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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

One for the books, folks. The 1st annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap was a smashing success.

But I’ll be completely honest with you.

I did it all for the cookies.

All the work, all the logistics, all the worry… all worth it. I really want to thank everyone who participated. To everyone who baked cookies, shipped cookies, received cookies, ate cookies… thank you for helping to make this quite possibly the most epic cookie swap, EVER. We even made front page news! Some quick math revealed that over 22,000 cookies were sent around the world as part of this swap! The thought of that many cookies flitting across the country and around the world makes my heart happy. :)

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

I got three boxes myself, including a surprise from my co-organizer. Which made me laugh because it was entirely unplanned, and yet we both decided, independently, to send each other a box of cookies. Great minds think exactly alike, apparently. :) Also making an appearance in my mailbox? Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon Chocolate Ganache (top left) from Tripp and Polvorones (Mexican almond cookies, bottom left) from Suzy of Frosting for Dinner. Thanks guys! Your cookies were (*burp*) very much enjoyed!

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

The cookies I sent were these delectable sandwich cookies. Although it took me a few tries to get the cookie part right (a sandwich cookie must meet certain, very specific characteristics), from the first bite I knew the flavor combination was a winner. One of my all-time favorite cookies for sure. Chewy dark chocolate cookies with a hint of salt, filled with creamy malted milk chocolate buttercream. Sweet.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 1/2 ounces (1 bar) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until no traces of the dry ingredients remain, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is fully incorporated.
  4. Drop dough by the tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Roll into smooth 1-inch balls, then flatten slightly with the palm of your hand, forming even 1/2-inch-thick disks. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet (they will deflate slightly), then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To prepare filling, melt milk chocolate in a microwave or double boiler over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add cooled milk chocolate and beat until smooth.
  7. Combine heavy cream and malted milk powder in a small bowl and mix until powder is dissolved. Add to milk chocolate mixture, along with vanilla and salt, and beat until light and fluffy, another 2 to 3 minutes. At this point you may need to add more cream or more powdered sugar as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  8. To assemble, spread or pipe about 1 tablespoon of filling onto half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. Press lightly until filling spreads to edges. Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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  1. Can you please share where you purchased those adorable cookies boxes with the dividers? I just saved your site…..I absolutely need to come back when I am not running out the door! enticing photography!!
    Thanks, Megan

    • I believe they were from Michael’s, Martha Stewart brand, perhaps? I can’t recall exactly as it was a few years ago I bought them.

  2. Those look amazing!

  3. Made them AND blogged them :) Thanks again for sending them my way for the cookie exchange. Now, I can’t wait to share them with my family.

  4. Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this!

  5. I’m thinking that cream filling would be good in some thumbprint cookies since I dont like the jelly ones

  6. Wow, those look out of this world!! Anything malted is for me. I am going to sign up, I definitely would love to do this next year! Great idea!

  7. Thank you for organizing this! It was so much fun and I’m psyched to do it again next year :)

  8. I figured it out! Thank you so much. Disregard the above comment. Thank you, Thank you.

  9. Thank you for this great receipe. I would love it in a PDF. Thanks again and have a wonderful Holiday.

  10. Lindsay, boy am I glad that you were assigned me for the cookie swap. These were amazing! I’ve been waiting for you to post the recipe ever since I first tasted them. And you’re right about the hint of salt: they make the cookie! Thanks again!

  11. Congrats on such an amazing cookie swap, I’ve loved seeing all the posts!

  12. Front page news! That’s so great. I definitely look forward to participating next year!

  13. I LOVE this idea! I was too late to join this year but have already signed up and confirmed for next year. I can’t wait! Your blog is lovely, I can’t wait to spend more time here. I am a new blogger and can’t wait to become closer to those within this awesome community. Thanks for coming up with such a great idea.

  14. Hi! Ive tried to sign up to be notified for the next cookie swap. It seems theres a problem with the website to sign up. WIll you help me? I would like to participate next time….

  15. Dear Lindsay, I think I love you! Thank you for picking me or Thank the Gods for pairing me with you! These we’re quite the hit in our household and probably one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. Congratulations o n a successful event!

    • You are SO welcome!! Glad you enjoyed them! :) One of the best parts of this whole thing was Julie and I managed to make it so that our own matches were a surprise, just like everyone else’s! Made it so much fun for us. :)

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