Say hello to my 💓
My heart is sweet and warm … and stuffed with smooth and creamy chocolate, of course :)
These hand pies are all you love about pie crust and spreadable chocolate bundled up in cute and most dangerous heart-shaped cookie.
Each one of this has a buttery, flaky and slightly crispy-at-the-edges outer crust. It has a sugary crunch on top. And it has a soft and warm Nutella filling.
I’m really excited to share this recipe with you today. It’s the perfect Valentine’s recipe idea.
You can bake these for your sweetheart and surprise him (or her!) with a cozy breakfast in bed, serving them warm next to a smoking hot cup of cappuccino or tea. And why not?!? Pack a few, and hide them in his briefcase or lunch bag for later. He will be pleasantly surprised, I’m telling you!
These sweet hearts also make the perfect edible Valentine for everybody. So whip up a batch or two, and send them to your friends and neighbors. And spread the love. As I said last week, the world needs a little bit more love … and chocolate!
Look at this!
Look at the golden decorated edges, the puffy middle part sprinkled with sparkling sugar, and the dark and tempting chocolate oozing from the center.
These are not your average, flat and uninteresting two cookies sealed together, with chocolate stuffing spilling from every side. Not these!
Here is my secret for a puffy and round tummy in these babies. No matter what shape hand pie you want to make, this is going to work.
What you need are two cookie cutters, in the same shape but different size, a smaller and one just slightly bigger.
You will use the smaller cookie for the bottom of the hand pie, and the slightly bigger cookie to cover the top. Given the stuffing in the middle, the two will perfectly seal together at the edges, without stretching the top, and without squeezing the filling all over the place.
This foolproof technique will work for any shape really, not just hearts. I own a set cookie cutters, great and inexpensive – I’ve got mine at Amazon. Here is the link if you are interested.
Now it’s time to say I love you with sweet heart pies!