Rich chocolate cookies get stuffed with a fun filling of malted milk chocolate buttercream in these cookie sandwiches!
chocolate cookie sandwiches with malted milk chocolate buttercream

Because it’s Friday.

Because I used the.boy’s shampoo yesterday and smelled like Old Spice all day.

Because none of my coworkers took the time to smell me and inquire as to why I smelled like a middle school boys’ locker room.

Because now I’m wondering if maybe I always smell like a middle school boys’ locker room.



We don’t really need excuses for cookies, but they can’t hurt.

Personally, I would do a heck of a lot of groveling if it meant a batch of these chocolate cookie sandwiches with malted milk chocolate buttercream on my doorstep.

They are quite Oreo-like, but softer and stuffed with malted milk chocolate filling instead of chemicals.

The experience of eating them actually made the arduous process of sandwich cookie-making worth it.

And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

They’ll make your Friday more Friday-like. And who doesn’t want that experience.


Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream
Rich chocolate cookies get stuffed with a fun filling of malted milk chocolate buttercream in these cookie sandwiches!
Yield: 2 dozen sandwiches
For the cookies
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the buttercream
  • 3½ ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • ⅓ 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
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and combine until totally smooth and no dry flour specks remain, scraping down the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
  5. Drop the dough by the tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Roll into a ball and then flatten slightly. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until cookies are puffy and set. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For the buttercream, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave. Let cool while you prepare the rest of the buttercream.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, mixing well to combine. Add the cooled milk chocolate and beat until smooth.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the heavy cream and malted milk powder, whisking to combine. Add to the buttercream, along with the vanilla and salt. Mix until combined and fluffy, 2-3 minutes..
  9. Spread about 1 tbsp of buttercream onto about half of the cookies. Top with a second cookie and press down slightly until the filling reaches the edges.
Recipe from Love & Olive Oil
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie sandwich

For more weekend-worthy sandwich cookies, check out these:

Carrot Cake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Salt-n-Pepper Sandwich Cookies

Vanilla Creme Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies from The Baker Chick

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Cookie Butter and Salted Caramel Cookie Sandwiches from Keep It Sweet


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63 Responses to Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Malted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Shannon says:

    i did buy malted milk powder awhile ago and haven’t done anything with it yet… this might have to be it! yay friday 🙂

  2. Monica says:

    Oh, love these! I have some malted milk powder I keep to make malted milk choc chip cookies! My husband loves those and would devour these!

  3. YUM. Happy Friday indeed! Have a great weekend, friend!!

  4. You know I love so many of your glorious recipes, but this cookie might be my all-time fave. They aren’t just Friday, they are the Whole Weekend! Genius!!! (Are there any left?)

  5. I always look forward to your Friday dessert posts….but man, do they make me drool at my desk early on a Friday! Haha. Seriously, malted milk chocolate buttercream? Can I lick the bowl, please? 🙂

  6. Julia says:

    I always get a good giggle when I use the man’s shower gel or shampoo and walk around sniffing the air like “who’s the dorm boy who keeps walking near me…oh wait, that’s me.” These cookies definitely need no excuse. I’ll eat the whole lot of them! xoxo

  7. Perfect way to kick off the weekend!!

  8. I need these… and I’m pretty sure I’d have to stop myself from eating ALL the filling before making the cookie sandwiches.

  9. They look perfect! I could eat these all weekend 😀

  10. Chocolate and malt are the best!! And because it’s Friday, these need to happen!!

  11. These look delicious, I love cookie sandwiches! I am sure the malted buttercream is just perfect!

  12. debbie says:

    TGIF! The cookies look so soft and delicious! Speaking of oreos…did you know that they are actually vegan?? Crazy! Specifically we call them accidentally vegan….not in a good way though!

  13. Yes please, put one in my mouth!

  14. I am the queen of justification. I can come up with any number of reasons why I need these in my life.

  15. cheri says:

    HI Joanne, you have outdone yourself again, these look wonderful. What a way to start the week-end!

  16. Deena kakaya says:

    Goodness, in the absence of cuddle therapy, I want to lift the edible version right out of your stunning picture xx

  17. I firmly believe that the only thing better than a cookie is a sandwich cookie. And the only thing better than that is a chocolatey sandwich cookie. This looks sinfully amazing!

  18. Heather says:

    Perhaps this is why I pick out my husband’s shower gel… it’s manly, but not so manly that I feel weird using it. 😉

  19. SallyBR says:

    Wow, you really outdid yourself… actually, I guess after making macarons you can pretty much do anything.

    When I grow up, I want to be like you… whaaaat? I am old enough to be your Mother?


  20. mmmm chocolate! perfect cookies, joanne.

  21. Leah Davis says:

    Oreos are my fav so I am sure I would LOVE these. Happy Friday!!!

  22. Trisha says:

    Is it weird that I like Old Spice and sometimes steal it from my hubby? Also, I like to sniff him when he gets out of the shower because I think it’s smells sooo good. Weird, I know. These little chocolate cookies are perfect! Stunning photos, as usual!

  23. Pam says:

    These cookies are worth smelling like Old Spice. My kiddos would love them!

  24. Eileen says:

    Hey, no one really NEEDS an excuse to make cookies, do they? 🙂 I love the idea of this malted milk filling! Very reminiscent of malted milkshakes.

  25. Just pinned this so you know me and this sandwich is totally on!

  26. Who wouldn’t love chocolate cookies! These look delicious!

  27. My Friday afternoon could use a couple of these!

  28. Lisa says:

    Your story makes me laugh because my boyfriend only uses my shampoo, so he gets to smell like rosemary and mint all the time! P.S. These cookies look scrummy!

  29. Susan says:

    Yes most definitely could have gone for one or two of these cookies today. Also never have to worry about using my boys shampoo, he’s bald. ha!

  30. I love sandwich cookies so hard. Love this friend! Annnnnnd good luck on your half marathon!

  31. These cookies are definitely drool worthy. I think a Friday is the perfect excuse for some cookies 🙂

  32. You DEF don’t need an excuse to make these cookies!! They look so rich and chewy and just full of OM NOM deliciousness!!

    …and you don’t smell like a middle school locker room!

  33. Can we have them on Saturday too? And perhaps Monday? ‘Cos I think they’d really do wonders at easing the start of the work week…

  34. I’ve just made a malted chocolate tart! I sometimes use Daves’s deodorant and top it with perfume to make it less obvious 🙂

  35. Happy Friday treat time! Maybe you now smell like these cookies, which personally I would have no problem with. I LOVE the idea of anything Oreo-like that tastes like malted milk.Great recipe, not to mention easy by the looks of the shortish ingredients list.

  36. Jessie says:

    Malted milk chocolate butter cream beats random chemicals any day! These look absolutely amazing, Joanne. Even at 5 am, I could chow down on one of these no problem. How do you do it??

    Peter and I have the opposite problem – he just uses whatever’s in the shower so there are many times he’s gone around smelling like flowers and fruit.

    Have a great weekend, Joanne!

  37. This looks divine!
    I have to agree with Kari – I’m thinking these cookies will do wonders for my Monday!

  38. Tahnycooks says:

    Making excuses to make anything is what I am good at! I can find a million reason why these sweet little cookies need to be made! These look perfect!

  39. Because they just look so very good. If you had taken these to work nobody would have even noticed you were there, just because.

  40. Eva says:

    Thèse cookies look like heaven????

  41. malted anything is heavenly
    and these kinds of cookies while they are fattening, they are very healthier than any of those processed crappy things in the grocery store.

  42. Be still my heart! I think I’d eat 10 in one sitting! These look ridiculously delicious and super gorgeous. Love love love. 🙂

  43. Susan says:

    Well worth using boy’s shampoo now and then to create something like this! They look so soft and utterly delicious.

  44. P says:

    Cookies on a Friday? Can’t beat that! These look so much better than Oreos…

  45. They look delicious, I can imagine how soft and chewy that cookie is and how smooth the filling is, yum!

  46. Hotly Spiced says:

    Truly this is the best kind of sandwich. These look highly addictive! I imagine it was a long time before you got that smell out of your hair! xx

  47. I would love to have a batch of them in my cookie jar!

  48. These sound amazing. I love malted anything!

  49. Is it weird that I absolutely love the smell of old spice? My grandfather used it. My Dad uses it. And Paul uses it… he once tried a different brand and I was like “Um, I don’t think so!” Kind of scary to be that attached to deodorant. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting these cookies. You had me at chocolate. And Oreo-like.

  50. Bookmarked, pinned and delicious milk chocolate cookies 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  51. Joanne these cookies do look heavenlyand very, very addictive!

  52. Reeni says:

    I wish those were my bite marks! I’d love to follow up those enchiladas with a fist full of these! Friday night made. I love Old Spice! I’d be following you around like a puppy.

  53. Krista says:

    These look absolutely wonderful, Joanne, soft and chewy and delicious.

  54. You’ve got some really sound reasoning right there, but really I don’t think I’d need any excuse to scarf down several of these. They look divine.

  55. Lynn says:

    You had me at buttercream!

  56. Danguole says:

    Malted anything is the bomb! I know it’s sacrilege to some people, but these look way, way better than Oreos. #sorrynotsorry

  57. grace says:

    i can’t say that i like the flavor of malt, but that doesn’t mean i don’t find these lovely and very appealing! nice work!

  58. Kate says:

    I used to love smelling like the guys – I used guy deodorant for years! Now we both use the Old Spice body wash. I bet I smell just like you!

  59. julie says:

    Oh my! These sound so heavenly..I have such a weakness for malt in anything!!

  60. that looks so good! my little grandkids will adore these…

  61. dina says:

    they look delicious!

  62. Lynna says:

    Oreo like cookies??? I`m so down. Oreos are like my favorite cookie sandwiches!!

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