How-to Use Melted Chocolate as a Garnish

Dress up dessert plates in a dash with simple chocolate garnishes that are sure to melt hearts. The two-tone designs are the perfect plate decoration for individual slices of Raspberry Mousse Pie. They're simple to make with vanilla and semisweet chocolate chips. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat 1/2 cup vanilla chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening at 70 percent power for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 10-20 seconds longer or until chips are melted. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag. In another microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons semisweet chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening until melted. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Snip a corner from the bag holding the white chocolate; pipe circles about 1 inch wide along the edge of each dessert plate. Snip a corner form the bag of semisweet chocolate; pipe smaller circles on top of the white chocolate but a little off-center.

Carefully place the tip of a wooden skewer or toothpick in the semisweet chocolate closest to the outer edge of the white chocolate. To create the "top" of the heart, pull the skewer through he semisweet chocolate. Continue dragging it to the opposite side of the white chocolate to create the heart's "tail." Repeat with remaining circles of chocolate to dress up most any dessert.