I've been wanting to make a cute treat for Valentine's Day but it's been so busy since getting back from vacation. Then yesterday my husband texted me saying it was his turn to bring treats to work and asked if I wanted to make something. Of course I said yes! I thought it'd be fun to make homemade Oreo's in a heart shape. I had seen a recipe from My Kitchen Addiction where she makes homemade Oreo's by rolling the dough out and cutting it.
The steps are the same as making sugar cookie dough you just add Dutch cocoa powder to it. Once the dough comes together you wrap it up and let it firm up in the fridge for an hour. The you roll it out, cut out your shapes, bake it and let it cool. Then I whipped up some lovely buttercream frosting to pipe in the middle and pressed a cookie on top. I picked out the prettiest cookies to go on top.
Not only are these cookies gorgeous they are delicious! The cookie tastes like sugar cookies but of course has a lovely chocolate flavor as well. It's slightly crunchy but at the same time soft and chewy. And the buttercream frosting is amazing! These were a huge hit at my husband's work today.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine Sandwich Cookies
Recipe slightly adapted from My Kitchen Addiction
For the cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup dutch process cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons half and half (or milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3-3 ½ cups powdered sugar
Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well incorporated. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on the lowest speed. Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
Divide the dough in half, and shape into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside. Taking only one portion of dough out of the refrigerator at a time, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to 1/8-1/4 inch thickness. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the filling. Combine the softened butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined. Add the powdered sugar slowly until the filling is smooth. It should be slightly stiffer than cupcake frosting. Add pink or red food coloring until desired color is reached.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (or a freezer zip-lock bag with the corner snipped off.) Pipe the filling onto half of the cookies, and top with the remaining cookies to form a cookie sandwich.
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