I’ve never really understood Valentine’s Day. I’m not saying I’m against it. I’ve never been against it. It’s just never really interested me. It’s funny, when people ask what my husband and I are doing when the 14th rolls around, I’m like, “…uhh. Possibly going to the grocery store. Working. Going for a run? Oh? Were you expecting a different answer? (looks at the calendar) Ohh. It’s Valentine’s Day. Heh..” And I don’t really like to be that person that’s like, “Psh, Valentine’s? Do you think I’m going to participate in such things? Me? Please…talk to the hand.” and be all holier-than-thou. Some people like VDay, and I can appreciate it. So, for y’all who love to love on the official love day, these cookies are for you.
chocolate amaretto sandwich cookies
1 1/8 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup all natural cane sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 1/2 squares bittersweet chocolate, chopped into pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp amaretto liqueur
Preheat the oven to 325º. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Sift the flour, unsweetened cocoa, and ground cinnamon into the bowl and mix until a smooth dough forms. It will be thick, almost fudge-like.
Place the dough between 2 sheets of parchment and roll out to 1/8″ thick. Stamp out desired size heart shapes and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
To make the filling, place the chocolate, cream, and amaretto (really, is there any other than Disaronno?) in a pan and heat gently on low until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth. Let cool, then let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm. Sandwich the cookies together in pairs with a spoonful of chocolate cream and serve.
Happy Valentine’s to those who are looking for a sweet treat to create and who are currently super excited about planning a fun day. And you know? You don’t have to settle for random stuff in the drugstore with icky ingredients your body doesn’t like. You really can make delicious things your body can more easily process. And…just for the record…I never said it was calorie-free.
P.S. A bunch of future friends (AKA blogging people who I know I will love) and I are going to Disney World next month to talk about awesome blogging things and hang out with Mickey! I’m jumpin’ outta my boots right now. I can’t wait to meet all of you! Thank you Food Blog Forum and Walt Disney World!