Chocolate cookies with a cream cheese filling

We don’t do Valentines Day really. Mr H stopped buying me flowers about 8 years ago because I ‘ just kill them’ (not sure if he’s aware of the irony that they’re kinda dead already once they’ve been pulled out of the ground) and we’re not fans of overpriced set menus in restaurants full of couples who sit there and don’t talk to each other. After all we can just stay at home and not talk to each other instead. Oh and we have a toddler.

Add to that the fact that I’d rather romance was spontaneous, rather than being forced just because it happens to be 14th Feb and you’ll start to get the picture.

But I can’t ignore the day completely. I love chocolate too much. And anything heart shaped. So we swap cards (in which I write something soppy and Mr H writes a silly poem) and I bake something. This year it’s these.

Six ingredients is all you need. You don’t even need a heart shaped cookie cutter or a piping bag if you’re going for the rustic look. You do need an oven but most good kitchens tend for have one of them. So say it with fancy pants cookies that are actually easy AF and pretty darn cheap to make too. You’re welcome.

Ingredients

Makes about 16 cookies/8 sandwiches

For the cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

For the filling

  • 1 pot (250g) vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat your oven to 180C, then blitz the oats in a food processor or blender for around a minute until they become a flour. Add these to a bowl and stir in the ground almonds and cacao, then add in the other ingredients and mix/knead into a cookie dough.

Cut or shape into 16 hearts (or any shape) about 1cm thick then bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before you make the frosting. To do this just mix the cream cheese and maple in a bowl until well combined, then spoon or pipe onto the cookies and enjoy!

Love, Mrs H xx

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