Boston Cream Pielettes

Boston cream pie is actually a layered yellow sponge cake with a creamy, custardy filling and rich chocolate icing. We shrink it down to enjoy in these handheld sandwich cookies.

Boston Cream Pielettes sandwich cookies stacked and topped with ganache
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
6 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 41 mins
24 sandwich cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 recipe Pastry Cream

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Alternately add flour and buttermilk, beating until combined.

  3. Drop batter in 1-inch rounds on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake about 6 minutes or until set. Remove; cool on wire racks.

  4. Spread Pastry Cream onto bottoms of half of the cookies. Press bottoms of remaining cookies onto Pastry Cream. Spread tops of filled cookies with Chocolate Ganache. Chill cookies 1 to 2 hours to allow filling to set and cookies to soften slightly.

Pastry Cream

For pastry cream, in a small bowl whisk together 2 Tbsp. whole milk, 1 egg yolk, 4 tsp. cornstarch, and 1 tsp. all-purpose flour. In a small saucepan combine 1 cup whole milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Gradually pour about half of the hot milk mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking to combine. Add all of the yolk mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Whisk in 1 Tbsp. butter and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Transfer to a bowl. Cover the surface of the pastry cream with plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours or until cold.

Chocolate Ganache

Place 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup heavy cream just to boiling. Pour over chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let stand 15 minutes to thicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
9g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Folate, total 23.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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