I've brought some pretty cool chocolate chips back from my overseas travels including milk & white chocolate swirls, green mint chips, mini Reese's Pieces, lemon chips, etc. You get the picture.... they have LOTS to choose from. But there's one chocolate chip I've never been able to find - PINK ones! And to be honest, I hadn't even thought of pink chocolate chips until a couple of years ago when I noticed that one of the top search terms that people used to get to my blog was "pink chocolate chips". So it was really all of you guys who gave me the idea for my next project.
After scouring the internet for a mainstream brand of pink chocolate chips, I couldn't find anything. The only thing I could think of even remotely similar were the coloured candy melts I had sitting on my shelf. But they were far too big to be used as chocolate chips in a cookie. I had two options - chop them up into little pieces, or melt them and make my own pink chocolate chips.
Obviously I choose to make my own! And it was so easy! Not only did I make my own pink chocolate chips, but I also made red ones as well as a few other colours which will be revealed in a future post.
Making your own chocolate chips is so easy! Follow my directions below, and you'll soon be able to make chocolate chip cookies with chips in every shade of the rainbow!
How to Make Your Own Coloured Chocolate Chips
Disposable Piping Bag
Silicone Baking Mat
Food Colouring, optional
1. Start off by melting some candy melts in your colour of choice over a double boiler. If you don't have the exact colour you want, then you can use some white melts and tint them whatever colour you choose using a gel / paste / powder colouring. (I tinted some of mine this way, and they turned out perfectly fine).
2. Snip off the tip of a disposable piping bag (make sure not to snip too much off, otherwise you're chips will be too big). Transfer the melted candy melts into your piping bag.
3. Hold your piping bag at a 90 degree angle, and gently pipe a dollop of the melted candy melt onto your silicone baking mat. To make a perfect little coloured chip you'll need keep your piping bag pointed straight down towards the mat, and keep the pressure even until a blob starts to form. Then gently pull up, and make a little flicking motion at the end to create the little "drip" top. Repeat until you've finished piping all your coloured chips. Allow the chips to set for at least half an hour before removing them from the silicone mat. I found that the easiest way to remove all my chips form the mat was to slide an offset spatula under them.
I used a combination of the pink and red chips that I made myself, along with some leftover white & milk chocolate chips I had from a previous trip to the states to make some extra special cookies for my Valentine.
I made his favourite double chocolate chip cookies, but switched up the regular chocolate chips for my pretty homemade Valentine's day ones.
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 Cup (227g) Butter, softened
1 1/2 Cups (337g) Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups (250g) Flour
2/3 Cup (65g) Cocoa Powder
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Pink Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Red Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined. Add in all of the coloured and chocolate chips and stir until they're combined throughout. Drop the cookie dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. The cookies should still be slightly soft in the middle, but not liquidy or undercooked. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
These cookies have been, and likely always will be my favourite cookie. I made this batch for my special Valentine who's usually a health nut, but these are also his favourite cookie so he ended up eating 5 in one night! They're also the same cookie I used to make my Quadruple Chocolate Lindt Stuffed Cookies, which are even more decadent with the added chocolate pillow inside!