Double Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

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I went to Chuck E Cheese yesterday for a 3 year old birthday party and had a blast! Granted, I spent most of the time chasing my DB’s niece around and helping her push buttons… but I still had fun (especially with the instant photo sketch machine)! It’s amazing how kids are so easily entertained. I was overloaded with plenty of cupcakes, cake, and brownies yesterday since we celebrated multiple birthdays, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get any cotton candy! I may or may not have gotten a little sick last night from all that sugar and fell asleep at 6 PM. So that’s what it feels like to be a kid again… Oops.
Now these cookies tasted alright.. but the texture was all off. The cookie reminded me of Dorie’s World Peace Cookies, but not nearly as good. The frosting was too thick and practically un-spreadable even though I added quite a bit of milk to it. The cookie itself was dry and hard, but the instant espresso powder was a nice touch since it brought out the chocolate flavor. A little tweaking to the cookie recipe and a new frosting altogether would do it!
Oh, these cookies were practically impossible for me to cut into discs out of the refrigerator, so I just molded them myself using my hands. That would explain the uneven, semi-circular shapes that I’ve got going on.
From Jules Food
1 cup flour
3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips
1 tsp instant espresso powder

  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour mixture to the wet mixture, until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Separate the dough into two and roll them into 2 uniform logs about 12 inches long. Refrigerate it until firm enough to slice.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Cut the logs into 1 inch slices and place 1 ½ inches apart on the prepared sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the dough looks just baked. The cookies should be tender, so do not over bake.

PEANUT BUTTER FILLING

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  1. Cream all the ingredients together until well mixed. Use immediately.

21 comments :

  • Anonymous

    thanks for being so honest with ur opinions! makes things much more credible.

  • Jennifurla

    Oh no, I hate when things prove difficult. Chucky cheese scares me…

  • Holly

    They look better than they taste??? Cuz they look like they would be really good:) Yeah I kinda hate chuck e cheese….

  • Sinful Sundays

    Aww! They look so good—I hate when recipes don’t come out like we anticipate.

  • Mary

    OH, WOW! Those are gorgeous and look mighty delicious!!!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Kat @ Cupcake Kat

    These look amazing. Beautiful photos!

  • ravienomnoms

    Oh my goodness those look so amazing, I happen to stumble across your blog while I was looking for a recipe. This looks great!

  • Lisa Marie

    we live we learn, cant always get it right the first time…. but still they look great.. two of my fav things, chocolate and coffee :D

    Cake It Or Leave It

  • Renea west

    Great looking photos, thank you for the amazing recipe. I am going to try them soon, my boyfriend is going to love them!!! I can’t wait.

  • Rose Sterling

    This looks so indulging. I love chocolate and coffee combined in a recipe. I think these cookies will be perfect for our family reunion next month. My grandparents will surely love it.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, 3/4 cup of cocoa powder???? Like eating a coffee flavored chocolate powder brick.

  • Piano Schoenhut

    I think it is a dark chocolate flavored cookie with those ¾ cups of cocoa powder. My hubby will love that one. I love the peanut butter frosting to make some sweets on the cookies.

  • Dickey

    I made then but used 1/2 c butter in the frosting, made sure to sift the icing suger first. In the cookies I used all brown sugar and no white.I cut the cookies 1/2 ” rather then an inch as they didn’t spread much so at first were to thick. Really amazing :))

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, I wish I would have known all this before starting the recipe without all the extra information on LJ.

    Oh well. The cookies are already firm so I have no choice but to make them now.

  • Anonymous

    Why post something that sucks? Seriously? I thought this was about posting great recipes. Besides, coffee and peanut butter… Yuck! Not exactly a match made in heaven?

  • Kim

    @anon- because this blog is about testing out recipes. trial and error. i post everything that i make and write out my thoughts. as for coffee and PB, everyone has their own taste. i think they’d go great together, but maybe in a different recipe. dickey, two posts before you, commented how much she liked it when she made it (after making some adjustments). it might not have worked for me, but it worked out for her. so yes, seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I made these with my kids and ran into some problems but not the ones you encountered. My three-year-old was able to cut them straight from the fridge, so that wasn’t an issue. Also, the frosting was very thin, almost runny. The time and temp was all wrong and burned the cookies (black bottoms after 11 minutes and my oven does not run hot). The recipe didn’t give any idea to how big the logs should be or how many cookies you should end up with, so it’s conceivable that I should have made shorter, fatter logs.

    The pictures made me want to try this, but it’s really not a very good recipe.

  • Emma @ TheFatLossAuthority.com

    I agree with some of the other posters, the photos really were fabulous – and made cookies look that much more appealing! I plan to make this soon – I love all the ingredients so I can’t wait!

  • Emily @ TheFatLossAuthority.com

    I love baking and decided to give this recipe a try for my two boys (well three if you count my husband – lol) They all loved them and I so did I….this one is sure to be a regular with my boys.

  • Anonymous

    I am cooking the cookies now. But I calmed down the ductch cocoa by 1/4 cup instead of the 3/4th and I added half of bag of chocolate chips (made double the batch so a whole bag). I put in instant christmas blend coffee made by starbucks instead of the espresso. I am going to use buttercream instead of the peanut butter frosting. We’ll see how it turns out.
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  • Anonymous

    I did the buttercream frosting which made them very rich. They taste amazing. I would probably go as far as to maybe add one more egg to the mixture. In the buttercream I mixed some crushed white chocolate morsels and smooshed it together. It is awesome.

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