Valentine Sweethearts

Pretty and Easy ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Ingredients


1 large package chocolate chip cookies
1  container of Tofutti
2 or more cups white chocolate chips or white block of chocolate

1 can (11 ounces or more) marzipan (bought online at Nuts.com)

Bottle of red food coloring

Tiny candy hearts for garnish

Box or bag of thin red licorice sticks

 

Just a few, easy to find, ingredients.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Who doesn’t love the flavor of marzipan?  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Red licorice, for sticks   ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Directions

 

  1. Cover one or 2 plates with parchment paper.
  2. Combine 42 (1 large package) chocolate chip cookies in a large food processor and pulse until all you have are crumbs. If you only have a small food processor, make your crumbs in stages, pouring some in a bowl, while you pulse the rest.

 

Making the crumbs in small food processor.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Crumbs are in bowl and about to add the Tofutti; then the marzipan.

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  1. Slowly, add crumbs and Tofutti together until all crumbs and Tofutti are completely combined. You can do this back in the food processor, or mix very well in a bowl.
  2. Next, add the whole can of marzipan to the bowl and mix it very well into the crumbs and Tofutti already combined.

 

This is the consistency you want, just before you start to roll by hand;  firm dough.  Let your own judgement guide you.  If you need more crumbs, just pulse a few more and add to bowl.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

  

  1. With a spatula, scrape the mixture out of the food processor and into a bowl. Then, by hand, one by one, make small, 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet or on plates covered in parchment paper.
  2. Cut the red licorice into sticks about 2 or 3 inches long.
  3. Add a thin red licorice stick to each ball and freeze for 10-15 minutes.

 

Rolling out the balls by hand, then adding little red licorice sticks, before going into the fridge.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

  1. Melt your white chocolate in the microwave for 30-seconds, or in a small pan on top of the stove, stirring often.

 

Melting white chocolate on top of the stove in my favorite tiny pan.

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  1. After 15 to 20 minutes or more, take out of the fridge, 1/3 of the marzipan balls and dip them into the white chocolate, covering them all over. After coated with the white chocolate, put them back on the plate or baking sheet and while they’re still wet with chocolate, sprinkle tiny hearts over them, in a design you like. Set aside.

 

Here’s the first completed batch, with white first, of course.  Sprinkle with tiny hearts while the chocolate is still wet, or it will be more difficult to get the little hearts to stick.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

  

  1. Now, add about 20 drops of the red food coloring into the melted chocolate until you get a nice medium pink. Take another 1/3 of the marzipan balls out of the fridge, and dip into the pink chocolate, put back on a plate. Sprinkle with hearts and set aside.

 

Here’s the result of the first pink chocolate balls (20 drops of red food coloring into the pan of melted white chocolate).  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Easy to make darker pink chocolate; same pan, just more drops of red food coloring, in the melted white chocolate.  The above photo, shows my second, darker pink chocolate   ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Second batch, pink marzipan balls with garnish.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

  1. If you’re running out of melted chocolate, simply add more white chocolate to the pan and melt more.
  2. To the pink chocolate, add more of the red food coloring until you get a darker pink to rose color. Take the last 1/3 of the marzipan balls out of the fridge and dip them into the remaining dark pink chocolate, covering each ball with the melted chocolate and add to plate. Again, while chocolate is still wet, garnish with little hearts (or your own ideas for garnish).
  3. Serve these little sweeties for dessert with coffee and/or tea.

 

Tea for Two   ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Luscious !   ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to You and Your Special Someone!  Share the Love!

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From Our Table to Yours !

 

Bon Appetit!

 

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