Yummy! A crunchy, sweet Valentine’s Day treat that won’t earn your kids a trip to the dentist—what a delicious, simple and healthy afternoon snack these were! Package ‘em up pretty, and they’ll make a lovely gift for someone special. Apple chips are about a gazillion dollars per bag at my grocery store, so this is a super frugal snack to boot!

Materials:

  • apples
  • knife (adults only)
  • heart-shaped cookie cutters
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • parchment paper and cookie sheet for baking

Instructions

  1. 1Thinly slice apples (really thin, or you'll be cooking these for HOURS).

  2. Lay out your slices and put your kid to work with the heart-shaped cookie cutters. If there isn't too much core or seedy bits, the punched-out hearts can be baked too!

  3. 2Dip all the slices in some freshly squeezed lemon juice to prevent browning (optional).

  4. Bake the apple slices on some parchment for an hour and 10 minutes in a 250 °F oven. Some of the thicker slices might take a few minutes longer. Once they are lightly browned, pull them out of the oven and let cool. They'll crisp up in no time.


  5. 3

    A heart-apple-chip a day keeps the dentist away!

Regina Cherill is the writer behind Chalk in My Pocket, the online chronicles of a teacher who left her job in the world of educational technology for adventures in parenting. Covered in paint and pipe cleaners, she's discovered that art and play go hand in hand with encouraging creative thinking and problem solving.

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