into an even layer and bake until the crumbles are lightly browned.  Next I melted the candy melts and filled each cavity of my heart-shaped tray 1/3 full and you would do the same with the paper liners of a mini muffin tin.  Lastly, top the still liquid melts with the cooled cookie crumbs and let them set.  Sugar Cookie Crunch Bark Hearts are fun to make and so delicious and cute.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.

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Sugar Cookie Crunch Bark

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: ~30-40 hearts

Perfectly sweet and slightly salty cookie crumbles top colored candy melts to make this fun and festive bark

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (you could also use canola oil)
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (10 ounce) package Wilton Sugar Cookie (or vanilla) Candy Melts
  • pink food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except candy melts and food coloring for the cookie dough. Use an electric mixer or a spatula to mix until well combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
  4. Spread the cookie dough evenly over the lined baking sheet. You want pea-sized clumps.
  5. Bake until lightly browned, about 25 minutes.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. Place the candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 1 minute increments until melted and smooth. Add a couple of drops of food coloring and mix to blend.
  8. Use a small spoon to fill the cavities of a silicone or soft plastic heart-shaped ice cube tray (or a mini muffin tin lined with paper liners) 1/3 full. Use the spoon to spread the melts up the sides of the cavities. While melts are still liquidy, sprinkle the cooled cookie crumble into the pan over the melts. Gently press down so that the cookie gets well incorporated into the melts.
  9. Cool completely before removing from the pan.
  10. Recipe adapted from sprinklebakes.com

Bonus:  I had a bit of cookie crumble left over and it is THE MOST fabulous ice cream topping that every existed.  Worth making a double batch??

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Valentine’s Day means chocolate in one form or another and I love the idea of giving your loved one homemade chocolate candy to remind them how special you think they are.

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I have met very few people who don’t go crazy for the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and so these Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect sweet treat to present to your valentine or just a friend next week.

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Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups are simple to make and the sweet milk chocolate with the slightly salty peanut butter and the crunch from the puffed rice cereal is truly a combination made in heaven.  If you prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate, you can modify the recipe to your liking by substituting your favorite chocolate for the milk, which happens to be my favorite.  I combined brown sugar with the peanut butter for the filling for these cups and only needed 1/4 cup for the entire recipe which makes me feel good.

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Make your Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups in festively decorated mini muffin liners and place them into heart-shaped boxes and you’ve got a homemade boxes of chocolates to give to some very lucky people.

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Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: ~30 peanut butter cups

Sweet, creamy milk chocolate wrapped around a crispy peanut butter filling is the perfect treat for your valentine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend the cereal until fine, but not powdery. (If you do not have a food processor, you could simply place the cereal into a bag and crush it lightly with a rolling pin.) Pour the crushed cereal into a medium bowl.
  2. Place the peanut butter and brown sugar into the food processor and process until smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture to the bowl with the cereal and use a spatula to mix to combine.
  3. Place this mixture into the freezer for 1 hour. (This will make the peanut butter mixture easer to work with.)
  4. Line a mini muffin pan with ~30 paper liners.
  5. Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave in 1-minute increments until chips are melted, stirring between increments.
  6. Use a teaspoon to fill the paper liners ~1/3 full of the melted chocolate. Remove the peanut butter mixture from the freezer and use a spoon to scoop out about 1 tsp-sized balls of the mixture, gently flatten the balls and place them on top of the layer of chocolate you have already placed in the muffin liners.
  7. Finally top peanut butter balls with remaining melted chocolate to cover and fill the liners. You don't want the liners filled to the brim, but leave about 1/16 of an inch of room on top.
  8. Place the muffin pan into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour.

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Interested in other homemade candy ideas?  I’ve got some other great recipes for you below:

Homemade Kit Kat Bars are super simple to make and accurately re-create that favorite candy bar that you love.

Sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy all at the same time, Pretzel Toffee Fudge is easy to make but completely irresistible.

Everybody loves homemade caramels and with my step-by-step photo tutorial, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels with no problem.

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I’m back just in time for one more Halloween treat that you can whip up in no time!  Again, I love the idea of giving homemade treats out for trick-or-treaters that are family friends or neighbors whose parents wouldn’t mind letting them eat a handmade treat from you.  One of my all-time favorite candies is Tootsie Rolls and I have always wanted to try to make my own homemade Tootsie Rolls.  Halloween is the perfect time for this DIY project.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Tootsie Rolls is a parade.  Tootsie Rolls are a candy that is thrown by the handful at parades and I always loved running near the parade floats to pick up as many tiny Tootsie Rolls as I could.  Halloween makes me think of the larger-sized Tootsie Rolls that always felt extra special compared to the bite-sized version.  No matter which size you prefer, this post will show you a simple way of how to make your own Tootsie Rolls.

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First things first:  there are no baking or candy thermometer involved in this recipe!  I bet you are even a little more excited now aren’t you?  That’s what I’m telling you, you could have bag of homemade Tootsie Rolls ready to hand out or bring to work tomorrow for Halloween!

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How to make Tootsie Rolls:

Start by sifting together dry ingredients (cocoa powder, powdered sugar and dry milk powder)

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Melt a few other ingredients and whisk together (butter, corn syrup and vanilla)

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix briefly with a spatula

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Use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients more adequately

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Finally, use your hands to knead the ingredients to combine them more completely.  You will think that I forgot to tell you a step, but have faith that with just a bit of kneading, you will get a nice, glossy patty

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Cut the patty of candy into sections

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Roll out each section into 1/2″ wide ropes and cut the ropes into your desired length of Tootsie Rolls

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Wrap individually in wax paper

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Homemade Tootsie Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolatey, fudge-like candy that will have you believing that you have recreated an original classic

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, dry milk powder and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, corn syrup and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together briefly with a spatula. Then use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients until the mixture is a solid dark brown and the wet ingredients have saturated the dry ingredients.
  4. Knead the mixture by hand on a clean countertop until a smooth, glossy ball of candy is formed.
  5. Pat candy into a flat circle and cut into sections.
  6. Roll out 1/2" sections and cut into desired sized pieces of candy.
  7. Wrap each piece of candy in wax paper.
  8. Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!

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I have never been a die-hard Halloween fan.  The part that excites me the most is seeing cute kids in costumes.

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And of course I get excited about creating extra fun treats and having (yet another) excuse to eat more candy.  I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow on Sally’s Baking Addiction a couple of weeks ago and it could not have come at a more perfect time because I had a bake sale that I needed to make some treats for.  My own spin on this recipe became this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix.

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I decided to add white chocolate covered pretzels and Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this already tasty mix.  I packaged the mix up in cute treat cups that I found in the dollar section at Target and this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix was a sell out at the bake sale.

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The Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix begins with Cinnamon Chex Cereal coated in a mixture of candy melts infused with fall spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Then just like traditional peanut butter and chocolate puppy chow, you shake the coated cereal in powdered sugar.  You could coat your own pretzels in almond bark, but I just bought a couple of small bags of white chocolate Flipz and tossed those in with the coated cereal once it was cooled.  A snack mix is not complete to me without some form of chocolate, so I added colorful and festive Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix for a chocolate kick.

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If you are having children over for Halloween or you are expecting some friends or family to bring their children over trick-or-treating, I think it would be so much fun to hand out treat bags full of Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix rather than traditional candy.  You’ll be the most popular house on the block.

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Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: ~10 cups snack mix

A festive and spicy snack mix that is sure to make for an extra special Halloween treat

Ingredients

  • 1 box (13.5 ounces) Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) orange candy melts (or you could use white chocolate)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups white chocolate-covered pretzels (I used Flipz)
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&M's

Instructions

  1. Place cereal into a large bowl.
  2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt candy melts in 30-second increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Pour melted candy melts over cereal and stir gently to coat evenly.
  4. Place powdered sugar into a large paper bag, or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour coated candy into bag with powdered sugar and shake to coat.
  5. Pour mixture onto a wax paper-lined counter to cool and set.
  6. Add pretzels and M&M's and serve.
  7. Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

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Are bulk candy stores not a child’s (and adult’s) dream?  Bins and bins of colorful gummy treats in every color and shape imaginable, a wall of brightly colored M&M’s that looks like a rainbow and individually wrapped childhood favorites like Tootsie Rolls and Bit-O-Honeys.  Does anyone else remember going to the bulk candy stores when you could buy the candies that were essentially pieces of a Butterfinger candy bar without the chocolate?  I loved those strangely orange-colored candies and they would always be my choice when I got to go and pick out a small bag of whatever candy I wanted.

Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Actual Butterfinger candy bars have always been one of my favorites.  I would always pick them out first in a pile of Halloween Candy and I love the Butterfinger eggs that come around at Easter time.  I love how they are slightly salty and have such a perfect crunch.  I bought a bag of the snack-sized Butterfinger bars and could not wait to bake them into cookies.

Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies start with a cookie base that is so buttery and brown sugary and has just a hint of a peanut butter undertone.  I chopped my candy bars into large pieces so that I would get a big piece of Butterfinger when I bit into the cookies.  And of course I wanted to add some unadulterated chocolate into the mix as well, so I chopped up pieces of a giant milk chocolate bar that I had in my pantry.  These Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies are so soft and chewy and stay that way for several days.  This batter would be well adapted to include any of your favorite candy bars.

Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Soft and chewy brown sugar and peanut butter flavored cookies stuffed with huge pieces of Butterfinger candy bars and milk chocolate chunks. Get a glass of milk ready.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 10 snack-sized Butterfinger candy bars, chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks or chips (I used milk chocolate)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugars and peanut butter for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Mix in candy bars and chocolate chunks or chips.
  6. Drop 1/4 cup-sized mounds of dough onto cookie sheets and bake 14 minutes.

Butterfinger Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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