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Feb 162015

Coffee and Irish cream Sandwich cookies

He could barely contain his excitement when I announced that I would be baking a batch of grown up cookies. Not that he doesn’t like the kiddie kind cookies. He eats them all. And they vanish without leaving any trace around his waist, much to my dismay and envy. But I digress.

Back to grown up cookies. The kinds that are boozy with that heady flavor. I have been meaning to make some coffee cookies for a while, so I found the perfect opportunity to try the cookies infused with coffee and Irish cream.

Coffee and Irish cream Sandwich cookies

The coffee and Irish cream sandwich cookies are speckled with coffee flakes and doused in Irish cream, then filled with a silky french buttercream spiked with irish cream. These were cookies he got to enjoy all by himself. Ok I might have eaten one or a few, but since the kid had her own stash of non spiked simple shortbread cookies, the bigger kid did not have to share them.

Coffee and Irish cream Sandwich cookies

Coffee and Irish cream Sandwich cookies


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Coffee and Irish Cream Sandwich Cookies

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Coffee and Irish Cream Sandwich Cookies


    For the Cookies
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs Instant coffee
  • For the Irish cream filling
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs Irish cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


    Make the Cookies
  1. Whisk together both flours, baking powder, coffee and salt.
  2. Beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour mixture in two - three batches, alternating with the irish cream. Once the dough forms, remove it from the bowl and gather into a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough. Using a lightly floured round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place about 1 inch apart on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Bake for 15- 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the Irish cream Filling
  5. In a medium bowl,beat the egg yolks until light in color, using a hand mixer.
  6. In a small pan combine lemon juice, sugar and the corn syrup. Mix with a silicon spatula until the sugar looks moist. Place over medium-high heat and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to boil. Allow the syrup to come to full boil without stirring it too much. Remove from heat.
  7. While the syrup is still hot, beat it into the egg yolks. Allow a steady thin stream of sugar syrup to fall into the yolks while you beat the mixture with the hand mixer. Once all the sugar syrup is added, continue to beat until the mixture thickens.
  8. Allow to cool down completely, before adding in the butter. Once cool, add to a the bowl of a stand mixer and in the butter, the irish cream and the powdered sugar. Beat until all the butter is mixed in a and your butter cream looks smooth and shiny.
  9. Make the Sandwich cookies
  10. Take a spatula and spread filling onto flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping flat sides down.


Irish cream filling recipe adapted from Rose's Neo classic Buttercream icing

  14 Responses to “Coffee and Irish Cream Sandwich Cookies”

Comments (13)
  1. How delicious, love the idea of a coffee cookie and that Irish cream buttercream sounds perfect!

  2. Coffee and bailey’s? I’m in! 🙂 Your cookies look delicious!!!

  3. Your cookies look so very pretty, I bet they taste great also.

  4. Wow! What terrific cookies. Love the flavor, and they look absolutely gorgeous. Really nice recipe — thanks.

  5. Yay for not having to share, because I’m not sure I’d want to either. Love the flavor combination of the coffee and Irish cream, Anshie!

  6. The cookies sound so good, and the photos are amazing!

  7. Dunkin and grown up…super super like. Those look slurrrrrrrp! You create magic. Yumm! I need to make those. Bookmarked.

  8. These shortbread cookies look divine! They’re the perfect guilty adult treat! Seems so unfair how some don’t gain a pound and get to have all the cookies they wish.

  9. Ok, tell Miss S, I need some of her un-spiked cookies because these look too good to not steal a few from her!
    I bet hubby was REALLY happy 🙂

    These look fantastic.

  10. You need to start taking orders for these. I will be your first customer and surely there will be along line behind me!

  11. The perfect cookie for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up treat.


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