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Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day (you’re welcome for those men who forgot and are now running to the card store, haha) and I figured I’d have to at least have one festive recipe on here for the day.

As you all know, I’m not a fan of this “holiday,” but I’ll embrace it with open arms because well, it’s really just another excuse to eat, right? And bake pretty things :)

Valentine’s Day was a lot more fun as a kid. I remember going to the store with my mom to pick out what *I* wanted to give to all my classmates. I’m pretty sure I went for all the princesses. I remember getting home and writing the names of all my classmates on individual Valentine cards and consciously choosing which one was the “better” one to give to my closest friends and which ones were “just ok” to give to the kids in class I didn’t really like or interact much with, and of course being careful with the card to give your childhood crushes. Haha, those were the days…when cooties were a real thing.

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day can be fun, too, with a little bubbly and nice dinner, but the excitement sure isn’t there anymore. Maybe it can be brought back if we all wrote cute little love notes throughout the house and made a scavenger hunt out of them. I know, I’m not a big romantic, so that’s probably why I don’t have as much excitement, but I’m sure there are ways to spark that love up!

You can start with these heart-shaped chocolate sandwich cookies :) they’ve got a soft exterior and light pink buttercream interior. Eat your heart out!


Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
Ingredients:
  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • For the buttercream filling:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. half and half
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
  3. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
  4. Divide dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Taking a portion of the dough out of the fridge at once, turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll the dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter (or a round cookie cutter) to cut out the dough and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Repeat until all your dough has been used up. Bake for 12 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  8. While the cookies are cooling, make your buttercream.
  9. Cream together butter and half and half, then slowly add the powdered sugar. Once it's all combined, about 2 minutes, add the red food coloring. Add more for a darker red color, if desired.
  10. Pipe the buttercream onto one half of the cooled cookies and sandwich together with another half.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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51 COMMENTS

  1. 02/13/2013 at 7:12 am

    Oh my these look so good! The cookies are so cute and perfect for Valentine’s day!

  2. 02/13/2013 at 7:27 am

    So cute! I love these x

  3. 02/13/2013 at 7:33 am

    Super cute cookies! Pink and chocolate = perfect for ‘this holiday’ ;)

  4. 02/13/2013 at 8:38 am

    Soooooo pretty!!!

  5. 02/13/2013 at 9:06 am

    I’m not a huge fan of today either {more for my kids, if anything} but I’m a fan of these cookies! You had me at buttercream!

  6. 02/13/2013 at 9:23 am

    Ha! I love all the pretty Valentine’s food and these are one of them.

  7. 02/13/2013 at 9:59 am

    Cute Cute Cute!!

  8. 02/13/2013 at 10:03 am

    Another reason we’re twins. Feed me and let me bake. No frilly things, flowers or cards.

  9. 02/13/2013 at 10:07 am

    These are so cute! Oh and I really don’t like Valentines DAy either..

  10. 02/13/2013 at 10:14 am

    Ohhh I’ll eat my heart out – and about a truckload and a half of these heart cookies!!!

  11. 02/13/2013 at 10:16 am

    Whatever feelings one may have about V-day, I’ll take any excuse to eat chocolate cookies! These are so stinkin’ cute Julie. You’d make a believer out of even the biggest Valentine’s hater if you tempted them with one of these chocolate-y sammies.

  12. Dawn
    02/13/2013 at 10:22 am

    Yum! These look perfect to make for my husband and daughter and then I can bring the “leftovers” to school for my co-workers to enjoy! I will share the love!

  13. 02/13/2013 at 10:46 am

    it is TOTALLY another excuse to eat things, and pretty things at that! My bf and I are not on the V-day bandwagon, but I am totes on the bandwagon for these sandwich cookies! YUM.

  14. 02/13/2013 at 12:15 pm

    do you deliver? because all I want for V Day is a box full of these!

  15. 02/13/2013 at 12:17 pm

    These are so pretty, I love the heart sandwiches!

  16. 02/13/2013 at 12:24 pm

    Big romantic or not, these are the sweetest little sandwich cookies, and they are making me swoon :)

  17. 02/13/2013 at 12:27 pm

    Love these, Julie! I could eat the entire batch myself…!

  18. 02/13/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Do you think Matt will make these for me? Probably not. Will you? ;)

  19. 02/13/2013 at 1:04 pm

    My husband would totally feel the love if I made him some of these. Cookies are his love language. ;)

  20. 02/13/2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’m not a fan of Valentines day, but I am a fan of cookies, and chocolate. And, how cute are those?!

  21. 02/13/2013 at 2:10 pm

    These are adorable! My kid is in that fun Valentine’s stage right now. We spent forever deciding who’s getting which Power Ranger card!

  22. 02/13/2013 at 3:23 pm

    Ooo, delicious. And so pretty too.
    Valentine’s is a great excuse to make pretty girlish things :-)

  23. 02/13/2013 at 3:30 pm

    Those look awesome! I still totally love a cookie all tied up with string. It’s so dainty and sweet. Love the recipe!

  24. 02/13/2013 at 4:16 pm

    Valentine’s Day is pretty much for the kids around there – they do so much at school. I love these cookies though. I made some last like them last year – very cute!

  25. 02/13/2013 at 4:40 pm

    Uhhhhh… will YOU be my Valentine?

  26. 02/13/2013 at 5:04 pm

    I love the buttercream filling in these, perfect compliment to the chocolate. So cute!!

  27. 02/13/2013 at 8:23 pm

    Be still my heart! Dang girl, these hearts are looking super fly! I too am not a big Valentine’s Day. I say keep it simple and eat some extra chocolate!

  28. 02/13/2013 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful, Julie! These look adorable. Happy LOVE day!

  29. 02/13/2013 at 10:16 pm

    These are so cute and I bet they taste fabulous! My favorite part about Valentines Day was picking out the cards for my classmates as well. I felt so grown up.

  30. 02/13/2013 at 10:46 pm

    These are perfect in every way!! I don’t want anything else for Valentine’s Day, just these. Okay and flowers just for good meaasure. But mostly these!

  31. 02/14/2013 at 12:06 am

    I love these Julie! I’m a sucker for sandwich cookies and these are absolutely perfect to give to a Valentine. I’m keeping this recipe around (I’m thinking shamrock shaped ones would be cute too!)

  32. 02/14/2013 at 1:42 am

    Lol, I think you and I wrote like the exact same thing this week regarding our childhood and Valentine’s Day cards.

    These are so festive and cute! I’m not big on the day either, but we are having fondue so any excuse to eat copious amounts of cheese and bread is okay by me! :)

  33. 02/14/2013 at 1:59 am

    These are so cute!! Its funny what you say about remembering how Valentine’s day was at school. I remember going around and putting Valentines in classmate’s bags on their desks and then sitting down at mine and not getting many. Kids in class would only give to their best friends and not everyone. Now they have changed the rules. For my kid’s preschool she wasn’t allowed to write anyone’s name on them for “To” just her name for “From” that way every kid got one. I kind of like this way better so no one is left out. It kind of sucked as a kid getting left out. Because it was so exciting to get the ones from your best friends. And not just from your teacher. ha ha

  34. 02/14/2013 at 2:06 am

    These are so cute! Even though I’m single this V-day for the first time in ages, I still think it’s fun. Mainly for the same reasons as you – the excuse to bake pretty things!

  35. 02/14/2013 at 6:03 am

    They are so cute and they look really delicious !

  36. 02/14/2013 at 8:27 am

    Julie, this are the most perfect cookie sandwiches ever. They are adorable! Now I feel like I need to write a cute little love note to Kevin today but… I’ll settle with a lot of wine. Hope you guys have a great V-day as an almost married couple! :)

  37. 02/14/2013 at 11:25 am

    I’ll never tire of Valentine’s DAy goodies. These are beautiful!

  38. 02/14/2013 at 12:48 pm

    Hola, quiero hacerlas pero hay algo que no entiendo.
    Que es??

    “1 tbsp. half and half”

    Gracias

    Isa

    • 02/14/2013 at 12:58 pm

      “Half and Half” es mitad leche y mitad crema, pero puedes usar crema de leche como substituto.

  39. 02/14/2013 at 1:02 pm

    gracias por responder!
    Perdon por molestar….
    cuanto cantidad de crema de leche??
    beso

    • 02/14/2013 at 1:13 pm

      1 tbsp es igual a 1 cucharada.

      FYI: this is not a Spanish speaking blog. If you’d like to continue to ask more questions, please translate your questions to English so I can further assist you, as I do not have the time to run your responses through a translator. I’ve been asking my friend to translate for me. Thanks!

  40. 02/14/2013 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE these! So cute!

  41. 02/14/2013 at 5:21 pm

    Pretty much the cutest cookies ever!

  42. 02/14/2013 at 5:47 pm

    These are so cute!! Perfect for VDay!!

  43. 02/14/2013 at 11:05 pm

    Muchas gracias!!
    Van aca mis corazones….

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200758358543935.212438.1311596701&type=1&l=db37fc1015

    Isa

  44. 02/16/2013 at 7:26 am

    What a cute little homemade V-day gift! :-)

  45. Vanessa
    07/26/2013 at 12:03 am

    What does soften mean for the butter part and how do I soften the butter. What do u recommend for a first time chef in the kitchen? And since I have my mom family coming over in the next month what do u recommend for me to cook and I’m only 16 years old so please keep that in mind

  46. 02/14/2014 at 8:26 am

    Yum! Perfect for Valentine’s!

  47. 02/14/2014 at 8:58 am

    I could gobble up a whole plate of these

  48. 02/15/2014 at 11:47 am

    These are very cute Julie!! they would also be adorable over the holidays :)

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