Once Valentine’s Day is over and all is said and done, I still find myself with a plethora of extra leftover candy. Now yes, I could grab a glass of wine, and plop down on my couch and consume what is left night after night. Or I could simply re-gift it to a fellow candyholic. However I was in a creative (well, as creative as I can get, you all know I’m not that crafty ) mood today and decided to do something with the candy!
Now normally in the past when I’ve had chocolate I didn’t want to just straight eat, I would chop it up and melt it to use in various recipes. I would use it in brownies, or drizzle on ice cream, or every use it in my cakes. Though considering I just finished chopping a ton of fruit for a fruit salad, I wasn’t quite in the mood to chop anymore.
Of course if you have candy conversation hearts, you can pick up some shellac, spray them, and use them for various craft projects! You can use them to decorate a Valentine’s Day photo frame for next year, or hot glue them to jewelry for your child to wear the following the year!
Now what did I do with the candy? Quite simple. I used them to bake cookies this afternoon! Now you simply create or sugar cookie batter, or in my case, pick up a patch of sugar cookie dough at my local grocery store. Then when I place the dough for individual cookies on the baking sheet, I place a piece of Valentine’s Day candy on top. Now remember, you can also “hide” candy inside the cookie for a nice surprise! Just sandwich the candy between two uncooked cookies before baking.
Follow your dough’s baking directions and enjoy! Now because the chocolate melted, these aren’t exactly the most attractive cookies. However, we baked these for my mom and she doesn’t mind!
Do you have any leftover Valentine’s candy?
What do you plan to do with it? I’d love to hear more suggestions!