I am the original kitchen klutz. First, I lack patience. Then to make matters worse I have a slight tremor in my hands. It runs in the family and isn’t dangerous but it can be an annoyance. So I console myself that even if I had the coordination to draw a nice line of icing, I’d probably damage it hurrying.
So when I do things that are cute, they need to be cute and easy–which is how I decided to try chocolate transfer sheets. You know those fancy professional chocolates with the beautiful squiggles and pretty designs on top–well this is how they do it.
Transfer sheets are basically food grade plastic sheets with colored chocolate designs on them. All you need to do is transfer the decorations to your dessert. They are readily available online and I even found mine locally through a Dove party distributor.
First I measured and cut out the proper length from the transfer sheet and set it on parchment paper.
Then I smeared it with chocolate chips that I’d melted in a double boiler.
When hardened but still pliable (about a half hour), I cut out hearts and stars using small sized cookie cutters. The instructions mentioned that metal cutters work better but my plastic one worked almost as well. The key seemed to be pushing hard enough to get all the way through the chocolate.
I then placed them into the refrigerator to harden further and when they were no longer pliable, I pulled off the transfer sheet plastic. Be sure that the chocolate is fully hardened or you may damage the design.
There was some extra decorated chocolate from around the cutouts, so I decided to try my hand at some freehand decoration design. I think this works too.
I rated my second project as a little less successful. I decorated chocolate dipped Oreos (for these you lay cutout transfer paper over the wet chocolate, carefully smoothing out any air bubbles) and wasn’t completely happy with the flattened look it gave them. In scouting out better examples on the internet, my favorites were those made in molds and flatter to begin with. So for dipped cookies, I lean toward either going with a homespun look (perhaps sprinkled with crushed peppermint) or buying molds.
But it was all lots of fun and this year, everyone is getting chocolate dipped Oreos for Valentine’s Day (shhhh). And there is probably some more experimenting in my future.
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