Chocolate Mocha Sandwich Cookies

by Amy on 27 November 2012

for our Thanksgiving dinner last week, the desserts were taken care of by other family members, so i didn’t need to bring one. but, y’all know me – i can’t pass up the opportunity to make sweets for a group! i bookmarked these delicious-sounding sandwich cookies a while ago + knew that this was the perfect occasion to make ’em. you can’t have too many desserts on Thanksgiving, right?

so, how were they? soooo good, definitely one of the top three cookies i’ve ever made. the chocolate cookies are amazing – super soft + almost cake-like, with a rich, deep chocolate flavor. and the mocha buttercream filling is divine – light + fluffy, with a delicious mocha flavor that perfectly complements the rich, complex cookies. put it all together + they are absolute cookie perfection. they get even tastier + softer after a day or two, which makes any leftovers even more delightful. so, if you’re looking for a new cookie to make this holiday season, you must try these!

Chocolate Mocha Sandwich Cookies

makes about 4 dozen cookies, adapted from fine cooking


For the Cookies:
1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
6 Tbs. packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the Mocha Filling:
1 Tbs. instant espresso
4 Tbs.(2 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 Tbs. (2 oz.) cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted


Make the cookies:

in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, + salt – set aside. with a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter + sugars on medium speed until light + fluffy, about 2 minutes. add the egg + vanilla + continue beating until smooth, about 30 seconds. reduce the speed to low + slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing until the dough is just combined. divide the dough in half. wrap one half of the dough in plastic + refrigerate.

roll the other half of the dough between two sheets of parchment to an even 1/8-inch thickness. slide the dough onto a cookie sheet + freeze until cold + firm, about 30 minutes. repeat with the remaining dough.

position a rack in the center of the oven + preheat the oven to 350°F. line two cookie sheets with parchment.

using 1-1/2-inch round cookie cutters, cut out the dough + arrange the rounds 1 inch apart on the prepared sheets. if the dough gets too soft, return it to the freezer for a few minutes. carefully press the scraps together, reroll, + cut. Repeat with the other half of the dough, + then gather all the scraps together, reroll, + cut one more time.

bake in batches, two sheets at a time, until the tops look dry, about 6 minutes. let the cookies cool on their pans for a minute + then let them cool completely on racks.

Make the Mocha Filling:

in a small bowl, dissolve the espresso in 2 Tbs. hot water. let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

with a mixer, cream the butter + cream cheese on medium speed until light + smooth, about 1 minute. reduce the speed to low + slowly add half of the sugar, mixing until just combined. add the coffee mixture + vanilla, + mix until just incorporated. gradually mix in the remaining sugar + the cocoa. increase the speed to medium + beat until the filling is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes more.

to assemble, transfer the cooled cookies to a work surface, flipping half of them over. with an offset spatula or butter knife, spread a thin layer of the filling onto each turned-over cookie. set another cookie on top of each filled cookie, pressing gently to spread the filling.

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1 danielle November 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

These look amazing -like something you’d find in an upscale bakery!

2 amy November 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

aww, thank you danielle – that just made my day!

3 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee November 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

OMG! These look delicious. I’m a huge fan of anything with chocolate + mocha. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’ll be pinning this!

4 Tracey November 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

Mmmm, chocolate and mocha – does it get any better than that? These are gorgeous Amy – your treats always look so perfect :)

5 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

oh wow- these look SO gourmet. great job, amy! i love the idea of a mocha filling.

6 Meg November 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

oh my yum!! love cookies with a frosting center, definitely making these!

7 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Sandwich cookies are my favorite…because you get to eat two cookies and call it one. 😉 These are gorgeous–love the pristine cuts you have here. Wow!

8 Annie @ Annie's Noms November 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

Oooh yum, I keep seeing “mocha” recipes and one day I really am going to give in and make something with coffee and chocolate!! Think it may have to be these as they look delicious :)

9 amy November 27, 2012 at 11:49 am

This was the first “mocha” recipe I’ve made + we all loved it! And most of the family (including me) doesn’t even drink coffee, so that’s saying a lot. =)

10 Ashley@BakerbyNature November 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

Amy, these are so beautiful!!! Perfect to gift cookies, too!

11 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

wow, these are absolutely perfect! even with a cookie cutter, mine never come out so uniform :)

12 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease November 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

wow what perfect circles…amy, all your dishes look picture perfect! I am afraid mine would come out a bit odd shape but with your recipe the taste would be there!

13 amy November 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

honestly, i was surprised that they came out so pretty – i was worried that they might be a bit lumpy + bumpy, too, but they didn’t. hooray for cookies that both look AND taste amazing!

14 Lesley Eats November 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

They are so perfect, like a non-human made them with precision! Great job and I bet they taste fantastic.

15 amy November 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Bahaha, I believe that’s officially the first comment I’ve ever received with the term “non-human” in it. Like!

16 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl November 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Your cookies are too perfect–just gorgeous! And I love the combination of the chocolate and mocha–heaven!

17 Erin @ Texanerin Baking November 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Holy cow. These are the edgiest cookies ever. If that makes any sense! Good job. They look amazing and I’m also into coffee flavored stuff at the moment. And I understand you bringing dessert anyway. I don’t care what I’m assigned (as long as it’s not vegetables) – I will definitely be bringing dessert, too!

18 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Love this! These are like oreos on crack, and probably taste 100000000x better!

19 Choc Chip Uru November 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

This looks and sounds like heaven 😀

Choc Chip Uru

20 Renee November 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Perfect cookies Amy! Just perfect. I’ll take the whole batch please!

21 Baking Serendipity November 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I love the thought of coffee IN my cookies!

22 val November 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

These cookies look incredibly delicious.

23 Jen @ Savory Simple November 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Stunning photos! And the cookies sound incredible!

24 luv what you do November 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I love that you added espresso to the filling. I bet these are amazing and tough to stop eating at just one!

25 amy November 28, 2012 at 5:34 am

yes! they are crazy addictive. =)

26 cquek November 28, 2012 at 5:46 am

These look delightful, I think even the boys will eat them.

27 Kathryn November 28, 2012 at 6:01 am

These cookies are totally gorgeous – they look perfect!

28 sally @ sallys baking addiction November 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

These look like they came from a bakery – complete perfection Amy! You are a pro at making your goodies look so neat and perfect. I get weak at the knees for anything mocha. And remaining soft (or getting softer) after a few days? That is a cookie miracle. I aim for that with each batch. :)

29 amy November 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

Ooh, I so wish you lived closer – these would’ve been totally your type of cookie, + i’m always up for sharing! =)

30 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen November 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

I want to know the secret to make such perfect cookies! These are Fabulous! Better than Magazine Quality! Just plain Lovely.

31 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel November 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

These look like they’re straight out of a cooking magazine or a gourmet bakery, Amy! Totally pretty and they look so plush and tasty! I love that the cookies have a soft, cake-like texture.. definitely something I enjoy about cookies but something that intrigues me in a sandwich cookie :) and that mocha filling looks sinful!

32 natalie@thesweetslife November 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

gorgeous! kind of want to try these with a few other fillings too!

33 amy November 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love the idea of trying these with different fillings – i bet they’d be great with a peppermint buttercream, or a coconut buttercream, or a biscoff buttercream. ooh, the possibilities are endless!

34 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Perfectly gorgeous cookies Amy!! Seriously!

I don’t drink coffee either, but I will take your word that non-coffee drinkers will like them :) And most of all I love that you said the cookies are soft, that sold me… I kinda hate hard cookies

35 Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

Wow, Top 3 hey?? These are beautiful!

36 amy November 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

Top 3 for real! And I’m picky about cookies, so that’s saying a lot! =)

37 carrian November 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Ok, you are way too talented. These look lovely!

38 jackie @ Domestic Fits November 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Amy, these look perfect! Awesome cookie exchange cookies

39 amy November 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I realized a bit too late that i should’ve waited to post these + used them for the Food Blogger Cookie Swap/post! Oh well, just an excuse to make yet another type/batch of cookies!

40 Lawyer Loves Lunch November 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I love espresso so the fact that I can now eat it in cookie form is pretty much perfect :)

41 Martha November 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

What gorgeous cookies! And in one of my favorite flavors too. I love mocha. My brother and I have a cookie website ( where we are hosting a cookie contest and we would love to have you enter one of your cookie recipes for a chance to win, if you are interested. Hope you stop by and check it out.



42 Nancy November 29, 2012 at 1:10 am

Instead of using 1 tbs of instant espresso with 2 tbs of water, can’t i just use 3 tablespoons of regular espresso? Like from starbucks?

43 amy November 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

Hi Nancy, Yes, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of purchased espresso (because remember that it’s only 2 tablespoons of liquid that i’m making, not 3), BUT, it won’t be nearly as strong as the homemade version. the homemade version is reeeeallly strong – too strong to drink, even, which is how you’re able to get that great mocha flavor in the buttercream. by substituting purchased espresso, you’ll get a milder mocha flavor, but it’ll still work!

44 Renee November 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Your cookies look absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to see what you have for the GFB cookie swap 😉

45 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

These sound like the perfect pairing with the beer I just reviewed Amy. Care to do a swap with me…cookies for beer??? :-)

46 amy November 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

That sounds like a fabulous swap to me!

47 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations December 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

Wow…these cookies look perfect! Perfect circle shaped and no domes, I was surprised to hear the texture is cake-like.
But I assume the freezing is the secret to these cookies keeping its shape?

48 amy December 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

honestly, i’m not sure what the secret to the perfect shape is – i just followed the recipe + they turned out just right. =) but yes, my assumption is that it has to do with the freezing. =)

49 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Those are just gorgeous! I love a chocolate sandwich cookie, but these are almost to pretty to eat!

50 Megan {Country Cleaver} December 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I am making these sans coffee and they are DELICIOUS!! Happy Cookieing!

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