Christmas Cookie Sandwiches

filed under: Sugar Cookies on November 10, 2014
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    Holiday Cookies!

    Christmas Cookies with Wondra Flour

    As a baker there are two things that I value greatly:

    1. Time

    2. Quality ingredients

    Sometimes, as much as it pains me, I have to set certain recipes off to the side because of the time involved.  This is never a fun choice because we all know that the care put into a recipe is often a direct correlation to the quality and flavor of that recipe.  I mean, cake mix cookies are fine in a pinch, but having a chocolate chip cookie from quality ingredients that took 48 hours to prepare is a magical thing.

    Sugar cookies are one of those recipes that benefit greatly from ‘rest’.  Chilling in the fridge (anywhere from one hour to overnight!) is a line that is in practically every roll-out sugar cookie recipe.

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

    I recently tried a new (to me) product in the world of baking.  It is called Wondra® and is from the folks over at Gold Medal Flour.

    Wondra® Quick Mixing Flour has always been known as your go-to flour for extra- creamy, lump-free gravies and ultra-flaky and crispy pie crusts. Its lightness and easy mixing qualities have made it perfect as the dredging flour for fish and poultry. But new research behind the product has revealed a hidden quality that will take this product from the unsung hero of the kitchen to the holiday baking tool that everyone is talking about!

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

    No chilling. No refrigerator time.  No downtime.

    Immediate sugar cookie gratification.

    I decided to try it.  I prepared my dough with all room temperature ingredients and looked at it on my counter.

    It took everything in me not to wrap it up and put it in the fridge!  But I didn’t.

    I rolled it out immediately and started punching out cookies.  I put those un-chilled cookies right into the oven and backed away slowly, expecting the impending doom of unrecognizable blobs of crispy browned sugar cookie dough.

    But… it didn’t happen.  They baked up beautifully!  The flavor and consistency were just like my go-to sugar cookie recipe.  And they held their shape quite well!

    This product is nothing short of revolutionary for sugar cookie artists!

    To make the sugar cookie sandwiches in this post, I used a very small cookie cutter and cut out the tree image before baking.

    Christmas Sugar Cookies!

    After baking allow cookies to cool slightly and sprinkle the cookies (with tree cut out) with sanding sugar or dusting powder. (I used red and green)

    Place a solid cookie face down, fill with about 1 tablespoon of buttercream, then place cut out tree cookie on top.

    You now have a perfectly festive, quick, easy and delicious Holiday Sugar Cookie Sandwich!

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

    Christmas Cookies
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    3 mins
    Total Time
    13 mins
     

    A fun twist on a traditional sugar cookie!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: christmas cookies
    Servings: 24 cookies
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
    • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 egg, room temperature
    • 2 1/2 cups Wondra Quick-Mixing Flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    Instructions
    1. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients.
    2. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. (or prepare as you prefer)

    3. Divide dough in half. Roll out first half 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured (with Wondra!) surface. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
    4. Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on wire rack.

    A few tips before using Wondra®:

    Do not expect it to look and feel exactly like your traditional all-purpose flour.  Do expect it to work the same, if not better.

    Do not be alarmed if your cookie “puffs up” while baking.  Do smile brightly when you remove it from the oven with its shape perfectly intact.

    Do not expect it to taste different.  Do expect it to taste delicious.

    Do not waste one more second waiting on chilling dough or sticky dough or cookies that taste stale in 2 days.  Do use Wondra® and roll out beautiful dough that stays fresh longer!

    This post brought to you by Gold Medal Flour and myself.  All recipe testing, opinions, and images are my own.

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  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    Wow, I have used Wondra for Thanksgiving turkey gravy, but never for cookies! I must try this! (Your cookies, as always, are GORGEOUS!)

  • Liz says:

    Who knew???? I always have a stash of Wondra for gravy and dusting meats, but I’ve never thought of using it for baking. And no chilling needed? Whoa, these babies will be on my holiday baking list this year 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I need to check that out!! I’m totally into instant cookie gratification. 🙂

  • sue/the view from great island says:

    I always have a container of Wondra by the stove for gravies…I had no idea you could bake with it!

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    How interesting! Love these festive cookies too!

  • I love these! So cute and festive. I will definitely have to try them.

  • kim says:

    How does the dusting sugar stick to the baked cookie?

    • Amanda says:

      I put it on right out of the oven for some, and others I put it on after the cookies had cooled. When you use a fine sugar it will stick!

  • Lydia says:

    How did you get the sanding sugar to stick?

  • Joanne says:

    I would not have guessed that Wondra was the secret ingredient in these! Must pick up a bag at the grocery store the next time I’m there. These are getting me totally in the Christmas spirit!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I only recently heard of Wondra. Surprised it can be used in baking. I am not one to roll out cookies. I like to scoop and drop on the cookie sheet. I just might try this. I might have to buy some today.

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says:

    I am always looking for festive new Christmas cookie ideas, and these are perfect! I can’t wait to try them.

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    This is the first I’m hearing of this Wondra stuff. If I can instantly enjoy a shaped cookie instead of waiting hours, I’m all in!!

  • Anne Marie says:

    Do you make your own dusting sugars? If so how? Love these. My daughter loves to bake with me and I think she would enjoy doing these 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Amanda says:

      I did! I put 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1-3 drops of gel food coloring in the blender then pulsed. It was dusty and took a few minutes to fully incorporate, but I love the fine sugar it creates!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    I love the little tree cutouts in these cookies! So cute! I’m going to have to check out this product. Waiting for the dough to chill is the main thing that keeps me from making sugar cookies more often.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Oooh, I haven’t seen that Wondra…now I’m on the lookout! And these cookies, I’ll take a dozen, please and thank you!

  • Shaina says:

    So cute, and I love that it doesn’t require the rest time. With no refrigerator space to put dough in to chill, this is a huge benefit to me.

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    All the cookie lovers in the house say AY-OH! I love how festive these are, Amanda!

  • Christina Heggins says:

    Often times I bake as a stress relief so when I can’t enjoy my mixes as soon as I whip them up I’m not a happy girl. I’m intrigued by this flour that’s very cool, and I love those cookie cut -outs I’ll be trying that soon. 🙂

  • Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace says:

    I’m all over quick sugar cookies. I love making them, but not so much the chilling time. Just give me the cookie!

  • Amanda, these look so festive and I am loving that there is no resting period for these!! Woohoo I can make and have cookie the same day!! Trying soon as sugar cookies are hubby’s fav!

  • I’m sold! I’ve never used this product before but now it seems I can’t live without it especially during the holiday season. I love your cookie design! It’s put me totally in the Christmas spirit!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    Ok seriously why are your cookies so darn perfect? This is Christmas treat perfection!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    I have to admit, sometimes I get a little impatient when it comes to baked goods. That flour sounds like the perfect solution! And I LOVE the cute Christmas cutouts…. I’m totally into Christmas baking already! (Okay… since before Halloween…)

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Such fun cookies. Now I’m wondering if you’d get the same results using Wondra in pie crust.

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    Beautiful cookies, Amanda!

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