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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies + a Harry Potter Giveaway!

2016 July 24
by Emily Hill

Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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One of my unwritten rules is “never drink your calories.”

It’s up there with “never bring in your Nordstrom Rack bags while the husband is home.”

This whole avoid liquid calories is how I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to keep my daily calories within respectable limits because I love all the baked things. One of the few times I’ve made an exception to this rule was when I visited Harry Potter World…because Butterbeer.

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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While I tout Diet Coke as the nectar of the gods, Butterbeer runs a close second. It would probably tie if there were a diet version that tasted just as delicious. I mean, the drink is cream soda on crack—a really yummy, buttery, butterscotch-y crack. And while you can find Butterbeer recipes all over the web, I knew turning this delightful flavor into some sort of baked good would be like catching the Golden Snitch.

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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I was worried these Butterbeer sandwich cookies would be too sweet, and perhaps they are if you’re strictly into chocolate, but for this family they were perfect. I found if you slightly over-baked the cookies so they were a bit crisper on the bottom, that added bit of crunch with the chewy cookie and creamy frosting made for a sandwich cookie worthy of Rageun Rambling’s Happy Harry Potter series (more on that below).

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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Make sure when you bake these cookies you use Heath Bits o’ Brickle Toffee Bits (NOT covered in chocolate). I had to go to Walmart to find them because Smith’s only carried the Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits. If you’re desparate you could always buy a handful of Heath candy bars, suck off the chocolate and break ’em into tiny pieces.

Kidding. That would be gross.

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.

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Also, these Butterbeer sandwich cookies are best eaten the same day. You can eat them on day two but the frosting will slightly soften the cookies making them more the texture of those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. Don’t get me wrong, I love those things but fresh Butterbeer cookies are better.

Another option would be to bake the cookies and simply frost the tops. It’s not as much fun as sandwich cookies but it’s quick and easy!

Printable recipe for Butterbeer sandwich cookies below followed by the giveaway details. Enjoy!
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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies
 
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Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical. Makes approximately 18 sandwich cookies (3 dozen regular cookies).
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp imitation butter extract
  • 1 (8-oz) package Heath Bits o' Brickle Bits (toffee bits without milk chocolate)
Frosting
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • ½ to ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp imitation butter extract
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in instant pudding mix until blended. Add vanilla, butter extract and eggs and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in toffee baking bits.
  5. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet or silicone baking mat. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Let cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Adjust powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. (I like my frosting a little thicker for sandwich cookies.)
  2. Spread desired amount of frosting onto bottom of one cookie; top with second cookie. Serve same day if possible. Store, covered, up to 1 to 2 days.

 
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Harry Potter everything. Great book nerd gifts and book swag.
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See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you’re there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping.

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Attention, Harry Potter fans!

Every July counting down to Harry’s birthday, Raegun Ramblings hosts her Happy Harry Potter series. If you’re a Harry Potter fan (if you’re not, we may not be able to remain friends), you won’t want to miss it all the posts and roundups. It’s more fun than a room full of Fizzing Whisbees!

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8 Responses Post a comment
  1. July 25, 2016

    These look so good. I think the nieces and I will have to whip up a batch this week!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    For sure! Make sure you eat them right away while the cookies are still crispy on the edges. :)
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  2. Ashley permalink
    August 1, 2016

    I made these yesterday and they are insanely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. August 3, 2016

    Drooling over these! And beautiful photos!!!

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  4. yumi permalink
    September 20, 2016

    what’s the butter extract for? is there any replacement for it? i want to make this (BUTTERBEER) but i don’t think i’ll be able to find any butter extract??? i’ve never even heard of it XD

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I found it at my local grocery store in the baking aisle with all the other extracts (orange, vanilla, almond, etc.). You can also get it from Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2diIFyF (affiliate link).

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