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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!



Biscuit Making Video

We are working on getting completed in the next few days.  I had considered doing a DVD but what the heck, I will just post it and if you want it, it will be yours to view and hopefully it will be of some use to you.  So stay tuned….


Lucky us!

We had a very good day tooling about the big city and shopping.  Kitchen stores, the boardwalk, bookstores and Italian food.


Our last stop of the day was the “Gucci Brookshires”.  That’s what husband calls it.  It is in the very nice part of town and has an amazing meat and produce market and one of the few places we can get fresh lamb.  We mill around, some how put $114.62 worth of things in our shopping cart and check out.  We walk out the door and look across the parking lot and there is our vehicle with the back passenger side door standing wide open!  My heart sank.  My purse was on the front floor, all our purchases were in the back- probably close to $1000 worth.  Hannah’s 160 gig IPOD was on the seat in the middle section. My cell phone was plugged in in the front section.  Not my regular old cell phone but the one you can dial ANYWHERE in the world with!   Guess what!  All these things were STILL there.  Not a thing was taken.  Someone missed one heck of an opportunity.  Husband said they looked at the door standing wide open and said “Well, there’s nothing in there, the idiots left the door open.”   Probably so. So that was was an interesting end to a very nice day together.  Seriously we had a great day.  The weather was perfect and everyone found the things they were looking for.  Benjamin even bought some escargot he has been wanting to try.


So tonight’s supper will be mussels (another thing we wanted to give a whirl) and escargot!  What a treat!  And Husband said he would make some salmon patties to put on the grill in case we dont like the gourmet choices.  So that is my exciting story to start off the week.  Husband’s surgery will be Wednesday so stay tuned for those results.

Merry Monday to you all.  And check those car doors when you get out to shop!

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