|Chocolate Heart Cookie Dipped in Melted Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Sprinkled with Pink Peppermint Chips.|
Ingredients for Chocolate Message Cookies or as I call them Chocolate Chocolate Hearts:
2 1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder + more for dusting and rolling
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1 C. (2 sticks) room temperature butter
1 C. brown sugar packed firmly
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 lg. egg
chocolate chips (any color or flavor desired) to melt for drizzling and heavy cream to dilute if needed (just a droplet or so), optional
powdered sugar and stencils, optional
buttercream frosting for frosting or pipping, optional
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and whisk. Set aside.
When you are ready to bake off the cookies pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the baking sheets with parchment paper or sil-pat baking mats and set aside. Dust your work surface and rolling pin with unsweetened cocoa powder.
To decorate with stencils place them on cookie and cover the rest of the cookie with bits of wax paper and sift powdered sugar onto the decoration. Carefully remove stencil and wax paper and dust any stray bits of sugar off with a small brush.
To drizzle melt chocolate chips a few seconds at a time in the microwave stirring until smooth. If needed thin slightly with a drop or two of cream. Drizzle as desired! Mine are dunked! While the chocolate was warm I sprinkled pink peppermint chips on some of the cookies.
Do NOT stack these cookies! Instead display on a large platter or under domes. Present to your Valentine with a smile!