Chocolate sugar cookie pops make a festive treat this Valentine's Day. Use your favorite Nielsen-Massey extracts to flavor the pops!
Rich, delicate, complicated flavor.
You can skip the orange extract in the frosting of these cookies if you like, but oh-my-gosh-it’s-so-good-so-please-don’t.
Nielsen-Massey uses a cold extraction process, which takes 2 to 3 weeks, instead of the more common heat process, which takes 2 to 3 days, to preserve the delicate flavors of the beans. Ergo, that aforementioned “rich, delicate, complicated flavor” I was going for? Success.
For this recipe, I used Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, as it’s best for baking. You can learn more about which vanilla product to use when at the Nielsen-Massey site.
The vanilla extract in the cookies, combined with Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Chocolate Extract, results in a smooth, chocolatey cookie.
The cookies are not very sweet, so they pair best with the buttercream frosting. And I had to add Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Orange Extract to the frosting since I love the chocolate-orange combination.
Next time, instead of orange I may try the coffee, peppermint or rose water.
This cookie recipe holds its shape very well—freakishly well--which is important since we’re rolling the dough thickly enough to accommodate the sticks (available in the craft store). If you wish, you can skip the sticks and roll them to any thickness.
Here, I used a three-inch heart cookie cutter, also available in the craft store, but you can use any shape or size cookie cutter you like. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time if your shapes are thicker, thinner or a different size.
I used a disposable decorating bag and size “3” decorating tips, both available at the craft store. Feel free to use any decorating tip you want and pipe any design you can imagine.
If you’d like to add color to the frosting, in order to maintain the unique flavor of these cookies, I suggest a high quality food coloring that won’t alter the taste. I used my favorite food coloring, Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, in red and electric pink, available in specialty stores and online.
It’s tasteless, so that vanilla-orange-chocolate flavor combination comes through beautifully.
And now, to resist eating every single one of these double chocolate cookie pops before I give them to my loves…
Need more flavor inspiration? Check out the Nielsen-Massey Instagram page.
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