Jo Wheatley's chocolate orange cookie sandwiches
Why have one cookie when you can have two? Jo Wheatley's indulgent chocolate orange cookie sandwiches are chewy, delicious and more than a little bit messy. If you're looking for an activity to occupy the kids this half term, these are a winner. What are you up to with your kids this week? Let us know in the comments box below.
Makes about 15
- FOR THE COOKIES:
- 200g soft unsalted butter
- 200g light or dark soft brown sugar
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 400g plain flour, sifted
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped
- FOR THE CHOCOLATE FILLING:
- 200ml double cream
- 200g milk or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- finely grated zest of 1 large orange
- Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.
- For the chocolate filling, bring the cream to the boil in a small pan. Put the chocolate in a bowl, pour over the hot cream and mix until shiny and combined. Fold in the orange zest.
- Chill for 2 hours until set yet spreadable.
- For the cookies, beat the butter and sugars together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
- Add the beaten eggs a little at a time, whisking until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Tip in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix until you have a clay-like dough.
- Fold in the chopped chocolate. Take pieces of the dough (about the size of a tablespoon) and roll into balls to make about 30.
- Transfer to baking trays lined with baking paper, making sure the dough has plenty of room to spread out while cooking.
- Bake in batches for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
- Spread the filling over half of the cookies, then sandwich together with the remaining cookies.
Add the hot cream to the chocolate – not the other way round – and the chocolate will stay nice and shiny.