VANILLA CREME SANDWICH COOKIES

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These vanilla creme sandwich cookies are SO GOOD. This dessert features vanilla wafer cookies that are light and buttery with a bright hint of lemon. Our homemade Golden Oreos boast a luscious vanilla creme filling!

Vanilla creme cookies are super easy to make. Mix the dough. Cut out wafer cookies. Chill the dough. Bake 14 minutes. Assemble sandwich cookies with a delicious vanilla frosting. The flavor of this bakery treat is irresistible!

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Three stacks of vanilla creme sandwich cookies on a metal cooling tray next to glass containers of milk.

INGREDIENTS

Homemade Golden Oreos are amazingly delicious! All you need for this easy recipe are some basic refrigerator and pantry items.

For this recipe I use salted butter. But if using unsalted butter, add an additional 1/8 teaspoon salt to the wafer cookie dough. For the creme filling add salt to taste.

WAFER COOKIES

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
Ingredients for vanilla wafer cookies for vanilla creme sandwich cookies (homemade Golden Oreos).

VANILLA CREME FILLING

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • Lemon juice
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt, if needed
Ingredients for the vanilla creme filling for homemade Golden Oreo sandwich cookies.

step-by-step instructions

RECIPE YIELD: 14 sandwich cookies if cut with a fluted-edge biscuit cutter. A baker’s dozen (13 cookies) if a smooth-edged cutter is used.

This delicious recipe starts by making a batch of vanilla wafer cookies. While the cookies are baking and cooling, we’ll make the vanilla creme filling. The final part of this recipe is assembling the vanilla creme cookies.

Vanilla creme sandwich cookies (homemade Golden Oreos) in a metal tin next to bowl of frosting.

VANILLA WAFER COOKIES

RECIPE PREP: Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper or re-usable silicone baking mats.

Follow these easy step-by step instructions for Golden Oreo sandwich cookies!

  • STEP 1: In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream softened butter and sugar together. With a rubber spatula, scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Mix 2 to 3 minutes on medium-high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • STEP 2: Add vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt. Mix well. Add flour in 2 parts, mixing after each addition. Scrape down bottom and sides of the bowl. Add cornstarch. Continue mixing until the dough moves away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be beautifully supple.
  • STEP 3: Transfer dough to a clean, dry work surface. With a rolling pin, roll out dough until just under 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 28 wafer cookies with a round 2-inch fluted-edge biscuit cutter. If the dough sticks to the board, lightly sprinkle the dough with powdered sugar and briefly knead it in. Or lightly dust the board with flour. Transfer cut-out cookies to a prepared baking tray. Stamp the tops with 2 to 4 lines using the biscuit cutter handle or the tines of a fork.
  • STEP 4: Preheat oven to 350°F. Put a tray of cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and bake 14 minutes, or until the sides of the cookies have set. The bottoms should still be pale with a few areas that are golden blonde. Let cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. As a tray of cookies enters the oven, slide the next tray of cookies into the freezer to chill.
How to make wafer cookies for homemade Golden Oreos in 4 overhead step-by-step images.

VANILLA CREME FILLING

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix to incorporate.
  3. Do a taste test. If mixture is too sweet, add a tiny pinch of salt.
  4. Continue mixing until filling is smooth with no lumps.
How to make vanilla creme filling for Homemade Golden Oreos (AKA vanilla creme sandwich cookies).

ASSEMBLE VANILLA CREME COOKIES

Once the wafer cookies have completely cooled, it’s time to assemble the vanilla creme sandwich cookies (AKA homemade Golden Oreos).

  1. Add 1 tablespoon filling to the middle of 14 wafer cookies.
  2. With 2 fingertips, slightly flatten the filling into a disk.
  3. Top with remaining wafer cookies.
  4. With your fingertips, gently apply even pressure to the top of the cookie until frosting has evenly spread to the edges.
How to assemble vanilla creme sandwich cookies so they look like Golden Oreos.

SERVING IDEAS FOR THESE COOKIES: Include them on dessert tables for baby showers, wedding showers, birthdays, and graduation parties. They’re also ideal for Mother’s Day and PTA teacher appreciation luncheons.

EXPERT TIPS

HOW TO APPLY CREME FILLING TO WAFER COOKIES?

When preparing a large batch of sandwich cookies for a party, a piping bag fitted with a metal tip will speed things up.

HOW TO MAKE HOLIDAY SANDWICH COOKIES?

After sandwich cookies are assembled, roll the sides in colored sprinkles. For Christmas or Valentine’s Day use red jimmies. For St. Patrick’s Day use green. For Easter cookies, use rainbow sprinkles.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE EXTRA SPECIAL?

Add citrus zest to the cookie dough and/or the vanilla creme filling. Use a fluted biscuit cutter for wavy edges. Sprinkle the top of the cookies with sanding sugar before baking.

HOW LONG WILL SANDWICH COOKIES STAY FRESH?

When kept in an airtight container at room temperature, they’ll stay fresh on the countertop for up to 5 days.

CAN THESE DESSERTS BE FROZEN?

Cooled wafer cookies can be frozen without the vanilla creme filling. Line the bottom of an airtight container with parchment paper. Arrange cookies in an even layer. Separate multiple layers with parchment paper. Freeze up to 1 month. Defrost and apply creme filling.

CAN THE COOKIE DOUGH BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

Yes it can! Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap, then slip it into a zip-top kitchen bag. Refrigerate it up to 3 days.

CAN VANILLA CREME FILLING BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

Yes it can! Transfer the frosting to an air-tight container, or spoon it into a piping bag and seal the end with a rubber band. Store it in the fridge away from foods with odors. It can stay fresh for up to 3 weeks.

If you love homemade Golden Oreos, you’ll enjoy making and eating these yummy cookies too!

Vanilla Creme Sandwich Cookies.

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Three stacks of vanilla creme cookies on a metal cooling rack next to glass containers of milk.

VANILLA CREME SANDWICH COOKIES


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 14 Minutes
  • Total Time: 49 Minutes
  • Yield: 14 Sandwich Cookies 1x

Description

These vanilla creme sandwich cookies are so delicious! This bakery-style dessert features a delicious creme filling sandwiched between light and buttery vanilla wafers. They’re homemade Golden Oreos. 


Ingredients

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VANILLA WAFER COOKIES

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

VANILLA CREME FILLING

  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt, if needed

Instructions

MAKE VANILLA WAFER COOKIES

RECIPE PREP: Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream softened butter and sugar together. With a rubber spatula, scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Mix 2 to 3 minutes on medium-high until the mixture is light and fluffy. 
  2. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt. Mix well. Add flour in 2 parts, mixing after each addition. Scrape down bottom and sides of the bowl. Add cornstarch. Continue mixing until the dough moves away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be beautifully supple.
  3. Transfer dough to a work surface. With a rolling pin, roll out dough until just under 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 28 wafer cookies with a round (2-inch) fluted-edge biscuit cutter. If the dough sticks to the board, lightly sprinkle the dough with powdered sugar and briefly knead it in. Or lightly dust the board with flour. Transfer cookies to a prepared baking tray. Stamp the tops with 2 to 4 lines using the biscuit cutter handle or the tines of a fork.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put a tray of cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and bake 14 minutes, or until the sides of the cookies have set. The bottoms should still be pale with a few areas that are golden blonde. Let cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. As a tray of cookies enters the oven, slide the next tray of cookies into the freezer to chill.

MAKE VANILLA CREME FILLING

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. 
  2. Add vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix to incorporate.
  3. Do a taste test. If mixture is too sweet, add a tiny pinch of salt. 
  4. Continue mixing until filling is smooth with no lumps. 

ASSEMBLE SANDWICH COOKIES

Once vanilla wafers are completely cooled, assemble the sandwich cookies.

  1. Add 1 tablespoon filling to the center of 14 wafer cookies. 
  2. With 2 fingertips, slightly flatten the filling into a disk. 
  3. Top with remaining wafer cookies. 
  4. With your fingertips, gently apply even pressure to the top of the cookie until the frosting has evenly spread to the edges.

Notes

CAN I USE UNSALTED BUTTER FOR THIS RECIPE? Yes. For the cookie dough, add an extra 1/8 teaspoon salt to the recipe. For the creme filling, add salt to taste.

CAN WAFER COOKIE DOUGH BE MADE IN ADVANCE? Yes it can! Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap. Slip it into a zip-top kitchen bag. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

CAN VANILLA CREME FILLING BE MADE IN ADVANCE? Yes it can! Transfer the frosting to an air-tight container, or spoon it into a piping bag and seal the end with a rubber band. Store it in the fridge away from foods with odors. It can stay fresh for up to 3 weeks. 

HOW LONG WILL COOKIES STAY FRESH? When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, they’ll stay fresh on the countertop for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sandwich Cookies, Vanilla Creme Sandwich Cookies, Vanilla Creme Cookies, Homemade Golden Oreos

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9 thoughts on “VANILLA CREME SANDWICH COOKIES”

  1. We’ve made these cookies twice following the ingredients and process provided. The flavor is *fantastic* however they crumble apart as soon as they are touched. Can you please help provide a solution?
    Thank you!

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    • Hello Peg. I haven’t experienced that issue before. These cookies should not be that delicate! While adding filling, pressing the cookies together with filling, and being stacked, they should be holding up well. They should not be crumbling. I’m wondering if you’re using margarine rather than butter? Just for reference, I use Tillamook brand butter or the Kirkland butter from Costco. I’m also wondering if the flour was measured correctly (fluff, sprinkle, swipe). Flour should never be scooped directly from the bag or the measurement will be off (too much flour). Instead, fluff up the flour in the bag with a spoon. Then, by the spoonful, sprinkle flour into the measuring cup. With a knife, swipe off the top to level it out. As the dough comes together it should be supple, but not overworked. It’s also important to chill the cut-out cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. I hope this helps! – Denay

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  2. These cookies have become our favorites. They are so soft and delicious, that you can not just eat one. They are perfect for a mid day snack with a cup of coffee or your favorite tea.

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  3. These ARE so delicious!! The cookies are yummy and buttery, and the creme filling is the bomb!! This recipe is a huge hit in our household!! ♥️

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  4. I would love to reach in and grab one of these! They look absolutely delightful…a perfect accompaniment to my afternoon tea!

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  5. These are absolutely adorable! My roommates and I are big cookie people so this is definitely going on the list of recipes to make; I bet they’re even better than the store-bought!

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