December 27, 2013

Chocolate & Coffee Cream Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Coffee Buttercream

I’ll be back full-time on January 6th, but today I am stopping in with a little holiday treat fun. I know Christmas cookie season has past, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the sweets entirely. In fact, not at all! New Year’s Eve is around the corner so why not think about a few luscious goodies you can make to share with friends.

These chewy sandwich cookies were a recent baking project of mine. We were invited to go to a friend’s house and I decided to make these using some leftover Gevalia coffee we had in the coffee maker. I had already made the cookies so all I had to do was whip up some soft coffee-flavored buttercream and sandwich it between them.The coffee filling made this otherwise regular chewy chocolate sugar cookies taste like the most insanely good mocha dessert. We loved how the soft coffee filling almost tasted like an afternoon sip of cappuccino!

If you’d like to make these, or any other gorgeous coffee-flavored treat for the New Year, pick up some Gevalia coffee today. As part of the A Little Help from the Holidays from Kraft program you can find all sorts of useful discounts on Kraft products at Target. You can use this helpful savings to purchase ingredients to help you with any everyday family meals or food for easy entertaining. This is the time of year when saving even just a little bit can make a really big difference.

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kraft. The opinions, text, and photographs are my own. I think everyone likes to learn about holiday savings programs and I agree with their discounting everyday foods to make the holidays a little easier. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

Chocolate & Coffee Cream Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 to 15 sandwich cookies

sugar cookie recipe adapted from Kraft

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 11/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 1 tablespoon brewed Gevalia coffee

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  2. In a large heatproof bowl melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave until smooth and glossy. Stir in 1 cup of sugar. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then stir in the egg, and vanilla extract. Finally, fold in the flour. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pinch of pieces of the cooled dough and roll in the remaining sugar. Place the dough on a lined cookie sheet 2-inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Then allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the buttercream; Beat the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, and unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Then add the salt and coffee and beat well. Spread between the two cookies and serve!
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From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.