Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies

by Renee on July 25, 2013

Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies | Magnolia Days

A box of assorted handmade chocolates welcomed my arrival. The shapes and colors hinted of the flavors inside. Each one called out to be devoured first. My hand hovered over them hoping to be pulled to the perfect one. Then like metal drawn to a magnet, my fingers made the selection. The first bite gave instant gratification. The last bite left me wanting more. It continued until I arrived home. To satisfy my on-going need, I made chocolate brown butter sandwich cookies.

My chocolate cravings are always present. They are stronger at some times more than others. What can start from a simple taste of candy will lead to cake or cookies. It comes from wanting it in different textures. These cookies have a crunchy exterior, soft inside, and are held together by a creamy filling flavored with brown butter. Mini chocolate chips add an extra bit of texture and flavor. Can you see them in this close-up?

Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies | Magnolia Days

The dough is a drop cookie type. Unlike most drop cookies, these do not spread much at all when baking. You will need to flatten them some and shape them into rounds. I learned this with the first dozen as they are more like balls after being assembled instead of sandwiches. When making the filling, be sure to let the brown butter cool so it won’t melt the confectioners’ sugar.

How often do you have chocolate cravings? Perhaps you could satisfy your next one with these chocolate brown butter sandwich cookies. Take a look at my chocolate layer cake or brownie tart too. Oh the chocolate-y goodness…

Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies

1 hour, 45 minutes

Makes about 2 dozen sandwich cookies

Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies

    For the cookies:
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (squares)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the filling:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half, plus more if needed
For the cookies:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment or non-stick liner.

Melt the unsweetend chocolate and set aside to cool.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Cream the sugar and butter in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed.

Add the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and cooled chocolate to the sugar/butter mixture. Beat to combine.

Add the flour and beat until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop 2 teaspoons of dough two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press down dough to about 1/4-inch thick and shape into rounds.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until almost no indention remains when touched.

Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Repeat with remainig dough. Make sure baking sheets are completely cool between batches.

Cool cookies completely before assembling into sandwich cookies with filling.

For the filling:

Melt butter over low heat until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool.

Sift the confectioners sugar into a medium bowl.

Add the cooled browned butter, salt, vanilla, and half-and-half.

Beat until smooth. Add more half-and-half if needed for spreading consistency. Filling should be slightly thicker than cake frosting.

For assembly:

Place a small amount of the filling on the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie.

Repeat using remaining cookies and filling.

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Recipe adapted from one in Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Cookbook published in 1985 (currently out of print).

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David July 25, 2013 at 2:41 am

These look sooo good!

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Renee July 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

Thanks David!

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes July 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh Renee, these sound amazing and look incredible. Hope you’re feeling better hon!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Nicole! I am feeling better. I just needed some rest and meds from the doctor.

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foodwanderings July 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

I swear Renee, I think my son should have an adoptive mom (cough you) so he can enjoy these delicious beauties. I rarely make sandwich cookies and I know he would love them so much, growing up & now that he is 20.:)

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thank you Shulie! I wish we were closer so I could share these cookies with you and your son.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked July 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Oh Renee, I have chocolate cravings every hour! It’s terrible, and I will often give in. My tastebuds are happy but my waistline isn’t, lol. T’hell with my looks (I’m married, so who cares) so obviously, I’m going to be making your gorgeous cookie sandwiches as soon as I can! These look wonderful.

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thank you so much Nancy! You made me smile. At least I’m not the only one with frequent chocolate cravings.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog July 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I love your description at the beginning. It describes a chocolate lover perfectly. I’m madly in love with these!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks Jennie!

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The Involuntary Housewife July 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

These look absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to try these!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks! I’ve been enjoying them for days. I had to share with friends because they were calling my name too often.

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Susan July 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I’m pretty sure these would satisfy my daily chocolate cravings. These look like perfect chocolate sandwich cookies Renee!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Thanks Susan and they get my vote for a perfect sandwich cookie too.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes July 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Wow, these are decadent Renee. Love the idea of the brown butter in the filling. I should try them asap!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I thought brown butter would get your attention Paula. I think you love it as much as I do.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

ohhhhh yes chocolate browned butter cookies, 3 of my favorite things in the world! mmmm

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

It’s a trio of yummy for sure!

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Deanna @ DB and Jelly July 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Yum! I’m a total sucker for brown butter…put it between two cookies and I’m in heaven!!

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Renee July 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Brown butter rules for sure. It calls out to me and I’m a total sucker for it too.

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Winnie July 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

These are GREAT looking sandwich cookies!

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Renee July 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Thank you Winnie!

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Anita at Hungry Couple July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Do you have any idea how many of these I could eat?!?

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Renee July 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Oh, probably about as many as I have eaten. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone. They have been calling my name relentlessly and I’ve given in to their calls.

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