For 15 years I worked in the same design store. I started when I was 15, I roller bladed to the interview and got the job (I will save the rest of the story for another time). For years we did the same thing on Valentines. We would have a cookie exchange. With a group of talented, creative designers you know it was a good cookie exchange. We had the added pressure of knowing our cookies would be judged by our warehouse moving guys. They were such fun judges- they would come up with awards for everyone, like- “crunchiest” “best packaging” “most unique” so everyone went home winners. But not really, let’s be honest there was ONE true winner. The top cookie. No it was not my cookie…but I did get the recipe! YAY!
The big winner was Lisa’s Swedish Cream Wafers. They are DANGEROUS. I knew I would get them just one day of the year, so I would indulge. We would make plates of cookies and then take them home to share with our Valentine.
Swedish Cream Wafers
1 cup soft butter (I used unsalted)
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 cups flour
Granulated Sugar (to dip the cookies in)
Creamy Filling (recipe below)
Mix the butter, whipping cream and flour thoroughly, until it is combined. Cover and chill for an hour.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly. Knead to soften if needed. Roll about 1/3 or 1/2 the dough at a time about 1/8 inch thick on a floured cloth or between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut out shapes with a cookies cuter or glass cup.
Transfer cookies to the bowl of Granulated Sugar; turn each cookie so that both sides are coated with sugar. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Prick the cookies with a fork at least four times.
Bake 8-10 minutes or just until set, but not brown. Let cookies cool. Put cookies together in pairs with Creamy Filling.
Cream 1/4 cup soft butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla mix until smooth and fluffy. Tint with a drop of food coloring.
This recipe made about 15 heart cookie sandwiches. I needed to double the cream filling.
These were some of my favorites that I found on Pinterest and would make a great addition to a Valentine Cookies Exchange- a really yummy variety!
Love to hear if you have ever done a cookie exchange or plan on doing one! You can see what we are making for our Valentines Day Dinner HERE…it is healthy to balance out all the Valentine Cookies!