Great Value Valentine’s Baking Party Recap – Frugal Novice

Great Value Valentine’s Baking Party Recap

We had the best time at our baking party! These Great Value parties are starting a tradition I think we’ll continue for a long time. It’s a great, inexpensive get-together that allows quality time with the kids and creativity (plus the ability to enjoy the finished product)!

Our party was Saturday morning, so I got up and got everything prepared.


Think I have enough heart-shaped cookie cutters? I love my little collection, and they were perfect for the party.



First we let the kids make the chocolate chip cookies. This was a fun and easy way to get them involved – I just cut slices of Great Value cookie dough and put them on each child’s plate, and then we had them roll them up into balls to put on the cookie sheet.

Next we got out the sugar cookie dough and used the cookie cutters to make heart shapes for our stained glass cookies. I will say, in hindsight, that we should’ve added a little flour to the dough so the cookies didn’t spread as much after cutting out the dough. But they still turned out cute, and the kids (and the moms!) had a lot of fun. We sprinkled bits and pieces of broken hard candies  into the cutouts:

Kristi_Cookies  Cookies_Candy

Here’s the finished product – the kids thought they were beautiful, and they tasted delicious.:



Once the chocolate chip cookies came out of the oven, we quickly added chocolate hearts to give them a Valentine look (and who doesn’t like a little extra chocolate for Valentine’s Day?) – these were SO good!





Once we finished all the cookies, we let the kids play while the moms made pies and tarts. We used Great Value pie crust and the cookie cutters to make our pies heart-shaped, of course. For the filling we just used frozen berries (thawed) and strawberry preserves. By using the Great Value brand products, we were able to make our pies for less than $10!

Jen_Pies   PiesTarts




These were SO good!! In fact, I bought more supplies and am going to make pies tomorrow night to take up to work for Valentine’s Day. They would make a great gift, and the flavor combination possibilities are abundant!

As you can see, we had another fun and tasty Great Value baking party – I can’t wait to see what products our spring baking party will feature… time to get planning!

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Note: I am participating in the Great Value program with The Motherhood. I have been compensated for my time.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.


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  • Julie Wood February 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I like all the delicious looking cookie and other items that you made for Valentine’s Day. I made Heart Sugar Cookies and Frosted them with Red Frosting and Sprinkles and gave them out to family members with a nice card. I like baking and making different cookies. I would like to try to make some of your nice creations!

  • Wendy T February 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I just am not a good baker. I am a good cook, but baking is a different ball of wax.

    I am impressed and a bit envious of all that you achieved. Way to go!

  • stephanie February 22, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    looks so yummy and fun!