They do say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So when your husband (or significant other) “surprises” you with a bouquet of roses for Valentine’s day wouldn’t it be nice to have a delicious Valentine’s cookie bouquet waiting for him?
Here is what you’ll need:
Oreos–Make sure you get Double Stuff Oreos otherwise you won’t be able to fit the lollipop sticks in…believe me, I know.
8 oz (approx.) Almond Bark, Vanilla Coating, or White Chocolate Chips
8 inch Lollipop Sticks
Cherry M&Ms or Conversation Hearts
Piping Bag (If you are in a bind you can probably substitute a ziplock bag for this one. The letters just may not turn out quite as precise.)
Here is how to do it:
Decide how many cookies you want on the lollipop sticks. This will depend on what you want to spell. Once you’ve decided, insert the lollipop sticks, very carefully, into the cream filling.
Candy coating into a mug or a deep, but narrow dish. If you are using Almond Bark or other candy coating melt in the microwave on 50% power for 30 second increments until completely melted. Melting white chocolate can be a little trickier to work with. If you want to use white chocolate chips, but are not sure how to melt them, check out this article.
Once the coating is all melted, holding the lollipop stick, dip the cookie into the chocolate. Remove and let the excess chocolate drip off for a few seconds. Place “lollipop” onto a pan or countertop lined with wax paper. If you choose, you can dip stick-less cookies in the chocolate too. Simply scoop them out with a fork, letting some of the excess chocolate drip off, before placing them on the wax paper.
When the candy coating on the cookies has cooled and hardened. Put some of the unused (melted) chocolate in a piping bag, cut of a tiny bit (size is up to you on this one) of the tip and pipe one letter per cookie. You’ll have to do this step quickly because the chocolate will cool at the tip of the bag first, clogging it up. If this happens, simply run the tip under hot water for a couple seconds.
Before the chocolate hardens shake some sprinkles over the letters and designs you’ve made.
Pour the M&Ms or conversation hearts in a glass cup and arrange your cookie bouquet.
Voilá! Enjoy your your beautiful Valentine’s Cookie Bouquet!