One Smart Little Cookie is a collection of everything that brings inspiration, comfort and beauty into my life and home.
I love to create a beautiful home and enjoy it with my family.
It is sharing
what I love to do; baking and cooking in a healthier way without sacrificing flavor
, crafts,
party planning, activities, organization, and home decor.

Being a "Smart Little Cookie" is not about being perfect, it is about knowing how to enjoy life and family to it's fullest~to your fullest.
Due to my creative process, my home gets messy, my kids play in their jammies-all day sometimes (the terribly relaxed days tend to be my favorite),
and my hubby has become much more patient and supportive over the years with all of this.
In fact, he often has his own creative ideas and we both find ourselves anticipating our upcoming projects together~love him!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, but I've rejected denial, and with a toddler who is a budding creative type herself,
I feel accomplished when the dishes are in the dishwasher before naptime (not mine, hers).
I've accepted the fact that "spotless" cannot mean what I have always
envisioned in my mind, at least not with kids,
and I would rather enjoy my kids and beautiful home, than a spotless, sterile home.
I have learned to take each day, one day at a time, and everyday should leave us feeling inspired and more contented.
The day should leave us, whispering in our ear, "the day has been as well as it could have been done, and it has been done well."

Go ahead and take a bite, indulge yourself and try my recipes and crafty creations in your own home.
I hope to inspire you to feel like the "Smart Little Cookie" you are!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chocolate Candy Cane Hearts

I found these Adorable candy cane hearts on  They're so cute and so simple to make!  My favorite kind of crafty treat.
I think they're the perfect Christmas treat for my daughter's amazing school teacher.

Pick your candy canes, mini or large, I used large.  Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Place candy canes on parchment paper and position into heart shapes.  

For 2 large hearts, melt 1/3 bag white chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli) for 30 seconds at a time.  White chocolate never fully melts to the same consistency as milk or dark chocolate without caking.  So melt it carefully, mixing with a fork in between melting times until you get a spoonable consistency.  

While chocolate is melting I like to crush one candy cane into a mixture of small chunks and powder.  
Spoon chocolate into 1 heart at a time.  If the candy canes move around, reposition them together and continue spreading until the chocolate is touching all interior sides of the heart.  

Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.  I also used white sugar crystals to give my hearts an extra fancy touch and sparkle!

Place cookie sheet into freezer for 10 minutes until chocolate has set.  Take out of freezer and place on counter until the hearts reach room temperature.  

Package as you wish! I'll be placing mine inside cellophane bags with ribbon to finish.

Smart Little Cookie Tip:
You can use any sprinkle your heart desires; jimmies, colored sugar sprinkles, crushed cookies...also, you could use milk or dark chocolate to fill the hearts.

1 comment:

TheProDiva said...

How creative! And these don't look too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe just in time for the holidays!