Buttery Sugar Wafer Sandwich Cookies

My mom and grandma used to make similar cookies every year before Christmas.

What took them hours and hours to make, I could inhale stacks of in just minutes.

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Even though I only got the pleasure of inhaling those cookies once a year when I was growing up, I thought they’d make a nice spring-is-almost-here cookie. Perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, and bridal shower season.

The uber-delicate little buttery cookies literally melt in your mouth. And sinking my teeth into the good old-fashioned thick buttercream is heavenly.

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Interestingly, there’s no egg in the dough and it’s made by creaming one stick of butter with a small amount of sugar and vanilla before adding flour. After adding the flour, the dough will be very sandy, pebbly, and dry. Add half-and-half or cream one tablespoon at a time, and mix. The dough will will be on the soft and sticky side and in a small-batch recipe like this, one tablespoon makes a difference. If you need to add a third tablespoon, go for it.

Transfer the dough to an airtight container and park it in the fridge for at least two hours, or up to five days, before rolling it out.

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Turn the dough out onto a floured Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or floured countertop and cover it with a piece of plasticwrap and roll it out to about one-eighth inch thick. The plasticwrap prevents dough from sticking to the rolling pin and makes for an easier, neater, and cleaner job.

Use a 2-inch cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to make rounds. You may make them smaller, in the one-inch range using a shot glass as your cutter if you don’t have a one-inch cutter, but I frankly don’t have the patience for anything less than two inches. God Bless my mom and grandma; they did.

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Re-roll your scraps and use every last bit of dough until it’s gone  because this is a small batch recipe, yielding only about 26 wafers, or 13 sandwiches. Place the rounds on a Silpat-lined baking tray and I refrigerated it for an hour before baking because after all that rolling, the dough was on the soft side and I didn’t want them to spread. I fit all 26 on one tray and they didn’t spread much at all.

Before baking, dredge each dough round through granulated sugar. It adds an extra dimension of texture and flavor to the smooth wafers and it’s a must.

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After they’ve been sugared and are on the baking sheet, pierce each cookie with the tines of a fork three or four times, making tiny impressions that remind me of tiny button holes. This is not only decorative, but it gives the steam a place to escape so the cookies bake flat and don’t puff up like little air balloons.

Bake them at 350F for about 7 to 9 minutes. I baked for 8 and I urge you not to leave the kitchen and to watch them like a hawk, literally staring inside your oven starting at about 6 minutes. They are small, full of butter, sugar, white flour, and are highly prone to burning.

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They’ll look glossy and shiny even when they’re done. You want them to stay light and golden and don’t let them turn brown because the melt-in-your-mouth quality just won’t be there. Pull them even if they look underdone because they firm up as they cool on the baking sheet.

While the cookies cool, make the buttercream. Beat one stick of butter, add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and beat until you have soft and fluffy buttercream, about 5 minutes. I find 1 stick of butter and 2 cups sugar gives me a firmer frosting, nice for a job like this when I want it to hold it’s shape, but if you prefer looser frosting, 1 1/2 cups sugar will probably do the trick.

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Add food coloring slowly, in the color of your choice. (Mint) extracts and food colorings are two things you can’t un-do once they’re in so go slowly. I used about 10 drops of red and it caught me off guard how fast it turned rosy-red-pink rather than pale-pastel-pink.

Dollop a heaping teaspoon of frosting into the center of one cookie, top with a second cookie, rotating the second cookie and smooshing it down slightly so the frosting disperses. I don’t bother with a pastry bag but if you like to make work for yourself, be my guest.

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The cookies are what I remember from childhood. Soft, buttery, light, delicate, and airy. They’re not cakey and not dry, which are problems that can plague many sugar cookies. The cookies themselves are more buttery than sweet, and the overall sweetness comes from the buttercream.

The melt-in-your-mouth quality is additively wonderful. The wafers practically dissolve when you bite in, and then you hit the creamy, rich, and dense buttercream and it’s such a great contrast. The baked in sugar crystals also add a bit of texture and make you just want another one.

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It’s really a good thing I didn’t make a larger batch because I could go to sandwich-cookie town on these. They remind me of being 10 years old and my mom and grandma leaving me alone with a container of them and in literally a half hour, the container was gone.

It’s just because pink food tastes better.

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Buttery Sugar Wafer Sandwich Cookies

My mom and grandma used to make similar cookies before Christmas, but I think they're too good to only eat once a year. They're a great springtime cookie, perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, or baby or bridal showers. The sugary wafter cookies are buttery, delicate, and literally melt-in-your-mouth. The buttercream is sweet, thick, dense and is the perfect compliment to the airy and light little cookies. This is a small batch recipe that's easily doubled. I adore these cookies!

Yield: about 26 two-inch cookies, 13 small sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: about 2 hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons+ half-and-half or cream (I used half-and-half)
about 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for dredging

Buttercream
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar
food coloring of your choice (I used 10 drops of red)

Directions:

  1. Cookies - To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or mixing bowl and hand mixer), add the butter and beat to soften and fluff it, about 1 minute.
  2. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, and beat to cream ingredients until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add the flour and mix to incorporate it. The dough will be very sandy, pebbly, and dry.
  4. Add two tablespoons of half-and-half or cream and mix. The dough will come together and it will be on the soft and sticky side. If your dough is sandy and dry and hasn’t come together, add 1 additional tablespoon of cream, or as needed, so it combines. I used 2 tablespoons and cannot foresee needing more than 3 tablespoons of cream, but add cream very, very slowly until it combines. Wrap dough in plasticwrap and transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for at least two hours, or up to five days, before rolling it out.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or floured countertop and cover it with a piece of plasticwrap to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin. Roll dough out to about one-eighth inch thick.
  6. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut out the dough into rounds (or if desired, cut them smaller in the one-inch range. Use a shotglass if you don't have a one-inch cutter). Re-roll your scraps and use every last bit of dough until it’s gone. I made 26 rounds to yield 13 sandwiches.
  7. Place rounds on a Silpat-lined, parchment-lined, or cooking sprayed baking sheet. I fit them all on one sheet. If dough has gotten soft while rolling and cutting it out, cover and refrigerate the tray for about an hour, which will help prevent spreading.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F. Before baking, place about 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and dredge each dough round through the sugar and return sugared rounds to baking sheet. Piece each round three or four times with the tines of a fork to give steam a place to escape so the cookies bake flat and don’t puff up while baking.
  9. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or just until they've set, rotating trays halfway through baking. I baked for 8 minutes. They’ll look glossy and shiny even when they’re done. Don’t let them turn brown in the least, and pull them even if they look underdone because they firm up as they cool. Don’t leave the kitchen and watch them like a hawk because they're small, full of butter, white flour, sugar, and are highly prone to burning. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on baking trays before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Buttercream - While the cookies cool, make the buttercream. Beat one stick of butter to soften and fluff it, about 1 minute.
  11. Add 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (I don't bother sifting), vanilla, and beat until soft and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Play with the sugar ratio depending on how thick you like your buttercream. I find 2 cups sugar gives me a frosting that’s just right for a job like this when I want a firmer frosting, but if you like looser frosting, 1 1/2 cups will probably do the trick.
  12. Add food coloring very slowly, in the color of your choice, and mix to incorporate.
  13. Frost one cookie generously with 1 to 2 tablespoons frosting, top with another cookie, sandwich them together, and lightly squeeze. Repeat until all cookies have been sandwiched. I don't bother with a pastry bag and use a knife and spoon. I used all but1/4 cup of the frosting and prefer to frost them liberally and thicker. Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Depending on your comfort level because of the buttercream, cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for day(s), or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. My grandma and mom kept these cookies at room temperature for days and store them based on your comfort levels.

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Do you have a favorite cookie memory or recipe? Anything special going on your Easter or Passover menu?

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100 comments

  1. Dressed up with pretty pink filling, your cookies are set for the holiday table. I can see how they might also be fitting for Christmas. And my guess is that the cookie tastes even better because it is imbued with loving memories with your mother and grandma.

    My sweet Easter memories and treats (besides Cadbury chocolates) are petit fours. (If the spirit moves you to visit, I’ve just posted the how-to on my site.)

  2. These look so pretty Averie. They are very similar to shortbread cookies, and with filling? Great idea!!

  3. I made these EXACT cookies a couple months ago for Valentine’s Day! Pink frosting and all! Except I dipped mine in chocolate because I’m not very good at leaving things alone. I’d never made them before that and they really are super easy and light and buttery. Perfect for Easter for sure. So pretty!! I think my cookies puffed a little when baking– wonder why?

    • The puffing could be due to the dough not being really well-chilled when going into the oven. I think with rollout/cutout cookies, the cooler the better, which is why after I roll out cookies like this, I re-chill the dough. Or, maybe you have overzealous baking powder/soda so they just puffed up more! I’m sure they tasted great regardless :)

    • I’ll re-visit this with extra refrigeration, I think. Thanks!

  4. These cookies are just adorable with the light pink frosting. They’re a perfect Easter cookie! They would make a perfect “tea” cookie for a little girl’s tea party, don’t you think? Instead of the traditional tea sandwiches you could serve up a batch of these. You could have different color frostings, like pink, green, yellow, etc. Have a great Monday girl! xoxo, Jackie

  5. Very cute! Too bad I’m not really an icing person. My favourite cookie memory is always Nanaimo bars at Christmas. But I would eat only the bottom and the top, and scoop out the middle!

  6. These are so cute! My little sister would LOVE the pink buttercream, these are totally happening!

  7. There is a local bakery that makes a buttercream filled sugar cookie sandwich–the frosting is different colors based on the holiday or season. Theirs are quite large and the cookie itself is also pretty sweet but they are good for sharing or spreading your sugar fix out over a few days! I plan to travel this weekend to see my parents and will be passing through Indianapolis (which has a Trader Joe’s). I really want to stop on my way home and do my grocery shopping there!

  8. I totally agree – pink food does taste better. I don’t think I’ve ever had these cookies before, but it sounds like I need to ASAP.

  9. These look so sweet and fun! Love that pink buttercream too!!

  10. Given that I also posted pink cookies today, I couldn’t agree more. Once again, we’re on the same page.

    There is nothing like a soft buttery cookie with LOTS of buttercream frosting. Those grocery store cookies are my downfall. I love them so much. I never bother with sandwich cookies, because I’m too lazy for all that piping business (and the associated cleanup), so I’m with you on the smooshing.

  11. These are so cute, and perfect for spring! These look way too good to have just once a year (:

  12. So cute, and I love the pink color! Perfect treats for Easter!

  13. Curse the snow on the ground here in the Midwest! I thought I was yearning for spring before, but you just kicked it up a notch. These are just beautiful! And I can imagine them melting in my mouth right now alongside my cup of coffee. Yum.

  14. Averie, these just look like spring! They make me want to get out my summer dresses, cold lemonade, and inhale stacks of them at once :) I LOVE simple buttery sugar cookies, and with thick cream frosting in the middle? Yes, please.

  15. Oh my goodness, these look like they would just melt in your mouth. Must try these! :)

  16. 3 inches of heavy wet snow here today and still coming down :-(. Then I see these beautiful bright cookies and they warmed me up. Sure wish I had some to warm up my tummy too. They look scruptious.

  17. I can’t believe how cute these little cookies are! And no egg? I need to try this one!

  18. These are absolutely adorable! I love any kind of melt-in-your mouth cookies : ) And of course the pink frosting is awesome … any pretty color in desserts is always a good thing!

  19. Pink food does taste better especially when its buttercream snuggled between two buttery cookies.

  20. YUM! It seems similar to a shortbread dough which means super buttery, flaky, and delicious!

    • But unlike shortbread that’s dense, dry, hard, and tastes like cardboard most of the time how most people make it, these are none of that :) Super moist, rich, flaky, buttery…like no other cookie I’ve ever had, actually!

  21. Those are some beautiful, eye-popping cookies!

  22. oh averie these look so pretty…so perfect…so right for Spring…i love cookies that have the memories that go with them. i bet i could just keep eating these too…they sound just delightful..thanks for sharing!

  23. OMG I’d die if my bridesmaids maid these for my bridal shower. Will you send them a kind email please? ; ) I could dive right in!

  24. I’m always up for a new vessel for buttercream consumption…and I love how you can adapt the color of the filling to whatever season it is! pastels for easter and spring are perfect!

  25. Averie, they are the perfect springtime cookie! And yes, bridal shower season cookie and for Mother’s Day and Easter. I know my mom would love these! They look VERY buttery – you aren’t lying! And made with no eggs at all, so interesting. They would be cute as little heart shapes for Valentine’s Day too! Oh the possibilities. I needed to see these today – we just got 3 inches of snow and more tonight. Seriously… spring, where are you?! PS: love the pretty pink linen!

    • Sally they are some of my favorite cookies of all time. PB, molasses, and these. All very different flavor profiles but for their flavor profile, these are the end-all-be-all cookie for me. I truly love them. And they are perfect to bring some spring cheer around, too :) The pink linen…ahhh, that was from cookbook photography last year. I dug it out for this shoot!

  26. These look incredible! You just can’t go wrong with butter! The pictures are phenomenal as usual … Where did you get those plates? They’re so springy;)

    • Got the plate from Target of all places 3 yrs ago. They had ONE singular plate like it, I bought it, and get more compliments on it when I use it in pics. It was truly a random find. If you go to Anthropologie, they have similar prints/plates.

    • Well they ARE adorable! Ever since I started on earnest with food photography I’m always on the lookout for cute dishes. Thanks for responding; ill have to check anthropologie out!

  27. These look incredible! You just can’t go wrong with butter! The pictures are phenomenal as usual … Where did you get those plates? They’re so springy;) I’m with Sally – we just got snow too – ugh!

  28. Cookies that melt in your mouth are divine! Sandwich cookies are even better, these look amazing!

  29. Such pretty cookies, Averie! I love the spring colors!

  30. Ha! Pink food definitely tastes better : D I love cookies that are super soft and melt in your mouth, so I know I’d love these. Of course buttercream doesn’t hurt either! Never seen cookies like these but so glad I discovered them.

    • Laura these are SO YOU!!! Knowing what I know about you, your style of food, eating, what you like, you are the perfect person for these cookies. They’re insanely good. They’re better than any photo can do them justice. They are not a common cookie; but one of those grandmother cookies that thank goodness I just wrote about so now I can look back on my own recipe b/c I love them!

  31. MMM these cookies look delicious. They sound delicious and similar to my moms shortbread (not dry or cardboard tasting) tons of butter and sugar and melt in your mouth! But with the buttercream (and pink buttercream at that) I would just stuff my face! The texture of the cookies looks perfect!

  32. These sound amazing Averie! I love butter cookies and frosting the most in the whole world.

  33. Isn’t that the way it is when we are children? We can gobble down many treats that take our parents’/grandparents’ ages to make and we are blithely unaware. I was laughing at your comment that if you like to make work for yourself, by all means, put it in the pastry bag before filling. LOL! Your way looks just fine! These are so pretty and pink and I love that they were a childhood favorite. My grandma made those chocolate crinkles with powdered sugar on top, fudge, snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies. We would then eat to our hearts’ content while sipping on tea sweetened with honey at her house. Such wonderful memories. My grandma is now gone, but I have many wonderful memories in her kitchen with her.

  34. Oh my, what an adorable little cookie with it’s pink filling :) these would be perfect to make for my little brothers wedding!

  35. These are just too presh for words!! They look melt in your mouth!

  36. I want to live next door to you !!!

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  38. What beautiful cookies! I love that they were something that you grew up eating; I love family recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  39. So cute! If I were a child, I’d want all my coats and sweaters to have buttons that were made out of these cookies. Thanks for sharing such a sweet, personal, recipe. :)

  40. You had me at pink frosting. These look yummy!

  41. These DO look moist and delicate …and not to mention scrumptious! (= (Pinning!)

  42. These are so pretty and perfect for spring! I love that you did not skimp on the buttercream in the middle. :)

  43. I love grandmother cookies because they are always baked with love. And because they always taste so good. These sound fantastic. As soon as Passover is over these will be tried but I finally bought coconut oil and can’t wit to dive into those brown sugar ones.

  44. My grandma made these cookies and called them “Dammit to Hell Cookies” because she always had trouble working with the dough! They were my absolute favorite thing she made though!

    • I love your grandmother’s name for them! This dough wasn’t impossible (I’ve had far worse) but anytime you have to roll out cookies rather than just scoop or drop them, it’s another step. I love that you know these cookies!

  45. These look amazing! What a great idea for Easter. Bright colors and a light flavorful cookie. Mmmm. I just pinned these. Thanks for sharing a great recipe. I found you at Tate and Tell Thursdays! Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com

  46. These cookies look so good! I’ve never seen anything like them before! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  47. these are so adorable! i love the frosting to cookie ratio : )

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