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No-Bake Chocolate Desserts For Your Valentine

Mike's Chocolate Popcorn Treats
Vegetable cooking spray
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 c popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 c (12 oz.) mini marshmallows
6 fun-sized Snickers, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3 (3 inch) chocolate chip cookies, crumbled
1/3 c chopped salted almonds
1/2 c M&Ms

Spray the inside of a large mixing bowl with vegetable cooking spray and lightly spray a baking sheet and then set aside.

Pop the popcorn and then place it in the prepared bowl.

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over low heat.  Add the vanilla extract and marshmallows.  Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 4-5 minutes.  Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn.  Using a spatula, sprayed with cooking spray, stir until the popcorn is completely coated.  Spread the mixture over the prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle evenly with the Snickers, cookies, almonds and M&Ms.  Using a spatula or wax paper, gently press the toppings into the popcorn; allow the mixture to set for 1 hour.

Break into pieces and store in an air-tight plastic container or place in plastic bags and seal with colored ribbons and give the treats as gifts!

Meghan's Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Dessert
You’ll need a mixer.  This is hard to mess up but it does take time to put the layers together. 

20 Oreo Cookies
2 tablespoons of soften butter
1 package of cream creese
½ cup of peanut butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 contain of whipped topping, thawed                                              
20 mini peanut butter cups, chopped
2 cups cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix

1st Layer:
Crush cookies, mix in butter
Press into an ungreased 9-inch square dish

2nd Layer:
In bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth
Fold in ½ of the whipped topping.
Gently spread over crust.
Spread some of peanut butter cups over top

3rd Layer:
In bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes
Fold in the rest of the whipped topping.
Spread over peanut butter cups.
Put the rest of the chopped peanut butter cups over top.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.  Enjoy!!

Valentines Day Puppy Chow Directions:
You can start making the Valentines Day puppy chow by melting the chocolate. You can either do this in the microwave or over the stovetop. When I do it on the stove top I always boil water in a pot and set a glass bowl on top so that the chocolate does not burn. Once the chocolate is melted you can stir in the peanut butter and the butter. You do not have to use the entire jar of peanut butter or the whole stick of butter. Stir it all together and melt
Pour the Chex Mix cereal into a large bowl. Start by pouring the chocolate peanut butter mix over top of the cereal. Stir until the cereal is completely coated. Next, use a large ziploc bag and put the the cake mix and powdered sugar into it. Next, add the puppy chow and shake until it is covered.

Valentine Pretzel Buttons
What you'll need:
-square pretzels
-Hershey's Hugs (you can use Kisses, too, but I think the Hugs taste better and they definitely soften up better!)
-plain M&Ms

Preheat oven to 200°.  (If your oven runs hot you may want to turn the temp down to 170°.)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat .  Place the pretzels on and top them with the hugs. 
Bake for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting - they should still hold their shape). 
Carefully place an M&M in the center of each hug and press it down to spread the chocolate. 
Allow to cool completely (a few minutes in the fridge works perfectly) and enjoy!

Strawberry Brownie Kabobs
1 box brownie mix
2 16-oz packages of large strawberries
1 bag marshmallows
2 squares of Baker's melting chocolate
Wooden skewers, cut in half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray. Prepare the brownie batter according to the package's instructions and divide batter among muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Clean, dry, and cut the strawberries so both ends are flat (I just liked the look of them this way). Layer the strawberries, brownies, and marshmallows on the skewers and lay them out on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Transfer to a piping bag or ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle each kabob. Transfer to the fridge to allow the chocolate to set and until ready to serve.


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