Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

All the flavors of Tiramisu in little sandwich cookies!

Espresso chocolate cookies held together with a Kahlua and mascarpone filling. www.lemonsforlulu.com

I was a bit disappointed when the beginning of December came around and we didn’t have a Christmas tree.  It was that late Thanksgiving that threw everything off.  It’s not as though I HAVE to have our tree up by the beginning of December, it’s just that if you’re going to go through all that work to put it up, you want to enjoy it for as long as possible.

Each year we get a live tree.  I make our family drive the 40 minutes (one way) to a quaint tree farm out in the country.  In my mind, the whole experience is way more merry than the reality.  It’s like childbirth, immediately afterwards you proclaim you’ll never do that again, but then you promptly forget how awful the whole thing was and you find yourself going through it once more!

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It’s not truly the nightmare I’m making it out to be.  It’s just that the five us can rarely agree upon the perfect tree.  The whole indecision frustrates my husband who never wanted to cut down a tree in the first place!  I have one eye on him and his deteriorating disposition and one eye on the kids frolicking in the mud.   Finally my husband decides upon the tree closest to him, hacks away at it and drags it to the car, where he’ll spend a good 20 minutes securing it to the top while we all stand around and watch.

My husband was much happier this year.  We had ice and snow the beginning of December.  Although I love the idea of cutting down a tree, there was no way I was going to brave any sort of element just for an evergreen!  We resorted to a nursery 5 minutes from home.  It was the same experience, but it was quick and easy.  Our tree was up and decorated within an hour.  My husband’s grinning face and shining eyes were priceless.  When all was said and done, his happiness mattered more than a freshly cut tree.  I’m sure next year, when talk turns to cutting down a Christmas tree, he will produce this post and remind me that I said his happiness should come first.

Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies www.lemonsforlulu.com

Since we no longer had to devote an entire day to procuring the perfect tree, I found myself with extra time to bake.   I love Tiramisu.  I usually make it for our Christmas dessert.  Since I was turning all sorts of traditional desserts on their heads (like turning Buckeyes into cookies), I turned Tiramisu into sandwich cookies.  Two chocolate, espresso flavored cookies surround a slightly sweet mascarpone filling boozed up with a little Kahlua liqueur.  Addictive?  Yes.  I suppose nothing beats traditional Tiramisu, but then again, I thought nothing would beat cutting down your own Christmas tree.

Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies; espresso chocolate cookies with a Kahlua and mascarpone filling.  www.lemonsforlulu.com


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Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies
For the cookies:
  • 5 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
For the filling:
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua Liqueur
  1. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and butter. Heat over low heat until both have melted. Stir until smooth and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour. Baking powder, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in cooled chocolate mixture followed by flour mixture. Beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Let batter stand for 10 minutes in order to thicken up.
  4. Preheat oven to 375. Drop dough by tablespoon full about onto a lined baking sheet, keeping each cookie about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are set and cookies are slightly cracked. Let cool for 1 minute before removing to a cooling rack.
  5. For the filling:
  6. Beat together mascarpone and cream cheese. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and liqueur. Spread a healthy tablespoon of filling on the flat side of one cookie, top with another cookie. Makes 12 sandwich cookies. Store assembled cookies in an airtight container.
  7. Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens


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57 Responses

  1. I love Tiramisu and if I can get it into my mouth quicker with these cookies then I’ll take a dozen please! Pinning!

  2. I love how these cookies look crackly, but I know that they’re fudgy on the inside! Great flavor combo!

    • Thats exactly right Kari! Thank you!

  3. That first photo is GORGEOUS Tanya! I want these in my belly like right now! That Kahlua filling sounds to die for!

  4. huntfortheverybest

    they look delish!

  5. I adore tiramisu so can only imagine how lovely these cookies are. The filling looks to die for!! And maybe the 5 minute away nursery isn’t so bad- getting your tree up in an hour?! Score!

    • Liz, I think only spending an hour on the tree was the best thing! I love Tiramisu too!

  6. Oh. My. GAHHHHHHHH Tanya. These cookies! Lovvvvve.
    We live right next to the NC mountains where the nation’s best Christmas Tree farms are located (this is where they get the white house tree!) and we have never cut our own lol. But in my mind the nostalgia is wandering a tree lot run by the farmers that drive them down from the mountains, everything all lit up with Christmas lights PLUS those guys will tie it to your car for you. Mission accomplished.

    • There is something to be said for not having to tie down your own tree. That is my husbands least favorite part. Lots of cursing and crumbling takes place.

  7. I had visions of the movie Christmas Vacation going through my head as I read this Tanya!! I love that movie, and I have never even considered cutting down my own tree that far away from home because of it, lol. 😉 These cookies are definitely not a chore, and well worth enjoying…instead of chopping down a tree!

    • Agreed! No more chopping-much more eating! Thanks Lisa!

  8. These look delicious, Tanya. Seriously, I want to eat like 20 of these sandwich cookies!

    • I could probably eat 20 too! Thanks Nicole!

  9. Mmmm Tanya that looks great! Love the photos, and I love tiramisú. What a great way of revamping a classic =) And the idea of your husband bringing up this post next year when it comes time for Christmas tree scouting makes me laugh! Luckily for me, my SO never really reads my blog so he never knows what I write (or when I write about him! haha)

    • Lisa, he reads all my posts (by request from me) and I KNOW he’ll remember my words! Thanks for your compliment Lisa!

  10. These are fabulous! I love a good live tree. We used to go to a farm, now we go to Home Depot, ha. :)

    • The farm is wonderful, but I think we found our new way to get a tree! So much easier!

  11. No offense meant to the Oreo company nor their supporters but THIS is the way sandwich cookies should be made. They sound wonderful, Tanya.

    • Thank you John. I don’t think I can eat an Oreo again!

  12. We get a live tree every year too….but it has changed over time. We used to all go to a tree farm and chop one down, then just Jorden and the girls went…..now I just send him to a lot where they are already cut :) Oh well. More time to make these delicious little bites is perfect…..I adore tiramisu and need to try these!!

  13. These sound sooooo good! I’m a tiramisu fanatic too, and love this twist on one of my favorites!

  14. These cookies sound incredible Tanya! My hubby loves Tiramisu and what a fantastic idea to make them into sandwich cookies instead – pure genius :) Pinning and thanks so much for sharing :)

    • Thanks Kelly! My hubby is a big fan of tiramisu too. I’m a big fan of Kahlua!

  15. Bea

    I am so loving your recipes! I have just been in heaven looking at them all. I like to switch all my recipes around too. It just depends on what kind of mood I am in!

  16. I am not a fan of Tiramisu (the whole espresso thing), but oh my goodness. I might just have to try these because they look too good not to!

    • You could leave out the espresso and they’d still be awfully tasty!

  17. I’ve had trouble before making actual tiramisu, so I love your much easier cookie version!

    • Thanks Carly, these were much more portable and easy to share!

  18. Oh my! I love the sound of these cookies. All the yumminess of tiramisu without all the work. Awesome.

  19. This looks absolutely amazing! Many thanks for the share, I will definitely give it a try over the weekend.

  20. […] and, let’s be honest, a little complicated. That being said, when I saw these mouth-watering Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies from Tanya, I knew I had to make them as soon as possible. What a fun treat! Two super fudgy double […]

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  22. sherri

    Sono inamorato!

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