Soft chocolate sandwich cookies


Bakers, I’ve got a goodie for you this week. These melt-in-the-mouth chocolate cookies are a sublime tea time treat and lots of fun to make too. I based the recipe on these custard and vanilla bean sandwich cookies. These were so popular when I published them last year that I decided to tweak the recipe slightly and create a chocolate version.



I used a star piping nozzle to pipe the icing onto the biscuits as I prefer this neater look. If you’re not in the mood for piping simply spread the icing on instead.

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For the cookies:

  • 175g butter, softened
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 240g flour
  • 35g cocoa
  • 60g cornflour
  • 5ml (1 tsp) baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the chocolate buttercream:

  • 90g butter, softened
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
  • 260g icing sugar
  • 20g cocoa
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) milk, warmed

1.) Preheat the oven to 170ºC and line two trays with baking paper.

2.) Place the butter in a mixing bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Cream for five minutes until pale and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla essence and egg.

3.) Sift the flourcocoa, cornflour, baking powder and salt into the bowl. Mix gently to combine.

4.) Roll the dough into 40 small balls. Arrange the balls on the trays leaving some space for spreading. Flatten each cookie lightly with your palm and then press down gently with a fork.

5.) Bake for 12-14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool.

6.) While the cookies are cooling prepare the chocolate buttercream. Place the butter in a mixing bowl and cream until soft and pale. Mix in the vanilla essence.

7.) Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa and mix well. The mixture will be dry but keep going until it starts to come together and form small clumps. Add the warm milk and mix again.

8.) Group the cookies into pairs of similar sizes. Pipe or spread some icing onto a cold cookie, and sandwich it together with its partner. Repeat with the remaining cookies and icing.


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