My sister hosted a Christmas cookie swap this weekend and it was such a success. All of the guests brought such a great assortment of cookies and my husband was ecstatic when I walked in the house with a perfect mix of holiday cookies.
This past week was an unexpectedly stressful week for us filled with Christmas parties, unplanned get togethers, and an EXTREMELY sick dog. When it came time to start baking for the cookie swap I was wiped out. I wanted to make something home made and delicious but I didn’t really have time or energy to whip up some complex, cookie cutter, frosted masterpiece.
This Valentine’s Day will be my and my husband’s first Valentine’s day as a married couple. This year will be very special because the holiday not only falls on a Saturday, but it also falls on the weekend William has off from work (and if you know someone who works in retail, you understand why this is a big deal).
As I sat on my couch I was trying to come up with something special to make William that brings back great memories of us together. The first thing that came to mind was the food we had on our honeymoon. William’s parents had chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room and we devoured them in minutes. They were absolutely delicious and really bring back great memories of my and William’s honeymoon and first trip together. I knew that making these would be a great idea!
My chocolate covered strawberry recipe is easy to make and trust me, they cost a lot less than buying them from a store or having them shipped in online. I purchased my strawberries and chocolate from Aldi and combined, the ingredients cost less than $4.00. I had some white chocolate in my pantry that I used for a drizzle. I also had some slivered almonds in my pantry so I chopped those up and used them as an additional topping.
My husband really appreciated these strawberries and I’m sure your valentine will as well! Treat your special someone to a home made treat that is sure to make them weak at the knees. These can be made ahead of time and last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Feel free to use additional toppings such as sprinkles or sugar crystals. I dipped my strawberries in dark chocolate (85% cocoa) but these can also be made with a sweeter milk chocolate or white chocolate.
4 oz Dark chocolate (milk chocolate or white chocolate work as well)
Melted white chocolate
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
Finely chop 4 ounces of premium dark chocolate and place in a microwave safe ramekin.
Microwave chocolate in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
Individually dip each strawberry in the chocolate leaving the top of the berry and leaves exposed.
Let the excess chocolate drip from the strawberry and place on the cookie sheet.
Gently push the strawberry forward on the cookie sheet to keep the chocolate from forming a “foot”.
Repeat the dipping process with remaining strawberries.
If topping with chopped nuts — gently sprinkle nuts on all sides of the strawberries using the melted chocolate as an adhesive.
Refrigerate Strawberries for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate has set.
If using chocolate or white chocolate as a drizzle — place melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the very tip of the bag off to create a piping bag. Carefully drizzle the melted chocolate over the chilled berries to create a zig zag design. Refrigerate again until the design has set.
Strawberries will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Keep refrigerated until serving. Strawberries pair well with champagne.