If you’re a fan of chocolate dipped strawberries, you’ll do flips for these brownie sandwich cookies with fresh strawberry buttercream, dipped in melted chocolate! Perfection in a dessert!
Have you ever been to Zupa’s? It’s a cute little cafe that serves salads, soups and sandwiches. We like to go there when we’re visiting family in Utah. It’s really yummy!
But, the even more exciting kicker is that they always place a single (and often very large) chocolate-dipped strawberry to the side on the tray so you can savor it after the meal. My baby has yet to learn of the phenomenal deliciousness of dipped strawberries, so the hubby and I always do rock, paper, scissors over who will get to eat that extra gem. 🙂
It occurred to me the other day that the world (and surely even Pinterest) were really missing out on the possibility of enjoying chocolate dipped strawberries in cookie form. That’s just a crime!
So I set out to bring a fast and scrumptious solution to that problem. I decided to use a brownie mix, as opposed to the chocolate cake mix that is often used in sandwich cookies. Boy, was that a good idea! The brownie cookies are super fudgey and dense when kept in the fridge.
The buttercream frosting is infused with fresh mashed strawberries for the most incredible zing of fruity heaven! And then, because that’s not over-the-top enough, I dipped them in melted chocolate!
Well, it wouldn’t be a chocolate-dipped strawberry cookie if you didn’t dip it in melted chocolate! 😉 When the chocolate hardens in the fridge, it makes for the best first few bites! I would have dipped the entire thing in melted chocolate had my waistline not rudely reminded me that it’s swimsuit season.
And, I need to be able to fit in that dress for the upcoming wedding. Curses! So, a half dipped strawberry-filled sandwich cookie will have to suffice for now. 🙂
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Sandwich Cookies
- 1 brownie mix 18 oz. I used Duncan Hines
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour plus 1 or 2 Tbsp., if necessary
- 1/2 cup 1 cube butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- Strawberry Buttercream:
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. mashed strawberries I didn't want to puree because I wanted small pieces
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 c. butter softened
- 1 c. chocolate chips melted (or your favorite dipping chocolate), you may need to thin it with a little shortening, I didn't end up thinning it
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine brownie mix, vanilla, flour, butter and egg. Scoop or form into 1 1/2" balls and place 2" apart on a greased or non stick baking mat lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for approximately 8-9 minutes. If you want the cookies to be flat, press down the dough balls slightly before baking, otherwise they will have a little more dimension. If it looks like the first sheet of cookies in the oven is spreading out too much, add 1-2 Tbsp. more flour to the remainder of the dough.
- Allow cookies to sit on sheets for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- For the buttercream frosting, cream together all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Frost a cookie, sandwich with another, and place frosted cookies in the refrigerator so the frosting can set completely.
- After frosting is set, melt chocolate in a tall microwavable container or cup and dip sandwich cookies halfway in it. Place cookies back in the refrigerator so chocolate can set.
*One batch of cookies only makes 12 sandwich cookies, so you'll probably want to double the cookie recipe, but the frosting recipe listed above should be more than enough for a double batch of sandwich cookies.
You’ll probably want to double the recipe listed below (just for the cookie part). Because, I’m no math whiz, but 24 individual brownie cookies will only make 12 sandwich cookies, and that’s just not enough! Trust me when I say these things will disappear fast at your summer gatherings! You’ll be glad you made that extra batch.
These cookies are soooooo….delectable! I’m wishing I had one in my hand right now!