Safe Valentine’s Day Treats

Today I’m making Valentine’s Day treats to send with the kids to school tomorrow.  Their classes are having parties involving foods they can’t have and I want them to be able to have something special also.  While Oreos or a quick-thawed homemade cupcake will do in a pinch, if I have the time, I like to surprise them with extra special goodies.

My go-to sugar cookie recipe is really Grandma’s recipe.  (Thank you Grandma!)  We use this recipe for Christmas cookies, but I will sometimes do a half batch for small holiday treats.

  • 1 cup dairy free margarine.  We use Earth Balance.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp Ener-G egg replacer plus 6 tbsp warm water (=3 eggs)
  • 3 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour.  I use Publix brand.  I have found cake flour that may contain peanuts!
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1& 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter well.  Gradually add the sugar and continue creaming.  Add egg replacer and incorporate.  Blend in dry ingredients and vanilla.  Chill dough until firm, then roll onto floured work surface until about 1/4 inch thick.   Cut out patterns with cookie cutters then bake at 400F for 7-8  minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.   Note: They do not brown on top, but they will be light brown on the bottom when done.

For icing:

Mix 2-3 tbsp of water with 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar.  Use food coloring if you want to color it.  We also add sprinkles after icing, because everything is better with sprinkles, right?!  Some brands of sprinkles I have found may contain allergens.  We used Betty Crocker Decor sprinkles for today’s cookies.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • 1/2 cup milk, egg, and peanut free chocolate chips.  We use Enjoy Life Mega Chunks.
  • 1/2 cup milk, egg, and peanut free white chocolate.  We used Premium Chocolatiers’ Milkless Polar Dream White bar broken up into pieces.
  • Safe pretzels.  We use Rold Gold Tiny Twists.

Melt both the white and dark chocolate in separate microwave-safe dishes.   Cook for 30 seconds, stir, repeat until melted.  Dip pretzels in chocolate then lay on parchment or wax paper.  Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles or decorative sprinkles if desired and allow to dry about 1-2 hours at room temperature.

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