Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies

I have an on-going list of recipes that I want to make but then I flip through a magazine and something new and bold trumps the list and gets made right away. That’s the case for these Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies. They were too cute to pass up since I’m a sucker for heart shaped cookies.

I made them while Cooper was taking a nap over the weekend and I think I blew is MIND when he woke up and saw these on the counter. It’s amazing how something so little, cute and charming can have such a big impact (these might be his spirit cookies). I don’t doubt an adult/loved one would have the same reaction. The only difference is that they don’t have to incessantly beg me for another one…cuz they’re grown. They do what they please and have control over their own sugar rush (I hope).

Anything that’s made with love is void of calories & fat….or so I tell myself. Homemade Oreos are like diet food ;)

And we’re off!

First we start off with the dough!

Dry ingredients get whisked in a bowl.

Sugar & wet ingredients get mixed in a measuring cup.

Wet meets dry.

Dough is formed. It gets clumped together. Don’t worry, things will be cool.

Dough disk Number 1 and 2.

We roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. This is it with the parchment paper off.

The dough gets chilled and then you’re ready to work with it. Cut out the hearts.

Line the hearts up on parchment paper. Put them into the oven to bake.

And while they’re baking, you’re ready to make the filling.

Cream the butter in a bowl.

Add both the sugars and the vanilla. BEAT IT.

Creme filling!

Put the frosting into a piping bag/sandwich bag with the edge cut off and pipe the frosting onto half of the cookies.

Sandwich time!

It’s fun work.

Especially when you get to eat your work.

Do what the sign says!

Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies

makes about 40 with a 1 inch heart stamp

recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Living

  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for parchment
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • cream filling (see below)

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together butter, sugar, and egg. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and stir until a dough forms. Divide dough in half; roll out each half between 2 sheets of lightly floured parchment to 1/8-inch thick. Transfer to baking sheets, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Cut out 1-, 1 1/2-, and 2-inch heart shapes, making sure you have even numbers in each size for a total of thirty-four 1-inch, thirty-four 1 1/2-inch, and twenty-eight 2-inch cookies, rerolling scraps once. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, and freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes.

Bake until firm and fragrant, about 8 minutes for 1-inch cookies, 10 minutes for 1 1/2-inch cookies, and 12 minutes for 2-inch cookies, rotating halfway through. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets set on wire racks. Spread or pipe (using a pastry bag and a small plain tip), filling onto bottom side of half the cookies, and sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

for the cream filling:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk, if needed

Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add sugars, beating until thoroughly combined. Beat in vanilla. If filling is too thick to spread, beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable.

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  • February 6, 2013

    You did an amazing job on these, Tracy! Love them! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • February 6, 2013

    These look amazing, and honestly? Every single cookbook I own has at least 30 sticky notes sticking out of it, and I think my recipes bookmarks folder from blogs and food sites is about 500 strong – and I still keep on getting distracted by shiny new recipes every day!

  • February 6, 2013

    hahaha these look so good! And are super pretty too :)

  • February 6, 2013

    what kid wouldn’t go crazy-nuts over these?! I’m a sucker for sandwich cookies and heart cut-outs…dream cookie!

  • February 6, 2013

    These look so good!!!! I wonder if I even own a heart cookie cutter that cute!! Love them, Tracy :)

  • February 6, 2013

    That first photo!!! Eep! So cute. And these obviously sound dee-licious!

  • February 6, 2013

    YUM. I need these in my life.

  • Kris
    February 6, 2013

    Okay, but seriously – when is your cookbook coming out? I’m tired of seeing food bloggers that are far, far inferior to you getting book deals. I’d be all over Shutterbean, Vol. 1. Maybe a juicing book, a baking book & a veg-based book? I’m just saying. The public wants this. :)

    • Tracy
      February 6, 2013

      Ha! Thank you so much. That is super encouraging. One day! ONE DAY! When I can figure out what I want to write about.

      • February 7, 2013

        I can totally picture Cooper waking up and being excited by these. Your cookbook should be about cooking for and with him!

  • I concur…made with love = calorie & fat free

  • February 6, 2013

    Bwahaha. Your “let’s make out” photo cracked me up. These are so cute, and hurray for them being calorie-free, right?? :)

  • February 6, 2013

    ohmygod. that last photo is so perfect. i want to print that out as my valentine!

  • February 6, 2013

    How festive are these!? I just made heart-shaped marshmallows on the blog and wasn’t sure if I wanted to punch myself in the face or hug myself. Love these. Love your photography, as always!

  • Not only are these cute, but they’re something that would actually make me so happy to receive/eat on valentines day. Homemade oreos are so awesome! I’m a huge fan of the double stuf variety, so I like to triple stuf mine when I make them. If it’s calorie free, why not, right?

  • February 6, 2013

    I am SO making these! I am happy to see the filling is so uncomplicated–I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Thanks for sharing this festive recipe for my fave holiday! Hearts and bows make me happy!

  • February 6, 2013

    SO happy you shared this recipe, Tracy! Not only does this sound delightful, but it looks like something wonderful to Valentine’s Day. Definitely whipping these up in preparation for next week.

  • Jess
    February 6, 2013

    Is there a reason to roll out the dough and then refrigerate? Could you chill the dough in the disks, like you would with pie dough, and then roll it for cutting when it’s firmed up a bit? I ask this because in my overstuffed fridge, it’s kind of difficult to find a place to chill two large baking sheets with rolled out dough…

    • Tracy
      February 6, 2013

      I can imagine that the dough would be super hard to roll out if they were chilled. I think putting the dough in the fridge to chill is what prevents them from melting/spreading in the oven.

  • February 6, 2013

    I totally want to make out with those cookies.

  • February 6, 2013

    Those look delicious and adorable! I would have loved to see the look on Cooper’s face!

  • February 6, 2013

    Haha, I giggled at the last photo. I would have been super stoked to wake up and find these on the counter too!

  • February 6, 2013

    oooh pretty pretty pretty!

  • February 6, 2013

    True story. Oreos are diet food. Like rice cakes. That kind of thing :) Biscuits are so hard and you make them look INCREDIBLE! I made biscuits too, totally inspired by your blog, I’ve started my own. I’m a bit of a beginner! It would mean such a lot if you checked it out, I’m such a big fan of the podcast and blog. It’s cheered me up on many a sad day, made me giggle on my walks to uni!

    http://missjojangles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/linzer-biscuits-spread-love.html

  • February 6, 2013

    These are so darling. I too have an ever growing list of food to make. I have like a year’s worth of dog-earred pages in magazines and I maybe made 15% of them. I think these cookies were totally worth trumping the long list if only for Cooper’s reaction alone!

  • February 6, 2013

    K, this is pretty much the most adorable Valentine’s Day Post ever. Love.

  • February 6, 2013

    Tracy Shutterbean…these are ADORABLE! Seriously. Your Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies are just perfect for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing. Pinning! P.S. You are on my blogroll & I mentioned you and Joy in my Cookie Butter Snickerdoodles post, LOL! xo

  • February 6, 2013

    This is super cute! My mind would be blown if I wake up from a nap and found some of this on the counter too. I’m not surprised at Cooper’s reaction. I like how simple this is. No pretentious or expensive ingredients. Just plain and simple hearts given out on Valentine’s Day. :-)

  • February 7, 2013

    I made the same recipe on my blog this week! The cover of Martha must have been especially inspirational this month. Thanks for all that you do!

    http://kristidoespdx.com/2013/02/valentine-heart-cookies/

  • Jenny
    February 7, 2013

    These look delicious and would allow me to use the new rolling pin I invested in! Tracy, question. When the recipe says this makes 40, does that mean 40 sandwiches or 40 1 inch hearts so 20 sandwiches in reality? I just want to make sure I don’t have too many.

  • February 7, 2013

    OMG most awesome things ever!!! I will definitely have to try them!!!

    xoxoxo

    http://www.monicainheels.com

  • Angela
    February 8, 2013

    I made these today with my little man. They are delish and the recipe made many tiny little sandwiches to share with friends. They would look really cute with the edges rolled in sprinkles too. Thanks for the great V-day inspiration.

    • February 10, 2013

      Ohh.. love that idea Angela… it’d been neat to do a non-valentine color, too, like ice blue which looks so nice against brown. But any which way you do it… the answer is still yum!

  • Amy Ulrich
    February 11, 2013

    I made these yesterday and they were a huge hit! They were so easy to make and the coarse sea salt was amazing! Thanks for sharing this great, simple and yummy recipe!

  • Malyssa
    February 12, 2013

    I am totally taping the final pictures to the top of the box when I give these to my boyfriend. Who needs a Hallmark card when the sentiment is so easily spelled out?!

  • Francine
    February 12, 2013

    yum yum yum!! Thank you for sharing – these are definitely pinned and on my list to make! I say if you eat junk food standing up – no calories!! :)

  • February 14, 2013

    Hi Tracy!

    I just made these, and they’re delicious! I actually saw them in MS Living, but didn’t even consider making them until I saw them posted here. I think my brain only accepts recipe from the internet. Anyway, I love them more than real Oreos!

  • Dani
    February 17, 2013

    T:
    1. As an Oreo lover that isn’t down with processed foods anymore when I saw this recipe I HAD to make it! I did so and sent cross country for V-Day gifts. My sister requested more with an extra container of icing! #fatkid
    2. I found the cookie was not as sweet as I expected but when paired with the icing was perfect. However, after a few days in my tin the vibrancy of flavors diminished. I know you said they last for a week but did you find the same result? I guess it just means they shouldn’t sit around for longer than a day…hmmmm. ;)
    3. I added Khalua instead of vanilla into the icing (because ran out of vanilla after my first two batches) and …YESS! Do it! It was LOVE!
    4. Thanks for positing you inspired me and made many people happy with these for V-Day.

  • These are adorable! Must make these for Valentine’s day!

  • February 11, 2014

    super cute. i plan to to bake a heart cake this year, i hope it will go well. i am so excited already, few days to go x

  • February 14, 2014

    I can’t wait to make these today for my preggo belly.. oh and my husband ;)!

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