Sunday, February 14, 2016

Preschool Valentine's Day Party

Valentine's Day.

When I was a kid, I loved everything about it. Making little mailboxes, handing out and getting cards, conversation hearts, cinnamon hearts, get the point right?

As an adult before kids, Valentine's Day was boring (on a side note, I have to admit this Valentine's Day was pretty great, because after over a year of a broken dishwasher...we finally got a new one! Happy Every Day to me!!!).
But now that we have two little ones running around, all that has changed. Now we I get to make gifts for Lauren's preschool and ballet teachers, write out cards for their friends, with Lauren's "help" of course, and make goodies for her preschool party!

For her party, I sent a cheese, cracker and cucumber tray.

After spending a ridiculous amount of time cutting out the heart shaped cheese and cucumber and lining everything up, I realized that those little preschoolers would probably destroy it in minutes. 
Who am I kidding, there was a good chance of me wrecking it on the way to the car. 

I'm happy to say it survived until the party, and the kids loved it!

I found the cute little trays at Micheal's. And luckily because I left it to the last minute, they were on sale for something like $2.29 for two of them.

Look at that cute little bow!

I had a hard time deciding what treats we were going to make for the kids party.
I wanted to make something that the kids could take home and something that Lauren could help me with. 

I spent a few late nights on Pinterest, and decided to make donut sugar cookies. Why donut cookies? Because, why not?? Come on, cookies that look like donuts? Yes please!!

I made sugar cookies and then dipped them in melted white chocolate (that I colored pink) and regular chocolate and then Lauren went to work decorating.

Lauren decorated all 40+ cookies and she didn't even try to sneak any!

To package them for the kids, I put them in a ziploc type of bag covered in hearts and then attached a little printable tag I found on Pinterest that said 'Sprinkled with Love'.

The Best Sugar Cookies Ever!
(Recipe from Good Housekeeping)
Recipe makes about 60, 3 inch cookies.

1 c. salted butter, softened
1½ c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Chocolate for melting. I used white chocolate chips (that I colored) and a mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips for the chocolate cookies. 
Icing color gel - I used Wilton's Rose colored icing gel
Heart shaped candies 

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 

In separate large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. 
Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. 

Reduce speed to low; beat in eggs and vanilla until mixed, then beat in flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. 

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator*. 

On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll dough until slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible.
To make the donut hole, I used the end of a decorating tip. 

Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on two ungreased large cookie sheets.

Bake until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. 

Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

When cookies are cool, prepare chocolate by melting it in a double boiler or microwave. 
If coloring the chocolate do this now. 

Dip cookie in the melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles and candies immediately. 

Set cookies aside to allow to dry completely. 

Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

*I found that I had to remove the cookie dough from the fridge and let it warm up for about 15-20 minutes so it was easy to work with.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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1 comment:

  1. It must be a great fun time having a Valentine's Day preschool party. Looking for a similar preschool for my nephew and searching online since last couple of weeks. Have found a Phoenix preschool and will tell my sister about it.