If your man is more of a cookie person, do give this recipe from Jamie Oliver a shot. They are way more amazing than those “pre-made commercial, average, frankly boring cookies”. Splurge on the very best ingredients, a bit of patience and lots of love into this special V-day cookie.



50 g unsalted butter

200 g quality dark chocolate

1 x 396 g tin of condensed milk

25 g ground almonds

2 heaped teaspoons Horlicks

200 g self-raising flour

100 g Malteasers

50 g quality white chocolate


  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a pan on a low heat until smooth and combined, stirring occasionally.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the condensed milk, followed by the ground almonds and Horlicks.

  • Sift in the flour and a pinch of sea salt, mix together, then chill dough in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Smash up the Maltesers and roughly chop the white chocolate, then mix it together in the cookie dough.

  • Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper. Preheat oven to 170°C. Divide cookie mixture into 24 balls.

  • Flatten each a little and bake for around 12 minutes, or until chewy in the middle and firm at the edges.

  • Leave to sit in the tray for 5 minutes and then them transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 24.