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Cream Wafers – Cookie Recipe

Cream Wafers - layered with icingMy next few posts will include the cookie recipes I have introduced to you in my Christmas cookie post.

I am starting with my most favorite cookies, the Cream Wafers.  If you read the ingredients, you might not be able to envision how decadent these really are. They are very light and flaky, resemble a puff pastry, and practically melt in your mouth.

For your convenience, I am also including pictures of the final step by step preparation instructions, which are very important for a successful outcome of this product.

This recipe yields about 4-5 dozen of cookies.

### Printable recipe is located at the bottom of this post ###


Cream Wafers - dipped in granulated sugar

Cut out cookies are placed on plate filled with granulated sugar.

Cream Wafers - pricked with a fork  

Each cookie is pricked with a fork about 4 times, to let the steam out during baking, helping it to puff out).

Cream Wafers - already baked

Cookies are all baked to a delicate flaky decadent morsels.

Cream Wafers - plain single cookies Cream Wafers -single cookies with red sugar


They can be served plain, with sprinkles, or filled and formed into sandwich cookies.

Cream Wafers - layered with icing

Cream Wafers – Cookie Recipe

Cream Wafers – Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup heavy cream (whipping cream, not sour cream)
  • 2 cups flour, all purpose white flour
  • Pinch of salt (tip of a tea spoon)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Colored sugar (optional, for sprinkling on top)
  • Granulated sugar (for dipping)
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I prefer rum extract)
  • 1 ½ oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate, melted (I melt it in a microware for 1 ½ minutes, stirring halfway through).
  • Few drops of food coloring (optional, and only if you do not use chocolate)


  1. Combine butter and cream, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Mix in extracts.
  3. Add flour and mix well.
  4. Flour your hands, and divide the dough into, an orange size, balls.
  5. Place balls in a bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, or overnight.
  6. Take out one ball at a time, and massage, by squishing it in your hands, for 8-10 seconds.
  7. Flatten the ball, place it on a floured work area, and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.  (Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour as you are rolling it out.  But use flour sparingly as not to make the dough too dense, thus taking away from the flakiness of the cookies).
  8. Keep remaining dough balls in the fridge.
  9. Using a cookie cutter, cut out 1½ inch cookies (I use a circular shape).
  10. Fill a dinner plate with granular sugar.
  11. Transfer the rounds into the sugar.
  12. Coat both sides of rounds with sugar, pressing them lightly with your fingers.
  13. Gather the remaining dough from your work area, form into a ball and follow the above process until all the dough is done. (I try to work with all the fresh dough balls first, as these make the best cookies.  I keep the remnants of the dough from cut outs, in the fridge, until ready to use again.  At the end, I combine all the dough remnants, form them into a ball and follow the rest of the rolling/cutting out process.  These cookies will get denser with each roll out, as you are adding more flour during rolling.  So use as little additional flour as possible).
  14. Remove and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  You do not need to spread these far apart, as they do not spread out, but rather puff out upwards.
  15. Prick each cookie, about 4 times, with a fork (it lets the steam out during baking, helping it to puff out).
  16. If you choose to sprinkle these with colored sugar, this is the time to do it.
  17. Place in a preheated oven at 375o for 7-9 minutes, or just until set, but not browned (these remain at a very light color, even after baking).
  18. Remove and cool on cookie racks.
  19. You can use them plain, or with colored sugar, if you sprinkled them before baking:
  20. or make them into sandwich cookies, with the following filling (I love them the best with the chocolate filling).
  21. filling
  22. Cream all ingredients well, to spreading consistency.
  23. Add a drop of water, one at a time, if needed.
  24. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  25. Spread filling on the bottom side of each cookie, and cover it with another bottom side cookie (sandwich like).
  26. Repeat until all are filled.


Thicker cookie rounds will need longer baking time, and will result in lesser total quantity.

12 thoughts on “Cream Wafers – Cookie Recipe”

  1. Joe says:

    These are good, even without the cream center!

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    You are right, but I like them with the cream filling.
    My son also prefers having them without the cream.

  3. Suzy says:

    These look soooooo good, can’t wait to try them when I get home!!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    We’re enjoying lots of good food on our vacation. I think I’ll be gaining 7 lbs……. 🙂

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    Merry Christmas Suzy. Hopefully you and your family had an easy trip to visit your family for the Holidays.
    I know you will love these cookies, they really are wonderful.
    You will notice that I linked a couple of my cookie post to your website, as I used your recipes.

  5. All Women Stalker says:

    I feel like I have gained weight just browsing these recipes, SG. 😀


  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    You always manage to put a smile on my face.
    Now you know how I feel when I am making them, and taking numerous pictures before I settle on the best one.
    You know all this work requires a sampling here and there…lol
    I am definitely detoxing my body after the holidays….I will share a post about it, but meanwhile stay put, since I have spent several hours today to get more cookie posts to publish before the New Year!!

  7. busymom says:

    Mmm I love these cookies. They are a definite Christmas and special occasion staple!

  8. suburbangrandma says:

    Yes, in my book all cookies around the Holidays are a staple food.
    These are more fun to make with a helping hand from a couple of “elfs” .

  9. Maria says:

    Can these cookies be frozen?

  10. Suburban Grandma says:

    These cookies are at their prime taste when fresh, but they are still very good after being frozen. You can also freeze them without the filling, and fill them with fresh filling few days before use, once fully thawed.

  11. Oksana T. says:

    Instead of spreading the cookies with a cream could I spread with a jam?

  12. Suburban Grandma says:

    These cookies are very delicate, so be careful not to crush them during spreading the filling. I don’t see why not use any filling you like. Personally I love and semi-sweet chocolate filling for these. One of my son’s prefers them without any filling..hence without sandwiching them together…just plain individual cookies….go figure…lol
    I absolutely love these cookies…may favorite.

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