Mocha Cookie Sandwiches

I had something else planned for y'all this week, but then I finally perfected these Mocha Cookie Sandwiches and I had to share.
My brain has been rotating through many different ways to execute the perfect mocha latte cookie. Do I use a straight coffee flavor? Add chocolate? Brewed espresso or ground espresso? Incorporate the cream into the cookie, or make a sandwich? After many tests, I've figured it out.

And, it's perfect.
The cookie is soft and moist, and the espresso packs a punch. I loaded them up with cocoa powder and chocolate chips to achieve the "mocha latte" flavor.

A sweet vanilla buttercream acts as the "milk" that makes up a latte, and sandwiches the two cookies together.
The ground espresso takes what would be a delicious chocolate cookie and elevates it to a whole other level. I would probably put espresso in all of my cookies if I thought I could get away with it. 😉
I used finely ground Starbucks espresso beans that I ground with my spice grinder. If you don't have a grinder, you can buy pre-ground espresso at most grocery stores and coffee shops. If you're wary of buying an entire bag of espresso to only use in one recipe, Starbucks Via Instant coffee in the darkest roast you can find (Italian or French Roast) is a good substitute. These are sold in Starbucks stores, and you can also get them at Target (and probably most grocery stores). No matter which option you choose, make sure the grounds are super fine. There's nothing worse than biting into a cookie and getting a mouth full of coffee grounds.
To make the cookies, combine flour and butter until fluffy in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Slowly add these to the wet ingredients until fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips, and chill for at least an hour. The dough can also be refrigerated overnight.

The filling comes together super fast as well! I used this Whipped Vanilla Buttercream from Completely Delicious, but my French buttercream will also work.

When the cookies are baked and cooled, pair up ones of similar size. Pipe the buttercream onto one cookie, and sandwich them together. This recipe makes about 10 sandwiches, but can be easily doubled if you're expecting a crowd!

Mocha Cookie Sandwiches

Mocha Cookie Sandwiches
Soft and fudgey espresso cookies sandwiched with sweet vanilla buttercream...the perfect mocha latte.
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground espresso
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 cup special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Whipped Vanilla Buttercream
1. In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. 
2. In a separate bowl, combine espresso, flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Slowly add to the wet mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Chill for at least 1 hour. 
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into small balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes -- cookies will appear gooey. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to wire rack to cool. 
4. Prepare whipped vanilla buttercream, and pipe onto half of the cookies. Sandwich cookies together and serve.

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Yield: 10 sandwiches

If you try these, let me know! Comment down below, or find me on Instagram. 😊

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