Dipped Nutter Butter TUTORIAL - VIDEO - Easy treat IDEA with Candy Melts - PARTY FAVOR - birthday, holiday, appreciation gift

So you've seen my obsession with chocolate dipped oreos -  Patriotic,  teacher appreciation, basketball party, anniversaryValentine's day, mini oreos, EVEN on a stick! Okay, you get the idea. I like dipped oreos and the main reason is because I can dip a ton in short amount of time. Quick and EASY to make!

Well.........can you believe I found something even easier and even quicker!!?? CHOCOLATE DIPPED NUTTER BUTTER COOKIES! They taste fantastic and I can dip 32 in 4-5 minutes. Not that it's a race but I could totally beat that time!

Look how pretty!!

Everyone goes crazy for them like the oreos. I've made them for appreciation events, birthdays, Christmas, and just recently as a thank you gift!


You'll need:
Candy melts
Coconut oil (optional but it makes the melts easier to work with)
Nutter Butter cookies
Parchment paper or foil (parchment paper works better)
Bags & ribbon

Heat candy melts in a bowl for 45 seconds in the microwave. Stir. Usually I heat an additional 20 second increments until melted. If it's basically melted but a few chunks you can continue to stir until smooth. You don't want to overheat or it will get thick and stay thick.

HUGE TIP!!!! I wrote coconut oil is "optional" because I don't always use it. I apparently do this to make things more difficult for myself. :) Afterwards I always say I should've added it. Soooo I recommend, especially if drizzling chocolate, to add a little coconut oil.

Once the candy melts are melted and you have almost a pour-able consistency, you are ready! I only dip Nutter Butter cookies half way and shake off excess chocolate. Just a couple shakes and place on parchment paper. I try not to touch the bowl or tap the cookie to prevent crumbs and breakage.

Chocolate will dry fast so if you are adding sprinkles you may want to dip 8-10 and add sprinkles. Then continue to dip the rest. 

Once they are dry you can drizzle with colors

TIP- I like to drizzle one base color on all of them first. Then I pick two other colors to drizzle on half. For example, the ones pictured I drizzled orange first to all of them. Then I added red on some and pink on the others.

I saw these smaller individual drizzle bags in a bunch of colors and flavors. Very cool. I haven't tried them but it would be great for these treats. 

These were made for someone at the local retirement residence that was turning 90!!! Sweet birthday surprise.

Since you are only dipping half of the Nutter Butter cookie, they will go stale if you don't bag them. DON'T WORRY!!! It's okay because I usually bag and give them away soon after I make them. IF I don't....I'll eat them all. It's called motivation to get them out of the house! I've only waited 2 days after bagging before eating them all delivering and they were perfect. 

For bagging I ran out of my regular bags so these are resealable 4x5 bags I cut the tops off. I'm closing them with ribbon so I didn't need the closure.

I picked a few different ribbon and packaged one chocolate and one white chocolate for each bag. 

Any questions, please ask!

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SIGN tutorial - Military Welcome Home - MEMORIAL DAY - Independence Day - PARADE - DIY craft idea - 4th of july

Ever heard of Honor Flight? Talk about an emotional experience for everyone involved. This is a wonderful organization that honors and recognizes our Veterans, most specifically our WWII Veterans, with "A Trip of a Lifetime" to Washington D.C.

Flight #42, The Chester Hall Memorial Flight, they brought a solider to his final resting place to Arlington National Cemetery.

We've attended the welcome home event several times and EVERY SINGLE TIME I cry. The Veterans are emotional, the crowd is emotional and it's all happy tears. The last Welcome Home event they honored Vietnam and Korean War Veterans. They spoke about how soldiers were treated when they arrived home from Vietnam and THIS is the welcome home they deserved. ((sniffle))

If you want to learn more or attend a Welcome Home event visit Honor Flight Austin for more details.

With all that said, we wanted to make signs to show our support. I made these in about 15-20 mins and have used them for 4 Welcome Home events and 2 Independence Day parades. They still look fantastic and everyone wants to know how we made them or take photos.

NOW, I'll share my secret....or laziness for something quick and easy.

Supplies -
Foam core poster board - Such a HUGE difference from regular poster board. Maybe $1.99 each and really worth it. Plain black or white are cheapest and colors are pretty pricey at $7.99. I went with white. Purchased at Micheal's.
Stickers or markers - I'm a perfectionist and even with my handwriting I would just pick it apart on how non-perfect it looks or not completely straight. I went with stickers. 50% off coupon at Micheal's.
Garland - YES!!! Such a quick addition that makes your sign AWESOME! $.99 from the dollar store or after Christmas I purchase different colors.
Hot glue gun / glue 

I pictured flags because I found them at the dollar store but we ended up just holding them. :)

I cut out the stickers and arranged them before sticking to look at spacing.

I hot glued the garland around the edges. Really fast and easy. Then I placed the stickers.

We made two. One more specific to the Honor Flight and the other we could use for parades.

One event we brought red and blue cookies for all the Vets. The boys love to shake their hands at the end and this was a little something extra. 

Hope this helped. Any questions, please ask!

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POLICE appreciation IDEAS - MUFFIN tag - THANK YOU - Thin Blue Line - Show SUPPORT

This week is coming to a close for National Police Week - May 13th - May 20th. We usually bring lunch one day and treats or small gifts during the week. Here is one idea that can be done year round. The officers greatly appreciate the support....big or small. It really does mean a lot to them.

Look at these cute little tags!!!

You probably recognize these from my Teacher Appreciation posts in the past. They are always a huge hit.

I made these two muffins (Banana Chocolate Chip and Blueberry) which made people start calling me the "overachiever." I'll take it, could be worse. No less of an overachiever, these tags can be added to store bought muffins. No one will ever know. Secret family recipe that you just can not share. 

I'm laughing at myself that I'm telling you to lie and this is a police treat idea. Anyway.....

Individually wrapped. Yes, it's a pain and yes, very tedious. Oh but look how cute!

Not sure how many I made because I was delirious by the end. :) My close estimate "felt like" a ton.

Table turned out really nice.

I also made a larger stand up tag to put in front of the muffins. Wouldn't want someone to grab banana when they wanted blueberry. :)

They are not the same tags but the same size. Gives you an idea of how they look on REGULAR muffins too.

Now the FREE downloadable tag you can print!
CLICK HERE (then right click to save)

Send the file to a 1 hour photo lab for easy printing.
I used a 1" lever punch by recollections (purchased at Michael's) to cut tags.

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