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Valentine's Day Craft Series: Sweetheart Sandwiches (with fun cooking tools!)

If you have a young toddler, you might be reluctant to offer red-sprinkled cookies, gooey heart-shaped brownies and chocolate truffles. This craft will not only be fun for little ones to help with, but it’s a nutritious, festive snack.

Find step-by-step directions after the jump:

To make these Sweetheart Sandwiches, you’ll need:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 16 (1/4-inch-thick) circles
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 slices honey-baked turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup organic cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters (we like these from Etsy)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

2. Have your little one help cut the potato slices into 16 hearts with a cookie cutter.

3. Place the potato hearts on a baking tray and lightly brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and season with a pinch of salt.

4. Bake in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly soft.

5. Take turns listing something you love as you use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut shapes from the turkey slices. Place 1 sweet potato heart on a plate. Stack with two turkey heart slices, spread with 1/2 tablespoon of cranberry sauce, and top with a few dried cranberries. Place your last sweet potato heart on top to finish off your sandwich. Place two cranberries in a heart shape on top of the sweet potato. Repeat until you’ve made all of the sandwiches.

[This recipe was excerpted from Bean Appetite: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food.]

Looking for some fun cooking tools with the kids? Here are some of our favorites:

Pac-Man Potholders

Learning Tower, so kids can safely reach the counter.

Fabrikators Toddler Flatware

Catskill Craftsmen Guitar-Shaped Cutting Board

Kids aprons — find more for girls AND boys here.

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