February 21, 2008

Do you really need a Sweetheart?

Filed under: Chocolate, Cookies — lynettechng @ 12:27 am

I had contemplated back-dating this post. Yes, that’s right. Cheating.

Why?, you may ask. Well, simply because I was late in posting for Valentine’s, that’s why. And not wanting to be left out, I contemplated back-dating this post. But while drafting it in my mind, it started to dawn on me that I didn’t have to. Simply because I was going to say that Valentine’s isn’t just for the couples out there.

This year, I don’t have a Honey to snuggle up to… but I do have a few Sweethearts that deserve my attention. To my girls (and a couple of boys) out there, this year’s Valentine’s treats are for you. For always being there, especially through the rough, for putting up with my whinging, my worse than ever bad temper, and most of all, my absence.

So this year, my Valentine’s is proudly late, because my true Valentines won’t mind…

* * * * *

This is Thomas Keller’s TKOs from his book, ‘Essence of Chocolate’… which is nothing more than a grown-up, classy tribute to the humble Oreo.

My filling is brown (as opposed to the white filling the recipe calls for) because I was initially going for the half recipe, but forgot it while heating my cream, and poured it all over my lovely chopped Valrhona milk chocolate which was a half recipe portion (and all I had!). I had to make up for the other half with a 66% Valrona Alpaco so I would not lose the milkiness the filling was meant for (and also that it was a left over packet from the Gateau frm the last TWD!). Waste not, want not…

It was still a perfect blend, so if you’re a true-blue chocoholic, and want to go for a chocolate filling, please don’t let me (or Thomas Keller) stop you.

This dough does not re-roll well. So I would suggest you roll it only once, and try and get as many cookies as you can out of each. Of course, if you do not mind weird-looking cookies, or if you wish to have some samples for ‘quality control’ (one must always set high standards), feel free to re-roll them. They might not look pretty, but rest assured, they still taste absolutely delish!

I urge you to try these… Remember. You don’t need a Sweetheart to make these… use round cookie cutters instead!


1/2 cup cream
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
7 1/2 ounces butter, room temperature, cut into small cubes

For the filling:
Place the white chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk together to melt the chocolate. If it doesn’t melt completely, place it in a double-boiler to finish the melting process.

Transfer the filling to another bowl and let cool until it has thickened enough to spread – it may take a few hours. I quickened up the process by putting it in the fridge for 20mins (while my cookies were baking), and whisking it to give it a bit of fluff and texture. I found that it set pretty quickly after being in the fridge.

For the cookies:
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F / Gas 4).

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in an electric mixer. With the mixer still running on low speed, add the butter a few pieces at a time. Let the dough continue mixing until it comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured working surface and work into a solid block. Divide the block into two pieces.

Working with one piece at a time, roll out to 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on the baking sheets about 1 inch apart (cookies will spread a bit in the oven).

Bake the cookies for about 12 to 15 minutes depending on your oven (mine only took 11 minutes, so keep watch!), rotating the sheets halfway through baking time. Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks for a few minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks and let finish cooling.

To assemble the cookies:
Using a small spoon, scoop a small dollop of filling into the center of the underside of each cookie. Top with another cookie right side up. I love mine with tons of icing (it’s top quality valrhona! so sue me.), so I placed dollops on 3 points of the heart, and squished it. YUM!

Press the cookies together until the filling spreads out to the edges.

The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



  1. “This year, I don’t have a Honey to snuggle up to .. ” please explain .. who was your Honey last year? did you keep something from us????

    Comment by dia — February 21, 2008 @ 1:28 am

  2. dammit! how come i dnt remember getting/eating that for V-Day from you

    Comment by sasa — February 21, 2008 @ 1:29 am

  3. HAHAHAHA… is that ALL you noticed?? i wrote sooooo much! and you didnt get to eat it coz i was in honkers and you weren’t! i would mail it… but they got wiped before i even thought of that! so all you get is pictures this year… xx

    Comment by lynette — February 21, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  4. don’t change the topic. SO WHO WAS YOUR HONEY YOU SNUGGLED UP TO LAST YEAR?

    Comment by Krispykreme — February 21, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  5. yea you have a honey?
    i’m your sweet, diana is your heart, janice is your sweetheart. so who’s your honey?

    Comment by sasa — February 21, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  6. “So this year, my Valentine’s is proudly late, because my true Valentines won’t mind…”

    actually i freaking mind… since i dnt even get to smell the cookies not to mention eat it… n the thought that someone else ate them…

    Comment by sasa — February 21, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

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