Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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    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

    What a perfect Valentine's Day treat for your Valentine!
    Prep Time: 45 mins
    Cook Time: 12 mins
    Total Time: 57 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 dozen
    Calories: 213kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the cookies:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, 2 sticks
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt

    For the buttercream filling:

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 stick
    • 1 tbsp half and half
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2-3 drops red food coloring


    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
    • 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.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
    • Divide dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    • In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • Taking a portion of the dough out of the fridge at once, turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll the dough to about 1/4-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.
    • Repeat until all your dough has been used up. Bake for 12 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
    • While the cookies are cooling, make your buttercream.
    • 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.
    • Pipe the buttercream onto one half of the cooled cookies and sandwich together with another half.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    Source: My Kitchen Addiction
    Nutrition Facts
    Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
    Calories 213 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Carbohydrates 26g9%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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  • katie says:

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

  • Kirsty @ here lives autumnpeony says:

    So cute! I love these x

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

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

  • marla says:

    Soooooo pretty!!!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    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!

  • naomi says:

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Cute Cute Cute!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

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

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

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

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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.

  • Dawn says:

    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!

  • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    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.

  • Gaby says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These are so pretty, I love the heart sandwiches!

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

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

  • Karly says:

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

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

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

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    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!

  • Joyti says:

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

  • carrian says:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    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!

  • Uhhhhh… will YOU be my Valentine?

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

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

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    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!

  • The Healthy Apple says:

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

  • Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry says:

    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.

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    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!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    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!)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    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! :)

  • [email protected] pineapple and coconut says:

    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

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    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!

  • The Sketched Chef says:

    They are so cute and they look really delicious !

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    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! :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

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

  • isabel says:

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

    “1 tbsp. half and half”



    • Julie says:

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

  • isabel says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Michelle says:

    I LOVE these! So cute!

  • Kathryn says:

    Pretty much the cutest cookies ever!

  • JulieD says:

    These are so cute!! Perfect for VDay!!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

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

  • Vanessa says:

    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

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Yum! Perfect for Valentine’s!

  • I could gobble up a whole plate of these

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Sajeda says:

    I love these and am totally going to make these this weekend! Quick question about the icing – can we use 2% milk instead of half and half? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Yes, definitely!

      • Sajeda says:

        Great, thank you so much! Can’t wait to make them.

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