These cream wafer cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Its an old school Swedish recipe that my Grandma used to make. They are a flaky pastry dipped in sugar and then filled with sweet icing. You will love these melt in your mouth cookies!
Debbie and I want to share some of our favorite Xmas recipes with you. This is one of them…
My Grandma passed away a number of years ago. About 7 now. She was a feisty woman who lived on her own until the day she died, went on cruises with friends at 86, played the piano and sang, and made the best Christmas cookies in the world. Especially her Christmas cream wafer cookies!
The Christmas sandwich cookies she made were two flaky melt-in-your-mouth cookies that had sweet icing sandwiched between. The cookie part was more like pastry rather than a cookie and not sweet, but they were dipped in sugar before they were baked.
She always made them in little Xmas tree shapes and colored the icing in the middle pink or green. They were absolutely my favorite cookies in the whole wide world and I have kicked myself a million times since she died that I never asked her for the recipe. No one in my family had the recipe!
So… I searched. And searched. I tried a bunch of recipes that seemed like they might be it, but no deal. But finally, I found it! The recipe comes from the 1965 Betty Crocker Cookie Book which makes perfect sense. As soon as I read that and saw the pictures, I knew it would be the one.
I made these Christmas sandwich cookies first a little while ago and they disappeared before I had a chance to take some pictures! But I wanted to make them again anyways 🙂
I cant wait to make them for my mom this Christmas. I haven’t asked her, but I bet my Grandma made these for her for many years before I every had one. Im sure they will bring back some happy memories. They certainly do for me!
Christmas Cream Wafer Cookies
FOR THE PASTRY COOKIES
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter , softened
- 1/3 cup heavy or whipping cream
- granulated sugar for dipping
FOR THE FILLING
- 3/4 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
- 1/4 cup butter , softened
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- food coloring optional
MAKE THE COOKIES
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter and whipping cream till just mixed. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- On a lightly floured surface, using your rolling pin, roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough with your favorite Xmas cookie cutter. You don't want them too thin or they will just break when they are cooked.
- Cover a plate with a generous layer of sugar. Using a spatula, transfer cookies on to the sugar. Carefully dip each cookie to coat it with sugar. Place the cookie, sugar side up, on an cookie sheet lined with parchment or an ungreased sheet and prick each one with a fork 3 or 4 times.
- Bake approximately 7 to 9 minutes or just until set but not brown; remove from oven. Let them cool slightly and then remove from cookie sheet to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
MAKE THE FILLING
- In a medium-size bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract, beating until smooth. Divide the filling between two bowls and color each with a few drops of food coloring to make pink and light-green filling. NOTE: Thin with a little milk or water (a few drops) if necessary.
- When cookies are cool, spread approximately 1/2 teaspoon Creamy Filling on a cookie, then press another cookie against the filling to make sandwiches. Repeat with remaining cookies.
- Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Traci | Vanilla And Bean says
Look at those flaky layers in that cookie! Daaaanngggg girl! It’s like biting into a cookie scone or pie…or . Oh my, I need to put these on my list! I am really glad you found this family recipe and I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing Julie and welcome back!
Julie and Debbie says
Thanks Traci! Yes, just like a pie. With icing. lol. You will have to let me know how yours turn out.
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com says
These look so great, and I love the story behind them as well! I can’t wait to try them. 🙂
Julie and Debbie says
Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for the comment! Let us know how they turn out! Im willing to bet you will love them! BTW, I just checked out your blog and its so awesomely full of yummy things. My first love is baking and I cant wait to try some of your recipes…!
Diana Plensdorf says
I plan to make these for the upcoming holidays. They look absolutely perfect! One question: do you recommend filling them just before serving, or can they be filled and kept? Also, how long can they be kept?
Julie & Debbie says
You wont be disappointed! These are sooo wonderful. You can fill them ahead of time or just before. Whatever works best for you. They can be kept for a few days at least. I would keep them in the fridge though if you are storing for more than 2 days.
My auntie always made these they were a family favorite. She recently passed away and I could not find her recipe. This is it. So thank you for making our Christmas complete
Julie & Debbie says
Yay! I just made a big batch of these last week. So delicious. Hope they turn out just like your Aunties 🙂