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Valentine’s Day is coming up and whenever I think about Valentine’s Day, I always think about candy. Surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with special MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® Valentine’s Day varieties.
My kids love the MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix. It comes in a 5 oz. box and includes Paradise Punch, Strawberry, Grape, and Cherry flavors. I love that it has a gift tag right on the box to make gift giving easy! It’s delicious and the only complaint we had was that one box was not enough!
HOT TAMALES® are my favorite kind of candy and the cinnamon flavor definitely reminds me of Valentine’s Day. This would make a great gift for the spicy flame in your life!
Go the extra mile for your Valentine this year and create some tasty recipes featuring MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix andHOT TAMALES® candies. These recipes were created by Chef Jamie Geller as part of her recent alliance with the leading candy brands.
BeJeweled MIKE AND IKE® CookiesPrep Time: 15 minCook Time: 10 minReady Time: 25 minServings: 36INGREDIENTS:· 1 ½ Boxes of MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix· 2/3 Cup margarine – cold· 1 Cup Sugar· 1 Egg· 1 teaspoon vanilla· 2 Cups flour· 1 teaspoon Baking SodaINSTRUCTIONS:1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.2. In a mixer bowl, put 2/3 C Margarine, 1 C Sugar, 1 Egg and 1 teaspoon Vanilla.3. Mix until well creamed.4. Add in 2 C flour and 1 teaspoon Baking Soda.
5. Add in chopped up MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix, mix into a dough (will be slightly sticky).6. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheets lined with baking paper.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Centers will be slightly soft.8. Let cool.HOT TAMALES® SnickerdoodlesServings: 2 dozenINGREDIENTS:· 1/2 cup (4 oz) HOT TAMALES® Candies, coarsely chopped*· 1/4 cup (2 oz) salted margarine, softened· 1/4 cup (2 oz) shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)· 3/4 cups (5.6 oz) granulated sugar· 1 egg· 1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) all-purpose flour· 1 teaspoon cream of tartar· 1/2 teaspoon baking soda· pinch of salt (increase to 1/4 tsp if using unsalted margarine)· 4 teaspoons granulated sugar· 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon*The candy is quite sticky so the best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife.INSTRUCTIONS:1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the margarine, shortening and ¾ cups sugar. Add the egg and beat until thoroughly combined.3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients (except the candy) into the creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped candy and mix until the candy is evenly distributed, a few minutes more.4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes (this makes it easier to handle).5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.6. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Form dough into balls the size of small walnuts (I use a tablespoon cookie scoop). Roll the balls of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar.7. Place the cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets in the oven at the halfway point. They are done when they look puffed in the middle and slightly brown at the edges (the tops of the cookies will form cracks). Be careful not to overcook.8. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and let cookies sit on it for another minute or so before removing to cooling rack; cookies will flatten out as they cool.9. These cookies are best served warm, straight out of the oven, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.