Hazelnut & Chocolate Shortbread sandwich.

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Its Valentines day on Sunday -just in case you forgot!- And nothing says Valentine’s day like chocolate, or these mouthwateringly good hazelnut and chocolate love heart biscuits to be more exact. Silky melted chocolate sandwiched between buttery, hazelnut shortbread biscuits, topped with..  yep, you guessed it. More chocolate. There is no lovelier present to give to someone who holds your heart.

If you fancy whipping these little bites of deliciousness up, here’s what you’ll need:

200g plain flour,

200g butter (unsalted)

75g light brown sugar,

100g hazelnuts – 80g ground, 20g chopped.

200g milk chocolate.

Cookie cutter – I’ve gone with heart shaped, you can use any shape you like.

Grease proof paper.

 

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And here’s what you’ll need to do:

First up, pour flour, butter, light brown sugar and ground hazelnuts into a bowl and combine. I like to use my freestanding mixer, but you can use a handheld, or even just your hands.

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Once combined, tip out your biscut dough onto a piece of cling film, wrap and place in the fridge for at least half an hour.

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When your dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured surface, you want it to be about 1/2 an inch thick.

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Now you can use your cookie cutter, cutting out as many biscuits as you can manage. You can re-ball, roll out and use the remaining dough as many times as you like. I’ve ended up with 14 biscuits (28 heart shapes) fifteen if you count the one that broke and accidentaly ended up in my mouth. So good!

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When you’ve cut out all of your biscuits, place on a grease proof paper lined tray and place in the oven, on a high shelf, 180 degrees (160 fan/ gas mark 4) for 10-15 minutes. Or until golden brown.

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Once cooked, pop your biscuits to the side and leave to cool. They dont take long to cool down, so whilst your waiting you can be chopping your left over hazelnuts and melting down 150g of your chocolate.

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When your biscuits are completely cooled and firm. Use teaspoon to spread melted chocolate over the back side of a biscuit. Lay it biscuit side down on a piece of baking paper, before grabbing another and doing the same again. Pop your second chocolated biscuit on top of the first (chocolate side down), pressing gently. You dont want to push all of the chocolate out from between the biscuits. Repeat this over until you’ve paired up all your biscuits.

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Now, melt down your remaining 50g of chocolate, and using either a spoon or piping bag, drizzle chocolate over the top of the biscuits.

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Finally, give a sprinkle of chopped Hazelnuts, before popping all your biscuits on a  tray and into the fridge until fully set.

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And thats it. Your melt in the mouth Valentine’s hazelnut and chocolate biscuits are done. You could pop them in a pretty box if you’re gifting, or just make a cuppa’ and enjoy as a little treat to yourself (I highly recommend the latter!).

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There are a couple of alternatives you could try with this recipe. Instead of sandwiching the biscuits, you could keep them plain, using them to simply dip in a chocolate fountain. Or you could mix it up by switching the hazelnut & milk chocolate, for macadamia nuts and white chocolate instead. Delicious.

Happy Valentines day!

Robyn Swain.

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