Kid-Sized Sandwich Cookies

All kids like cookies stuffed with yummy, creamy, gooey fillings! And it's so easy for them to make their own.

By FamilyTime

 No child will turn down a sandwich cookie overstuffed with creamy filling. If they create them themselves, all the better!

Making your own sandwich cookies is a fun afternoon project. It's even a delicious activity for a scout troop or at-home party. How about make-your-own sandwich cookies at your child's next sleepover?

Sandwich Cookies Defined
The concept is easy: two cookies and a delicious filling. It's up to you and the kids to decide on the kind of cookie and filling. There are no rules. Mix and match flavors and have a good time eating all of them.

Simple cookies are best for sandwiches, such as chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter, or sugar cookies. These tend to be sturdy and full flavored. But don't stop with these. Any ultra-rich cookie does the trick, as long as it's not delicate and fragile.

If you don't have time to bake from scratch, use slice and bake cookies. In a pinch, storebought cookies work well, unless they are crumbly or tiny. Large cookies are the best bet.

The Stuff of Stuffing!
Fillings are fun to make. The supermarkets are full of yummy choices, or you can make your own.

Choose canned frosting, chocolate cream, peanut butter, coconut cream, or lemon, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry preserves. Stir flavorings and drops of food coloring into storebought frostings.

Make confectioners' sugar or buttercream frosting and flavor it as you like.

If you're going to eat the cookies right away, sandwich them with sweetened or chocolate whipped cream.

Flavorings run the gamut from preserves, jams, jellies, syrup, honey, sweetened cocoa, or extracts (have you tried peppermint or coconut extract?).

If you begin with vanilla cream frosting (homemade or storebought), the kids can make any number of fillings. For instance, add coconut extract and shredded coconut to the vanilla frosting. Add strawberry syrup or strawberry jam, peach preserves, crushed peppermint candies or cinnamon extract. Wow!

If you like gooey fillings, blend a flavor with Marshmallow Fluff. Or layer the Fluff with peanut butter. What a delicious, sweet, sticky treat.

Secret Sandwich Cookie Combinations
Our favorite sandwich cookies include chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter or mocha cream filling, sugar cookies spread with strawberry jam, and oatmeal or peanut butter cookies filled with chocolate icing.

More exotic combinations are chocolate wafer cookies with coconut cream or ginger snaps with lemon curd.

Make a Sandwich
If you and the kids bake cookies, make sure they are completely cool before sandwiching them with filling. Use a butter knife to spread the filling on the flat side (usually the bottom) of the cookie, and top it with another cookie, flat side down.

This is easy for kids to do. They might make a mess, but so what? They'll love eating their own creations.

If the filling sticks to the knife try this simple trick: dip the knife in very hot water, wipe the blade dry and then spread the filling. The heat of the metal will melt the surface of the filling just enough to prevent sticking. Dip and wipe the knife dry between each swipe.

Keep your cookies in an airtight container in a cool place or refrigerate them. You may not need to do this. Chances are they will disappear in a twinkling of an eye!