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salted cream wafer cookies

salted cream wafer cookies

this recipe is one of my favorites from when i was a kid. they are shockingly simple and so unbelievably good. my mom guesses they are from the 1920s or 1930s as her mom loved them. i spiced them up with some jacobsen's vanilla bean flake salt and no-melt mauritian demerara sugar for a good crunch. 

they're a great party pleaser and you could use colored sugar to dress them up for the fourth!

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ingredients: 

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • granulated sugar
  • demerara sugar
  • jacobsen's vanilla bean flake salt
  • cream filling*

steps: 

  1. cream the butter throughly using a stand or electric mixer. add the whipping cream and the flour alternatively until completely mixed. be careful not to over mix. cover and chill for at least two hours. 
  2. once you've been patient, heat the oven to 375. roll out about 1/3 of the dough at a time to around 1/8 of an inch thick keeping the unused dough refrigerated. cut the dough into 2 inch circles with a cookie cutter. 
  3. transfer the rounds to a piece of wax paper that is coated with a mixture of granulated and demerara sugars and turn each round so that both sides are coated with sugar. place on a cookie sheet and pierce each round with a fork 4 times. then take a thumbful of the vanilla bean salt and at 12 inches above the cookie sheet lightly salt the cookies.
  4. bake for 7 to 9 minutes at 375 or just until the dough is set but not brown. cool 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a baking rack to cool. when cooled, put cookies together with the cream filling in the middle, just like a little baby oreo - fill as you like. 

*cream filling

ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp jacobsen's vanilla bean flake salt

steps: 

  1. cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla with a stand or electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. you can add a few drops of water if needed for spreading consistency. 
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