Valentine's Day Cookie Treat Bags

Happy almost Valentine's Day, friends! As far as I know we are planning on just a cozy night in for Friday night but we shall see how I end up feeling that day. What are your Friday night plans (you know, the plans that are appropriate to share with the world, *wink*wink*)? Most importantly, what will you be baking for your Friday festivities? If you've got kiddos you're probably making handcrafted valentine's and attempting to stop your kids from eating all of their candy at once. I can't wait for William to be old enough for sharing Valentine's Day cards and candies at school, I always loved it! Yeah, I'll be that mom who makes her kids go all DIY with their cards and treats. My mom was always so good at that, nobody had the same cards to hand out as I did. I felt super cool.

To make these exact treat bags all you need is the delicious

cookies

(recipes below, 3 of each cookie in each bag),

quart-sized ziplock baggies

(I cut the ziplock part off and they were perfect),

these

gift tags

, and silver sparkly

ribbon

.

Since I'm not making Valentine's Day cards and treats that will be handed out in classrooms, I opted for treat bags with adorable mini cookies to give to our family and friends. How perfect are these

gift tags from Tiny Prints

? I'm kind of in love with them! Perfect for any treats you make for friends, not just Valentine's Day! The best part is there was no cutting, pasting, hole punching, or tying to get the tags onto the bags. Simply pull off the sheet and stick 'em right on the bags. Imagine all of the things you could cover with these gift tags...done imagining? You imagined correctly, friend, these are the perfect item for any constant baker and gifter (and one set of 24 is only like eight bucks, win!).

All of these cookies are so very easy to make and come out just wonderfully. There is at least one type of cookie that everybody will love and there all festive! Festive is a fun word. Festive. Festive. Festive. Okay, I'm done being weird but seriously say "festive" and I know you'll agree...

Recipe For:

 Mini Plain Sugar Cookies

Prep Time:

10 minutes + chill time          

Cook Time:

 10 minutes        

Total Time:

 20 minutes +

Yields:

 20 mini cookies

Ingredients:

5 Tbsp butter, room temp

1/3 cup vegetable shortening

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 Tbsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Valentine's Day sprinkles

Directions:

1. Cream butter and shortening until smooth. Add in sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

2. In another bowl combine baking powder, salt, and flour.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet.

4. Cover dough and let chill for at least 1 hour or overnight if you have the time.

5. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Roll dough into half inch balls and place on baking sheets. There is no need to flatten. Top with a couple sprinkles. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.

Recipe For:

 Mini Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time:

 10 minutes + chill time          

Cook Time:

 10 minutes          

Total Time:

 20 minutes +

Yields:

 18 mini cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

3 1/2 Tbsp butter, room temp

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp oil (I used canola)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

5oz milk chocolate (or dark chocolate) baking wafers

optional: Valentine's Day sprinkles to top off the dipped half

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.

2. In another bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in sugars and beat until combined. Beat in egg, vanilla, and oil.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover dough and let chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

5. Roll dough into half inch balls, place on baking sheets, and flatten tops ever so slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.

6. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate wafers in 20 second intervals, mixing between each turn, until completely smooth and melted.

7. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate and place on a baking sheet to cool. Do not remove until chocolate has set completely. Before the chocolate cools you can top with chocolate dipped half with sprinkles if you'd like.

Recipe For:

 Mini Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time:

 10 minutes + chill time          

Cook Time:

 10 minutes          

Total Time:

 20 minutes +

Yields:

18 mini cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

dash of salt

4 Tbsp butter, room temp

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp red food coloring (you may need more, I didn't measure all that accurately)

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, beat butter on high until fluffy and smooth. Beat in brown sugar and sugar until combined. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet. Add food coloring and beat until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips.

4. Cover dough and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Roll dough into half inch balls and place on baking sheets.

Be warned that the food coloring will stain your hands a bit, I recommend taking off jewelry/wedding rings before rolling

. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.

*the gift tags were a sponsored gift from Tiny Prints. Find the tags I used

here

. All opinions of the product are my own.