How to Make Sandwich Cookies Recipes

My kids always wanted me to learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes. Once they tasted one of these “store bought” cookies, they wanted more. It is all about that extra sweetness between two layers of cookies that simply “lit them up”. There was no rest for me until I accumulated many recipes for this delicacy.

How to Make Sandwich Cookies RecipesHow to Make Sandwich Cookies Recipes

I do not know where this cookie originated but I know these filled cookies are a favorite of many children and adults alike. Through my research on the history of sandwich cookies, I have read many stories. One story is that they came from Persia in the seventh century. That could be a possibility but they relate sandwich cookies to hamantashen cookies. This Jewish cookie is filled but my recipes are in the shape of a hat. I would not consider these cookies to be “sandwich”.

As I began learning how to make sandwich cookies recipes I found many commercially made brands to judge mine by. Companies like Keebler and Nabisco have great sandwich cookies. I love the flavor of Milano cookies by Pepperidge Farm and the Nutter Butter ones by Nabisco. Probably the most popular sandwich cookie of all is the many different types of Oreo cookies. I love the “double stuffed” and the ones with mint filling.

You might also consider whoopie pies to be sandwich cookies but I consider them to be in another category. The cookie part of whoopie pies are more like cake. I also love whoopee pies! They are in a group all on their own! There are so many types of whoopee pies that we will cover them in another page of this website.

Since I have learned how to make sandwich cookies recipes, I found than many of our single cookies can be put together to make a “sandwich”. Many different filling and frostings can be used to put them together.Recipes for rolled cookies and many drop cookies can be used. Simply mix the dough as directed and bake as directed. After cooling simply pick a favorite filling to use. These fillings can be as simple as peanut butter, jelly or jam.


Lemon Filled Spice Cookie RecipeLemon Filled Spice Cookie Recipe

When I learned how to make sandwich cookies recipes, this lemon filled spice was one of my first.

  • 2 ¼ Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon allspice
  • ½ Teaspoon ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • ¾ Cup softened butter
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


  • 2 ¼ Cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ Teaspoon lemon extract

TO MAKE COOKIES combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.

Place egg yolk in a large bowl; add butter, sugar, milk and vanilla; beat on medium speed until fluffy.

Gradually add flour mix to butter mix beating on low speed until dough forms.

Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm (30 minutes or more).

PREHEAT OVEN to 350F degrees; lightly grease cookie sheets.

Roll teaspoons of dough into ½ inch balls; place on prepared sheets 2 inches apart.

Dip bottom of glass in sugar and flatten balls to ¼ inch thickness.

Prick top of each cookie using tines of a fork; bake 10 to 13 minutes until golden brown.

Move cookies to rack with a spatula; cool completely.

TO MAKE FILLING beat all ingredients in medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Spread filling on the FLAT SIDE of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies FLAT SIDE to filling.

Press cookies together; let stand at room temperature until set.

Makes about 36 sandwich cookies.


Cocoa Sandwich Cookies RecipeCocoa Sandwich Cookies Recipe

I learned how to make sandwich cookies recipes sometimes varying with different fillings.

  • 1 ¾ Cups flour
  • ½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup butter
  • 1 ¾ Cups sugar divided
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 Can frosting any flavor (I make homemade)
  • ½ Cup decorative candy crinkles (Or crushed candy)

Combine flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cool slightly.

Add 1 ¼ cups of sugar and whisk until smooth; whisk in eggs 1 at a time until smooth.

Stir in vanilla until smooth; stir in flour mixture just until combined.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F degrees; lightly grease cookie baking sheets.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls; place remaining sugar in bowl and roll balls in sugar.

Place balls on sheets about 1 ½ inches apart; bake about 12 minutes until cookies set to touch.

Cool on sheets 5 minutes; cool completely on racks.

Stir FROSTING until smooth (or make homemade); place DECORATIVE CANDY on wax paper.

Spread 2 teaspoons of frosting on flat side of 1 cookie; place second cookie flat side down over frosting.

Press cookies together slowing frosting to squeeze out slightly between cookies.

Press exposed frosting into decorative candy; repeat with all cookies.

Makes about 20 sandwich cookies.


Pecan Maple Cookie RecipePecan Maple Cookie Recipe

Learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes using many flavors like this pecan maple cookie.

  • 1 ¼ Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon maple extract
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups plus 4 tablespoons flour (Divided)
  • 1 ½ Cups finely ground pecans
  • ¾ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 20 to 30 Pecan halves


  • 1 ¼ Cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 Teaspoon maple extract
  • Dash salt
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons milk

TO MAKE COOKIES place brown sugar and shortening in a large bowl; beat on medium until blended.

Add eggs, syrup, maple extract and vanilla; beat until fluffy and well blended.

Combine 2 ½ cups of flour, ground pecans, baking powder, soda and salt.

Add flour mixture gradually to shortening mixture beating on low speed until blended.

Divide dough in 4 equal parts; wrap each part in plastic and refrigerate until firm 1 hour.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees; place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling.

Roll dough out between 2 sheets of floured wax paper to ¼ inch thickness.

Cut dough with 3 inch scalloped cookie cutter; place 2 inches apart on UNGREASED cookie sheets.

Place pecan halves in center of half of the cutout cookies; bake 5 to 7 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Cool 2 minutes on sheets; lift to foil to cool completely.

TO MAKE FILLING combine sugar, shortening, maple extract and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat mixture on low until smooth; add milk and beat until smooth.

Spread filling on flat side of 1 plain cookie; top filling with flat side of cookie having a pecan.

Makes about 30 sandwich cookies.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies RecipePeanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe

Everyone wants to learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes with peanut butter and jelly.

  • 2 ½ Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ½ Cup solid shortening
  • 2 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Eggs (At room temperature)
  • ½ Cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 Jar (32 ounces) grape jelly

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder and soda.

In a mixing bowl beat together butter and shortening on medium speed.

Add brown sugar to butter mixture beating until creamy; add peanut butter beating until combined.

Add eggs beating after each addition

Add peanuts beating to combine; gradually add flour mixture beating after each addition.

Roll dough into 1 ½ inch balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Use the bottom of a glass to flatten balls slightly; bake about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Lift cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Place jelly in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer stirring frequently.

Simmer jelly about 15 to 20 minutes to reduce about a third; cool completely.

Spoon about 1 teaspoon of jelly on the flat side of a cookie; top with the flat side of another cookie.

Makes about 24 cookies.


Sandwich Cremes Cookie RecipeSandwich Cremes Cookie Recipe

I like to learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes which can be used for different occasions. This one could be decorated for those.

  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 1/3 Cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Cups flour
  • Sugar


  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • 1 ½ Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla

TO MAKE COOKIES combine butter, cream and flour in mixing bowl; mix well.

Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until cookies dough is easy to handle.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees; grease and flour cookie sheets.

On lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness; cut with a round cookie cutter.

Coat both sides of cookies with sugar; place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake until lightly browned about 5 minutes; cool completely.

When you learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes this vanilla cream filling can be used in many recipes.

TO MAKE FILLING cream butter and sugar; add vanilla and blend well.

Spread 1 teaspoon of filling on a cookie; top with another cookie.

Makes 30 to 32 cookies.


Lace Sandwich Cookie RecipeLace Sandwich Cookie Recipe

When I learned how to make sandwich cookies recipes using lace cookies I found them to be very versatile.

  • ½ Cup butter
  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup light corn syrup
  • ¾ Cup oat bran
  • ½ Cup flour
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

Coffee butter cream:

  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ Cup softened butter
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons hot milk
  • ½ Teaspoon instant coffee

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

Add sugar, syrup and 2 tablespoons water stirring until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat.

Combine together bran, flour, cardamom, ginger, baking powder and soda.

Add dry mixture to syrup mixture; blend in vanilla.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

TO MAKE COOKIES preheat oven to 375F degrees; line sheets with foil and spray lightly.

Roll a teaspoon full of dough and place on prepared sheets; bake 5 to 7 minutes until lightly brown. 

Let cookies stand on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to rack to cool completely.

Learn how to make sandwich cookies recipes using a coffee buttercream filling.

TO PREPARE COFFEE BUTTERCREAM dissolve coffee in hot milk.

Combine in mixing bowl the sugar, butter and coffee milk; beat until fluffy.

Spread 1 teaspoon coffee butter cream on flat side of a cookie; top with flat side of another cookie and press together.

Makes about 15 to 20 sandwich cookies.


Raspberry Sandwich Cookie RecipeRaspberry Sandwich Cookie Recipe

If you are learning how to make sandwich cookies recipes, you will find many which appear to be like this raspberry cookie.

  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup sugar divided
  • 2 Eggs separated
  • 1 ½ Cups flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup ground almonds
  • 1 Jar (10 ounces) raspberry preserves
  • ½ Cup semi sweet chocolate chips melted

On medium speed beat butter; add ½ cup of sugar beating until creamy.

Add egg yolks one at a time beating well after each.

Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture beating well.

Shape dough into a ball; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Combine and stir together remaining ½ cup sugar and ground almonds; set aside.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees.

Divide dough in half REFRIGERATING 1 half; working with one half roll on a heavily floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.

Cut with 2 ½ inch donut cutter (RESERVE the centers); place on ungreased baking sheets.

NOTE: You can add centers back in with dough to reroll. YOU WILL NEED equal numbers of whole cookies and ones with holes in them.

Beat egg whites until foamy; brush top side of cookies with egg whites and top with almond mixture.

Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned; move to racks to cool completely.

Using remaining dough in refrigerator cut equal number of whole cookies made with 2 ½ cookie cutter.

Spread whole cookies with thin layer of preserves; top with cut out cookie.

Drizzle tops with melted chocolate; makes 18 sandwich cookies.

Raspberry Sandwich Cookie RecipeRaspberry Sandwich Cookie Recipe