Wednesday, 11 February 2009

WHITE CHOCOLATE VALENTINE'S SUGAR COOKIES

White Chocolate Valentine's Day Cookies

Last year I made Valentine's Day cookies and iced them with royal icing. Though royal icing is easy to work with, it's not my favourite for flavour or texture.
unlike me, you should remember not to stack these cookies as the white chocolate marks up easily...see all the smudges?

I love chocolate and decided to try my hand at decorating some sugar cookies with tinted white chocolate. I know that chocolate is temperamental and adding water to it is asking for disaster, so I used powdered food colouring. I added red powdered colour and of course it never really turned a deep red. I didn't really care though.

when in doubt, just drizzle with way more white chocolate! you can't go wrong

I used parchment cones to pipe and flood the cookies. Initially, everything was going fine...I melted the white chocolate and stirred it until it was completely smooth. I poured the tinted white chocolate into the cones...and then I realized how runny it really was. The chocolate dripped out the tiny point of the cones almost immediately. I worked quickly and realized that piping wasn't going to be so easy after all.
see all the bumps from the flooding? these are easily remedied by hiding them with more drizzled white chocolate ;P

I did my best at outlining and then flooding the hearts. The chocolate didn't really flatten out completely and looked a tad bumpy but I didn't want to tempt fate and start messing with it so I left it. I let it dry and then decided I wanted to outline with just plain white chocolate (no tint) and realized I had to come up with a simple design because the chocolate was way runnier than royal icing. I piped some lacy dots; just touching around the edges of the hearts and it seemed okay.
The flavour of these white chocolate cookies totally rocks compared to royal icing cookies.

Check out here the MS sugar cookie recipe I used or if you prefer, a totally decadent Vanilla Bean Butter cookie. I used Callebaut White Chocolate for decorating. Only the best for my sweetie pies: Bebe and Bib thought they were delicious!

27 comments:

Colleen said...

Those look so good! I love white chocolate, and what a nice way to make your cookies look good. I will have to try it sometime.

I just frosted some heart cookies tonight - not nearly as cute.

Mary said...

How nice and romantic !

Abbey said...

These heart shaped cookies are sweet treat for Valentines Day...

Y said...

Very pretty! I love the lacy dots, and the colour your tinted icing turned out.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love those cookies! They're divine!

Maria said...

Adorable cookies!!

Elyse said...

I'm with you: I think royal icing looks beautifully, but it's taste certainly can't beat white chocolate! Your sugar cookies turned out beautifully!

Maya said...

Just beautiful!

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

You are so talented! Beautiful, beautiful cookies. I'm jealous AND hungry!

Manggy said...

Hee, I love that Valentine's has given the diet a break :) Well, if you eat just *one* cookie! Anyway, I don't mind the bumps and I don't see the smudges-- all I see are pwetty cookies. I wouldn't recommend going for the deep red (like with candy melts or something), sometimes they taste weird!

minisuperbias said...

it's a lovely shade of pink, though (just say that was your intention all along!) I've never thought of completely replacing icing with white chocolate, sounds good!

Ingrid said...

I think they came out FABULOUS!!! The "bumps" gave it character.

Happy Valentine's Day!
~ingrid

Zoe Francois said...

They are adorable! I have to make cookies with my sons class on Friday and these are perfect!!!!

Sara said...

I think these look fantastic! I agree about the icky taste of royal icing, I hate the stuff. I never thought to use white chocolate though- so pretty!

~Sara

Tiffany said...

These look so perfect and cute--maybe almost too cute to eat!

creativecarryout said...

I bet these are delicious - and they're pretty too.
I tinted my own sugar last week to decorate cookies with and someone told me that if you first tint something pink, then tint it red, you will get a more true red color. I tucked the info. away for future use.
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

Marysol said...

Those look too dainty and much too pretty to eat.
Ok, maybe just one.

Jessica said...

I used to work in a pastry shop where we wrote on cakes with melted chocolate in parchment cones rather than butter cream or royal icing. The dark chocolate for light cakes was always super easy to use, but the white chocolate never worked out. We put the parchments in the oven under the grill (We served brunch) because we never used it and the pilots warmed the chocolate. If it sat too long it would get runny and goop all over the place.

Dee said...

These are the prettiest cookies I've seen in a long while :)

Cakebrain said...

Colleen,
I love chocolate, and if I can incorporate it into something, I'm all the happier! Do try it...it's yummy!
Mary,
it's all about romance, isn't it?
Abbey,
thanks for visiting!
Y,
aw, thanks for thinking the tint's okay! there's no way I was going to use a whole jar of food colouring anyway!
Blonde Duck,
If I could send you one, I would!
(but they're all gone!)
Maria,
thanks!
Elyse,
I'm with you about royal icing...let's start a white chocolate revolution!
Maya,
thanks for saying so!
Hen,
No need to be jealous...you have chickens! we're even! 'cause I think it would be so cool to have chickens and am jealous that you can!
Mark,
You're darned tootin' I have to use sugar for Valentine's Day! however, those cookies didn't cross my lips. I'm living vicariously through my kiddies. You are so kind to love my bumps! hee hee!
Minisuperbias,
DO think about using white chocolate! it is so much tastier!
Ingrid,
yeah, the kids didn't see the bumps as a negative thing either. I guess it's all about the chocolate!
Zoe,
you are such a cool mom to be doing all that stuff with your son! way to go! I loved his chocolate heart cake idea!
Sara,
I'll have to try using white chocolate more often. I quite like it! though it is temperamental.
Tiffany,
no one around here thought they were too cute to eat!
Creativecarryout,
thanks for the pink tinting tip. I'll have to try that next time!
Marysol,
thanks for saying that!
Jessica,
haha! I could just imagine me trying to warm up my parchment cones in my nice oven...it would truly be a disaster!
Dee,
thanks for the sweet comment! cheers!

Elra said...

Awww, that look so romantic..
I am sure they taste great.
Cheers,
Elra

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Oh they are so adorable! I bet they taste as sweet as they look. Gorgeous stuff! :)

Girl Japan said...

Oh Darn.. what happened this post did not show up in my RSS feed = ( These are so cute, awfully cute and they look delicious as well! Couture Cookies

Snooky doodle said...

How cute!!!!!!!!!!

dessert girl said...

Very pretty!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look so good! Great job decorating them!

Katrice Puga said...

Valentines Day is only a month away. I like to bake this kind of cookies. I'm sure she will like it when I give it to her on February 14.

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