Can I just start off by saying…what on earth do you title a blog post that consists of cookies which that are made to look like a box of chocolates, but are actually topped with chocolate. Valentines Chocolates Chocolate Cookies? Boxed Chocolates Cookies? Chocolate Cookies Made To Look Like Chocolate? Do you see the confusion here? I gave up and went with Box Of Chocolates – Cookies Edition! Man, who knew chocolate cookie impostors would be so difficult? Well maybe to name at least, because these babies were easy to make.
And here’s the best part…they aren’t just rolled chocolate cookies, they are actually decorated with chocolate! Well, almost, completely decorated in chocolate. I set out to make some cookies that looked like a box of chocolates. But…I wanted to actually decorate the cookies with chocolate and not royal icing. At first I’ll admit, I didn’t think it was going to work. although I used the same concept of royal icing to frost these (using an icing bottle) it had a small learning curve. I found I couldn’t get the chocolate as smooth as I wanted it, like a normal decorated cookie. But THEN it occurred to me to embrace the bumpy, because real chocolates aren’t smooth! Once I did that, and stopped trying to be a total perfectionist, they came together so quickly! I’ll admit, I did pipe the lines on using a small amount of royal icing. The chocolate just came out to thin and spread to much for clean lines, and that’s where the perfectionist in my drew a line! (<-get it, haha!) But, if your not insane like me, you could totally pipe on the lines with colored candy melts.
I used scalloped cookie cutters to make it look like little chocolate liners, but you could use smooth sided cutters as well and really place them in chocolate liners! Two tips I would recommend before starting these cookies. First, these cookies work best with smaller cookies made with 1 1/5in – 2 1/2in cutters. Trying to pipe chocolate on large cookies without it beginning to harden first is not enjoyable (just trust me on this on). And second, if you have a chocolate warmer, use it! I used my chocolate warmer so I could melt the chocolate all at once and simply pour more into my bottle as I used it. In between I would pop my decorating bottle in the microwave for 5-10 seconds if needed.
Alright, let’s make cookies!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
Rolled Chocolate Cookies
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Package Candyquick Melting Chocolate
1/2 Cup Of Royal Icing + Piping Bag & Small Round Tip
OR Colored Candy Melts
Pink Gel Coloring (optional)
Heart Sprinkles (optional)
Step 1: In a small mixing bowl mix together flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined once more.
Step 2: Slowing mix in dry ingredients. Continue to mix on medium until all dough is combined. (if it’s crumbly keep mixing). Once formed into a ball remove from bowl and slightly kneed with hands if needed.
Step 3: Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Step 4: Place entire baking sheet in freezer to chill for 2 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Step 5: Let cookies rest on pan for 2 minutes then gently transfer to cooling rack.
Step 6: Once cookies have cooled melt chocolate. If you aren’t using a chocolate melter you can melt 1-2 bricks at a time. Pour chocolate into decorating bottle.
Step 7: Outline and fill cookies just as if you were decorating with royal icing (more info here). Add any sprinkles just after filling cookies. Let chocolate come back firm back up then pipe on lines with royal icing or candy melts.
If you would like more information on my cookie baking process check out this post.
If you would like more information on decorating cookies check out this post.
If you would like more information on melting chocolate check out this post.
If you really just want more chocolate check out this post, or this one, or definitely this one.