If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have noticed that I was out of town the past couple days. I was actually in New York City again, hanging out with my friends from Better Homes & Gardens and dozens of fabulous bloggers. I will put together a recap for you on Monday.
Anywho, back to Fall Cookie Week. It’s hard to believe it’s already Saturday and there are only two cookies left. Have no fear though, I saved a couple extra-special cookies to close out the week. To be honest, today’s cookie is pretty much my favorite cookie in the whole wide world. I kid you not. I make them every Christmas and eat them for breakfast for weeks. It’s like a little piece of heaven.
This year I decided to make them early and give them a fall twist. While the flavor is the same, I jazzed up the dough and frosting with a little food coloring to make them resemble candy corn.
Now, before anyone says anything, I realize I messed up the color order. Traditional candy corn has orange in the center. I guess over the past year I’ve had ombre so deeply ingrained in my brain that I wasn’t thinking correctly. I’m just going to say that this color order is my creative expression of candy corn. Hope that’s okay with everyone.
You’ll notice that these cookies are primarily flour, butter, and sugar … but mostly butter and sugar. I think this explains why they are so amazingly delicious. My BFF and older brother will also attest to their awesomeness.
I’ve seen various ways to make these. My recipe is from my mom and I think it’s perfection. Usually the dough is kept its natural color and the filling is dyed green and red for the holidays, but as I said above, I’ve changed things up a bit for fall.
Anyway, on to the recipe (which, by the way, I usually double.)
Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Here’s what you will need:
1 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar for dusting
Optional: food coloring
1/2 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 – 4 teaspoons heavy cream
Optional: food coloring
In a bowl of a stand mixer (can also be done with a hand mixer), beat the butter until pale yellow. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour, then the cream. Mix until just combined. At this point, you can divide the dough in half and add yellow and red food to half of the dough to make it orange in color. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. I recommend something about 1 1/2- to 2- inches in diameter.
Add sugar to a small bowl. Lightly coat cut dough pieces with sugar. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Prick twice with a fork.
Bake at 375 degree F for 7-9 minutes or until just barely starting to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For the filling, in a bowl of a stand mixer (can also be done with a hand mixer), cream the butter until pale. On low, add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of heavy cream. At this point, you can also add the food coloring. In this case, I used yellow.
Once the wafers are cool, carefully spread filling on one wafer and then top with another.
I seriously can’t explain how much I adore these cookies.
While they are a little bit time consuming, they are completely worth the effort. The resulting wafers are flaky discs that literally fall apart and melt in your mouth. The filling just brings it all together with sweet and buttery goodness.
So what do you think of my Candy Corn Cream Wafers? Will you be giving them a try?
Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the sweet treats in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:
Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – ???