Heavenly Pastel Sandwich Wafers
These pastel Heavenly Sandwich Wafers are a treat for the eyes and are sure to bestow buttery goodness in your mouth. The Skagit Valley Writers League had a fun event to raise awareness of our many activities and opportunities throughout the year. Each critique group provided a writing-related basket for a drawing. One of my groups chose Alice in Wonderland. It was then I remembered I had cookie cutters the shape of the symbols on playing card suits. I’d never made pastel cookies before, but I knew this was the time. Although this cookie sandwich recipe calls for colored frosting rather than colored dough, I had to give it a try. Let’s just say, don’t overdo it with the food coloring; work in a little at a time.
Makes 16-18 cookie sandwiches Prep and cook time: 2 hours (includes 1 hour chill time) Equipment: mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, *rolling pin, pastry cloth and rolling pin cover, cookie sheets
Dough Ingredients 1 cup butter (room temperature) 1/3 cup whipping cream 2 cups flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 or 2 drops of food coloring if desired
Cream Filling Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cups sifted confectioner’s (powdered) sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon whipping cream 1 or 2 drops of food coloring if desired
Directions for Dough 1. Mix butter, cream, and flour with slotted spoon or hands. 2. If coloring the dough, divide it according to the number of colors you’re using. Sprinkle on a little of the coloring and work in until you achieve the desired shade. 3. Cover dough and chill for about 1 hour. (Chill too long and the butter will get too hard in dough to work.) In the meantime, make the Cream Filling. (See below) 4. Distribute the sugar evenly on a plate. (I use a glass pie plate.) 5. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 6. Sprinkle some flour on the pastry cloth and rolling pin cover. 7. Using a third of the dough at at a time, roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. 8. Cut cookie shapes. Roll dough scraps into a ball and cut more cookies. Be sure to cut complete pairs of shapes to make the sandwiches. 9. Using a spatula, transfer cookies to the sugar plate. Lightly press each side of cookie into the sugar. 10. Transfer the cookies to ungreased baking sheets. Prick each cookie with a fork a couple of times. 11. Bake cookies 8-10 minutes until they are set but not brown. 12. Transfer cookies to plates or flat tray lined with paper towels and cool. * I recently purchased a Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin with silicon rings. It helps to keep the dough the correct thickness, and I love that. Cream Filling Directions 1. Cream butter, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla together. 2. Tint with food coloring if desired. 3. Add more cream if needed for the right spreading consistency. (If the filling is too stiff, it will break the cookie.) 4. Spread on one side of a pair of the cookies for cookie sandwiches. Place on pretty plate and watch them disappear faster than the Cheshire cat.
I hope you enjoy this dish. Let me know if you’ve tried it and how it turned out. Good cooking to you, Linda Note: Would you like a printout of this and other recipes? These directions may help: Use your mouse to select only the text you want to copy rather than the entire page. Then press Ctrl+C, open your Word program and press Ctrl+V to paste the semi-formatted text. Print it from there.