Little Time, Little Chocolate Mud Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

I can hardly believe my parents have been here a week already. Actually, I can notice it rather clearly: I only had time to make cookies this week! But these little bites of heaven were enough to keep us talking and eating for a few days! Imagine a chocolate cake with a hint of coffee sandwiched between two dark chocolate shortbread cookies and held together by a dab of chocolate ganache. The combination of textures is just perfect.

A good bit of time is spent around the dinner table catching up, making plans. It’s like being on vacation at home. The weather has been gorgeous and we have spent most afternoons out and about, sightseeing, catching the first flower blooms and enjoying the warm, already summer like temperatures. I hope I don’t sound like a broken record with my “parent stories” but it is one of the most important things on my agenda right now. I want to write it down and share so I can remember and be reminded. It’s a good break for them and a good break for me.

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

I know B. loves having them around too as he and my mom are like two peas in a pod and he loves catching up with the family “back home”. He’s been so gracious in giving our “together time” for the next few weeks that I wanted to bake him something special. I know the man loves cookies. Small word if you saw his face when I asked what kind he would like. “Something fun!” he said.

Small cookies are always fun and since it was for him and I know he likes cakes as much as cookies. Mud cake cookie sandwiches fit the bill perfectly. It may sound odd, ok I admit it, it did sound really strange to my parents but trust me, it works. These are probably the best fun bites I have had in a while. Crunch, creamy and soft. They are great with a simple glass of milk but they are also perfect with homemade chocolate sorbet. Pure chocolate therapy.

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookie Sandwiches Recipe:

Makes 24

For the Chocolate Sable Cookies:
1 stick butter (113 grams) butter, at room temperature
¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
½ vanilla bean, seeded or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 egg yolks
1 ½ cups (190 grams) all purpose flour, minus 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons (16gr) cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add vanilla, then the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl in between each addition. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and beat until the dough just starts to come together. Add some heavy cream if the dough still looks very crumbly and dry. Gather the dough into a ball, flatten it a little to a small disk and wrap it well in plastic wrap. Refrigerate two hours before using.
Lightly flour your work area well and start rolling the dough from the center out, lifting it from the work area every 2-3 times you roll over it. With a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out 48 rounds in the dough, gathering scraps and rerolling as you go (you might need to refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes if it becomes too soft to roll out easily).
Place the cookies on 2 parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate 20 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

For the ganache:
6 oz (180gr) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the chocolate in a medium size bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly stir the chocolate and cream together until the ganache is completely smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

For the Mud Cake (adapted from Pamela Clark):
1 stick (113gr) butter, at room temperature
4 oz (120gr) dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup (200gr) sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) water
3 tablespoons (30gr) coffee liqueur
2 egg yolks
1 cup (125gr) all purpose flour
3 tablespoons (16gr) cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350F. Slightly coat two 8-x12-inch pans with cooking spray and line them with a piece of parchment paper. Slightly coat the parchment paper with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
In a small pot set over low heat, combine the butter, chocolate, sugar and water and stir until everything is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add the coffee liqueur and let cool to room temperature. Whisk in the egg yolks, then the flour and cocoa powder. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut 24 rounds of the same size as the cookies.

To assemble the cookies:
Spread a small amount of chocolate ganache under each cookie and sandwich a mud cake round in between two of them. Dust with cocoa powder if desired





89 responses to “Little Time, Little Chocolate Mud Cake Cookie Sandwiches”

  1. Nithya Avatar

    They look lovely! I can’t wait to make them myself. I would never have dreamt of sandwiching cookies with cake, but now I can’t think of anything else 🙂

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    These sandwich cookies are unusual! What an original idea… They look really good!



  3. Anonymous Avatar

    wow!!!! What a good idea and good looking sandwhiches.. Mmmmmm.

  4. anadelicias Avatar

    Helen, I love your recipes and your photos are amazing… could you post chocolate sobet recipe, please???


  5. Miette Avatar

    Those sound amazing good : crispy and softness… Could you post some of them to me ? 😉



  6. May Avatar

    What a great idea! Those look so good and I’d definitely try to make them in the future 🙂

  7. Anonymous Avatar

    The idea is astonishing.
    Enjoy your parents and have fun with them.

  8. Dominique Avatar

    Très original! il me tarde d’essayer… et de goûter. Toujours aussi belles les photos!

  9. The Cutting Edge of Ordinary Avatar
    The Cutting Edge of Ordinary


  10. Sugar Daze Avatar
    Sugar Daze

    These look so simple and delicious!

  11. Sunshinemom Avatar

    Chocolicious:) I am bookmarking this one:)

  12. sunita Avatar

    Helen, I’m in chocolate heaven!!

    Enjoy your special time with your folks 🙂

  13. Culinary Wannabe Avatar
    Culinary Wannabe

    I like hearing about your parents’ visit, it makes me homesick for my own! What beautiful little cookies. Dangerous when they are that small because you can eat so many!

  14. Anonymous Avatar

    Yum! They look extra tasty! Glad to hear you’ve having such a great time with your parents visiting.

  15. LizNoVeggieGirl Avatar

    Glad you’re able to spend time with your family!! And STILL have time to create another impressively divine treat 🙂

  16. Sweet Treats by Dani Avatar
    Sweet Treats by Dani

    love it! enjoy the time with your fam 🙂

  17. RecipeGirl Avatar

    I love the mud cake idea. Your family must be in such awe of your great talents 🙂

  18. Patricia Scarpin Avatar
    Patricia Scarpin

    B. has great taste, I’ll say – he married you, after all. 🙂
    Helen, my dear, I don’t even need to tell you I’ll be trying these soon, right? 😀

  19. ChichaJo Avatar

    Chocolate and more chocolate! Never too much 🙂 The cookies look adorable and sounds scrumptious!

  20. Anonymous Avatar

    Ah…there is nothing like chocolate bliss!

  21. Jo Avatar

    These sound absolutely delicious. Imagine having a cooking and eating a cake at the same time. I’m also glad that you are enjoying time with you family.

  22. Julia Avatar

    It sounds like you guys are all having a wonderful time together. I love how you described it as being on vacation at home! Those treats look so yummy. Chocolate shortbread–what a wonder!

  23. Nic Avatar

    Glad to hear you are having a wonderful time with your parents.
    The mud cake cookies look super – I’ll have mine with the choc sorbet please.

  24. Anonymous Avatar

    Cookies with cake sounds like something my husband would love too. These are so cute!

  25. Simones Kitchen Avatar
    Simones Kitchen

    They look absolutely delicious. it wouldn’t be something I would think of to combine cookies and cake but it seems to make perfect sense! I love your mom and dad stories by the way. I am really enjoying reading about it!

  26. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar

    Oh Helen I could use a little chocolate therapy right now.
    You have it right enjoy your mom & dad & B!!

  27. Arlette Avatar

    Oh Helene your chocolate cookies are delicous I am going to try them this week.

    I am home sick too, I wish my mom and my sisters can come again this year for a visit, or I can go and see every one…. enjoy the visit and the precious moments.

  28. paula Avatar

    these look divine. the photos and the cookies.

  29. carolina @ patagonia gifts Avatar
    carolina @ patagonia gifts

    Oh Helen, those delicious chocolate cookies are calling me so loud! Haven’t I mentioned I’m on a diet?

  30. Char Avatar

    sheer heaven

  31. Rita Avatar

    Oh, you made me crave chocolate right now…

  32. Anonymous Avatar

    Every day I am left salivating! Your hubby is one lucky man…. but who eats all this? Do you modify your recipes for just one meal so there aren’t any left overs?… or do you gift your sweets daily? They are tremendously gorgeous, creative, thoughtful and decadent. I am inspired by you daily – but do want to know what you do with all the treats!

  33. Anonymous Avatar

    Those are so cute! I love that you’re sandwiching cake between cookies!

  34. Ashley Avatar

    Yummy! They look so absolutely perfect! Glad you’re having a great time with your parents.

  35. La Cuisine d'Helene Avatar
    La Cuisine d'Helene

    Wow, I would love to snack on those. Gorgeous pictures.


  36. Karynefoodaddict Avatar

    faut dire que ça donne envie! mais dis moi, comment tu traduirais ce beau nom en français???

  37. Rachel Avatar

    Chocolate shortbread cookie sandwiches? Be still my heart.

  38. Roberto N. Avatar
    Roberto N.

    These look amazing… gotta try these sometime.

  39. Helene Avatar

    Valerie: most of my recipes are for 4 or 6 people so we may have the same dessert two days in a row but most of the time I freeze them for later. Everything can be eaten over 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Certain items like large cakes, cookies and macarons are shared with the neighbors and my Pilates students.

  40. Lucy Avatar

    One word: glorious!
    They look like pure chocolate heaven 🙂

  41. Natalie Avatar

    i could use about 7 of those right now.

  42. Ash Avatar

    These look amazingly good!
    what a great recipe!

  43. Hayley Avatar

    So pretty, as always. I never would have thought to combine all of these desserts.

  44. Paladares da Isa Avatar
    Paladares da Isa

    Adorei as fotos para além do seu blog.
    Sou fã assidua…

  45. Anonymous Avatar

    ah, so sweet! and very creative.



  46. Anonymous Avatar

    These look amazing! I’m so glad I came across your blog, I can’t wait to try so many of the recipes 🙂

  47. La Tartine Gourmande Avatar
    La Tartine Gourmande

    Profites-en bien ! Ce sont les meilleurs moments. Moi non plus je n’ai le temps de rien ces temps-ci, meme pas de lire les blogs auxquels je suis habituee, c’est pour dire ! Ils ont l’air delicieux tes cookies.

  48. Anonymous Avatar

    Thank you! Thank you! We got our little care package today and we were so happy to be eating these while reading this post! You are the best. After seeing your wonderful pictures, there is no way I will send you the ones I took of my plating…ahahah! Maybe I’ll send you one of the boys eating them!

  49. Cannelle Et Vanille Avatar
    Cannelle Et Vanille

    sharing these little chocolate gems with family must be the best. beautiful photos!

  50. cindy* Avatar

    these are fun! and different for your parents i am sure…so glad to here you are having a blast with your family (:

  51. jb Avatar

    These are so adorable and delicious looking! I love miniature treats!

  52. Anonymous Avatar

    These would make me very happy. Truly. Beautiful photos!

  53. Anonymous Avatar

    Looks so yummy the choc cookie sandwiches!
    Lovely photos!

  54. Anonymous Avatar

    these look so yummy!!!! aah you are a fantastic cook! 🙂

  55. evil & demented little cooker girl Avatar
    evil & demented little cooker girl

    i really admire your work! another fan here!
    🙂 can’t wait to try out your recipes

  56. Helene Avatar

    Karyne: c’est difficile a traduire car le “mud cake” est vraiment typique aux US. C’est un gateau chocolat-cafe ou chocolat-liqueur de cafe. “mud” signifie “boue” et on l’appelle ainsi a cause de sa couleur qui rappelle celle de la boue. Donc, tu vois, pas tres joyeux!!

  57. Anonymous Avatar

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your beautiful blog! Your baking and images are inspirational. One thing though, would you mind sharing how you made the images sometime for those of us that are particularly interested in the photography aspect. I have really enjoyed visiting!

  58. Lori Avatar

    Odd- no
    Brilliant- yes
    Mouthwatering- absolutely!

  59. laura Avatar

    This recipe made my mouth water. My husband would flip if I made him those. Looks like I have a new weekend project!

  60. Anonymous Avatar

    Trop bon ces petits cookies tout chocolat !
    Et je ne me lasse pas de ton talent de conteuse d’histoires…

  61. Anonymous Avatar

    is that Cath Kidston bowl in the background??anyway, just reading the first paragraph nearly put me in a heart attack. i was this close to breaking Lent for some of these…
    ganache, chocolate cake, dash of coffee, chocolate biscuits?!?! you’re killing me.

    looks fab by the way, as usual. 🙂 x

  62. Anonymous Avatar

    When anyone mentions mud cake…I’m in….These look fantastic!

  63. Renee Avatar

    oh yum! they look unbelievably good!

  64. pastry studio Avatar
    pastry studio

    Oooooo, what a great idea to combine textures into a beautiful little sandwich. I definitely have to make these for a party!

  65. Erin Avatar

    I’m impressed you blogged at all while your parents were in town. My mom just left today after a 10 day visit, and I didn’t cook or blog the whole time she was here. She’s a great cook, so I sat back and let her cook for us since I had to work during the days 🙂

  66. Anonymous Avatar

    Chocolate PLUE coffee?

    I am in heaven, and I was delivered by this recipe!


  67. lynda Avatar

    These look scrumptious! I don’t know how you are findng all this time to bake and create with your parents here, but I am glad you are!

  68. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    I love a dessert where you don’t have to choose between cookies and cake. So glad you’re having this wonderful time with your parents.

  69. Christy Avatar

    Fantastic!! I can’t believe you have time to make stuff while working on your book and having your parents there. Quite a feat you pulled, I should be ashamed of not blogging more frequently. Love the mud cake chocolate cookie sandwiches!

  70. Anonymous Avatar

    Hey… these look like a chocolate lover’s dream. I’m more of a vanilla girl… not that I wouldn’t eat these greedily in a snap. Very good looking. You rule ,T.

  71. Kristin Avatar

    As I sit here drooling over the images! Oh that looks like a wonderful treat for a Thursday. I just love coming to your blog. Beautiful-wonderful!

  72. Anonymous Avatar

    These look fantastic – can’t wait to make them. I will never, ever grow tired of reading of your visit with your parents. Makes me miss mine evermore. Enjoy each and every moment and be sure to tell us about it.

  73. Anonymous Avatar

    How do you make all of these lovely sweets without eating them all yourself? Yum!

  74. Cynthia Avatar

    I know that I do not have to tell you what gorgeous desserts you make.

  75. Anonymous Avatar

    It raised my appetite,yummyyy:)

  76. Bir Dut Masalı - nUnU Avatar
    Bir Dut Masalı – nUnU

    very nice AND DELİCİOUS

  77. Philo aux fourneaux - Blog culinaire Avatar
    Philo aux fourneaux – Blog culinaire

    Ils sont magnifiques ces biscuits ! J’aurai aimé piocher dedans

  78. Anonymous Avatar

    I like the sharp contrast in textures. Even sables by itself are delicious for me so this sounds like such an indulgence.

  79. Helene Avatar

    Leemei: it is actually some little bowls (and I mean tiny) that my mom picked up at their local grocery store. No specific markings or brands on the bottom.

  80. Karynefoodaddict Avatar

    il me semblait bien qu’une traduction était délicate!!! merci quand même d’avoir pris le temps d’y réfléchir!

  81. Kana Avatar

    Absolutely decadent!

  82. Anonymous Avatar

    that looks so super yummy! I’ll try some day!

  83. Nicole Avatar

    What a fun recipe! I think I could do this one too!

  84. Anonymous Avatar

    Great looking cookies. Their shape reminds me of macarons.
    Are they easier to make (more foolproof)?

  85. Anonymous Avatar

    they look amazing, and I know I’m a pest, but don’t you need twice as many cookie circles as mud cake circles? Maybe you just cut 24 mud cakes?

  86. Helene Avatar

    You are absolutely right! That is a typo I will fix. Thank you!

  87. Serena@TentarNonNuoce Avatar

    Hi tartelette! excuse me…
    in one of the photos on the right (the lower one) I seem to notice… a chocolate ice cream? am I right? is there the recipe anywhere?


    ps: I love your blog and your recipes 😉

  88. erika Avatar

    hi helen!
    looooooooooove your blog 🙂
    my sister is coming into town saturday and i wanted to make these for her (a true chocoholic) but i'll be away from the kitchen friday for work…is there anyway i can make these thursday and they'll be ok till saturday? or make the components and assemble saturday morning?
    thanks so much!!

  89. Tegan Avatar

    They look delectable. I deffo know what I'm making this Sunday. Are you going to have a post on your macaron classes you held? I read about them on Bakerella's blog which is how i was directed to you!

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