Sweet Valentine’s Treats

Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Alison Lewis, who blogs at Ingredients, Inc., a beautiful food blog and she lives here in Birmingham.  You’re gonna love her! I quickly asked her to guest post for me the first time we met, so since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, this was the perfect time to introduce you to Alison.

Pssst, pay attention when she starts talking about those cookie dough truffles!  Not kidding, they are fantastic.

Take it away, Alison!

I was so excited to meet Rhoda at an Alabama Bloggers event a few months ago. We recently had lunch, and I gave her some of these Cookie Dough Truffles that I had leftover from some television segments I had taped that day. I asked her if I could “guest post” on her site (I am an avid fan), and I was so excited when she agreed.

These Cookie Dough Truffles and Valentine Brownies are a few sweet treats that I made for Valentines Day. I love these tiny sweet treats, and eating just one gives the great pleasure of chocolate in a just a small bite. I have 3 children under the age of 13, and these Cookie Dough Truffles were quite the hit.

It was really funny when a friend said after trying one, “And I didn’t think cookie dough could get any better!”  This recipe for Valentine Brownies comes from a variation of a Saucepan Brownie recipe in Birmingham’s newest Junior League of Birmingham’s book, Tables of Content. They can’t get much easier (or fabulous) than this.

Valentine Brownies

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 brownies

Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red and white icing (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the flour mixture, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8 x 8-inch baking pan and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire racks. Refrigerate for up 15 minutes before cutting into heart cookie cutters. Decorate with icing if desired.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Prep: 45 minutes

Yield: 31/2 dozen

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 (14 ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

3/4 to 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) package dark candy coating

Preparation

  1. Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the vanilla, mixing well.
  2. Alternating, add the flour mixture followed by the condensed milk, beating well in between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls and place on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until they are firm.
  3. In the palms of your hands, roll them into balls. Place back in refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Let cool. Use forks or a dipping tool, dip cookie balls in candy coating to cover. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and chill until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Alison Lewis is a nationally known Recipe Developer, Food Television Spokesperson, Food Educator, Mom Food Blogger and President and Owner of Ingredients, Inc., a Food Consulting Company in Birmingham. She is known for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare, and she offers great entertaining ideas on her blog, Ingredients, Inc. Her first cookbook, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes: Ideas for Every Meal and Occasion, will be internationally published by Robert Rose Books in the spring of 2011. Alison’s recipes are frequently featured in well- known magazine publications, food companies, and cookbooks such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Birmingham Magazine, Clean Eating, Cooking Light and more. She is featured regularly on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama. Check out her food blog at Ingredients, Inc.

You can see from Alison’s bio that the girl knows what she is talking about with regards to food, so I hope you’ll go on over and do check out her blog!

You’ve got to make those truffles, trust me!

- Rhoda

Comments

  1. The truffles AND the brownies look decadent! I have to try them. They will make really sweet {!} gifts for Valentine’s Day. Thanks Rhoda and Alison!

    XO,
    Jane

  2. Welcome Alison and great choice of guest poster Rhoda.
    Scrumptious sounding.
    I WILL be making those cookie dough truffles for my family this Valentine’s Day.

    Wishing you both a beautiful day!
    Marie

  3. I love finding great new recipes to try and am going to make these for the fam for Valentines week. I went over to Alison’s blog to visit and have already bookmarked her. Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  4. YUM! Both recipes sound fabulous and I will definitely be making them (the cookie dough truffles first!!). Thanks so much for featuring Alison, Rhoda! And Alison – I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  5. Rhoda, Thanks so much for featuring me and my recipes to such amazing readers. I appreciate it so much! Alison

  6. I love these recipes! I think all my boys are going to love them too, so glad you shared!

  7. Looks delicious. Those truffles are to die for! The brownies are so cute. I will have to try them out!

  8. Can’t wait to try the cookie dough truffles. Those look amazing! Thank you for the sweet valentine treat inspiration! Heading over to Alison’s blog now.

  9. Those look SOOO good! Thanks for the cute idea…this could be a fun treat to make when we get snowed in tomorrow! 🙂

    christiswritingthewaves.blogspot.com

  10. I’m so eyeing you cookie dough truffle! Looks SO good

  11. The truffles look AMAZING! I am a huge fan of Alison’s and am so happy to have found your blog, Rhoda!

  12. Hello Rhoda,

    I went to her blog yesterday for the first time and got out of there hungry!!! It’s amazing! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing it.

    I hope you keep in touch.

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    Post of the Day: Interior Canadian Designer Sarah Richardson.

  13. OMG! If I hadn’t just posted, “Flat Abs Fast” today, I would totally re-post your cookie dough truffles. I like how you say, “Eating just one gives you such a pleasure.” Ummm…pretty sure I’d eat just one BATCH! She is so fit. Good restraint she has. Thanks, Rhoda. I’ll save this recipe for a great hostess gift. xox, Sarah@NorthwestHospitality.org

  14. WoW! Those Valentine goodies look super yummy and cute!

  15. These both sounds so delicious! I like to give something to friends and my neighbors on Valentine’s Day and think I will whip these up. These will be a decadent treat! Thank for sharing the recipes!

  16. OH MY GOSH! the cookie dough truffles look divine- Happy valentines day to myself!

  17. Any chance you have a few left over for a good ole country boy? I love cookies…lol

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  18. So glad to see you featuring someone as talented as Alison Lewis. Thank you!

  19. Such cute treats!

  20. Great recipe. I cannot wait to try the cookie dough truffles. My wife and I have somewhat of a sweet tooth. We also just had mint oreo truffles the other day for the first time. They are a little easier to make and mmmm…delicious. Thanks for posting this.

    Matt
    http://www.mychicshanty.com

  21. The Valentine brownies look amazing! I am really looking forward to making these.

  22. YUMMY! These treats sound amazing…I’ll be giving at least one of these a shot this weekend 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

  23. Both these recipes look absolutely divine! With sweets like these, everyday is Valentine’s day! I can just taste those cookie dough truffles already! Also, I like that decorated brownie. Most expect a decorated cookie, so this is nice and new!

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