weekend magic – german chocolate sandwich cookies (gluten-free)

by hungryrabbit on July 13, 2012

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free)

M and I had the most wonderful time last weekend upstate with our friends. Jackie, Margaret, and I have been talking about a cooking weekend for a while—we finally did it, and it was a blast. Those of you who followed me on Twitter and Instagram would have seen the food-filled photos.

With high expectations, we planned all cooking ahead of the weekend. By Saturday afternoon, we were satiated and simply needed a break from the constant feeding and sampling. Even the lingering scents of food in the kitchen made it feel like just breathing caused caloric intake.

So, off we went to the movies.

As if we, I meant me, really took a break from eating, I brought along dessert snacks for the theater. The ladies insisted that we see Magic Mike, a movie that is sure to rival the fierceness of Showgirls for bad-cult-movie status. Instead of topless showgirls with really bad dialogue, it’s top AND bottomless male strippers with equally sad script. M, Jackie’s boyfriend, and I were the handful of males in the audience. At first it felt like we were crashing a bachelorette party, but 20 minutes and the roomful of ladies became demure. The thrill was definitely gone.

The movie was unnecessarily long. Thank goodness I had my German Chocolate Sandwich Cookie to help endure the bump & grind. I’m sure the cookies would have better with coffee or tea that afternoon, but everything happened organically throughout the weekend, including a first try at Scrabble, Food edition.

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free)

yield: thirteen  3-inch sandwich cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Pecan Cookies

adapted from Everyday Food
yield: twenty six 3-inch cookies


3 cups (12 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup (3 ounces) Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
4 large egg whites, room temperature


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325℉. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, espresso, and cinnamon; stir in chopped chocolate, coconut and pecans. Add egg whites; stir with silicon spatula until just incorporated. Mixture will be thick.

2. Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough, approximately 3 inches apart, onto 2 silpat or parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time until cookie are set, about 20 to 25 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks; let cookies cool completely.


adapted from Cook’s Illustrated


2 large egg yolks
6 ounces evaporated milk (1/2 can)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3-1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cups sweetened shredded coconut, (about 3-1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (3 ounces), toasted


1. Whisk yolks in medium saucepan; gradually whisk in evaporated milk. Add sugars, butter, and salt and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is boiling, frothy, and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla, then stir in coconut. Transfer mixture to bowl and cool until just warm. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. (Pecans are stirred in just before cake assembly.)


1.Using an offset spatula, spread about 2 tablespoons of filling onto the bottom of a cookie. Sandwich together with a second cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn July 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

Ken these look and sound wonderful!! I have not made any pecan based cookies yet, these sound great with the cocoa and coconut!

Brian @ A Thought For Food July 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

Ken, I haven’t seen a cookie that looks this good in a long time. And how great that they’re gluten free!

Your ladies weekend ;-) sounded amazing! I can only imagine the amount of food you all consumed.

Adryon July 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

Ken – These cookies are gorgeous! Love the sheen on the chocolate.

Lynn July 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Divine! I think I know what I’m making for weekend enjoyment now that it’s cooler outside and I can turn my oven on!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

These are stunning!

Margaret July 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

These were SO good that I wish I had more than one in the movies. I could have kept eating these while I watched Big Dick Richie! Hope he gets more screen time for the sequel. ;)

Georgie July 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

They look amazing! Sounds like such a fun time with some really great friends. Luck you!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

This is absolute perfection!

Jo@foodepix.com July 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

This looks delicious and your pictures are amazing. Would love for you to share your photos with us.

Gina July 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

What beautiful pictures!These cokies look delicious and perfect! I can imagine how fabulous it tastes.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

These look delish… What a fun idea for cookie sandwiches, and I love that they are gluten-free!

Meeta July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

oooh Ken these are really looking amazing and love the ingredients pecans, coconut, cocoa – some good things going on in these!

Javelin Warrior July 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

I love dropping by to drool over your latest creations – these are stunning and I wish I could grab one through the screen! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…

hungryrabbit July 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

Hi Mark, or is it Frank? Thank you for the continuing shout out on your blog. I would totally serve you a platter of these if I could. – Ken

MikeVFMK August 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Chocolate sandwich cookies? Normally that is all I need to hear but the images are so bloody good, Ken. I’m staring and wanting. Lots of them.

Sweetsugarbelle August 8, 2012 at 4:09 am

I’d rather have these cookiea than see the movie ANY day of the week! I can almost taste them!

jas September 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

Sounds like a delicious weekend, pity about the movie. Although, it looks like these cookies made up for it – yum!

Lisa May 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

These look amazing. My dad’s favorite is German Chocolate Cake and I can’t wait to make these for him. I was wondering if you had ever tried to freezing them and how they survived.

hungryrabbit May 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

Hi Lisa, the cookies will freeze well. Though I have not done so, I suspect the filling will do as well. Happy Baking -Ken

K July 9, 2013 at 1:01 am

I may sound silly, but are the egg whites whipped and then folded in?

hungryrabbit July 9, 2013 at 7:13 am

Hi K, not a silly question at all. Egg whites are simply added into the dry ingredients without whisking. Happy Baking! -Ken

Yb December 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

These cookies are the most incredible ever. Very easy to make, just a little more time. The cookie would be great even without the filling. I would recommend the silpat as noted in the recipe, just a little difficult to remove from the pan, but doable.
You wont be disappointed. Thank you

Ava Kinsey December 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

I made these tonight, I am waiting to have them tomorrow.
They were easy to make. Mine were bigger than the picture, but I am going to enjoy ONE with my coffee.

hungryrabbit December 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Ava, hope you’ve enjoyed these cookies as much as I had. Happy Holidays! -Ken

Donna February 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Where do you get your nuts? The only place I’ve found that carries certified GF pecans is Nuts.com, but the shipping is killing me!!

hungryrabbit February 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hi Donna, I get them from http://www.ohnuts.com. However, you should call to verify if they are GF. -Ken

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