I tested out a new cookie recipe, then transformed half the batch into these outrageously rich Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies!

As you may recall, my family would be thrilled if I made a chocolate chip cookie recipe every single week. The King Arthur Flour website touted the magnificence of their version with chewy middles and crisp edges.

Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies on a square white ceramic plate

Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

I was up for the challenge of a new recipe (and besides that, I can pretty much make chocolate chip cookies blindfolded). I had some leftover frosting from these Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes and made a few ultra decadent chocolate chip sandwich cookies. My blood sugar would have skyrocketed had I indulged in one of these jumbo treats, but the rest of the family was on cloud nine!

KAF Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white ceramic bowl

KAF Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This cookie recipe had a few differences from the Tollhouse version my family constantly craves. A mixture of butter and shortening was used instead of all butter. The shortening tends to give a puffier structure to cookies but lacks the wonderful flavor of butter so a combination always preferred over all shortening.  Also, a tad bit of vinegar was added to the batter. I’d surmise that the combination of vinegar and baking soda gave the cookies a little boost of leavening due to the carbon dioxide released when they chemically react.

The third difference was the one that concerned me the most—the addition of almond extract along with the vanilla. I’m a huge fan, but it isn’t the ordinary flavor profile for chocolate chip cookies. There wasn’t a peep out of any of my taste testers, tough. They were too busy chewing. The result was big, chewy cookies with that bit of crispness around the edges.

KAF Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white bowl with the lid partially on


How to Make Sandwich Cookies

These sturdy cookies were perfect to push to the next level of decadence. I piped some ganache on the flat side of one cookie and topped with the flat side of a similar-sized cookie. Of course, they’d be just as irresistible if you just smeared some of the icing on with a knife. My family is not picky at all about the presentation, but piping would be a nice touch for company. And if you’re not feeling that ambitious, these sandwich cookies sans frosting are pretty darn tasty, too!

KAF Chocolate Chip Cookies broken in half on a white ceramic plate

More Cookies with Frosting:


Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies | Chocolate chip cookies filled with a decadent, dreamy ganache!

Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Yield 16 sandwich cookies

Chocolate chip cookies sandwiched around chocolate ganache. Cookie recipe adapted from KAF.


For the cookies:

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

For ganache:

  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, vanilla and almond extracts, vinegar, and baking soda, beating until light and creamy.
  3. Beat in the egg till smooth. Mix in the flour, then the chips.
  4. Use a medium cookie disher or a tablespoon to scoop out dough balls about 1¼ inches in diameter. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  5. Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes, tops are golden and edges lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for a couple minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling.

To make frosting:

  1. To make the frosting, process the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a food processor until smooth, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the corn syrup and vanilla and process till combined. Add the chocolate and pulse till smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Pipe or spread a frosting on the flat side of one cookie and top with the flat side of a similar size cookie.
  2. Makes a generous amount of frosting for 12 cupcakes or 16 sandwich cookies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 3gSugar: 54gProtein: 5g


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