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Orange Scented Nutella Sandwich Hearts

Valentine’s Day is finally here! I’ve been baking pink things and chocolate things more than ever in my life, and have loved every minute of it. And so have my kids.

I actually made these to post for Worldwide Nutella Day, which was February 5, but I didn’t put them up in time. When I came up with the idea, I wanted something heart shaped, and I wanted another flavor to complement the nutella flavor. Orange goes so well with chocolate, and since I had an orange lying around, I tried it.

For more heart shaped treats to celebrate the day, see our heart shaped slideshow.

Orange Scented Nutella Sandwich Hearts

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nutella
orange glaze (recipe follows)

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, zest, and salt. Mix until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla, and mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in flour until just incorporated. Turn the mixture onto a floured board, and knead gently to ensure all ingredients are well distributed.

2. Roll out on a floured board, to about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick. Cut into hearts. Place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When oven comes to temperature, remove cookies from the refrigerator, and bake for 10 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden brown.

3. Remove to a cooling rack, and spread half of the cookies with nutella, and sandwich with the other cookies. Drizzle with orange glaze.

Orange Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons orange juice

Whisk together all ingredients, adding more or less of the sugar or juice to achieve desired consistency.

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