Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies


These Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies are my all-time favorite cookie recipe. It’s two light and flaky cookies sandwich together with rich and sweet buttercream. These are a must-make Christmas Cookie you’re going to love at much as I do!

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Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies:

The 12 Days of Christmas is about to get a whole lot sweeter thanks to ten delicious cookie recipes! Today (Day 2) is packed with holiday sweetness. Ten bloggers (a.k.a. Christmas Cookie Squad), including yours truly, have teamed up for a fun and delicious cookie swap. This is your one-stop spot for holiday cookies.

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

Because there’s a lot going on in this post, let me give you a quick overview. First, I’ll share my cookie recipe. The, I’ll link up to the nine other cookie recipes.

Sound good? As always, if you happen to recreate anything you see on IBC’s 12 Days of Christmas, be sure to post it on social media with the hashtag #IBCholiday. Additionally, if you’re making any of these cookie recipes, you can share those with #ChistmasCookieSquad. All of us bloggers love to see your take on our ideas, so be sure to let us know about your creations.

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

For my Cookie Swap contribution, I’m sharing my absolute favorite cookie – Cream Wafers. I will use any excuse to make these cookies, and I will pass up every other cookie if these are available. Sorry, chocolate chip.

Updated: I originally shared this recipe with tree-shaped cream wafter cookies. However, when I make them every year for Christmas, I do a circle cookie with green and red filling. As you will see throughout this post, there are a mix of the tree-shaped cookies and the round shape cookies. The recipe is exactly the same, I just used a different shaped cookie cutter.


Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

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Why are these cookies so yummy? Well, they are basically sugar and butter with a little flour to hold them together. How bad can that be? Soft flaky cookies sandwiched together with heavenly buttercream. Sometimes simple is best, and this recipe proves it!

I bake these cookies every year, but typically I just make them round. Since this is a special occasion, I decided to get creative and make trees. I made them fairly small, too. For easy eating of course. You can just pop them whole, right into your mouth.

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

How to Make Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies:

These cookies are simple to make, but they do take a little time and patience. Be sure to chill your dough before attempting to roll it out; it makes a huge difference.

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

Also, since these have a somewhat intricate shape, I decided to use a piping bag to add the filling. Normally, when working with round cookies, I use a butter knife, but piping made the process go faster. Plus, it cut down on mess.

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

Cream Wafer Tree Cookies | #IBCholiday

Cookie perfection. If you’ve never tasted or made these, I hope you’ll give them a try. They might become your new favorite. Let’s take a peek at the recipe.


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Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies #creamwafer #sandwichcookie #cookie #christmas #holiday #christmascookie #holidaybaking


Now that you have my cookie recipe, it’s time to check out the rest of the cookies recipes in the swap. Happy Baking!



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Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookie Recipe:

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, christmas cookie, cookies, dessert, sandwich cookie
Servings: 3 dozen
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Chilling 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 29 mins
These Cream Wafer Cookies are my all-time favorite cookie recipe. It's two light and flaky cookies sandwich together with rich and sweet buttercream. These are a must-make Christmas Cookie you're going to love at much as I do!




  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter 3-5 minutes until it's light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and then the cream. Mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least two hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a small tree-shaped cookie cutter. (Alternatively, you can use any style of cookie cutter you prefer.)
  • Add the sugar to a separate small bowl. Press the cut out trees into the sugar. Then, place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Prick with a toothpick or fork.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes, removing the cookies from the oven just before they start to brown. Remove them from the cookie sheet to cool.
  • In the meantime, make the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and salt until light and fluffy (This will take 3-5 minutes.) With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, and vanilla. Then add the food coloring. If the filling seems too thick, add more heavy cream until desired consistency is achieved.
  • To easily frost the cookies, put the filling in a piping bag. Once the cookies are cool, pipe the filling on the back of one cookie. Top with another cookie and press to secure.
  • Pack and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 19mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 281IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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  • Ashley ODell at

    These are one if my favorites too! Where did you get the cookie cutter? Yours are much cuter than mine!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s actually from Walmart! It worked perfectly.

      xo Michael

  • girlfromwva at

    i will have to look for and find a cookie cutter like yours…it does a wonderful job on the cookie shape!

  • JoeyfromSC at

    all of these cookie recipes above are making me drool lol:)

  • Elle at

    These are so cute! I like the green theme you have going. (Green is my favorite color.)

  • Colin Brumlow at

    These are so cute and festive!

  • Carol H at

    Best cookies ever! I love the tree cutter – I make round ones with red and green frosting at Xmas and oval ones with pastel colored frosting at Easter. We’ve had these every year since I was a kid in the 60’s – just found out a few years ago that the original recipe came from Marjorie Johnson, known as the “Blue Ribbon Baker” here in MN for all the blue ribbons she’s won at the State Fair. She’s in her 90’s & is about 4’2 – you may have seen her on talk shows – she was a favorite of Leno. Just some randomness for your day!

  • Chloe | Boxwood Avenue at

    What a great group of you guys! I loved following this loop cookie exchange! It’s my first time here, WHAT!? Love your ideas!

  • Jamison at

    Loving the 12 Days of Giveaways! (Secretly hoping I win something! I never win!) Thanks for the inspiration. Killian Dog and I are loving the ideas and transforming the house into a magical wonderland! #IBCholiday

  • Leah at

    My mouth is watering looking at these cookies! Seriously, can’t wait to try this recipe my friend.

  • Sharilynn at

    These look so deliciously perfect!

  • Rene at

    These are my favorite cookies. Made them with heart shaped cutters and various shades of red & pink frosting for Valentines day I took to the office and they wew gone in moments.

  • Lisa Currier at

    I just discovered this site…what have I been missing? It’s awesome!

  • Dottie Richey at

    These look delicious…and beautiful,as well. I have to say that every recipe you post just calls out to me! I’ve collected so many already. I don’t know if the drawing was Monday, Dec. 7th or today, Tuesday the 8th but I guess that posting a comment is the entry, right? Hope I’m not too late!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Dottie – you still have today to enter, however you need to use the entry form above. 🙂 Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • Dottie Richey at

    On the page I’m seeing on my iPad, there is no place to enter my email address.

  • Danielle at

    Hi! Question: No need for baking soda or baking powder for the cookies?

  • Judy G at

    These Cookies are so sweet. I also love the Christmas tree with the different colors of the rainbow. You have such good ideas. I will not do something like that this year, but maybe when Christmas is over I will indulge in some new ornaments. Thanks for all your hard work and letting us in on it.

  • Lindi at

    Do these freeze well?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ve never had any left over to freeze. Lol. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. One of the great things about these is the delicate cookie. I’m afraid you’d lose that by freezing them.

      xo Michael

    • lauren at

      We call these pain-in-the-butts or whiskey cutter cookies (used to use a shot glass to cut the circles) and my dad has been making them since I was born! We always freeze them and they freeze very well. Taste exactly the same to me after freezing.

      • Judith A Bryant at

        I was just going to say the same. I’ve been making these for decades. For weddings, graduations, or other special events I color the icing to match. I make a huge batch of cookies one day, another day ice and sandwich them. Then I freeze them until the event. I use a box, wax paper between layers. They keep very well. And even tastes nice frozen.
        I’ve tried many cutters over the years. The only way to keep a good shape is roll thicker. We prefer them really thin and crispy.

  • Kerry at

    Loving all your cookie inspiration!

  • Barbie at

    Can unbleached all purpose flour be used? If so, any additional ingredients needed?

    • Betty Hawley at

      Sorry to ask such a basic question, but what is the best type of flour to use?

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        I’ve made it with different kinds. Just use name brand quality all-purpose flour and you’ll be find.

        xo Michael

  • Susan Harrigan at

    Please verify there is no sugar in the wafer dough

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      There is not sugar IN the dough, but (as the recipe states) the dough gets dusted with sugar before baking.

      xo Michael

  • Hayley at

    The directions don’t say when to add the vanilla? Also, do you use confectionary sugar or granulated to dip the dough in?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You use granulated sugar to dip the dough into. It really doesn’t matter when you add the vanilla. I typically do it with the heavy cream.

      xo Michael

  • lauren at

    Love these and have never seen the recipe posted before! My dad has been making since I was born. We call them pain-in-the-butts (seriously, I’ve never heard of them as cream wafers lol).

    When my dad makes them he rolls the dough and then uses a modified round hair brush to get even holes throughout the dough before cutting the shapes – works like a charm!!

  • Melissa at

    I am trying to do my cookie making this year spread out (over 3 weeks) so it is not so much at once. I am trying to see which ones i can make ahead of time and store. Could these be made and stored for about 3 weeks before eating? Would you suggest freezing? Or could I just make the cookies and store them (freezer vs fridge), then fill right before eating?

  • Tracey at

    Thanks for the great looking recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try…quick question, have you (or any other readers) ever tried making these with gluten free all purpose flour? I have a daughter with celiac and I make most recipes with the substitution, but wasn’t sure about these due to the delicate nature of them. I also don’t want to muck up the recipe-lol
    Thanks in advance!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I haven’t personally, but maybe someone else will chime in.

      xo Michael

  • Elizabeth at

    Mine crumbled and fell apart! Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m not sure what happened?

      xo Michael

  • Dani at

    I found this recipe last year and have never had better. Just wanted to say thanks again for sharing and I am glad I was able to find you again! I hope you are doing alright through all this.

  • Phyllis at

    I”ve Made these cookies for years And they are really good.

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