Chocolate sandwich hearts

I’m by no means an expert when it comes to relationships (something people who know me well will be quick to testify!) but one thing I do know, with some certainty, is that the way to any boy’s heart is food.

In the case of the friendly pony, if the food involves some sort of chocolate, then it’s pretty much the equivalent of Cupid’s arrow – which is why for Valentine’s Day there will be no cards, no gifts – just lots of chocolate-based treats.

First up are these chocolate sandwich hearts, which I’m entering for the February Tea Time Treats challenge, this month hosted by Kate of  What Kate Baked (the theme of course being romance).

The biscuits are  thin, crisp and quite strongly flavoured of cocoa with just a hint of cinnamon. The fudge filling is my new favourite obsession – a rich, chocolatey fudge sauce that can be whipped up in 5 minutes with ingredients I always have on hand – slightly dangerous for my waistline but delicious nonetheless!

Together, they create a perfect bite-sized chocolatey tea time treat. And if the thought of Valentine’s romance makes you feel a little queasy, just use a round cookie cutter instead!

Chocolate sandwich hearts (biscuits from 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats, filling adapted from Espresso and Cream)

(Makes 10-ish sandwich biscuits)

For the biscuits:

  • 125g butter
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 115g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then sift in the rest of the ingredients, mixing to combine. Bring the mixture together into a dough, then chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. Dust two sheets of baking paper with cocoa powder, then roll out the dough inbetween the sheets, to about 3mm thick.
Use a heart (or any shape!) cutter and place the biscuits on a baking sheet, with about an inch space between them. Bake at 160 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until firm. Leave on the baking tray to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

Heat the butter and milk in a saucepan, stirring until the butter has melted, then bring to the boil and simmer for a minute or two. Quickly stir in the cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until the sauce is thick and glossy. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.

Once the biscuits and filling are cool, spread some of the filling onto half of the biscuits, then sandwich with another biscuit on top. Give to your Valentine, or just eat them all yourself!

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