For the cookies:

  • 200 g soft unsalted butter
  • 200 g light or dark soft brown sugar
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200 g dark chocolate, chopped

For the chocolate filling:

  • 200 ml double cream
  • 200 g milk or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • finely grated zest of 1 large orange


  1. 1

    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. You can chill it for longer, but it will need to come back to room temperature to be spreadable.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Tip in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix until you have a clay-like dough.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Bake in batches for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

  6. 6

    Spread the filling over half of the cookies, then sandwich together with the remaining cookies.


    Get ahead: make the cookies and filling up to a few days ahead; store the cookies in an airtight container and chill the filling. The cookies freeze well, too


    Kitchen secret: you can bake the cookies from frozen. Freeze the formed cookies on trays until solid, then transfer to freezer bags. Bake on a tray for 15 minutes.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2110kj 504kcal 25%
  • Fat 32.0g 46%
  • Saturates 19.3g 97%
  • Sugars 27.4g 30%
  • Salt 0.3g 5%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1938kj/463kcal

Each serving provides

46.7g carbohydrate 3.6g fibre 5.6g protein

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