For Shay and I, it’s become easier for the two of us to celebrate Valentine’s Day early together, and to spend the actual day with the kids – after all, they are our Valentine’s, too.
February is a super hectic time for our family, but even still, I like make to things a little festive – my mother always made my sister and I feel so special on Valentine’s Day.. I wanted to do the same for my kids.
This project was quick, easy and the kids loved not only looking at them.. but eating them!
You will need:
- 12 Oreo cookies
- 12 Mini-Oreos – for the heads
- Vanilla almond bark – About 2 large squares
- Parchment or Wax paper (to dry cookies on)
- Small and large heart sprinkles – mine were made by Wilton
- Small candies to use for antennae
- White decorators icing – I used the store bought icing in a tube by Cake Mates that I emptied into a pastry bag for piping.
To begin, layout your wax or parchment paper and begin to melt the almond bark. I like to melt mine in the microwave by heating it for 1-2 minutes on 80% power. Stir and if needed, continue to melt in 30 second increments until the chocolate is smooth. Do not overcook or cook on full strength as the chocolate will be unusable.
Working quickly, dip half of your large oreos in the vanilla coating, twirling to allow the coating to drip before placing the cookie on to the paper to dry. At this time, add embellishments for buggy spots – I used pink and red small heart sprinkles for this.
This next step is for grownups. When the coating has dried, carefully dig out a small hole in the coating of the cookie for the wings, using the tip of a small, sharp knife. Carefully dip the tips of the large heart sprinkles in the coating and place in the hole on the cookie – the hole will help to support the sprinkles and make them stand slightly stand up. Continue this process for all 12 oreos.
To prepare the heads, using either a pastry bag or the icing tube with a tip, pipe two dots of icing onto the face of a mini-oreo. Add two blue small heart sprinkles for the eyes and pipe a mouth. Add another two dots of icing and add the candy for the antennae. Repeat for all 12 mini oreos.
Using either a pastry bag or the icing tube with a tip, pipe a pea size amount of icing onto the undipped portion of the cookie near the tip. Place a decorated mini-oreo onto the piped icing.
The last thing to do? Enjoy them! Wishing every-buggy a Happy Valentine’s Day!