Mini Birthday Cookie Sandwiches, with Homemade Birthday Cake Buttercream

Sigh. Gra­cie did it. She went and added anoth­er fin­ger to her age — and to make mat­ters worse, that par­tic­u­lar fin­ger is on her sec­ond hand.  Well, and I didn’t even men­tion the tri­fec­ta of heartache :: she lost her first tooth ((twice, that is a sto­ry for anoth­er day)) too! All this gib­ber­ish is code for Gra­cie turned 6. And with that mile­stone, my heart lost a lit­tle piece of itself.

There must be 2 types of moms, well maybe 3:

  • The first is super excit­ed for their lit­tle ones to reach each mile­stone
  • The sec­ond dreads each mile­stone and feels a knot grow­ing in her throat, real­ly close to her heart as those mile­stones are met and passed
  • The third is some­where in between the first 2

I think I lean towards the sec­ond, as much as I wish I was a sol­id 3 — I am just not.

The night Kade turned 9, I cried ((hard, sob­bing — pil­low soak­ing)) myself to sleep. He didn’t see ((or hear for that mat­ter)) me do it, but I did. Don’t even get me start­ed on the night of his 10th birth­day. And his 13th?? N.I.G.H.T.M.A.R.E.

At the sight of Gracie’s first wig­gly tooth, thoughts bul­lied into my mind of the day she will leave me. Real­ly. I even went so far as to blurt out: “One day you will leave me!”. With that dec­la­ra­tion, Gra­cie broke into sob­bing tears. Oops.


Shep’s first day of kinder­garten broke my heart. That lit­tle blonde-haired sweet­ie played with me while Gra­cie slept for an entire year before we were sep­a­rat­ed by that nasty insti­tu­tion of edu­ca­tion. ((I jest, some­what.))

The day Brody learned to walk unas­sist­ed? Well, that one was pure-dee joy. He learned to crawl MAYBE nine days ear­li­er and imme­di­ate­ly decid­ed walk­ing was WAY cool­er. Papa came over that day, and as Papas do, he patient­ly walked Brody ((9 month old Brody, that is)) around our house with a dia­per cloth sling he engi­neered to assist Brody in his desire to walk. Then as Papas also do, he went back home — leav­ing me with a “deter­mined” 9-month old walk­er-wannabe. Heav­en help me.

So, where does this leave me today? Hard pressed between cel­e­brat­ing and want­i­ng to stay in bed and pre­tend life is not fly­ing by so very much faster than I could have ever imag­ined. But the love of a mom­ma for her own out­weighs the pain of cel­e­brat­ing as they grow-up.

I choose to cel­e­brate. In oth­er words, I have to choose joy. Bro­ken-heart­ed joy. I had no idea there was even such a thing. And then I held my first baby. Life changed for­ev­er in that lit­tle blink of a moment.

Well, now that I am offi­cial­ly respon­si­ble for aid­ing and abet­ting mass depres­sion, let’s talk but­ter­cream. Because we all know, a good but­ter­cream — I mean a REALLY good but­ter­cream cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of woes.


I don’t know how it goes in your fam­i­ly — but in ours, birth­days can last a good week or even two weeks. First, there is the school treat, then there is the actu­al birth­day — birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, then there is the cousins par­ty ((13 total kid­dos — all blood kin!)) and then there is often a par­ty with my side of the fam­i­ly.

I am a home­made birth­day treat kind of gal — but with 3 or 4 cel­e­bra­tions, I am look­ing for some home­made sim­plic­i­ty. This is the per­fect sim­ple birth­day treat — per­fect for the “take-to-school” treat.

Here is what you will need:


  • your favorite store-bought (crispy) mini-choco­late chip cook­ies — Trad­er Joe’s makes a great mini “Crispy Crunchy Choco­late Chip Cook­ie”
  • home­made but­ter­cream ((is there any oth­er type??!!))
  • birth­day sprin­kles 


I love home­made but­ter­cream — I have a nice col­lec­tion of var­i­ous types of but­ter­cream through­out the blog but they all come down to the same basic struc­ture: 

  • a good amount of pow­dered sug­ar
  • some cream or milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • but­ter
  • fla­vor­ing, usu­al­ly a lit­tle vanil­la & a lit­tle almond extract 
  • one secret ingre­di­ent ((a table­spoon of gran­u­lat­ed cane sug­ar))


The key for this par­tic­u­lar but­ter­cream is to start off by adding ¼ c of heavy whip­ping cream while whip­ping the but­ter & pow­dered sug­ar and then slow­ly add about a ¼ c of 2% milk until you reach the desired con­sis­ten­cy.


Speak­ing of con­sis­ten­cy, this one needs to be a lit­tle stiffer than oth­er but­ter­cream you may make for top­ping cakes, cook­ies and brown­ies, because you don’t want the fill­ing to ooze out of the cook­ie sand­wich­es.


About one tea­spoon is all of the fill­ing each sand­wich will need — because these are min­is; one bite won­ders. Per­fect for a kinder­garten birth­day treat.


Don’t delay in rolling the cook­ie sand­wich­es in birth­day sprin­kles. The edges of the but­ter­cream will dry out and the sprin­kles won’t stick. *Now if you find your­self dis­tract­ed and the but­ter­cream dries out, just moist­en your fin­ger­tip with a lit­tle cream & run it around the edges. Then roll as usu­al.


Aren’t they cute? They make the most fes­tive and sim­ple school birth­day treat ever!


Trust me, how­ev­er cute they are — they are expo­nen­tial­ly even more yum­my. If only it didn’t mean some­one is a year old­er…

Mini Birth­day Cook­ie Sand­wich­es, with Home­made Birth­day Cake But­ter­cream
Serves 25
A sim­ple and per­fect­ly yum­my birth­day treat — eas­i­ly mod­i­fied for any spe­cial occa­sion! Per­fect home­made but­ter­cream sand­wiched between two crisp mini choco­late chip cook­ies.
Write a review
Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 1 — 2 lb bag of pow­dered sug­ar
  2. 1 stick room tem­per­a­ture salt­ed but­ter
  3. ¼ c heavy whip­ping cream
  4. ¼ c 2% milk
  5. 1 pinch of salt
  6. 2 t vanil­la
  7. 2 t almond extract
  8. 1 t gran­u­lat­ed cane sug­ar
  9. sprin­kles, about 1 c
  1. On two parch­ment lined bak­ing sheets, arrange 100 mini cook­ies into rows, bot­tom side fac­ing up. Place sprin­kles in a small shal­low dish.
  2. Make but­ter­cream by plac­ing all of the ingre­di­ents EXCEPT the 2% milk into the bowl of a stand mix­er. Mix to com­bine, increas­ing speed from low to high once the ingre­di­ents are incor­po­rat­ed, as to pre­vent pow­dered sug­ar from fly­ing every­where. Slow­ly add milk until desired stiff but spread­able con­sis­ten­cy is reached.
  3. Scoop 1 tea­spoon of but­ter­cream onto half of the cook­ies. Top the but­ter­cream with anoth­er cook­ie, form­ing a sand­wich. After mak­ing 10 sand­wich­es, roll the exposed but­ter­cream sides in sprin­kles and place on a serv­ing plat­ter*. Repeat until all sand­wich­es are assem­bled. Cov­er with plas­tic wrap until ready to serve. Can sit out, cov­ered overnight if nec­es­sary.
  4. Extra but­ter­cream can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  5. Serves 25
  1. *If you find your­self dis­tract­ed and the but­ter­cream dries out, just moist­en your fin­ger­tip with a lit­tle cream & run it around the edges. Then roll as usu­al.
Food for a Year:

In true show & tell form: "I am open for questions & comments"

%d bloggers like this: