Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches Be the first to rate & review! Why limit yourself to one vanilla cookie when you can have two (plus a creamy vanilla filling!) in one package with these Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches? By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on January 7, 2021 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Andy Lyons Prep Time: 45 mins Bake Time: 10 mins Cool Time: 1 mins Chill Time: 30 mins Total Time: 45 mins Servings: 24 Yield: 24 sandwich cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoon milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon pure ground vanilla beans* or 2 tsp. vanilla extract Vanilla sugar (recipe below) 1 recipe Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below) Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting 6 ounce cream cheese, softened ¼ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Vanilla Sugar 4 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean Directions In medium bowl whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla, and ground vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour mixture by hand. Dough will be soft. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 30 minutes or until easy to handle. On lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles from dough. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles from the centers of half the dough circles. Place dough circles on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Reroll scraps, including the 1-inch dough rounds, and cut out additional dough circles as directed. Repeat with remaining dough half. Sprinkle the dough circles that have the centers cut out with vanilla sugar. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Spread bottoms of the solid cookies with about 1-1/2 teaspoons of the Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Top each with one of the cookies with the center hole, sugar side up. Refrigerate filled cookies to store. Makes 24 sandwich cookies. Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting In a medium bowl stir together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Vanilla Sugar Pour sugar into a large, clean jar. Using a sharp paring knife, slit vanilla bean lengthwise. Insert both halves into sugar, making sure all of the bean is covered with sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks before using. (Will keep indefinitely.) *Ground vanilla beans should not be confused with vanilla powder. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 223 Calories 10g Fat 31g Carbs 2g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 24 Calories 223 % Daily Value * Total Fat 10g 13% Saturated Fat 6g 30% Cholesterol 28mg 9% Sodium 126mg 5% Total Carbohydrate 31g 11% Total Sugars 18g Protein 2g Calcium 10.1mg 1% Iron 0.7mg 4% Potassium 74mg 2% Folate, total 28.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg *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.