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4 Fabulous Valentine’s Day Snacks + Free Cards For The Whole Class

February is a month filled with love – heart-shaped candy, chocolates, and of course, Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got kids in elementary school then you are probably in the process of scrambling to send Valentine’s Day Cards and sweet treats for the whole class.  Maybe you need gift bag ideas for a Valentine’s Day party you are hosting. Either way, we’ve got you covered with fun recipes and FREE Lunchbox Love for Valentine’s Day. You see, we sold out of our Lunchbox Love Valentine’s Day cards early this year so we decided to give them to you guys for FREE! Each card has a To: and From: plus an animal fun fact and can also be used as bag toppers. However you use them you will love sending them and the kids will love receiving them!

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EASY PEASY HEART SHAPED FRUIT KABOBS

This Valentine’s Day Snack is courtesy of Lauren Walker.  You can find her on Instagram under @landryslunches. How cute are these Valentines Fruit Kabobs!? This is such an easy and healthy snack that is fitting for any Valentine’s party or potluck.  Lauren uses watermelon 🍉, pineapple 🍍, and strawberries 🍓, but you could use whatever fruits your family likes. All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter and popsicle sticks or skewers.
TIP: the pineapple is a little hard to stick onto the popsicle sticks. Use a knife and cut a little slot for the stick to slide into. You can stick a Lunchbox Love for kids note on the stick or use some of the FREE Lunchbox Love for Valentine’s Day Cards we have for you here and hand them out to the whole class.

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LOVE MIX

Next up is another great little snack that can be tailored to your taste buds.  Courtesy of Lauren Walker who we simply adore, by the way.  You can find her on Instagram making sweet lunches for her little girl @landryslunches. Here’s what you’ll need:

Crispix cereal or chex
Yogurt covered pretzels
Valentine colored M&Ms or we use a healthier version by a company called Sunspire.
Optional additions: nuts, cheerios, marshmallows, raisins, sprinkles, melted white chocolate
Pour in a bowl and mix! The cute bags are from Walmart which turns this cute treat into a yummy Valentine to give to friends at school. Add some Free Lunchbox Love for Valentine’s day  by clicking here -> Free download.

 

LandrysLunch_valcard_v2TOASTER POPS

I LOVE this Valentines snack because they remind me of a childhood favorite; pop tarts, only these don’t have 200 plus crappy ingredients in them! Landry helped her mom make these from start to finish and she loved every second of it. So please get your littles in the kitchen with you when you whip these up! Thanks for another great snack idea @landryslunches.
Toaster Pop Recipe
Dough:
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 cup cold salted butter cut into cubes
1/2 cup cold water
4 colors of food colorings (we like the natural food dyes)
Strawberry jelly
Combine all the ingredients except the water into a food processor and pulse until mixed. Pour into and bowl, add water, and kneed into a ball. Divide into fourths and color separately with the coloring. Roll all the colors into snakes (Landry’s favorite part), then twist them together and roll flat. Cut into rectangles and put a dollop of jelly in the middle of half of them. (Optional, place a popsicle stick halfway up into the jelly) Cover the jelly with another piece of dough and press a fork around the edges. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool completely
Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp cream (or more if needed)
1/2 tbsp clear vanilla
Whisk ingredients together and drizzle on top of the toaster Pops, sprinkle with sprinkles and Enjoy!

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OLD FASHIONED HEART SHAPED SUGAR COOKIES

Last but not least is a family favorite.  My grandmothers delicious old fashioned sugar cookies plus we added the pink icing to make them festive for Valentine’s Day. If you’re really pressed for time buy a batch of pre-made sugar cookie dough. These perfectly imperfect cookies were baked with my daughter and were packed into cellophane bags, tied with red ribbon to our Free Lunchbox Love for Valentine’s Day cards.  She’s planning on handing these out to her friends at school on Valentine’s Day. Sign up for the free Lunchbox Love cards below this post.

Dough Recipe:

2 sticks of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of orange juice
5 egg yolks
2 teaspoons of baking powder
3 cups of flour
Cream the butter and sugar using a hand mixer.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Add the juice until everything is well blended.
In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder and add to the wet ingredients in small batches until well blended.  If the mixture is too watery add some more flour.
Chill the dough for 2 – 4 hours.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the dough and cut into heart shapes.
In a 350 degree pre-heated oven bake cookies for 11-14 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Dip each cookie into the icing mixture or paint on with a pastry brush and let rest until hardened.
Icing Recipe:
1 Cup of confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons of water
Natural red or pink food dye (you can make your own by microwaving frozen raspberries and pushing them through a sieve with the back of a spoon and adding this to the mixture).
Wisk the sugar and water together until you get the consistency you are looking for.  You may need to add another teaspoon of water. Then add a few drops of the food dye until you get the desired color.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post!  You can access our FREE Lunchbox Love Printable below. Just enter your email address. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO

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