Rich chocolate frosting sandwiched between chewy cookies is a chocolate lover’s dream. Try this recipe for Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies next time you need a dessert that’s just as decadent as a chocolate cake but even easier to serve!
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Why this recipe works
What’s better than a chocolate chip cookie? TWO chocolate chip cookies!
What’s better than two chocolate chip cookies?
Two chocolate chip cookies held together by a generous layer of sweet chocolate frosting.
Turning cookies into cookie sandwiches is an easy way to make them extra impressive.
My first few times making sandwich cookies, I just made chocolate chip cookies like usual then put the frosting between them. It tasted good but, as tends to happen with drop cookies, the edges were uneven.
No two cookies fit together quite right so they didn’t look as pretty and satisfying as I was hoping.
I solved that problem the next time (and the next time and the next ) by using my spatula to tap the edges of the cookies into a round shape, while they’re still hot and soft from the oven. Doing this turned them into perfectly round cookies ready to get smooshed together with some frosting!
Speaking of frosting, I cannot adequately describe how delicious this chocolate filling turned out. I added a bit of coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor and have zero regrets.
If you’re a chocolate lover like me (and a frosting lover), this is a must-try recipe! Your mood cant help but get a boost from this combination of rich chocolate and chewy cookies!
A few of the ingredients needed for Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies.
- Chocolate chips – I used the traditional semi-sweet morsels for the cookies. If you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate, go for it!
- Unsweetened baking chocolate – In bars or squares, not cocoa powder. This goes in the frosting to make it so smooth, creamy and chocolatey!
- Coffee – The coffee brings out more of the deep flavor of the chocolate. You can substitute milk or cream if preferred. Brew yourself a cup of hot coffee to enjoy while you bake and set aside a few tablespoons to use in the frosting.
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1. Make the chocolate chip cookie dough
Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to beat the butter until smooth and fluffy, then add the sugars, egg and vanilla and mix. Add the dry ingredients to combine and fold in the chocolate chips.
Use a tablespoon or a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
STEP 2. Bake
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown.
Remove and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. This is where you can use your spatula to push the edges of the cookies into a rounder shape before they set.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Meanwhile, making the chocolate frosting filling.
How to Make the Chocolate Filling
It’s time to talk about the most important part: making the frosting!
STEP 1. Melt the butter and chocolate
Place the baking chocolate and butter in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Give it a stir, then return to the microwave for another 15 seconds.
Stir and repeat as many times as needed until the butter and chocolate are melted and fully incorporated.
STEP 2. Add remaining ingredients
Beat the chocolate mixture with powdered sugar, vanilla extract and the coffee until smooth.
I recommend adding the coffee a tablespoon or so at a time, then adding more as needed. I like a thicker frosting for this so it doesn’t ooze out of the sandwiches too much.
Your kitchen will smell pretty amazing by now. Resist the urge to spoon the frosting straight into your mouth from the bowl! I promise it’s even better on the cookies!
STEP 3. Assemble the sandwiches
Spread one tablespoon of the frosting on the underside of the half the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies to form sandwiches. They’re ready to serve right away!
If your chocolate frosting is runny, you may have added too much coffee or milk or not enough powdered sugar. It’s easy to fix! Just add a little more powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it thickens to your preferred consistency.
I wouldn’t recommend this. Substituting chocolate chips for unsweetened chocolate will make the frosting cloyingly sweet and throw off the flavors. You need the powdered sugar to create a fluffy, smooth frosting and unsweetened chocolate pairs best with that in this recipe!
Store your Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies in an airtight container in the fridge OR at room temperature. They taste good cold, too!
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Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies
For the Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
For the Frosting
- 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 Tablespoons hot coffee
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop the dough by tablespoon, or use a cookie scoop, 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
- Prepare the frosting. In a small microwavable safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, cook again for another 15 seconds. Continue heating the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until completely melted.
- Mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and the coffee (or cream) until smooth. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add more liquid.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of chocolate frosting on one side of a cookie and top with remaining cookies.
- Store covered at room temperature or in the fridge.
- Coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate. Don’t want to use it? You can substitute with heavy cream or milk.
- Pro Tip: When the cookies come out of the oven, use a spatula to lightly tap the edges of the cookies and push them into a perfect circular shape. This will help them look pretty when sandwiched with another cookie.
Pour a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, and go make these Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies! Don’t forget to set aside a few for yourself before the kids eat them all.