Green Tea Chocolates!

For some reason, I decided that I wanted to make chocolates this year to give out to friends and co-workers. I've done some small experiments over the past couple of years with molded chocolates. They turned out reasonably well. But what I really wanted to do was to use chocolate transfer sheets to create designs on the tops of the chocolates. Transfer sheets are essentially colored chocolate printed onto acetate in a particular design. When you put melted chocolate on the transfer sheet, it transfers from the sheet to the chocolate.

Next up was to decide on flavors. I got the idea of doing different flavors representing different parts of the world. I brainstormed with some people to come up with the following list:

So now I'm testing the difficult recipes in preparation for the final production. The first difficult one was "Green Tea". I went to an Asian grocery store and got powdered green tea. Here's a picture of how they turned out:

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And I must say, they taste great. I was worried that I put in too much powdered green tea, but the outside of the white chocolate blends nicely with the filling. It's excellent.

I think my next test will be the Brazillian - passion fruit and guava. I can't decide if I should make a white chocolate based filling like I did with the green tea or whether I should try a fondant filling.

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Here it is! The truly great chocolate chip cookie recipe. Rumored to me to originally have been the template for the cookies sold by one of those fancy New York Department stores. I can't divulge my source (mainly because I don't remember it), but here it is, pared down to workable size for you to enjoy!
This was my third year making holiday-time chocolates for friends, family, and co-workers. This year Mom helped me hit a record of 1080 individual pieces of chocolate. Every year I learn a lot about the process and I'm convinced I'll remember it all the following year. And every year I start the process with the same set of questions and frustrations. So this year I'm writing down everything I learned over the process for notes to next year.