It has been nearly two years since I began posting essays and recipes. And it has taught me something. Our family has far more culinary traditions that I ever would have guessed. These cream wafers are only one of the traditions from a surprisingly long list of examples.
They are two-bite, buttery delights that have a place on at least two of the cookie trays brought in by our girls over Christmas. For this reason, I only make them for occasions other than the holidays. They are a nice addition to almost any gathering, especially nice for that long-winter ladies’ High Tea to help overcome cabin fever.
The cookies freeze well, and can be frosted before freezing, or just before serving. For a scrumptious fresh taste, serve the same day they are made, or remove them from the freezer a few hours before serving. The batter will seem far too small, but it does make 5 dozen small cookies. Bake on insulated cookie sheets, and do not over bake…don’t let them brown.
Some like to color the frosting. I rarely do, but if I do, I use pale colors…maybe two or three. Pale shades have more epicurean appeal. If made for Valentine’s Day, I might frost half the batch white and half bright red. Maybe.
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|Cream Wafers|| |
- 1 cup soft butter
- ⅓ cup whipping cream
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- CREAM FILLING
- ¼ cup soft butter
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix thoroughly butter, cream and flour.
- Cover and chill.
- Heat oven to 375.
- Roll out about ⅓ of the dough, ⅛ inch thick on floured surface.
- Keep remaining down chilled until ready to roll out.
- Cut into 1½-inch circles.
- Transfer rounds to waxed paper covered with granulated sugar.
- Turn each round so that both side are coated with sugar.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet. Prick rounds with fork 4 times.
- Bake 7 to 9 minutes or just until set, but not brown; cool.
- Put cookies together in pairs with Creamy Filling.
- CREAMY FILLING
- Cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.
- Optional: tint with few drops of food coloring.
- If necessary add few drops of water for spreading.
- MAKES 5 dozen cookies.
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