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.