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Jul 28, 2021

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies

These custard cream sandwich cookies are a take on a beloved British sandwich cookie (biscuit in England). 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies in a pan.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Of all of the sweets I've made over the last year, these were all of my taste testers' favorites. With the cripy soft shortbread and the creamy and custardy filling, these cookies got rave reviews. 

These cookies have a secret ingredient that makes them even creamier, Bird's Custard Powder. It's basically imitation (no eggs) custard in powdered form. It's mostly cornstarch with a bit of flavoring and coloring. 

I was able to find it in an international market, but it's pretty easy to find online. I originally bought it to make custard doughnuts

This custard powder is incorporated in both the cookie and the filling. 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies with custard powder and cookie stamp.

For the pattern on the cookies, I used a Nordic Ware cookie stamp and a round cookie cutter. You could also use a patterned rolling pin along with a round cookie cutter. I actually used one of the rolling pins to make homemade Oreos

If you want your cookies to look authentic, there is also a set of classic British biscuit cutters available to purchase. The cookies would be such a fun surprise for your favorite British expat. 

This recipe makes about 16 large sandwich cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter and how thinly you've rolled out the dough. 

If I haven't convinced you yet to get a kitchen scale, I've found another use for it. To make sure I evenly divided the filling, I weighed it first, and then divided the weight by 15, and then piped the filling onto the cookie halves on a scale! 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies stacked.

These cookies are pretty big, three inches across, and filled with lots of custardy filling. They will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. 

I used a slightly coarse sea salt in the filling, but kosher salt will work too. 

Once assembled, these cookies keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator during the warmer months. During the cooler months, you can store them at room temperature. They won't last long. 

Welcome to Summer Dessert Week. Be sure to check out everyone else's delicious recipes and enter to win one of our two prizes. The recipe for these cookies is at the end of the post. 

I used Dixie Crystals, one of our prize sponsors, granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar to make these cookies. 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies on a plate.

Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Homemade Mickey Bars from Big Bear’s Wife
Pina Colada Poke Cake from Semi Homemade Recipes
Whopper Cookies from Eat Move Make
Seashell Macarons from Simply Inspired Meals
S'mores Bars from It’s Shanaka
Birthday Cake Fudge from Fake Ginger
Soft Baked Lemon Poppyseed Cookies from Blogghetti
Smoked Cheesecake from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Berry Mousse from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Layered Ice Cream Pie from For the Love of Food
No Churn Lemon Shortbread Ice Cream from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mini Biscuit Peach Pies from Our Good Life
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Family Around the Table
Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf from Sweet Beginnings
S'mores Donuts from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Savory Experiments
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler from Devour Dinner
Lemon Filling (No eggs) from Shockingly Delicious
Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp for Two from Books n’ Cooks
Kinder Bueno Cheesecake from SugarYums
Blueberry Turnovers from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Instant Pot Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake from Baking up Memories
Raspberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies from Pastry Chef Online
Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Fudge from Sweet ReciPEAs

Welcome to this year's #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. You're going to be in for a treat this year because we have 28 blogs/bloggers creating summer themed dessert recipes all week! We're sharing them with the hashtag #SummerDessertWeek on social media and you'll find some of the links in this post as well. Plus, we also have some great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Custard Cream Cookies

Custard Cream Cookies
Yield: 15 cookies
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 45 MinCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 1 H & 25 M
These custard cream sandwich cookies are a take on a beloved British sandwich cookie (biscuit in England).


  • 227 grams (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 133 grams (2/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 292 grams (2 1/3 cups) all purposed flour
  • 65 grams (1/2 cup) custard powder
Vanilla Custard Buttercream
  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 33 grams (1/4 cup) custard powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 240 grams (2 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream


To Make the Cookies
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and custard powder. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture until just combined. 
  3. Scrape the dough from the bowl onto a piece of cling wrap. Bring the dough together, flatten it into a disk, wrap it, and refrigerate it for at least an hour. 
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper. Lift off the paper and cut the dough into 3 inch rounds and place them on the parchment lined cookie sheet, about one inch apart. If you are using a cookie stamp, dip it in flour and stamp the cookies on the baking sheet. 
  6. Freeze the cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. 
  7. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 10 to 12 minutes. 
  8. Cool completely on wire racks. 
  9. Pipe or spoon the buttercream on half of the cookie rounds and top with another cookie, pressing lightly to spread the filling. 
To Make the Buttercream
  1. Beat the butter and salt for 2 to 3 minutes in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. 
  2. Beat in the custard powder and vanilla. 
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Add the cream and switch the mixer to medium-high and beat for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. 
  4. Use immediately. 

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This recipe was adapted from Bake From Scratch, July/August, 2021

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals and Circulon. These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

Would you like to comment?

  1. You are making me want to start my day with cookies. These look so good! I love the stamped pattern and anything with a filling calls my name.

    1. Thanks Carlee! These were definitely a favorite.

  2. They sound delicious and the pattern from the cookie stamp is just beautiful, reminds me of knitting!

  3. That Vanilla Custard Buttercream... YES! I'll take about a dozen of these just for myself!

  4. I never used custard powder. It looks like it makes delicious desserts!

  5. What a delicious combination! The cookies sound tasty and even better with the custard.

  6. As a self-proclaimed tea addict, these will be the perfect addition to my morning cuppa. I can't wait to try out this deliciousness!

  7. I have seen those cookie stamps but never seen one used. They make a pretty “biscuit.”

    1. I owned them way too long without using them!

  8. I'm going to get custard powder! These cookies look so good

  9. Sandwich cookies are my favorite, and that custard cream in the middle is to die for!


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