Quick and Easy Chocolate-Covered Potluck Cookies

Treat your friends to this decadent dessert when you're in a time-crunch.

Going to a Potluck?

If you're going to a potluck and you're pressed for time, consider making a fast-and-fabulous batch of chocolate-covered, store-bought cookies. All you need for this decadent recipe is a package of cookies (sandwich cremes like Oreo and Nutter Butter taste fantastic), a bag of chocolate chips, a microwave, and a refrigerator. People—especially chocoholics—love this potluck dish, and will probably ask for the secret behind your recipe.

The Secret Recipe

The secret is this: there is no recipe! Simply melt the chocolate chips at half-power in your microwave, dip 2/3 of each cookie in the wet chocolate, and lay the cookies on wax paper to dry. The cookies will need some time harden, so be sure to start this recipe at least four hours before the potluck begins. Ideally, you will make your chocolate-covered cookies the evening before the potluck and chill them in the refrigerator overnight. Note: as a result of the cold, your chocolate may "whiten" in the refrigerator. This discoloration should go away when the cookies return to room temperature.

Lay It On Thick

If you're feeling particularly generous, double-dip the cookies so each potluck guest gets an extra mouthful of chocolate.  Ration your chocolate chips ahead of time, because the more chocolate you pile on each cookie, the fewer cookies you'll be able to dip. If the potluck is at your house, be sure to provide mirrors and dental floss so the cookie-eaters don't have to worry about their teeth!

Spruce Cookies Up for the Season

Are you going to a holiday potluck? Spruce up your chocolate-covered cookies with holiday-themed sprinkles or candy. (Note: be sure to add the candy/sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet!) M&Ms make a colorful cookie topper: use orange M&Ms in the fall, red and green M&Ms in December, pastel M&Ms in the spring, and red-white-blue M&Ms in the summer. Chopped Snickers, toasted nuts, and sugar sprinkles taste great on chocolate-covered cookies, too. The sky is the limit when you're decorating your chocolate-covered potluck cookies.

Special Chocolate

Any kind of chocolate will do, but "special" chocolate chips will give your chocolate-covered potluck cookies a "gourmet" twist.  Try white chips, dark chips, mint-flavored chips, or other interesting chips you might find at your grocery store.

What If I Don't Have Any Cookies?

If you're currently out of Oreos and don't feel like trekking to the store to buy some, look around your house for other things to dip in chocolate. Pretzels, pop corn, potato chips, and dried fruit taste delicious dipped in chocolate. Cereal, nuts, and pop corn can be tossed together in a quick chocolate "cluster". People will undoubtedly love your chocolate-dipped creation, no matter what ingredients you use. The best part, after all, is the chocolate.

Don't Expect Leftovers

If you're secretly planning to gobble up a big helping of chocolate-covered potluck cookies after everyone goes home, think again. These cookies go fast! Your best bet, if you want some cookies for yourself, is to leave a portion of them in the fridge at home—away from the greedy hands hungry potluck guests. Oh, and if you have family members—especially teenagers—a lock on the refrigerator door is a wise move, too.