Strawberry Vanilla Sandwich Cookies
a very easy cookie recipe to fill the cookie jar this month for Valentine’s Day!
Quick and easy recipes are really what I enjoy making the most. My Strawberry vanilla sandwich cookies recipe is also flexible. By that I mean you can make this as a basic vanilla cookie to enjoy or you can add in nuts or whatever else you might like to the dough, and it doesn’t have to be a sandwich cookie. Imagination is the key to making this recipe yours.
I first made the recipe exactly as written and it was delicious. Since I can never leave well enough alone, I made a few ingredient changes to fit into our dietary requirements. I used whole wheat pastry flour and Monk Fruit in place of granulated sugar. The sugar substitute changed the texture of the cookie from chewy to a delicious soft cookie.
This recipe is adapted from the “fine Cooking Cookies cookbook” which is a basic chewy vanilla cookie. It looked like the perfect recipe but since it’s Valentine’s Day I wanted to make it a strawberry cookie. I added the freeze dried strawberries to the dough before baking and for the sandwich cookie I used fresh strawberries to the cream cheese filling.
Making cookies is always a pleasure for me though sometimes my cookie shapes are a little irregular. This is no longer a problem for me since I’ve been using Pampered Chef’s silicone baking mat. If you’ve been on the fence about using silicone mats, give this mat a try – it’s easy to use, stays in place on the cookie sheet, cools very quickly for the next batch to be baked and it’s very easy to clean.
I made two batches of cookies – for the first batch I used 1 tablespoon of dough placing it on the template, baked it and they came out great though they didn’t spread. This size is great when serving a crowd.
Because I wanted a flat cookie I made a second batch. I used a very full tablespoon scoop, placed it on the 2 tablespoon template and using the back of a spoon I gently spread the dough to fill the circle. Baking cookies large or small, flat or rounded tops is a personal preference so make this cookie just the way you like.
- 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (you can use all purpose flour)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup Monk Fruit (Or use your preferred sugar substitute)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup chopped freeze dried strawberries
- 2 fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
- 3 tbls. whipped cream cheese
- 1-2 tsps. powdered sugar (optional)
- 2 tbls. strawberry jam
- In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth. Slowly add in the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until well combined, about 2 minutes.
- Add in the 2 eggs and beat 1 minute until the eggs are well blended.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture and blend on low speed until well blended - approx. 20-30 seconds - then gently fold in the chopped freeze dried strawberries.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon or 2 tablespoons of dough on prepared cookie sheet. Space about 3 inches apart, they will spread a little.
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Mine baked in 12 minutes.
- Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes then place on wire rack to continue to cool.
- For cream cheese filling, mix together the whipped cream cheese and powdered sugar if using, stir well to blend then stir in the chopped strawberries - use as much or little as you choose.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on cookies and top with another cookie.
- Spread strawberry jam on the cookies and top with another cookie. Continue until all are filled.
This was the first time in a very long time I wasn’t struggling to find a cookie recipe. Don’t you just love when you read a recipe and it calls your name? You know right then ‘That’s the one!’. I was lucky with this strawberry vanilla sandwich cookie recipe, it’s delicious and it can be made into 3 different cookies – sandwich cookies with 2 different fillings and a plain cookie decorated with a glaze and sprinkles to dress it up!