These oreo-like cookie sandwiches are all grown up with their hint of spice and sprinkling of salt! They will be a definite WOW on your cookie tray!
salt-n-pepper cookies from Eats Well With Others

You know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and put on a purple shirt and dark blue jeans.


Whoa!!!! Coincidence. (Or conspiracy. ??)

And you’re all like OMG! We sOoOoOoOoO didn’t plan this.


Well, this whole sweet/salty/savory (but mostly sweet) thing two days in a row?

I sOoOoOoOoO didn’t plan this.

I mean, I guess I technically did since I menu plan like a neurotic person. But it wasn’t intentional.

Just a happy coincidence.

Or a conspiracy against my skinny jeans.

(I’m betting on the latter.)


Part of the “problem” is that I received this Murray River Salt from Whole Foods and now I feel strongly compelled to sprinkle it all over all of my life. And/or use it sparingly so that I never run out, ever. I’m very conflicted over it. But to date I have put it on my chocolate-caramel tart with sea salt, eggs sunny side up, eggs scrambled, and these cookies.

These cookies that seem like Oreo wannabes until that first bite of subtly sweet cookie with crunchy salt shards on top, silky sweet buttercream filling and an aftershock of spice. When you then realize that, actually, it’s Oreos that wannabe these cookies.

Them’s fighting words.

But without going to such lengths, I’m just not sure how to convey just how much you need these in your Cookie Season.


I would mail them to you if I could, but that seems kind of impractical on such a large scale.

Though I did mail them to my Leftovers Club partner this month – Marissa of Pinch and Swirl!

I hope they got there in one piece. With sandwich cookies it’s always a little iffy.

Do you guys know what The Leftovers Club is? It’s basically a blogger “club” that lets you connect goods and share your baked goods with other food fanatics, as well as receive some in return! Anyone is welcome to join so definitely look into it if it seems like it’s something you’d be interested in!!

And be sure to check out what the other Leftovers Club bloggers shared with each other this month:


Speaking of getting things in the mail, as I mentioned before, Whole Foods was super generous to send me the Murray River salt used in these cookies, along with a bunch of other special holiday items available at Whole Foods right now! There was a bag of chocolate drizzled kettle corn that disappeared all too quickly, some tasty shortbread vanilla cookies that are absolutely fabulous dunked in milk, their Celebration Coffee, a holiday baking spice grinder, and the cutest wine tote bag. If you're looking for something to help get you in the holiday mood, one of these items might just be it!

In addition, I was lucky enough to get to enjoy a lunch full of Pret A Manger's new holiday offerings! The cranberry and goat cheese sandwich (with STUFFING IN IT) is pretty much all I crave at noontime these days, especially when topped off with a warm chewy chocolate peppermint cookie.  ANNNNDDD (feel good bonus) if you purchase Pret's Holiday Lunch, 50 cents will go to the Pret Foundation, which aims to alleviate poverty and hunger.

PS - If you want the recipe for these salt-n-pepper cookies, head on over to Culinary Covers to check out my latest post!

Disclosure: While I received goods from Whole Foods and lunch at Pret A Manger for free, my thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.


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67 Responses to Salt-n-Pepper Sandwich Cookies #theleftoversclub

  1. Those look amazing! I love Murray River salt – and since the salinity of the Murray River Basin is a seriously bad thing, by taking it to New York and eating the hell out of it, you are doing a very good thing! Plus it’s pink and ever so pretty.

  2. What a creative cookie! They are so fancy and unique.

  3. My goodness! You certainly have been enjoying life through your tastebuds lately! I am totally living vicariously through your kitchen…. and my computer screen. Salty sweet is my weakness and these are so pretty! Goat cheese sandwich with stuffing?!! Awww yeah!

  4. Oh lordy, these look incredible! I’ll also have to check out that sandwich from Pret a Manger – sounds tasty!

  5. Kristi says:

    I will definitely be going over to get this recipe. Salty and sweet is my fav combo ever, as I just got done chewing on a salted caramel.

  6. Love the uniqueness and deliciousness of this cookie! And I seriously just love sandwich cookies. Two cookies…but you tell yourself it’s one 😉 It’s like buying a two for one deal at the store. I love a bargain! 😀

  7. Megan says:

    I would want to sprinkle that salt all over my life too! The cookies sound amazing.

  8. Beth says:

    That is one great club. I’d love to get your cookies in the mail.

  9. Gorgeous salt! Gorgeous cookies. Love it all. And loved reading this post–made me crack up a few times, especially at the whole clothing conspiracy thing 😉

  10. Love the idea of sweet, savory and salty in cookie form. I’ve never heard of Murray River Salt, but going to have to check it out next time I’m at Whole Foods!

  11. SallyBR says:

    Yes….. but my question for you is, do YOU have black volcanic salt from Hawaii? now, do you?



  12. thats some fancy salt there. i love sweet savory combination 🙂

  13. I think I need to get in on this leftovers club deal. But my cookies never make it in one piece!

    Sea salt, on everything. Makes my world go round!

  14. These sound sooooo good! Like a bit odd at first, but then I think about it and really want to make these! YUM! I almost missed the recipe was linked, LOL. I was like wait, where is it?! LOL

  15. What amazing sandwich cookies! Love those sea salt flakes.

  16. gloria says:

    Look absolutely delicious and tempting!! 🙂

  17. sandra says:

    I love your rose buttercream filling. such a shame that you cover that pretty flower up with another cookie – you should leave them open faced! But shipping like that would be a problem…

  18. I don’t know if they’ll survive mailing, but surely a train ride to Brooklyn would do no harm. I’d take these kinds of leftovers any time!

  19. Oh boy these look so good. Anything with a sprinkle of fancy salt is a winner in my book!

  20. Shaina says:

    These look so pretty! Salty sweet is a winning combination

  21. Meg says:

    That sea salt looks awesome — as do these cookies! I need, like, twenty.

  22. Pam says:

    Salty and sweet is my very favorite combination! These look amazing.

  23. Lynn says:

    I’m wishing I had one of those right now as I eat my sad cubicle lunch. 🙂

  24. Wait, what? You put on a skirt over blue jeans? I’m too old to ever get away with that. Now I’m depressed. Send cookies. Stat.

  25. Teffy says:

    Everything you post makes me so hungry!
    Looks absolutely delicious, it really does. I always use Maldon sea salt, but that one looks really different and interesting.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  26. These cookies look like oreos with a fancy twist! I love the use of white pepper and cocoa!

  27. These sound lovely and I like the look of them too.

  28. Kate says:

    I got all this gorgeous sea salt when I was in Hawaii and I’m the same way – I want to put it on everything and horde it forever.

  29. I don’t know if I will ever get sick of the salted dessert trend – I love the complexity it adds. These sound really good Joanne!

  30. […] I made these versions for Joanne of Eats Well with Others, my partner this month in The Leftovers Club. Do you know about the club? Here’s how it works. Each month you’re paired up with a new food blogger and the two of you exchange something delicious by mail.  I can hardly wait to try what Joanne made for me – just look at these salt-n-pepper sandwich cookies! […]

  31. Shannon says:

    oh man, this makes me wish i had time to get in a cookie swap this year! you’d totally be making these for me 🙂

  32. I am seriously excited about trying these! Beautiful…

  33. Jessie says:

    Oh WOW! These sandwich cookies are so creative! I don’t know how you come up with these, Joanne. These cookies look so much better than Oreos, especially with that light sprinkling of salt. I don’t know why salt and sweet taste so good together, but I’m all for it!

  34. Sweet and salty is only my favorite thing ever so yes I will be adding these cookies to my holiday baking tray!

  35. What unique flavors, Jo! I can always rely on your blog for my daily dose of chuckles and innovative eats!

  36. sea salt is like my fave thing right now. Loving the sweet/salty!

    and hehehee clothes coincidences

  37. Faye says:

    Those look amazing! I’m sure Marissa must have loved them!!

  38. The Leftovers Club is lucky to get these cookies. Yum! Of course we are all lucky to get to read your posts, which always make me laugh out loud.

  39. Love these…wanna mail 2 my way?? I love salt on almost everything too, lol!

  40. These look so so cool! Definitely much better than oreos! The sweet/salty combo is amazing 😉

  41. Deena Kakaya says:

    Joanne, I want a pile of those and a movie. They look heavenly x

  42. Hotly Spiced says:

    I did notice that there was a salt sprinkle two days in a row but that doesn’t bother me a bit, just like blue jeans with purple tops. I love how you piped the cream. And that Murray River Salt – I use it everyday! xx

  43. Eileen says:

    WANT COOKIE. Om nom nom nom nom nom…

  44. These cookie look yummy. I love sandwich cookies.

  45. Now theeeeeese are some real fancy grown people cookies! I am in love.

  46. Cookies with salt always rule the world for me, these look great Joanne!

  47. The salt is fantastic and your cookies look awesome 🙂

  48. Monet says:

    I think sweet and savory cookies are the very best kind. I’m super glad you shared these…regardless if it was planned or not! Thank you for making me hungry!!

  49. Tara says:

    Omg the first sentence happened to me and it was so bizarre! I was wearing my fluorescent red-orange sweater and so was another girl. Our lab teacher walked in and asked if we planned it.

  50. […] Salt-N-Pepper Cookies – Joanne Eats Well With Others […]

  51. When I saw that little pot of salt I though, that looks like Murray sea salt. ha and it was. It is a great salt no wonder you want to sprinkle it all over your life . funny thing you!

  52. Sweet and savory are my fav combos too! And I also find that I always wear the same colors as people from work…happy accidents!

  53. You went all fancy with the salts, these cookies are marvelous.
    I have a bunch of himalayan and hawaiin salts which I need to use, a great idea there, thank you.

  54. These sound AMAZING!! Love the idea of salt & pepper in an oreo like cookie. Hmmm….maybe I need to make an ice cream version….

  55. Mmmm sounds so good! Very interesting ingredients for a sandwich cookie but I am willing to try it!

  56. There are so many conspiracies against skinny jeans! However, as far as they go, these cookies are an excellent one.

  57. Johanna GGG says:

    Yes I want oreos to be like these cookies and I want to pipe frosting so beautifully that it is even looks pretty when I am about to moosh another cookie on top and I want you to send me some (wonder if they would get through Aussie customs – would they be more willing to accept if I said it was just so murray river salt returning home)

  58. These look great… and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have Salt-n-Pepa songs stuck in my head now 😉

  59. Kathryn says:

    The kick of spice in these is just pure genius. Can’t wait to give them a go.

  60. grace says:

    what a terrific and unique idea for a sandwich cookie! i’m enamored.

  61. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Goodness, these look fantastic! I am saving this recipe for sure 🙂

  62. Such a creative way to make a sandwich cookie… looks delicious 🙂

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