brownie heart sandwich cookies

January 28, 2013

in Cookies

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I find myself drawn to every heart-shaped dessert I see. Regardless of your personal feelings about the holiday, it’s the ideal time for a little whimsy. These brownie heart sandwich cookies are a pretty way to embrace hearts: the rich cocoa roll-out cookies are a breeze to make, and the filling (naturally pink with strawberry jam) reminds me of strawberries and cream.

Brownie Heart Sandwich Cookies | Tutti Dolci

As a timesaver, bake the cookies up to a day ahead of assembly and store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature. For even more inspiration, check out my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest!

Brownie Heart Sandwich Cookies | Tutti Dolci

Brownie Heart Sandwich Cookies
Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

Filling
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup Mascarpone, at room temperature
1/4 cup strawberry jam
pinch of salt
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp low-fat milk

For the cookies, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Beat butter in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; add sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time; add vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Wrap dough with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Divide the dough into 3 sections; working with one section at a time, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Use a 2-inch heart cutter to cut into hearts. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling scraps as needed, until you have 56 hearts (brush off excess flour, though it disappears once baked). Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until cookies are slightly puffed and edges are firm. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling, beat butter and Mascarpone in a large mixer bowl on medium speed for 1 minute. Add strawberry jam and salt; beat another 30 seconds. Reduce speed to low and gradually add powdered sugar until incorporated. Add milk and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until filling is creamy and smooth (if filling appears too soft, chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes).

Use an offset spatula to spread filling onto the flat side of half the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently. Chill filled cookies in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Store leftover sandwich cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 28 cookie sandwiches (serving size: 1)
Calories – 220
Carbs – 30

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52 Comments

1 Julie @ Table for Two January 28, 2013

it’s crazy how fast vday is approaching! these are the perfect treat for them :) you beat me to it, too. i made these a few weeks ago but haven’t posted it. they’re so good!

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2 The Café Sucré Farine January 28, 2013

I love these Laura, they’re not only fun but incredibly delicious looking! I have that same little heart cookie cutter. It was my mom’s so when I saw that on your post, it was even more special!

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3 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 28, 2013

Simple and gorgeous!!
Love your adapted SK cookies, Laura!!! xx

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4 Patty January 28, 2013

Pretty Laura, so bright and cheerful for a little Valentines day whimsy;-)

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5 Nina January 28, 2013

Perfect for Valentine’s day. Looks gorgeous….aww!!!

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6 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 28, 2013

Brownie cookies sound so good. These are so fun, Laura!

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7 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 28, 2013

Too cute! Jason would be so happy if I made these for him!

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8 Liren January 28, 2013

These are darling! I agree, how could you not find these adorable, regardless of your feelings about Valentine’s Day (I, for one, love it.)?

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 28, 2013

Ive seen these on Deb’s site and also in her book there’s a version and have always wanted to try them. They’re adorable!

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10 Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats January 28, 2013

These are too cute to be eaten! And I feel the L♥VE! cheers, Jo

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11 Valerie January 28, 2013

These cookies are darling, I love strawberries and chocolate together! Your Valentines Day board is gorgeous too!!

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12 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 28, 2013

I’ve made these cookies before Christmas and they turned out so good! I have to make them again soon, what a great idea to cut them in heart shape!

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13 Liz January 28, 2013

What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!!! So cute AND yummy…can’t beat that combo!

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14 Kate@Diethood January 28, 2013

Such pretty brownies!
I love heart shaped desserts! And I don’t wait for Vday to have some, either. :)

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15 Suzanne Perazzini January 28, 2013

You have such lovely cookie cutters. I really must remember about Valentine’s Day this year. I always forget it and so does my husband!

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16 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 28, 2013

I love Valentines Day and all of the goodies around it. Your sandwich cookies look so tasty. What a great filling. I am going to check out your pinterest board. :-)

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17 Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 28, 2013

These are the perfect sweet for your Valentine’s Day sweetie! So adorable!

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18 carrian January 28, 2013

These are adorable!!!

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19 Deb January 28, 2013

Marvelous Valentine cookies! I find a touch of whimsy adds sparkle to an otherwise mundane day. It lightens the load and offers an opportunity to smile with joy and delight. Cookies and whimsy? A perfect celebration!

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20 JJ - 84thand3rd January 28, 2013

I’d much prefer a box of cookies to a box of chocolates ;) I have the same vintage heart cutter, it makes me smile every time I use it!

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21 Jen @ Savory Simple January 28, 2013

These are beautiful, Laura!

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22 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 28, 2013

Love these! So cute!

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23 Suzanne January 28, 2013

Laura these are adorable for Valentine’s Day, love the filling too.

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24 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings January 28, 2013

These are so cute! Perfect for Valentine’s Day – with the hearts, chocolates, and strawberries…It’s the classic Valentine’s flavour! Ummmm…I wish I can have a bite now…but I have to wait for the weekend for my treats. Save the best for the end of the week!

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25 Claire @ Claire K Creations January 28, 2013

What a cute little cookie cutter Laura! I love a little whimsy especially when it is edible and chocolate!

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26 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 28, 2013

Ahh yes Valentines day….wow I better get thinking cause I’m the worlds worst procrastinator :) Great sandwich cookies!!

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27 cinta January 29, 2013

They are beautiful! I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, but I would eat it anyway…

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28 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease January 29, 2013

these types of cookies are so fun…my boys love to open up and eat out the filling…and thanks for the tip to make cookie part a day ahead…i always seem to forget to do that :-)

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29 Rosa January 29, 2013

Cute and exquisite! A great treat for Valentine’s Day.

Cheers,

Rosa

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30 Gourmantine January 29, 2013

Ah, they are so pretty, and cute, and inviting :)

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31 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 29, 2013

I would not mind a big batch of these for Valentine’s Day!

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32 Carol | a cup of mascarpone January 29, 2013

What a lovely Valentine treat, Laura! …and of course, I will never say no to mascarpone!

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33 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) January 29, 2013

These are absolutely adorable! And the perfect Valentine’s Day sweet!

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34 Alexandra January 29, 2013

I love the combination of fruit and chocolate in these cookies, and the cute heart shape is adorable! That creamy strawberry filling sounds so good. :)

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35 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 29, 2013

These are so adorable, Laura! Love the mascarpone filling!

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36 Lizzy (Good Things) January 29, 2013

How beautiful! And perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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37 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar January 29, 2013

What a lovely cookies, Laura. I completely understand you: I’m not a Valentine’s fan, but I can’t help looking for heart-shaped moulds and cutters when the day is near (just like a silly teenager! ;-)
And the filling is mouth-watering: mascarpone and jam, a perfect mix!

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38 Kankana January 29, 2013

I always tend to run away from heart shape food, but they always look so cute :)

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39 Terra January 29, 2013

Brownie and cookie in the same recipe, I am so in!!! They look wonderful, Hugs, Terra

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40 Anne@FromMySweetHeart January 29, 2013

Oh Laura….these are so pretty for this time of year. But who am I kidding? I can’t resist hearts ANY time of the year!

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41 Mercedes January 29, 2013

I love anything heart-shaped no matter how far away Valentine’s Day is! These look fantastic Laura!

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42 ashley - baker by nature January 29, 2013

These are SO adorable and just perfect for Valentine’s Day! I made heart cookies last week and loved them.

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43 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 29, 2013

Laura, they are divine! I don’t really understand people that poohpooh Valentines Day. It’s all fun to me! :D

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44 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 30, 2013

Eeek, aren’t these the cutest Valentine’s Day sammies I ever did see! Love that they’re brownie cookies — how delish is that?!

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45 Erika January 30, 2013

I could eat the filling for these cookies all by itself.. These look so lovely!

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46 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers January 30, 2013

They are really cute and just wonderful for Valentine’s day! Maybe my husband can see this and bake some for me? :-)

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47 Denise @ Sweet Peas and Saffron January 30, 2013

I just happen to have left-over mascarpone and raspberry jam lying around. I think I now know what I will do with them ;) Thanks for the recipe!

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48 Jennifer @ Delicieux January 31, 2013

I can’t believe it’s nearly valentines day already! My how time flies! As for your cookies, they are so cute! I’m all for whimsy, and heart shaped chocolate cookies, well I’m definitely for those!

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49 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 31, 2013

Absolutely adore your heart shape cookies! Love that they look and sound light and I can eat bunch of them… :D

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50 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) February 1, 2013

These are adorable and perfect for the holiday. These would be such a great edible gift–who wouldn’t smile upon receiving these? :)

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51 Christina @ The Hungry Australian February 4, 2013

Seriously cute and very romantic!

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