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Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a sweet treat to share with your loved ones for Valentine’s Day? Thicker than a cookie, but just as easy to make, these heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie bars are the way to go!

Today’s recipe comes from Jacquie from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood. If you’re not familiar with Jacquie, what are you waiting for? Her blog posts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) share highlights from her life with her husband, dog, and 3 kids, including crafts and recipes easy enough for anyone to tackle.

Jacquie’s family loves these bars as a special Valentine’s Day treat – and if you like chocolate chip cookies, we’re sure your Valentine will love them too.

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Recipe From The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks salted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (can sub whole wheat or any other flour you like)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (if you have flax seed meal handy and like to use it, eliminate 1/2 cup of oats and add the flax)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup regular semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add butter, sugars, egg, pumpkin, and vanilla to a bowl and mix with electric beater or mixer. Then add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the same bowl (in that order), mixing dry ingredients above the wet gently with a fork. Once the dry ingredients are slightly mixed together, continue mixing all the ingredients with the electric beaters. Add oats and chocolate chips and mix by hand with a large, flat cookie-dough mixing spoon.
  • Spray a glass 9×13 pan with baking spray (or butter the entire pan and dust with flour). Press dough into the pan so it is of an even thickness throughout. Then pop into the preheated oven and bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown all over. Watch the edges and take the bars out if the edges start to get too brown. The middle of the bars will set up a little bit out of the oven.
  • Once cooled, use a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes. If you don’t already have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, R&M sells them! If you are letting your kids do this, take a deep breath and be prepared for a bit of mess (and cookie waste – just eat this, it’s totally not wasted!).

 

Makes 12 large heart cookie bars or 24 square cut bars.
Thanks to Jacquie, you’re all set for a delicious Valentine’s Day. If you bake a batch, be sure to share them on social media using the hashtag #randminternational.

4 Delicious & Easy After-School Snacks for Even the Pickiest Eater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at R&M, we’re known for our cookie cutters – we have more than 950 to choose from! – and as an authority, we’re here to let you in on a little secret … cookie cutters can be used for so many things besides just cookies.

 

It’s true! You don’t need to pack them away or only bring them out around Christmas. You can use them all year long, even to make snacks seem more appealing to picky eaters. Don’t believe us? We’re sharing four ways you can use cookie cutters to make snack time more fun; try them out and watch your little eaters gobble up whatever you offer!

 

  1. 1. Adorable Fruits and Veggies

Small or miniature cookie cutters are perfect for transforming fruits and veggies into fun new shapes – instantly making them more appealing to kids. You can pre-cut everything or your little helpers can get involved, picking the shapes they want and slicing their own snacks. Don’t stop at just cutting them into shapes, depending on the ages of your children, bring out the skewers! They can make a stack of their favorites, layering them on a skewer (our fruit kabob set can make this even easier!). Now snack time becomes an activity – and your snacks are portable! For veggies; cucumbers and peppers tend to work best. For fruits; melon is the way to go, but pineapples and apples work well too!

 

  1. 2. Cheese of All Shapes

Cheese is delicious – especially when paired with fruit – and it’s even better when it’s available in a variety of shapes. All you need are large, pre-sliced squares of cheese and you can get to work! Don’t forget the crackers. (Hint: Keep the discarded edges and use them for #4).

 

  1. 3. Crust-Less Sandwiches

This trick is perfect for all those crust-haters out there! Just make a normal sandwich, and then use a cookie cutter. Voila! The sandwich has no crust and it’s in a fun shape. You can make holiday-themed sandwiches (hearts, Christmas trees, bunnies, etc.) or transform them into whatever creations your kids will enjoy (unicorns, dinosaurs, trucks, etc.).

 

  1. 4. Decorative Mini Pizzas

Pizza is delicious. But, it’s even better when it’s mini and in an interesting shape. Start with an English muffin, a pita, or even a tortilla. Then, just cut it into the shape of your choice with your cookie cutter. Follow that with a dollop of tomato sauce, sprinkle on some cheese, and add any toppings. Pop it into the toaster oven or regular oven to heat it up, and that’s it – it’s pizza time!

Snack time is much more fun with cookie cutters – and your kids will agree! Check out this post for more ideas on how to use your cookie cutters for snack time.