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Chocolate + Caramel Toffee Shortbread Hearts

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate + Caramel Toffee Shortbread Hearts are the quintessential Valentine’s Day treat! Who wouldn’t love layers of toffee studded cookie, salted caramel and dark chocolate? Makes a great gift, too!
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Resting / Setting Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, microwave, oven, valentine's day
Servings: 22 to 24 cookies
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter 1 stick
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher salt
  • ½ cup toffee chips
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz caramel candies
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chunks / chips, or chopped up bar

Instructions

  • Cream together the sugar and butter. Add vanilla and a generous pinch of salt and mix in.
    Adding vanilla to bowl of butter and sugar.
  • Fold in the toffee chips and about 1/3 of the flour. Continue folding in the flour, a third at a time. Using clean hands, knead the dough in the bowl until it just comes together. Don't overwork it.
  • Place the dough on a floured work surface. Flour your rolling pin, too. Roll out to about 1/4” thick.
    Cookie dough rolled out quarter inch thick.
  • Cut heart shapes. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Put the whole cookie sheet in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Baked heart shaped shortbreads on a cooling rack.
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Let them cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a rack to cool completely.
  • Melt caramels in a microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir. If not completely melted, cook again in 30 second bursts until just melted. Stir after each burst. (One minute was all I needed.) Allow to cool for a few minutes until it’s thick enough to spread on the cookies.
    Bowl of melted caramel.
  • Use a spoon or small knife to spread caramel on each cookie. Place on a sheet pan and allow to set at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments and stir. When the chocolate is almost entirely melted, let it it sit for a minute or two and give it a final stir. The last solid bits will melt from the residual heat.
  • Using a fork, lower a caramel covered cookie into the chocolate until it’s completely submerged. Lift it out and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place on a wire rack until set.
    Dunking shortbread cookies into bowl of melted chocolate.
  • If you want, add sprinkles, coarse sugar or salt to the tops while the chocolate is still wet. You can wait until the chocolate has set up a bit, then pipe a design with another type of melted chocolate.

Notes

Working with melted caramel and chocolate: at any point it gets too thick, nuke it for 15 seconds at a time until it reaches a consistency that's easier to work with.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are estimated and provided as a general guideline only. I earn a commission from Instacart from qualifying ingredient purchases.

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