I'm back again with a new Valentine's Day baking challenge courtesy of Ralcorp, the company that distributes Great Value and other store brand frozen dough products through Walmart, Publix, and other grocers! This time around, they've asked me to focus on Great Value cookie dough and refrigerated pie crusts, and I've got some fun ideas in mind.
But first, a few words about the benefits of working with store bought refrigerated doughs... Certainly it's a time saver, making it perfect for spur-of-the-moment baking or squeezing in a fresh-baked treat on a busy afternoon. They also allow you to bake just a few treats at a time -- great for those of us that struggle with will power.
But there's also something to be said for consistency in quality. As much as I take satisfaction in a homemade pie crust, having them turn out perfectly every time is a skill I've yet to master. Store bought pie crusts take a great deal of the guesswork out of baking a perfect pie.
So as you may have guessed from the image at the top of this post, I've chosen to use Great Value refrigerated pie crust and sugar cookie dough for this challenge. If you're interested in baking along, here's what I'm planning to make and what ingredients you'll need to purchase.
Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
Some of you may remember these stained glass sugar cookies that I made previously. My kids love making them, but I have an idea for how to make them just a little bit different. I'll share the details next week, but in the meantime, here are the ingredients:
2 rolls Great Value sugar cookie dough
1 (13 oz.) package LifeSavers candies
You'll also need a set of heart-shaped cookie cutters with at least three graduated sizes. I picked this set up several years ago at Walmart for $2.88, and I happened to notice that they still have them currently for the same price!
Sweet Cherry Hand Pies
I'm still perfecting the filling recipe for making sweet cherry hand pies, but you'll likely have all of the ingredients on hand already, outside of the frozen sweet cherries and dried cherries.
2 packages Great Value refrigerated pie dough
2 packages frozen sweet cherries
2 packages dried cherries
shimmer white sugar or coarse sugar (optional)
I may use the heart cookie cutters I mentioned above for this recipe as well, so you'll want to pick up a set in either case. I actually use them year round, and you can't go wrong for just $2.88!
Come back next week to get recipes and instructions for these Valentine's Day treats!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Ralcorp and The Motherhood for the time and effort spent creating this post. However, my participation in this program is voluntary and my opinions are my own -- always have been, always will be.