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Making 300 heart shape choc-chip cookies for a wedding order

post #1 of 22
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Any suggestion on an excellent recipe for this situation that will stay soft but keep its shape? Also the best efficient and effective way to mold, shape or cut 300 cookies, that look professional in the end? Thx Di
post #2 of 22
I made some for last Valentines day, but it would be a lengthy process for 300! The chips will get in the way if you try to roll and cut them. I put a heart shaped cutter on the parchment paper on the cookie sheet, and pressed the dough into the shape within the cutter. That worked OK.
post #3 of 22
Wow that sounds hard, since cookies spread!!! There's the "heart cookie treat pan" by Wilton but you'd have to buy quite a few of them to make the job easier. BUT just include that with your cost and maybe in the long run it would make life easier. Buying four trays would cost like $40 and each tray makes 6....so 24 at a time if you have two oven racks....
post #4 of 22
Here's a pic of the heart cookie and the method I used, but I mixed up my own dough rather than use the cookie mix.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Chip-Heart-Cookies-Cookie-Mix/Detail.aspx
post #5 of 22
My first thought would be to make one giant rectangle cookie (spread/press the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet/jellyroll pan with sides) - then after the cookie bakes and cools cut them out with a heart cutter. I think they would be easier to cut out then you think, even with all the chocolate chips - can you do a small batch trial run?
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post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bturpin

My first thought would be to make one giant rectangle cookie (spread/press the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet/jellyroll pan with sides) - then after the cookie bakes and cools cut them out with a heart cutter. I think they would be easier to cut out then you think, even with all the chocolate chips - can you do a small batch trial run?



I'm thinking with the right size metal cookie cutter, you could probably do this...the hearts would snuggle right up next to each other if you flip them upside-down next to right-side-up, and repeat...that way you won't have a whole lot of scraps...
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by djs328

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Originally Posted by Bturpin

My first thought would be to make one giant rectangle cookie (spread/press the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet/jellyroll pan with sides) - then after the cookie bakes and cools cut them out with a heart cutter. I think they would be easier to cut out then you think, even with all the chocolate chips - can you do a small batch trial run?



I'm thinking with the right size metal cookie cutter, you could probably do this...the hearts would snuggle right up next to each other if you flip them upside-down next to right-side-up, and repeat...that way you won't have a whole lot of scraps...



Yes, that's what I was thinking too - should have wrote that!! LOL Thanks for saying that! icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 22
Be sure to use mini-chips...it'll make cutting the cookies (before or after baking) easier. I've used the chocolate chip roll-out cookie recipe from "Karen's Cookies", and it's fabulous!
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post #9 of 22
Great idea, geminirj!
Will have to try that recipe, too!
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post #10 of 22
I think cutting after baking would be your best bet, and like Geminirj said mini chips.
I use the Nestle Toll House recipe (I know how orginal but I love them)but I add a small pkg of vanilla pudding to the mix, spred it out on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 until golden brown, cool and cut into bars.
They stay moist for days and are a nice chewy cookie ,which I like, and if you where to cut them after you baked they would hold the shape.
Although I did just think of something, if you cut after baking the chips will still be soft for sometime so you could use the regular chips and cut them, they might smear on the cutter but so would the mini's.
HTH
post #11 of 22
GeminiRJ can you help direct me to the Chocolate Chip Roll Out cookie recipe. I look on this website along with "Karens Cookies" and I don't see it anywhere. Thanks in advance for the help.
post #12 of 22
Karen's Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies
Here's something a little different from the usual rolled sugar cookies if you know a chocolate lover.
1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
1 large egg yolk
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 C semisweet chocolate mini chips
In a large bowl cream the butter, sugars and salt until creamy (about 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed). Add vanilla and egg yolk and beat well. Gradually add the flour and beat just until combined. Stir in the chips. Divide dough in halves or thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour the work surface and rolling pin and roll dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment parchment or silicone-lined baking sheets. Bake 10-12 min. or till golden brown. Cool on sheet for 5 min. and then transfer to wire rack. The cookies will harden and become firm enough to decorate as soon as the warm chocolate has cooled and hardened; about 30 min.
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I used this recipe once, and seem to recall that it did OK.
post #13 of 22
Thank you so much Icubed82. I appreciate the help. I am going to make these for my son's Valentine party at school.
post #14 of 22
Gemini - did you cut these out before or after baking?
Do they lose their shape if you cut them out before?
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post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by djs328

Gemini - did you cut these out before or after baking?
Do they lose their shape if you cut them out before?



I made them just like rolled-out sugar cookies. Roll, cut, bake. They kept their shape very well, if I remember correctly. (I used this recipe for one of the first cookies I posted on CC...the musical notes).
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