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Oreo Cookie Recipe | Valentine Love Bugs

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This Oreo cook­ie recipe for Love Bug Valen­tine Cook­ies could­n’t be sim­pler or more kid-friend­ly! I had a blast mak­ing these with my 5‑year-old grand­daugh­ter, this week. Her enthu­si­asm and excite­ment was con­ta­gious and I can’t remem­ber the last time I had so much fun.

Of course the fin­ished cook­ies are crunchy, choco­latey, can­dy-dipped deli­cious­ness. But, they’re also absolute­ly adorable. This is a great project to work on with kids. You only need 2 ingre­di­ents, your sprin­kle col­lec­tion and some imag­i­na­tion to make this Oreo recipe.

We dipped and dec­o­rat­ed the whole pack­age of Oreo cook­ies in about 30 min­utes. You can spend some qual­i­ty time mak­ing these Valen­tine cook­ies with your favorite “lit­tles”, too. Bust out the aprons and sprin­kles! It’s gonna be a hoot!

grandaughter holding her oreo cookie creations
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The Ingredients

Oreo Cook­ies : We only used one pack­age and they were reg­u­lar Ore­os. I think the dou­ble-stuff would work just as well. You could also use any store brand of choco­late sand­wich cook­ie that you pre­fer to make this Oreo recipe.

Red Can­dy Melts: We used the 12 oz. Wilton brand. I bought them eas­i­ly at our local Wal­mart. There is a sec­tion of cake dec­o­rat­ing items in the craft­ing sec­tion and that’s where I find them. I’m guess­ing there may be oth­er brands of can­dy melts. I’m just not famil­iar with them. I’ve nev­er had issues with the Wilton brand so it’s just habit to pick those up.

Handy Tools to Make the Job Easier

  • Sil­i­cone Bak­ing Mats [affil­i­ate link] or Waxed Paper : I have the mats and they were per­fect for lay­ing out the cook­ies to dry. I haven’t tried it, but I’m guess­ing waxed paper will work eas­i­ly and be as easy a clean-up.
  • Tooth­picks
  • Small bowls or prep cups [affil­i­ate link] for the sprin­kles : It’s much eas­i­er to pinch a few with your fin­gers and sprin­kle or place them where you want. The nar­row shak­er bot­tles aren’t as handy for this project. Just pour a few sprin­kles from the bot­tles into a small bowl or cup.
  • Paper Tow­els or Wet Wipes: Just some­thing handy to wipe fin­gers and faces as you work. lol The nec­es­sary qual­i­ty con­trol and taste test­ing can leave a lit­tle residue around the lips. Our grand­daugh­ter used my own words back at me as we were dec­o­rat­ing the Valen­tine cook­ies. “Grand­ma, remem­ber. A good cook tastes as she’s cook­ing to make sure it will be okay for every­body else.” lol 

My Sprinkle Collection

I seem to col­lect bot­tles and jars of sprin­kles with reck­less aban­don. This makes me about the coolest Grand­ma ever when a par­tic­u­lar 5‑year-old shows up. When we’re bak­ing togeth­er she knows right where to go to find all her favorite col­ors and shapes. 

I typ­i­cal­ly just pick up sea­son­al sprin­kles at Wal­mart, but I did order can­dy eye balls [affil­i­ate link] on Ama­zon, this time, as Wal­mart was out of those. The set I ordered had large and small goo­gly eyes and the plain black dots you see I have used on some of the lady bugs in this par­tic­u­lar Oreo cook­ie recipe.

The Valen­tine sprin­kles came in a two-part bot­tle that had the red, white and pink dots in one side and the lit­tle red and pink can­dy hearts in the oth­er. They were the Wal­mart store brand (Great Value). 

The pas­tel sprin­kles were Wilton brand and also pur­chased at Wal­mart. They are called Spring Sprinkles.

grandaughter sitting at table dipping oreos in candy melts
grandaughter's decorated oreo love bug valentine cookies
granddaughter showing off her cookie decorating skills
  1. Add the can­dy melts to a microwave safe bowl and heat them on 50% pow­er. Go 30 sec­onds at a time, until they are ful­ly melt­ed. It took about 1 1/2 min­utes for ours.
  2. Set up the area you’ll be work­ing with sil­i­cone mats or wax paper. Pre­pare your work space with tooth­picks, paper tow­els and shal­low bowls with your sprin­kle options and can­dy eyes. Have the melt­ed can­dy and Ore­os in a cen­tral loca­tion, so every­thing is easy to reach.
  3. Begin by dip­ping a choco­late sand­wich cook­ie straight down into the bowl of melt­ed red can­dy. Before lift­ing it out, gen­tly rock it to the left and then to the right. That cre­ates the curved line to sep­a­rate the head and the body. 
  4. Lift the cook­ie straight up out of the can­dy and let the excess drip off before lay­ing it out on the waxed paper or sil­i­cone mat. 
  5. Add your sprin­kle dec­o­ra­tions before the can­dy dries and then move on to repeat the dip­ping and dec­o­rat­ing process with all the cookies.
  6. Pinch a few round sprin­kles in your fin­gers and sprin­kle them over the red can­dy area. If you have them, press 1 or 2 can­dy hearts into the red can­dy, too. For the eyes, we used a tooth­pick to dol­lop some melt­ed can­dy onto the cook­ie and then pushed the eyes down into it.
  7. Ours dried in about 30 min­utes. I was able to put some of the Valen­tine cook­ies on a paper plate in a large zip-top bag for our grand­daugh­ter to take home with her. I just stored ours in a large zip-top bag on the counter. They did­n’t last long. 😉

Do you have any favorite Oreo recipes? If you do, share them in the com­ments. I’d love to hear about them! And if you make these cutie pie Valen­tine cook­ies, I hope you’ll share that, too.

Be blessed, Friend! Have a fun and cre­ative weekend!

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The Recipe

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Oreo Cookie Recipe | Valentine Love Bugs


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 30 min­utes
  • Yield: 48 cook­ies 1x

Description

This Valen­tine Love Bug Oreo Cook­ie Recipe is quick, easy & kid-friend­ly. 2 Ingre­di­ents & sprin­kles nets tons of yum­my fun!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 fam­i­ly-size bag (19.1 oz.) Oreo cook­ies (48 cookies)
  • 1 (12 oz. bag) Wilton red can­dy melts
  • assort­ed sprin­kles for decorating

Instructions

  1. Add the can­dy melts to a microwave safe bowl and heat them on 50% pow­er. Go 30 sec­onds at a time, until they are ful­ly melt­ed. It took about 1 1/2 min­utes for ours.
  2. Set up the area you’ll be work­ing with sil­i­cone mats or wax paper. Pre­pare your work space with tooth­picks, paper tow­els and shal­low bowls with your sprin­kle options and can­dy eyes. Have the melt­ed can­dy and Ore­os in a cen­tral loca­tion, so every­thing is easy to reach.
  3. Begin by dip­ping a choco­late sand­wich cook­ie straight down into the bowl of melt­ed red can­dy. Before lift­ing it out, gen­tly rock it to the left and then to the right. That cre­ates the curved line to sep­a­rate the head and the body.
  4. Lift the cook­ie straight up out of the can­dy and let the excess drip off before lay­ing it out on the waxed paper or sil­i­cone mat.
  5. Add your sprin­kle dec­o­ra­tions before the can­dy dries and then move on to repeat the dip­ping and dec­o­rat­ing process with all the cookies.
  6. Pinch a few round sprin­kles in your fin­gers and sprin­kle them over the red can­dy area. If you have them, press 1 or 2 can­dy hearts into the red can­dy, too. For the eyes, we used a tooth­pick to dol­lop some melt­ed can­dy onto the cook­ie and then pushed the eyes down into it.
  7. Ours dried in about 30 min­utes. I was able to put some on a paper plate in a large zip-top bag for our grand­daugh­ter to take home with her. I just stored ours in a large zip-top bag on the counter.
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Cook­ies, Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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