February 13, 2018

Orange Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

I’m one of those rare people who gets really jazzed for Valentine’s Day. I love it. I’m not saying I have to get flowers and go out to a fancy dinner, but I love the little things about the holiday. I love the candy + treats that surround it, obv… and I’m all about the cutesy decorations that are everywhere, the sweet cards and the excuse to watch a sappy love movie.

My mom always gave my siblings and I little gifts for Valentine’s Day (and she still does! The heart platter in the last photo is from her this year) and that always made the day extra special. I look forward to doing the same… one day. For now I’ll enjoy baking all the sweets and dishing them up to Mark and anyone else who comes near me.

So in honor of one of my favorite holidays, I baked up something special this past weekend and it may be a new favorite!

Orange Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Orange Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Orange Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

This simple chocolate cookie is soft and chewy, but the orange chocolate ganache is the real star here. The ganache is thick and creamy and I could honestly eat it by itself by the spoonful. The two combine for the perfect touch of rich and sweet.

I used a blood orange for the citrus zest in the ganache, but any kind of orange would work. The orange flavor is subtle and I kinda want to try it again with citrus + juice in the cream to make it even more orangey.

If you’re looking for something sweet to make for your sweet tomorrow I highly recommend trying these out– and please let me know if you do! Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

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Soft chewy chocolatey cookies sandwich an orange chocolate ganache for the perfect touch of rich and sweet.
  1. Melt the butter, brown sugar, sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips and continue stirring until melted. When melted, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. You can put the mixture in the fridge to speed up the process if you want.
  3. Once the mixture is cooled, add the eggs and stir until combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and corn starch and mix until just combined.
  5. Put the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º when ready to bake.
  7. Use a small cookie scoop to create balls- roll them in your hands a bit to make them as smooth as possible. (For the heart cookies I patted out the dough and cut the cookie out directly on the baking sheets and then peeled away the extra bits.)
  8. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or on a Goldtouch pan and bake for 8-9 minutes. Let sit on the pan for a few minutes after removing from the oven and then move cookies to a rack to cool completely.
  1. Heat the cream in a sauce pan over medium heat until boiling then remove from heat.
  2. Add orange zest to the hot cream.
  3. Pour cream/orange mixture over chocolate chips and stir with a whisk until melted then add the butter and continue stirring until melted. If the ganache doesn't all melt together you can pop the bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it all melts. Allow ganache to firm-up by sitting at room temperature for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about 15 minutes. The ganache should be thick and easy to spread on the cookies, but it should not be runny. You can add more chocolate chips if it is too runny.
  4. When ready to make the cookie sandwiches- scoop a dollop of the ganache onto one side of a cookie and then press a second cookie on top of the ganache and allow to set up for a few minutes.
Recipe Notes

Cookie recipe slightly adapted from The Wood and Spoon.

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