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2.05.2013

Strawberry Chocolate Cookie Cups




Yesterday I asked you all what your favorite Valentines Day gift was. After reading some of your responses I started to think of what mine was.... and it, like  most of yours, is nothing flashy. It was our first Valentines Day as a couple at the age of 16....Steve bought me a sweet card with a little boy and a little girl on the front. It was black and white with the exception of the red roses. That  Valentines Day was our 11 MONTH anniversary. I smile when I look back at my old cards and find that particular one. We were so young! We celebrated every month together. Boy did that get old fast.... 12-13 years later if we celebrated every month together we would be broke! 


This year for Valentines Day I will probably make a special dinner for him as I do every year and some sweet treats for the kids. One treat that will be on my menu are these Strawberry Chocolate Cookie Cups. They are so simple and taste so delicious. I used yesterday's butter cookie recipe and pressed the dough into a mini muffin pan. After they were baked I filled with a milk chocolate gananche and topped with a some strawberry pie filling.


The folks at Lucky Leaf recently sent me some of their favorite pie fillings to play around with as well as some super cute giftable baking items. I am not one to use canned anything. I make most of our foods from scratch. However there are days when I want something quick and easy. For a busy mom on the go Lucky Leaf Pie Fillings are perfect for those last minute school treats or potluck desserts. Not only did they send me some fun stuff... they want to send YOU some too! Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post!



Strawberry Chocolate Cookie Cups

Ingredients:

1/2 batch butter cookie dough
1/2 can of Lucky Leaf Strawberry Pie Filling
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy cream 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. 

Roll about 24 1 inch balls of cookie dough. Press into the  bottom and sides of your mini muffin tin. Freeze cookie cups for 30 minutes before baking.

Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the cups are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from your tin. 

While the cookie cups are cooling add cream and chocolate to a double boiler. Over a low boil whisk chocolate and cream together constantly until smooth.

Allow the ganache too cool with the cookies. Once everything has reached room temperature. Fill each cup with a spoonful of ganache. Top with a bit of pie filling and enjoy! 



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(Disclaimer: Lucky Leaf sent me some pie filling samples to try as well as a new cupcake tin and some a Valentines Day gift pack. I was not compensated for this post. Lucky Leaf is sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions are my own.)   

50 comments:

  1. I wish I could remember what we did, it was over 20 years ago!

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  2. What a beautiful Valentine's treat. Jeff and I first started dating on Feb 17th so we usually celebrated on that day until we got married. I guess that means now we should be celebrating Valentine's Day!

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  3. Loved reading your story about your first Valentine's Day! So sweet! My husband and I met February 1, 1985, so our first Valentine's Day was a card, chocolates, and flowers. Great memories. Love your blog!

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  4. Sadly, I can't remember. Most likely at Wal-mart where we were both working at the time.

    Corie Kaz

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  5. I made my then boyfriend and now hubby, a homemade Valentine complete with felt and ribbon...and then we went out for our first "fancy" dinner together. We had been dating for a few months at the time. I remember feeling so in love!!!

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  6. Hubby and I were apart on our first Vanentines day, he in Fl and I in NC....but we got on the web cams that evening and talked and laughed together....And he sent roses to my work that day too.....we made the best of it...
    Brenda

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  7. Oh my gosh...I can't remember! I am sure we went to dinner. I better go think about it!

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  8. Our story is pretty much similar to yours. The first few year I tried to cook something upscale, then the next year we went out, then returned to me cooking at home. I've finally given up on anything fancy, and returned to my family's tradition of a heart-shaped meatloaf on Valentine's Day :)

    The cookie cups look fabulous. I can't believe they are using canned strawberry pie filling too - they look gorgeous!

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  9. Heavens, I don't remember. We were already married but we hadn't even known each other a year yet. LOL. It's true! We met in May and got married in December :) We were poor and both in college so we probably had dinner at home. I love rafflecopter PS.

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  10. We went to our favorite sports bar for a quick dinner. I had to be in work early the next day and was on call as well.


    Pauline Gudas
    pgudas@roadrunner.com

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  11. We made dinner together. We also started our yearly tradition of making our Valentines gifts. He made me a giant card and ten years later I still have it. It was really sweet.

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  12. absolutely nothing, and it was everything i hoped it could be!

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  13. We visited the nat'l zoo & went to Georgetown for dinner. I don't remember much more than holding his hand and being SO COLD.

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  14. Happy "early "Valentine 's Day! Such a beautiful treat you created! :)

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  15. Cutest photo ever! And, what a sweet treat!

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  16. trying this for dinner tonight! well dessert, almost the same thing :) - Leah S

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  17. These look great! Love the combination :)

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  18. We were apart for our first Valentine's Day. He sent me some beautiful roses though

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  19. Loved the recipe but the story and picture were the best. So very sweet! :)

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  20. Cannot wait to try it out!

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  21. No current sweetie

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  22. We didn't do anything except cards our first Valentine's Day. Our second, on the other hand, was the day he proposed! <3

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  23. OMG your eyebrow piercing! You should bring it back--I like it a lot! And you guys are so cute. It's adorable that you're still celebrating together even after all these years!

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    1. Oh my god... can you imagine what the other soccer moms would think haha. Piercings freak me out now... babies grab things and pull. Ouch.

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  24. Awww! I just love throwback pictures. :) My husband and I started dating around Valentine's Day, so it was pretty low-key (we didn't want to make each other run for the hills with a bunch of lovey-dovey stuff). A coffee date with a bouquet of tulips, my favorite!

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  25. Awww too stinking cute! And yes, I need like 12 of these cookie cups. They look addicting!

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  26. We gave each other chocolate. How boring right?

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  27. The very first Valentine's day my fiance ways deployed, so I celebrated solo a box of clearanced Christmas chocolates (it sounds much more depressing than it actually was, I still think about that box). The following we ordered take out and had a movie night in!

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  28. You guys are too cute! I honestly cannot remember what we did on our first Valentine's Day...the hubs hates Valentine's Day! :)

    I need to make these cups for my kiddos, they would LOVE them!!

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  29. Such a sweet couple and I love the cookie cups, so perfect!

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  30. Look at you with your super-brow-piercing! HA! Love it!

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  31. This is so sweet! I believe that you did the sweetest thing for your beloved one and that is to be a loving and thoughtful you :D

    We never get to celebrate valentine's day eating out in a good restaurant because of long queues and expensive Valentine's day menu. Cooking at home can be romantic too :D

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  32. Oh my gosh, these are SO pretty! I love the cups and the chocolate and, well, all of it. And that photo of you two! LOL, I have a few of those...

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  33. We went out for dinner and then went to see "In the Heights" :)

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  34. Oh my, these are so cute! And only 4 ingredients? LOVE it! We had a candle light dinner to celebrate our first V-Day together :)

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  35. These look delicious!!! I cant wait to try these!! Our first valentines together was 22 years ago!!! I was 15 and he was 17!! We went to dinner at olive garden and to see a movie (but I cant remember the movie) lol

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  36. This is a sweet story! I love hearing/reading how other people met and fell in love. My husband and I are also high school sweethearts. We broke up afer high school but reconnected 7 years ago on MySpace and have been together ever since!

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  37. Ahhh, young love! I think back to all the boyfriends I had in high school. We'd totally do the monthly celebration of our "love." And oh, the cheesy little trinkets and gifts we'd buy each other with what little money we had. I love the old school photo of you 'n your man. Super sweet! These strawberry chocolate cups look adorable and oh so yummy. I hope you have a fabulous Valentines Day this year. After all the scrumptious meals and baked goods you make all year long, you deserve to put your feet up and be spoiled!

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  38. Our first Valentine's together we went to a fancy restaurant and it was an awful experience for both of us! It was overpriced (special menu for the occasion), bad service, just o.k. food, they wouldn't make any substitutions even though my husband is allergic to seafood and couldn't have one of the courses, and so crowded. Now I cook a nice dinner at home and we go out somewhere nice on the 13th!

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  39. We usually make a nice dinner at home and enjoy movies...I mean who wants to go to an overcrowded restaurant??

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  40. He took me away to Disneyland for the weekend. :)

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  41. How cute are you guys in that photo?! Love it! We were so young on our first Valentines too! I think we probably just went out to the bar with our friends, lol! Oh, and I bought him a goldfish named Angus, which his brother ate. True story. Hahahaha
    Jo-Anna

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  42. We went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant and then strolled around at Reynolda Gardens! Then we snuggled up to a movie at home!

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