Striped Fudge Cookie Sandwiches from Sally’s Cookie Addiction

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The countdown officially begins.

Sally’s Cookie Addiction is a little over 1 month away. Soon enough we’ll be baking brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies, giant M&Ms cookies, and piñata cookie surprises together. YUP. A piñata cake in cookie form. Just you wait!

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There’s one recipe I’m looking forward to in particular. Well, one recipe I’m looking forward to YOU trying out in your own kitchen. And I couldn’t wait until September to show it off! Patience? What’s that.

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek recipe! These striped fudge cookie sandwiches are a nod to the oh-so-delish Keebler version and live in the Serious Chocolate Cravings chapter in Sally’s Cookie Addiction.

(Want to see all the other chapters and recipe titles in the book? Scroll down for the table of contents!!)

Keebler’s version isn’t really a sandwich, but 2 cookies are always better than 1. Right? Right? So in my copycat variation, I decided to sandwich two buttery cookies around a thick dark chocolate ganache center. With a generous drizzle of dark chocolate on top too. Serious chocolate, I told you!

cookie dough rolled out onto a silpat baking mat on a baking sheet with a circle cookie cutter and circles cut out

circles of cookie dough on a baking sheet before baking

You’ll make sugar cookie dough. My favorite sugar cookies. Half of the dough will be full circles, which are the bottoms of the cookies. (Above.)

Half of the dough will be “donut cookies” which are the tops of the cookies. You want to expose that thick chocolate ganache center! (Below.)

circles of cookie dough with the centers cut out on a baking sheet before baking

You’ll need a 2-inch round cookie cutter to make every cookie. Then, in half of the cookies, you’ll use a 1-inch round cookie cutter to turn them into donut shaped cookies. I have this set of round cookie cutters.

Don’t forget this! Since there is less surface area on the donut shaped cookies, the cookies take a minute or 2 less in the oven. So make sure that the whole cookies are baked together and the donut shaped cookies are baked together.

And make sure you pay attention to the bake time. You don’t want to over-bake these cookies. You want them to remain soft and any extra time in the oven will turn them into crunchy sandwiches. Soft soft soft!

chopped chocolate on a wood cutting board

2 images of chocolate ganache in a glass bowl and chocolate ganache spread onto the bottom cookies

Thick chocolate ganache = 2 ingredients. Heavy cream (aka heavy whipping cream, double cream) and pure chocolate. Not chocolate chips! To make the ganache, heat the heavy cream until warm and pour over the chopped chocolate. Use pure chocolate– the 4 ounce bars you buy in the baking aisle. I like Baker’s, Ghirardelli, Nestle Toll House, or Lindt baking bars. You’ll need 6 ounces total– half for the ganache and half for the chocolate drizzle on top. If you want extra help with the chocolate ganache, see my chocolate ganache page. (But I promise it’s really easy!)

You’ll only need 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream, so you’ll have leftover in the carton. You should definitely make a batch of salted caramel OR any of the many many many recipes using heavy cream on my blog. There’s a ton.

Spoon a teeny bit of ganache onto each cookie, then top with a donut shaped cookie.

hands placing the top cookie onto the bottom cookie with chocolate ganache

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Give it a drizzle of melted chocolate and that’s it! The ganache and chocolate on top will both set, so these cookies are easy to stack and store safely without smearing chocolate everywhere.

Perfect Make Ahead!

I find these fudge striped cookie sandwiches taste best on day 2. Why? The ganache filling thickens AND slightly softens the cookies, so they completely melt in your mouth. So they’re a wonderful option for making the night before to bring into work, to a party, to a special event, friends/family, or to a giant plate in your kitchen where you don’t have to share with anyone. What?

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Hope you love this sneak peek Sally’s Cookie Addiction recipe!

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striped fudge cookie sandwiches

Striped Fudge Cookie Sandwiches

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 32 cookie sandwiches
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These delicious striped fudge cookie sandwiches are a nod to the Keebler version and are filled with rich chocolate ganache.


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks; 180g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache + Topping

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped and divided
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) heavy cream

Instructions

  1. To make the cookies: Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. If the dough seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon flour until to make it a better consistency for rolling.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper or a lightly floured silicone baking mat (I prefer a nonstick silicone mat) to about 1/4 inch thickness. The rolled-out dough can be any shape, as long as it is evenly 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Stack the 2 slabs of dough, with a piece of parchment paper between them, on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours (and up to 2 days). If chilling for more than 2 hours, cover the top slab of dough with a single piece of parchment paper.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Remove one of the slabs of dough from the refrigerator and, using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut into circles. Reroll the remaining slab and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat with second slab of dough. You should have about 64 circles. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut a hole into the center of 32 of them. Let’s call these 32 cookies the “donut cookies” because of that center hole. Place the whole circles and the donut cookies on separate baking sheets (because the donut cookies take 1 less minute to bake), placing all cookies 2 inches apart from one another.
  7. Bake the whole circles for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges, and the donut cookies for about 9 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through bake time. Remove from the oven. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before assembling.
  8. To make the ganache: Place 3 ounces of chopped chocolate for the ganache into a small heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once cream begins to boil, immediately remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir gently and slowly until the ganache is smooth. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before adding to cookies. During this time, it will slowly thicken.
  9. Once the ganache is ready, spread about 1/2 teaspoon on each whole circle. Carefully top each with a donut cookie and press down gently to create a cookie sandwich.
  10. To make the topping: Melt the remaining chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 15-second increments, stopping and stirring after each until completely smooth. Drizzle over each sandwich. Allow chocolate to set completely, about 30 minutes.
  11. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Plain cookies (without filling) and prepared cookie sandwiches freeze well for up to 3 months. Wait for the chocolate drizzle on top to set completely before layering sandwiches between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-friendly container. To thaw, thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.  You can chill the rolled-out cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 2 days (see step 4), or you can freeze the cookie dough (before rolling out in step 3) for up to 3 months. To freeze the dough, prepare the dough through step 2, divide in half, flatten both halves into a disk as we do with pie crust, wrap each in plastic wrap, then freeze. To thaw, thaw the disks in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature for about 1 hour. Roll out the dough as directed in step 3, then chill as directed in step 4– no need to chill for 1-2 hours, 45 minutes should be plenty.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | Glass Mixing BowlsWooden Rolling Pin | Round Cookie Cutter Set | Silpat Baking Mat | Cookie SheetCooling Rack
  3. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.
  4. Recipe from Sally’s Cookie Addiction cookbook.

I hope you’re just as pumped as I am for the release of my next book! Here’s a sneak peek at the table of contents so you know exactly what you’ll get. About 70 new and unique cookies, and about 5 of them are blog recipes (re-photographed, of course!). I wanted to include sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and gingerbread men in the book– and those 3 are some blog faves so they’re in the book too!

I’m especially excited for you to make the pumpkin sugar cookies, mint chocolate slice-and-bakes, dark chocolate peanut butter stuffed cookies, rainbow kiss cookies, spritz cookies, cookie dough dip, and pumpkin whoopie pies!!

Check back in a couple weeks for a signed bookplate giveaway!

Sally's Cookie Addiction table of contents

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27 Comments

  1. Hi Sally, is there a way to ensure that the dough is rolled 1/4 of an inch evenly? I know there are some rolling pins in the market with size attachments, but your rolling pin is same as mine and I want to know how you verify the thickness of the rolled dough before cutting. I’m super excited to make these! 🙂

    1. Not really– I just sort of eyeball it and carefully/slowly roll it out.

      1. Sally, made these last night and followed the recipe to a T. I must say I was a little intimidated at first, but the cookies turned out great (exactly like all the other recipes I have tried of yours). The only thing I want to report is that my dough rolled out to make 24 cookie sandwiches, instead of 32. Gonna send you a picture on Instagram! 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

  2. You said these were for people who had a serious chocolate craving.
    Well, I also have a serious craving for frosted sugar cookes, so this recipe is a “three-fer” for me! Thank you!

    1. HAHA perfect!!!

  3. Wow these look amazing! I was wondering if I could substitute heavy cream for milk in the ganache?

    1. Heavy cream is a must in ganache! Hope you enjoy them.

  4. Made these today and they are awesome. A great balance of chocolate and cookie! I’m a big fan of your sugar cookies and these just take it to another level! Thanks for another wonderful recipe Sally.

  5. Sally, I made these today and I felt that the dough was a little too soft and crumbly. Where I live its usually 30 degrees C and around 70% humidity. I added the 2 Tbsp of flour you recommended and let the rolled dough chill in the fridge overnight but it was still very soft. Do you have any tips for the next time? Maybe more flour? I find that when making cookies in general, I can never stick to the flour measurements, or they end up too soft 🙁 

    1. The dough should be soft! But is it difficult to roll out? Too sticky? Flour the work surface, rolling pin, and your hands too– this should help!

  6. I made these cookies for Christmas and they were so delicious! Soft, buttery and chocolatey. Yum! The chocolate stripes made the cookies look very striking too. Great for impressing guests haha.

  7. Hi, I know these cookies were posted a while ago, however I was just looking through your recipes and these look amazing!! Just a quick question, can I sub whipped topping for heavy cream in the filling?

    1. Hi Sarah! No, you need the liquid (heavy cream) to make the ganache 🙂 Let me know if you try the cookies!

  8. Hi Sally,
    Is there any kind of non dairy alternative that can be used for the heavy cream in this recipe? Thanks!

    1. You can try to use a can of full fat coconut milk (not the refrigerated kind), but I’m unsure if it will set properly. Let me know if you try it!

  9. Hi Sally, I made these biscuits today, followed the recipe to a tee (weighed all the ingredients etc), but even after over two hours in the fridge, the dough still spread. I keep having this issue with ‘no spread vanilla cookies’ no matter what recipe I follow. I’m in Ireland, and I don’t know if it’s our butter, but the only recipe that seemed to not spread was one I tried with the addition of cornflour. But they didn’t taste as nice. I’m at the end of my tether, no recipe seems to work for me! I can tell from the photo of these cookies that they are meant to hold their shape, but mine just went flat ….

    1. Hi Fiona, How frustrating! It could certainly be the butter if this is happening with all of your cookie recipes. I believe Irish butter has a higher percent of fat (which makes it creamier and softer) than typical American butter. What are you baking the cookies on? A silicone mat will help “grip” the cookie dough if you aren’t already using one. Other tips are to make sure your butter is room temperature, but not too warm (https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/room-temperature-butter/), that you aren’t over-creaming the butter and sugar together, and that the cut out dough is super cold going in the oven. I hope these help!

  10. Hi Sally! I want to make these for Christmas and was wondering if there was a way to make the ganache with nutella instead of chocolate? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Vanessa! You can try the Nutella ganache filling from my Nutella Tart recipe. I recommend halving it so you don’t have a lot leftover. (It’s delicious!)

  11. hey sally going to make these tomorrow but I only have good quality milk chocolate do you think that would work?

    1. Hi, Kate! Is it a milk chocolate baking bar? If so, that will work just fine. If they are chocolate chips, I highly recommend getting the baking bars if at all possible. Chocolate chips won’t melt to ganache consistency – although if they are higher quality, you can likely make those work. Hope this helps!

  12. I’m going to be making these for a second time. They were so good and my family asked for more! I agree that they were even better the second day. The chocolate became much thicker and the cookies were a bit softer. I always freeze my sugar cutouts before I put them in the oven to help with any spreading. They turned out just like the picture!

  13. hi is this ganache 1:1 ration of cream and chocolate

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Yes! If you are interested, here is a whole post just on ganache.

  14. Hi Sally, I’m so glad I finally tried this recipe, 3 years after setting eyes on it in your cookbook. I had your sugar cookie in my freezer leftover from another recipe and your ganache leftover in my fridge so those shortcuts made this even easier. Thanks for your helpful notes it wasn’t as daunting or complex as I initially thought. These are so scrumptious!

  15. hello sally ! i have been craving cookies like these for a while and i was very happy to find this recipe but i was wondering if i could use your chocolate sugar cookie recipe for the cookies ? i feel like it could be good and i really want a strong chocolate flavour, thank you !

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Corie, absolutely! That would be a delicious double chocolate striped cookie. Let us know how they go!

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