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If you're short on money this year and want to surprise the person you love with a gift they'll love, make one of these amazing edible crafts. Not only are they cheap to make, they're pretty fun to gift, too.
Who needs diamonds when you can have a sugar cookie pendant? OK, that might be a stretch, but these are fun, cute crafts for your valentine, no matter their age.
Sugar cookie heart pendant
1 roll sugar cookie dough
Valentine's Day-colored sugar
Valentine's Day-colored sprinkles
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Red food dye
1-2 teaspoons canola oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the sugar cookie dough into 1/3-inch thickness and stamp out heart shapes with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake the cookies for about 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let them cool for about a minute and then sprinkle with the colored sugar.
Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Add canola oil and red food dye and stir to combine until red velvet-colored.
Drizzle the sugar cookies with red velvet drizzle and add sprinkles. Let them cool until the chocolate has hardened.
Using a skewer, stamp a small hole through the top of the heart. Carefully push the twine through the cookie.
Mini chocolate pie hearts
Yields about 5
1 refrigerated pie crust
5 teaspoons chocolate chips
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Red food dye
Valentine's Day sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Stamp out heart shapes from the pie crust with a heart-shaped cookie cutter (you'll need about 10 hearts). Top 5 of the shapes with 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips. Top with another pie crust.
Press the crusts together and use a fork to stamp the sides. Brush the tops with egg whites.
Bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl for about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Add the red food dye and canola oil until the mixture is melted.
Drizzle the pie crusts with red velvet chocolate drizzle and top with Valentine's Day sprinkles.
Candy heart necklace
20 conversation hearts, 2 of each color
10 mini white chocolate chips
Place a mini chocolate chip on top of 10 conversation hearts. Place on a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Place a piece of twine over the chocolate and top with another conversation heart of the same color. Press to set.
Repeat with the 9 other candy hearts until you have 10 on the string. Let it sit at room temperature until the chocolate has set.
Warm fuzzy cheese balls
Yields about 6
3 butterfly crackers, cut in half
6 tablespoons chive and onion cream cheese
6 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
3 black olives
Round decorating tip
Mini red heart sprinkles
Uncooked spaghetti noodles
Place the shredded mozzarella cheese into a shallow bowl. Roll each tablespoon of chive and onion cream cheese into a small ball. Roll it in the mozzarella cheese. Place each ball on top of the half crackers (to make feet).
Use the round decorating tip to stamp small eyes out of the black olives. Stick 2 eyes onto the top half of each cheese ball.
Break the spaghetti noodles into small pieces and stick them out of the head of the cheese ball to make antennas. Stick 2 small heart sprinkles to the tip of each spaghetti noodle using a dash of cream cheese.
Chocolate candy cups
Yields about 6
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
Conversation candy hearts
Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir thoroughly. Continue to microwave until smooth. Using a pastry brush, brush 2 tablespoons of chocolate into a muffin cup liner. Slowly rotate the liner until the edges are coated. Chill until set, about 25 minutes.
Carefully pull the liners away from the chocolate and serve as a bowl with conversation hearts.