Fig and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Fig and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream are a fun twist on a dessert classic! These sandwich cookies are everything you crave in a sweet treat and more. The cookies are pretty traditional except for the sweet chewiness you get from the figs. The vanilla bean buttercream gets piped onto each cookie, providing a luscious creamy sweet filling! This dessert recipe is a must-have in achieving that sweet tooth fix!

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I KNOW!

I posted two dessert recipes in a row! I surprise even myself sometimes. Really though, I was thinking to myself just last week that it was time I posted another sweet dessert recipe. I really try to avoid it, but for the sake of not seeming like I only post savory recipes, it was time. By this point if you know anything about me at all, you know I absolutely hate to bake (sweets). It is NOT my forte. I think it’s because I have no patience when it comes to baking. I hate waiting. I hate getting my hands dirty. I hate turning my oven on when it’s over 80 degrees F (as it was today). I am completely ok with store-bought cupcakes and cookies. Don’t judge me.

It’s all so weird though because I have an incredible amount of patience when it comes to savory recipes. Maybe this is because I have more confidence in my savory recipes. Who knows…I do know, that I don’t MIND baking cookies. I normally don’t have to worry about the altitude, where I do when I am forced to bake a cake or something similar. I actually think I can be rather good at baking cookies. Also, they are quick to make. Uh, bonus. They are also not difficult to make. Uh, double bonus. I also normally have all the ingredients I need on hand to bake cookies, which makes them a great pantry recipe.

So here we are, and I’m sharing a recipe for fig and chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with vanilla bean buttercream. I was craving cookies this week and to rectify the situation (and the desire I DID NOT have to go to the grocery store), baking them up was a must. I am so happy that I did too. If I can bake, trust me, so can you…and this recipe is simple, quick and satisfies that sweet tooth like no other.

Recipe for these fig and chocolate chip cookie sandwiches is below. Pair them with a chocolate stout or a barleywine (it will really highlight the fig) and have a wonderful weekend friends! xo

Fig and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream are a fun twist on a dessert classic! | www.cookingandbeer.com

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Fig and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Yields 24 cookie sandwiches

30 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

41 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Fig and Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped dry figs
  • Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • seeds from 2 vanilla beans
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, with paddle attachment fixed, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium for 1 minute or until fluffy. Add each egg one at a time, incorporating the first one fully before you add the second one. Add the vanilla extract and mix again to combine. Mix in the chocolate chips and finely chopped figs by hand. Form the the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place them on the cookie sheets, evenly spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Flatten them SLIGHTLY with the palm of your hand (they should still be puffy...don't flatten them the entire way). I got about 42 cookies. This amount may vary.
  4. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to wire racks to cool the rest of the way.
  5. While your cookies are cooling, prepare your buttercream. In the bowl of your stand mixer with whisk attachment fixed, cream together the butter and seeds from vanilla beans. Beat on medium for about 2 minutes. Add the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Add the milk and salt to taste. Mix the buttercream until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, pipe the buttercream onto the underside of half of your cookies. Top with the remaining cookies. Enjoy the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches immediately or store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Notes

If you would like to dip your cookies in chocolate, simply melt 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments (stirring after each increment) until completely melted. Dip the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches halfway into the chocolate. Transfer them to a piece of parchment paper to harden.

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  • Oh yum, Justine! When I saw these on Instagram my eyes nearly popped out of my head! Your photos are gorgeous and I can practically taste these. I wish I had one right now!

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Haha, I’m the exact opposite Justine, way more confidant with the baking then the cooking! These cookies look amazing!

  • Love these cookie sandwiches! I think baking is totally your forte! These look gorgeous! The fig and chocolate chip combo sounds amazing!