We made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups at our Pillsbury Valentine’s Making Party. A party where the kids get to do the baking!
No matter what age kids are, they like to bake sweet treats! Having kids help in the kitchen is a great way to spend quality time with them while doing something fun together. Baking teaches kids life skill like patience, the importance of following directions and how to work together with others. Kids also get to use their math, reading and science skills in the kitchen without even realizing it! The main things I remember helping my mom bake are rolled sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. Eventually, I started making both of those cookies on my own, following the recipe in the orange Betty Crocker cookbook. Remember that cookbook? I actually have a copy of it that I found at a garage sale!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect time to host a “making party” where kids get to help make the treats. Last Saturday, 19 kids ranging from infants to teens were at my house for a Pillsbury Valentine’s Making Party! Three of the kids were too young to do any baking, but the rest of them were super excited and arrived at my house, ready to bake! Setting up for the party was super easy because all of the baking involved Pillsbury dough products. With each treat we baked, there was very little that needed to be done with the dough, making the party a breeze.
The first thing we made were Valentine Cookie Pops using Pillsbury Ready To Bake refrigerated sugar cookies. I separated the 24 sugar cookie dough pieces. Each child got a popsicle stick and a piece of the dough. They stuck the sticks into the side of the cookie dough and placed them on cookie sheets. We baked the cookie pops for 12-16 minutes at 350 degrees. You can find the full recipe from Pillsbury here: Valentine Cookie Pops
Once the cookies had cooled, each child got a plate with a sugar cookie pop and a spoonful of pink Valentine frosting. They frosted their cookies and added sprinkles and sparkle gel icing.
The second thing we made were Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls using Pillsbury refrigerated flaky cinnamon rolls. (It’s very important that you get the flaky cinnamon rolls or you won’t be able to unroll the dough to make the hearts.) Each child got one of the pieces of cinnamon roll dough to shape into a heart. To make the Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls, carefully unroll the dough, leaving the center coiled. Make a coil of the opposite end and form a heart shape. Place all of the cinnamon roll hearts in a greased 9-in round cake pan with the points facing the center. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. You can find the full recipe here: Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls
Next up were the Soft Pretzel Hearts that I shared on Monday. They were made using Pillsbury Original Breadsticks. This was the favorite recipe of the moms who were at the party. You can find more information, including the full recipe in Monday’s post: Soft Pretzel Hearts
The final baked treat we made were Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups made with Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. Each child got 1 tablespoon of chocolate chip cookie dough. They rolled the dough into balls and placed them in greased muffin tins. We baked the cookies at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. After baking, I put the cookies in the fridge to cool completely before removing them from the muffin tin.
I filled a decorating bag with chocolate whipped topping and we helped the kids pipe it into each cookie cup. Then, they topped it off with a peanut butter cup heart.
Here are some of the fun Valentine items the kids got to take home with them. There were sparkly heart shaped sunglasses, Valentine Glitter Goo, lip shaped whistles and heart straws.
While all of the goodies were baking, the kids ate lunch and filled their Valentine treat baskets. The kids had so much fun and one of my sisters-in-law even sent me a text message a couple days later saying that her girls were still talking about the party! So, a huge thank you, from all of us, to Pillsbury for sponsoring the fun party!
Here is the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. They were so easy to make with only 3 ingredients!