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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Goodies!

If you are like me… you are crazy busy and don’t have a ton of time to do elaborate craft projects (even though I LOVE them). I love holidays, and I love to give little gifts to my friends! So here are a few little last minute things you can do to make someone’s Valentine’s day last minute.

About 7 pm last night I decided I wanted to make a few things for my lovely friends for Valentine’s day.

So I headed to the grocery store and here is what I threw in my basket.

Two cake mixes… One devil’s food, one red velvet.

Two cans of white vanilla frosting

A tub of red edible glitter (On sale for 75 cents I couldn’t resist!)

One box of cupcake papers

Sounds pretty easy right?! Right!

I ran home and mixed up the cake mixes.

A little tip… If you aren’t the biggest fan of the taste of red velvet cake… add an extra teaspoon of vanilla to the batter.

To make the devil’s food a little more fancy I add a tablespoon of instant espresso (prepared, not just the powder).

I got the batter in to the paper lined muffin pans and let them cook.

While they were in the oven I looked around my craft box to find some red and pearl white card stock.

I cut a few dozen little hearts with the intention of putting them on the tops of my cupcakes.

Card stock hearts for decorations!

Card stock hearts for decorations!

After the cupcakes come out of the oven it is imperative that they cool completely before you frost them. If they are sill warm your frosting will melt right off.

Using a pastry bag, I just piped a little of the store bought frosting on to the lovely, fluffy little cakes.

And here is the finished product!!

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Everyone will be getting one of these and one of the cards featured on yesterday’s blog!

Don’t forget the folks at your go to coffee shop! They deserve a little something too!

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Kira’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone has their idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Either thin and crispy, fluffy and cake like, chewy and perfect.

After trying many, many experiments this is my absolute favorite! I like my cookies slightly cake like.

I love a Kitchen Aid mixer!

I love a Kitchen Aid mixer!

  • Pre heat oven temperature to 325 – 350 ┬ádegrees. This really depends on your oven… mine is a little off and 350 works great.

For the cookies:

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 whole eggs

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup of chopped pecans (Optional)

2 tablespoons of burbon (Optional)

 

  • Mix flour and baking soda and salt together.
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter with the white and brown sugar.
  • Add vanilla, eggs to the bowl and beat until light and creamy. If adding burbon add it here.
  • Add flour mixture and mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips and pecans and stir until just combined. Chill for at least one hour.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to place golf ball sized balls of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are brown. Parchment is a must! They will spread to much with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Remove from oven and let cookies sit on the pan for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack.

These also make great ice cream sandwiches! Keep in an air tight container or freeze them. If by some miracle you have some left in a week and they are getting a little dry… pop them in the oven for 30 seconds and eat with a fork. Sheer perfection!

Making these for a special guy? Just wait until I share my Bacon, whiskey, chocolate chip cookie recipe!!

Kira's chocolate chip cookies!

Kira’s chocolate chip cookies!