German chocolate cakes are so 2019. German chocolate sandwich cookies are the newer, better, more portable version.
Okay, yeah, sandwich cookies have been around forever, but you get my point.
I don’t know about you but I am all about taking my dessert to go. Could it be better to sit down and take a moment to fully experience a decadent piece of cake? Maybe. But I don’t really want to. So a good sandwich cookie is always the way to go.
Plus, it’s way easier to share cookies than it is to share cake. Cutting cakes can get messy. Sharing cookies is as easy as just passing around a tin.
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John Montagu the 4th Earl of Sandwich
Everyone loves a good sandwich right? Like how can you not? Sandwiches are traditionally healthy, but as humans we’re great at getting creative. So now we have a large variety of sandwiches- none of which are great for our health. Ice cream sandwiches, cookie sandwiches, and of course the king of sandwiches: Grilled cheese.
But where did the sandwhich come from? Some God-like cook who wanted to improve the mobility of our dinners? Kinda?…maybe…ish.
Who the heck is he? Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich and a British statesman. He also happened to be an avid gambler. In the middle of a 24 hour gambling binge, he asked his cook for a dinner that wouldn’t require him leaving the table. Thus, the wise cook presented him with sliced meat in between 2 pieces of toast.
It was well loved and spread quickly across England and to the US. Since then the sandwich has only grown in popularity.
So one of the world’s greatest creations was made into reality because a British statesman had a severe addiction. Not all heroes are morally correct. But let’s at least give it up for that awesome cook.
Why are these German chocolate sandwich cookies so amazing?
I’ll tell you why. They’re filled with heavenly perfection: a hint of espresso, lots of coconut, and they stay soft + chewy.
Related: German Chocolate Frosting
Tools to make your sandwich cookies easier!
A good, strong cookie scoop because the German chocolate frosting is THICC. Plus, a good sandwich cookie has evenly sized chocolate cookies.
Silicone baking mats are a must because 1. they’re amazing and super eco-friendly and 2. they keep clean up easy and prevent your cookies from sticking.
This instant espresso powder because it is the absolute best I have found at an affordable price.
This handy dandy (and so adorable) egg separator. Seriously, it makes the frosting so SO much easier to make.
Some German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Recipe Notes
I always make my sandwich filling a day ahead. It needs to cool for it to thicken up and have that perfect texture which takes longer than I have the patience for.
As I said, I make these cookies #thicc. If you want them slightly “slimmer” opt for one scoop of room temperature filling instead of two.
The best thing about these cookies is how soft and chewy they stay. But a soft and chewy sandwich cookie needs a little extra help to stay pretty.
To ensure that the cookie holds together when assembling the sandwich, pop them in the fridge overnight with the filling.
Don’t waste those egg whites! There are a million ways to use them up into other easy desserts. Don’t waste the ingredients of another bomb ass recipe.
Related: How to reduce your food waste
To troubleshoot your frosting, check out this post that goes much more in depth on the frosting.
German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup melted chocolate chips
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
For the German Chocolate Filling
- 6 eggs yolks
- 2 cup evaporated milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 2 cups chopped pecans
For the chocolate cookies
- Preheat your oven to 350°
- Cream your butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and mix until combined. Then add one egg at a time mixing until just barely combined.
- Add in your dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and mix together until a sticky dough forms.
- Fold in your chocolate chips. Then using a cookie scoop, make even sized cookie dough balls and place them on a silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet.
- Bake these for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Pop these in the fridge for an hour before assembling to the sandwich to ensure that the cookies stay together.
For the filling
- Toast your coconut by spreading it out on a baking mat lined cookie sheet and putting in the oven at about 350°. Make sure you toss the coconut frequently with a fork or spatula to prevent burning.
- Combine everything but the coconut and pecans in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly for about 30 minutes with a whisk until it thickens. (make sure you break up those eggs yolks and REALLY combine them first thing or else you will have chunks of cooked egg yolk in your frosting – ew).
- Once thickened, remove from heat, and add in your coconut and pecans. Stir until well combined and then cool in your fridge before using.
- Take your frosting out of the fridge scoop out 2 tbsps of frosting with your cookie scoop and put it between to cookies.
- Squish those 2 cookies together. Boom. German chocolate sandwich cookies.
Recently I came across this tweet and I laughed for a solid minute. He has a fair point though. So imma quit while I’m ahead and let you get to baking these amazing German chocolate sandwich cookies.
Bake them, photograph them, and then post them on Instagram and make sure you tag me (@handheld_eats). I love to
stalk check out all of your amazing creations.
Then if you agree that these cookies are AH-mazing, share them with all your friends and social media people to spread the amazingness. Don’t be greedy with the chocolaty goodness.