Vanilla is NEVER boring, but especially not in these vanilla shortbread cookies with white chocolate ganache filling.
vanilla creme cookie sandwiches


That’s sort of what I felt like doing after making these. Just absconding with them, into the night.

No one would need to know.


It’s what I felt like I deserved after spending an hour trying to fill them with not yet thickened and cooled white chocolate ganache that proceeded to slip and slide all over the place, sending the tops of these cookie sandwiches in every which way other than directly on top of their matching bottom, which is where I’d placed them.


Don’t be like me. Wait for your ganache to cool. It will give you far less cookie stress.


That being said, even when everything goes smoothly, after one bite you’ll probably still want to hide these from your significant other/everyone you know, because this is one of those situations where sharing is not caring (for yourself).

The cookies themselves are buttery in the best possible way and the white chocolate ganache is, well…white chocolate ganache. Smash them together and…mmmm. Let’s just say it’s a beautiful thing.

**The winner of my Unilever ice cream giveaway, as chosen by a random integer generator, is entrant number 66 – Susan Christy! Susan, I’ll be emailing you!!


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Three years ago…Double Chocolate Layer Cake

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Vanilla Creme Cookies
Vanilla is NEVER boring, but especially not in these vanilla shortbread cookies with white chocolate ganache filling.
Yield: 24 cookie sandwiches
For the filling
  • 8 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
For the cookies
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  1. Make the filing first. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the white chocolate and the cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until white chocolate is totally melted. Let cool and thicken for about 5 hours at room temperature or an hour in the fridge, stirring often.
  2. For the cookies, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg until it is well blended. Beat in the egg yolk. Mix in the flour at low speed, until just incorporated.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Split it in half. Roll each half into a log about 8 inches long. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice the chilled dough into rounds that are slightly less than ¼ inch thick (there should be about 48 total). Place about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake until cookies are firm and just starting to turn golden out the outsides, 17-20 minutes, rotating cookie trays once halfway through.Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once completely cooled, spread 2 tsp of the white chocolate creme filling onto the bottom of each of half the cookies. Top with a second cookie and press gently so that they stick together.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie sandwich

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86 Responses to Vanilla Creme Cookie Sandwiches

  1. Blond Duck says:

    Oh lord. You’ve found my weakness.

  2. Monica says:

    Love vanilla – they are never boring, you’re right! The white chocolate ganache sounds like a great pairing. With ganache, I am always worried about not timing it right. Mine always goes over to hardening too fast when I try to spread it and I am too lazy to think about re-warming it up. : )

  3. Beth says:

    I’d definitely have to hide these from my significant other – he’d love them as much as I would!

  4. Chewthefat says:

    You are right–it is SO weird that vanilla is synonymous with boring, when really good vanilla stuff is so rare. I think because most people associate ‘vanilla’ with imitation vanilla ice cream. I love your description of filling the cookies because patience is NOT one of my virtues. I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve ruined simply because I wasn’t willing to wait for chilling/baking to the right temperature/slow and low cooking.

  5. Erika says:

    White chocolate ganache filling.. OMG Yes.. I need like 3 dozen of these stat!

  6. Ah! This has put me in an instant good mood for Friday! Thanks for posting 🙂

  7. These look way to complicated for me… but still sound so delicious. You are a rockstar, Joanne. 🙂

  8. These are so pretty! So nice for the weekend! Looooove!

  9. These cookies are a beautiful thing! They look so good.

  10. I’m a shortbread cookie lover. So dense, so perfect. And white chocolate is my favorite! I can’t wait to make these!

  11. I’ll take a tray of these please, for myself. 🙂 These cookies look too good!! Great post, and congrats to number 66!!

  12. Amy says:

    “Let’s eat all the cookies” is sort of my motto in life, especially when there’s white chocolate ganache involved.

  13. Jeanette says:

    These look incredibly good Joanne and that filling sounds divine!

  14. Vanilla is never boring is right! One of my fav all-time flavors. I have a feeling I’d be able to pack away several of these little gems 🙂

  15. Johanna GGG says:

    I would definitely be icing these with warm frosting and having problems having them sit together and then thinking well they aren’t working so I may as well eat them all – that would be my excuse anyway 🙂

  16. Vanilla is never boring! I’m so much more of a vanilla person than a chocolate person. Love these!

  17. How lovely these are! I pretty much always prefer vanilla to other flavors. As much I love chocolate, vanilla wins me over every time – especially when there’s vanilla bean involved.

  18. Megan says:

    These are adorable — I love little cookies!

  19. Love shortbread cookies! Great idea to sandwich white chocolate ganache between them!

  20. gloria says:

    I really love these cookies Joanne!
    look amazing!!

  21. These cookies are SO cute and classy! I could totally imagine these at a sophisticated tea 😛

  22. short bread cookies are the best..and i will take that ganache by spoonful

  23. Meg says:

    Oooh, man, these look awesome! I’m obsessed with anything vanilla, from desserts to candles to body wash . . . but I’d rather enjoy vanilla in a cookie, of course 🙂

  24. cassie says:

    I adore shortbread cookies and I think that vanilla is one of the best smells and flavors EVER. I love these, Joanne!

  25. Esi says:

    I will totally eat all of the cookies!

  26. sandra says:

    I’m with you on that one – vanilla never boring! And these look irresistible. I would abscond in a heart beat.

  27. i have been on such a cookie binge lately – definitely need to add these to the must-make list!

  28. Sika says:

    A great recipe, I have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Susan says:

    The cookies alone look wonderful and flaky!

  30. Kathryn says:

    Vanilla is pretty much my favourite flavour and these cookies look perfect especially with that creamy white chocolate filling!

  31. cquek says:

    You’re making my mouth water!

  32. You had me at vanilla creme cookies!

  33. If you absconded with these over to Brooklyn, I’d totally help you eat every one of them.

  34. oh man these look so good… similar to the macaron I just ate this past week. Delicious! You cook SO MUCH! I can’t get over the fact you are in medical school… you must be super smart to make time to cook

  35. oh man these look so good… similar to the macaron I just ate this past week. Delicious! You cook SO MUCH! I can’t get over the fact you are in medical school… you must be super smart to make time to cook..

  36. Now these are what I call my dream cookie!

  37. these look wonderful, joanne! love vanilla 🙂

  38. “Let’s eat all the cookies!” I love this. Sometimes it’s just that way!

  39. Suzie says:

    Can’t you just live closer, I have no patience to make these…lol!! They sound wonderful! Have a great weekend Joanne 🙂

  40. Yummy, these look so good! I have to say that I shy away from making sandwich cookies because I don’t know if I can deal with making 100 little sandwiches….I’m getting tired thinking about it.

  41. These cookies are so cute, and I love classic vanilla. When they’re good, they’re GOOD, because there is nothing to hide behind 🙂

  42. Yes! Let’s eat all of the them.

  43. Kate says:

    I’m so impressed you didn’t eat them all in one sitting. I’m not sure I could restrain myself.

  44. Pam says:

    Your cookies look great and I’d know they’d be gone in a flash around here.

  45. I am not one who thinks vanilla is boring, but these cookies look especially tasty! That white chocolate ganache!!

  46. I agree- vanilla is NEVER boring, but neither is using an awesome word like “absconding”. Nerdy Word Lover Alert, sorry!

  47. Pam says:

    Note to self: let ganache cool.

    Buttery cookies with white chocolate ganache? Yes please!

  48. You’ve really elevated a classic sandwich cookie…YUM, Jo!

  49. Oh these look like you couldn’t stop at just one ( or twp or three) They look so delicious!!

  50. daphne says:

    Oh Joanne! I would love one of these at my 3 am feed in the morning. Or two. Or a dozen. They look amazing with the white choc ganache… I have always said cookies are tricky and I think you have nailed it with this shortbread.

  51. I agree- Vanilla is never boring- it’s basically my favorite flavor!

    I love these, they are so simple and classic- perfect for a ladies tea party I think! I’m also so impatient so I’m sure I’d have a hard time waiting for the ganache!

  52. Jenna says:

    My baby boy (who isn’t a baby now, sigh) loves vanilla. Pinning these to make very soon!

  53. I’m not sure mine would have waited either! They look delicious 🙂

  54. My husband will be crazy for that white chocolate ganacha filling!

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  56. I think I would eat all of these cookies for sure! I might be tempted to lick the ganache off all of them too 🙂

  57. Sam says:

    I have the same problem with ganache. I’m always terrified that if I let it cool too much I won’t be able to spread it. The cookies look delicious!

  58. Anything with white chocolate ganache will never be boring! I would totally hide these for myself too haha

  59. Mary says:

    These cookies look totally sensational!!! NO – definitely NOT boring – just plain scrumptious!
    Mary x

  60. Vanilla is a great flavour to work with, it’s so perfect on it’s own too. Cute little cookies.

  61. These cookies look phenomenal! Vanilla cookies are a favourite of mine, I’d be able to eat the whole batch ;–)

  62. I woke up today and told myself to start eating less cookies and then I saw this recipe and decided it was horrible idea!

  63. Hotly Spiced says:

    I do like the sound of a white chocolate ganache. I’ve certainly had the ‘too impatient’ experience in the kitchen where I try to rush the job through to completion and had icing falling off the cake because I didn’t give the cake time to cool etc xx

  64. Yes, these do not sound boring at all! They sound delicious!

  65. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my 🙂 these look absolutely delightful!

  66. The trouble with cookies like these is that I put such effort into making them look beautiful, and then I just want to pull them apart and eat them straight away! I’m impressed with your perseverance with the filling and can believe that you wanted to keep them to yourself.

  67. Kristi says:

    So I think those cookies look so good, and I don’t think I would have to share because my child is weird and won’t try anything… like really anything. I am afraid though that I would make these and get up in the middle of the night to go have one, because as sad as it is I will get up out of my sleep and go downstairs to eat a cookie and then go back to bed. It is a habit that I really don’t know how to break.

  68. Look delicious , white chocolate lover<- 😀

  69. This is so meant to be!! I love vanilla dearly, and I think I may just eat all of these cookies 🙂 They look fantastic!

  70. Sammie says:

    Whoa Joanne! These cookies are beyond amazing! They look so good I probably wouldn’t want to share them either!! 🙂

  71. Monet says:

    Buttery, creamy, and delicious. I think sandwich cookies are my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing! I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog tomorrow for one of Ryan’s necklaces, and I’d love for you to stop by! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

  72. Oh my my my, these look wonderful! Absolutely heavenly. Sometimes vanilla on vanilla is just whats needed.

  73. grace says:

    i feel like all cookies should come in pairs separated by copious creamy frosting–is that too much to ask? 🙂

  74. These cookies look awesome! Such a divine cream filling!
    Shashi @

  75. Reeni says:

    Lemon and white chocolate aren’t used enough together! They make a delectable pair! These are plain dreamy.

  76. Reeni says:

    Duh. . . I thought these had lemon in them! Either way they rock!

  77. KATHY says:

    Oh wow do these cookies look fantastic! Vanilla on vanilla sounds perfect to me!

  78. Dang! Just when I got my weight loss diet under control – I love these cookies! I might be visiting NYC soon. Joanne, are there any fish markets you recommend visiting, or any other ‘MUST DO’ foodie things in NYC?

  79. Thank you for this wonderfull recipe. It looks great! I liked photos as well!

  80. Ashley says:

    Ooh – gotta love a good, buttery cookie. And doubled up sandwich style? Yes, please!!

  81. These look awesome! I am really impressed; sandwich cookies always stress me out for some reason.

  82. Pamela says:

    I made these today only I made a butter cream filling bc I didn’t have white chocolate but the cookie is very good.

  83. Keira says:

    Made these today and put rasberries in the sandwich with the ganache… They are to die for. Fantastic recipe!

  84. Sondra says:

    Hi Joanne,
    Can you tell me how to store these cookies? I made them a few days early for an event and I wasn’t sure if I need to refrigerate them? Also, what is the best way to store the Lavender Shortbread cookies? They are delicious by the way.

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