Cookies and Biscuits

Orange Chocolate Shortbread Hearts with a Rum Dip


Indulge your sweet tooth with our Orange Chocolate Shortbread Hearts with a Rum Dip – the perfect romantic dessert. Or if you just like shortbread – the perfect treat! A wonderful recipe created by McKinney’s & Catherine Fulvio.



Makes 24



For the biscuits

180g plain flour

60g McKinney’s caster sugar

A pinch of nutmeg

120g soft butter

1 orange, zest only

4 tbsp. cocoa powder, sieved

40g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa solids), grated

40ml to 50ml cold water


For the dip

100g mascarpone

120ml cream

4 tbsp rum

½ tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp. McKinney’s icing sugar


100g dark chocolate, melted

Orange zest, to decorate

To make the heart biscuits

Preheat oven to 180˚C/fan 160C°/gas 4 and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

Place the flour, McKinney’s sugar and nutmeg into a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the orange zest, grated chocolate and sieved cocoa powder.

Add enough cold water for form a firm dough and lightly knead until combined.

Wrap in parchment and leave to chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes before rolling out.

Dust a clean surface with a little sieved cocoa powder and roll out to 1 cm thick.

Using your heart shaped cutter, cut out shapes.

Place the biscuits on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 14 to 16 minutes until cooked – this depends on the size of the biscuits. Remove from the oven, leave on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

To prepare the dip

Whisk together the mascarpone, cream, rum and vanilla extract.

Fold in McKinney’s Icing Sugar. Spoon into a bowl and arrange the biscuits around to dip.

To decorate the biscuits

When cold, spoon the melted chocolate into a piping bag without a nozzle. Snip the end of the piping bag and drizzle the chocolate over the biscuits. Sprinkle over orange zest to decorate.


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