pastel cream wafers

These little darlings are tiny and lightly sweet and adorable and just about perfect for wedding and baby showers. The wafers have no sugar … indeed, they have only three ingredients … and they have the delicate airiness of a wonderfully homemade pie crust. The sweetness comes from the delicious colored icing inside, and a scant sprinkling of coarse sugar to give each wafer a little touch of glamor.

Use gel food colorings to dye the frosting to match a bride’s colors or spread a thin layer of pastel colors for baby. I’ve even made these in purple and gold to take to work the last time LSU was in the National Championship.

They’re a little time-consuming, but worth it.

Ingredients:

Wafers:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons half and half

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Half & half
  • Food coloring

Wafers:

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the flour in a bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon half and half over the mixture and toss with a fork. Repeat until all is moistened, then form into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8″ thickness. Using very small cookie cutters, cut out the dough. Pierce each several times with a fork. Sprinkle the shapes with coarse sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, sugared side up. Bake 8-10 minutes or just until the edges start to brown.

Cool on wire racks. Spread a small amount of frosting between two cookies to make sandwiches.

Frosting:

Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and frosting. Add just enough half and half to make spreading consistency. Color with food coloring as desired.