You know, I have to say Valentines hasn't always been a big holiday in our house! We exchange sweet little homemade cards and sometimes a box of chocolates, but never much fuss! I do remember one year when my oldest daughter, Molly, was in her first year of preschool and dance. I spent hours making little and I mean little candy boxes and lolly-pop flowers for each and every one of her classmates and dance mates! I believe it was about 36 of them!! My fingers were numb by the time I was finished cutting, folding and creasing all those boxes and flowers!! They were so cute!! I filled each little box with homemade chocolate and white chocolate hearts. That was before I had a handful of children and I had a lot more time. This year I have decided that we are going to make all the valentines for all the kids classmates and teachers....I think it should be fun. I am also going to make some yummy and easy candy-ish kind of treats for them! I found the following recipe on the Rachel Ray website and they are very, very yummy!!
1 20 ounce bag Chocolate Chips
1 cup Creamy Peanut butter
1 cup finely chopped Peanuts
In a medium saucepan melt the butter, add chocolate chips and peanut butter - stir until smooth. Remove from heat and pour into a 8inch baking dish, place in fridge until firm, about 45 minutes.
Place the finely chopped peanuts in a shallow dish and drop teaspoon full (I use my small ice cream scoop)of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture. Roll in peanuts until covered and roll briefly between your hands to form a ball. Place in the fridge to firm again about 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container!
These are so very yummy!! I will try to post some of our favorite sweets this week and please feel free to share your favorite recipes.