Dipped Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Valentine chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) bag red Wilton candy melts, melted (I used about 1/2 of the bag)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Beat in egg yolk and gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide the dough in half, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured silicone mat with a piece of wax paper over the top (or can be rolled between two pieces of wax paper). Cut into heart shapes with a 3-inch cutter. Bake on prepared pan for 9 - 10 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cookies are COMPLETELY cooled dip edge in candy coating that has been melted according to package directions. Lay dipped cookies on parchment paper until candy coating has hardened.
Note: If a different size cookie cutter is used the baking time will need to be adjusted.
Also, dip them in the melted candy coating only after they are completely cooled.