Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Tiramisu_Cookies2 My dad's all-time favorite dessert is tiramisu.  Unfortunately, for him at least, nobody else in my family is too fond of it.  When ever we go out to eat, particularly at an Italian restaurant, he always suggests splitting a tiramisu for dessert.  The rest of us always pretty reluctant, because - well, you know.... Most tiramisu, in my opinion, are over-soaked in booze and soggy (although I did make dad a rad tiramisu for Father's Day that was pretty fabulous).

When creating new recipes, one of my favorite things to do is to take a classic treat and give it a new twist.  Since I usually like tiramisu components on their own (heavy cream, coffee, booze, layer of cookie), I thought I'd try to switch 'em up in honor of dear ol' dad.

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Last year, I made the most spectacular double chocolate cookies.  They were rich, crisp on the outside, and fudge in the middle.  With an addition of some espresso and cappuccino chips, they became the base of these Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies.  Coffee-spiked mascarpone makes for a creamy filling in this hand-held treat.

FOR THE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE AND ESPRESSO COOKIES:

- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour - 1/4 tsp baking powder - 1/4 tsp salt - 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder - 10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped - 1 cup granulated sugar - 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened - 3 eggs - 1 tsp vanilla bean paste - 1/2 cup chocolate chips - 1/2 cup cappuccino or coffee-flavored chips (use chocolate if unavailable).

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Head on over to Best Friends for Frosting for the full recipe.