Favorite Holiday Cookie: Cream Wafers

There’s a cookie exchange going on…here’s our favorite!

This is by far my family’s favorite cookie. People have always assumed they are extraordinarily hard to make because of the delicate pastry and WOW, the butter cream filling. But quite frankly…they are a breeze to make. Keep that to yourselves, K?? When we ran our catering business, Kneadful Things, we probably made well over 10,000 over the 12 years we were in business. Below is a picture tutorial/recipe. As always gather all your ingredients before you start.


You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 sticks butter at room temp (do not substitute)
  • sugar for coating cut outs
  • cookie cutter of your choice (the fluted ones like shown work BEAUTIFULLY)
  • flour for dusting your work area
  • Set your oven to 375

For Filling:

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
  • flavoring of choice (I use 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a 1/2 tsp coconut & lemon)
  • Coloring if you like

I use parchment lined cookie sheets.

Cut the butter into the 2 cups of flour with a pastry cutter or fork until it is mealy…like cornmeal. Add cream all at once and mix until thoroughly incorporated.


Roll 1/3 the dough out adding just enough flour to keep it from sticking to the surface (I use a silicone mat). DO NOT over work your dough or your cookies will be tough. Cut what you can from this rolling and set the scraps to the side to use ONE more time. After the second rolling, discard the dough – too “used” to use, ya know?


Place your cut outs into a plate of sugar to coat.


Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and prick each one with a fork (3-4 times- no need to get “creative” like Husband!).


Bake about 10-11 minutes until set…not browned. Remove to a wire rack till cooled.


Mix your filling ingredients with a mixer until light. Spread one cookie and top with another. Makes a YUMMY sandwich cookie and delish with a great cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee!


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Oh Yum!! Thanks so much for coming by and posting! I will definitely have to try this.

These look amazing! I never dreamed they would be so easy to make. I have bookmarked because the little diva’s will for sure want to try them for our cookie trays. :)
Yum! Thanks for sharing.
I popped over from Tracy’s cookie exchange and boy am I glad I did.


thanks for sharing the recipe! these are defintely on my list to try this week.

thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

Yummy! I need a good recipe for a cookie swap Friday. I might give these a try! How many does one batch make? I need 6 dz cookies for the swap!!

Depends on what cutter you use but I would say this recipe averages 2 1/2-3 dozen since it is a sandwich cookie and you need two halves. So I would definitely double it. Or better yet make two batches. This dough doesnt freeze. You may certainly use another shaped cutter…round or even a small-ish heart. Good luck!

Thanks! I have the perfect flower and heart cutters for these.

These look absolutely heavenly. I’ve never seen a recipe like this before. Can’t wait to try ‘em. Thanks for sharing :)


These are my favorite christmas cookie too. Last year just for the family and gift exchanges we made 500. Ours look a bit different (round) and a bit thinner but same basic recipe. I am thrilled to see others love them too.

Susan — Aren’t these so very pretty? And tasty, too, you say? I’m sure they would go so well with that delicious coffee. I’m the happy winner of coffee and cocoa from you and I must say that coffee is soooooo good!! Thanks again for your generous gift/drawing. I’m a happy girl!

They look yummy!!!!
What temp do we need to heat the oven to? Did I miss that part???

Oops! 375! Sorry about that!

Going to edit now!

HEY!!! There it is under WHAT YOU WILL NEED!! Yeah wasnt missing after all. Probably needs to be in plainer sight but it is there!

Let me know how they turn out.

Diana Forrest

I will make these for sure. Wish I had seen this recipe sooner for my Red Hat Tea party last month, but I am sure there will be another event! :)

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