Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentine's Day Chocolate Chip Cookies


In the UK it always seems like we're a bit cheated when it comes to fun baking ingredients. Whenever I make a trip back to Canada or the US I always go a bit mad by chucking every type of chocolate chip, different flavoured Oreo cookie, and seasonal candy in my shopping cart so I can bring them all back to the UK to restock my baking shelf.  

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

Materials:

Candy Melts
Disposable Piping Bag
Silicone Baking Mat
Food Colouring, optional

Directions: 

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    

Ingredients:  

1 Cup (227g) Butter, softened  
1 1/2 Cups (337g) Sugar 
2 Eggs 
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

Directions:  

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!


10 comments:

Kerry said...

The cookies look awesome! And talk about dedication to the baking cause - making your own chocolate chips, wow

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

Yuuuum! They look awesome and making your own pink choc chips is genius!

Becs @ Lay the table said...

We don't even get the decent funfetti to make rainbow cakes over here :(

I love the chocolate chips...off to make my own in varying colours!

Doodle said...

Wow. What a great idea; do innovative... Clever little you. Thank you for sharing. I do the same thing when I go to America - I stock up!! :) I didn't know they sold lemon chips though :)

Made With Pink said...

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

Bec's - don't even get me started on the funfetti and other cake mixes! I actually have a box of funfetti as well as cherry chip in my cupboard! Mwahaha! I want to go bake one now. Good luck with your coloured chips!

Doodle - Glad I'm not the only one who stockpiles American goodies! I've got a bag of lemon chocolate chips in my cupboard that I'm still trying to use up. I've got an idea for them, but just have to bake them!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Just brilliant! You are a genius! I would never have thought to do this. I bemoan our lack of exciting candy to bake with too.

Love the cookies too and the photos are beautiful!

An all round great post!

manu said...

what a gorgeous post! I love the coloured chocolate chips!

Jayne said...

How clever! It had never even occurred to me to make chocolate chips! Fabulous idea, they are incredibly cute too!

Elajr said...

Do you think using Wilton's or Ateco's piping tip with tiny hole will work in making this? Thanks.

Shelby said...

Becs! You can't get the funfetti cake mix there? We always made our own at home anyway. You can buy any boxed cake mix and add multicolored sprinkles to the batter. Stir them in and pour into your baking pan. Its the exact same as the funfetti cake mix! (:

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