Chocolate Shortbread Love Bites
Chocolate flavoured shortbread cut into the shape of a love heart and coated with chocolate and sprinkles, inspired by Valentines Day.
On New Year’s Eve I went into a shop and, I kid you not, there was already valentines merchandise! Like I know Christmas was finished but come on!
(Yes it was me who had my Christmas lights up on the house at the end of November and I started Christmas shopping in September, but that’s beside the point).
Anyway I like to have a theme to work with so I was quite excited to start on a bit of valentines inspired baking, but it doesn’t seem right making anything that isn’t chocolate for this occasion.
Bake some of these for your partner with these easy steps which take no time at all and you’ll be well in the good books!
Here’s how I made my Chocolate Shortbread Love Bites
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- 6 oz plain flour
- 4 oz margarine
- 2 oz caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 100g cooking chocolate
- pink sprinkles
What you’ll need to make these Chocolate Shortbread Love Bites
Wire Cooling Rack
Preheat oven to 180C and line baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Firstly, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Secondly, using your hands, knead and rub all the ingredients together until it forms a thick paste.
- Turn mixture on to worktop and using a rolling pin, flatten it down to approximately a centimetre thickness.
- Use a heart shaped cookie/pastry cutter to cut your shapes into the mixture.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the hearts onto the tray leaving at least a 2cm space between each one.
- prick them with a fork and sprinkle with sugar.
- Place tray in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Place on middle shelf of preheated oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a pale golden brown.
- Carefully remove the hearts from the tray and place on a wire cooling rack.
1. Chop 100g cooking chocolate and place in a glass bowl on top of a saucepan of water over a low heat on the hob to melt slowly. Keep stirring occasionally.
2. Once the biscuits have completely cooled and the chocolate has completely melted, you can either dip the biscuit into the chocolate to coat it, or pour the chocolate over the area you want to cover of the heart using a dessert spoon.
3. Immediately after, add the sprinkles by slowly pouring them over the melted chocolate. You must do this straight away otherwise the chocolate will set and the sprinkles will not stick.
4. Finally, leave to set until all chocolate is dry and treat yourself to the first bite for all of the hard work you put into the other steps!
Hopefully there’ll be some left for your partner…maybe.
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For more Valentines Day inspiration, click here to read 5 Ways To Spend Valentines Day at home.