boston cream pie cookies

by jenna on August 23, 2011

Why, hello ELR folks!

I’m Jess from forgivingmartha and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share a recipe with you today.

Yes, you.

And not just any recipe… a dessert made with chocolate and cream and butter.  I’m quite certain that dessert doesn’t exist without butter.

It just so happens that Jenna’s love-bucket, Adam, and I hail from the same small-town Texas area and have been friends for a long, long time.  I’ve officially decided that Jenna and I are destined to be great friends, but it’s difficult with her living so far away which means I must first convince her to move Austin!

I know life for Jenna in Northern California must be such a drag.

As for myself, for the past five years, I’ve lived on the East Coast, right outside of New York City in Jersey (fist pump!) and have only recently transported myself to a life back in Texas.  Austin is where it’s at now, yee-haw!  I’ve always been a bit overly food-centric and rightly so, as my mom and dad are both amazing and adventurous cooks which means I’ve been raised around daily, and often interesting, home-cooked meals.

My own affinity for the kitchen grew post-college when cooking became more of a necessity of life.  I was instantly in love with the creative aspect and challenge of creating and trying new things.  For me, it’s a lifetime love affair that I enjoy more and more everyday.

Now back to this dessert.  Today I’d like to introduce you to the magical powers contained in a dessert that can only be described as heavenly.  Chocolate?  Check!  Cream? Check!  Pillowy-soft sugar cookies? Check!  All three would be more than perfect alone, and when added together, we have a serious winning combination!

Boston. Cream. Pie. Cookies.

Instead of a traditional vanilla pastry cream, I made a dense, yet lightly sweet, coconut cream filling that is the sticking power between two light and fluffy, cake-like cookies all topped with a rich, chocolaty ganache.

And to whom do we owe thanks?  Thanks be to Adam!  You’re a peach.  I’m now in touch with my new bff, Jenna, and all the wonderful devotees of ELR.  Now go on and enjoy some Boston Cream Pie Cookies!

Boston Cream Pie Cookies

makes about 7 cookie sandwiches

Print this recipe!

Cakey Cookies:

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Coconut Cream Filling:

2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache Topping:

2/3 cup heavy cream

1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon corn syrup

To make the cookies, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture a little at a time, beating just until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Measure about 1/4 cup of dough for each cookie. Roll the dough into balls then place on the prepared cookie sheets and press to flatten just slightly (just a smidgen – they’ll spread as they bake), spacing them at least 2 inches apart (I baked 6 per sheet).

Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just set. Don’t overbake or they won’t have the soft texture you want. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to the racks to cool completely.

To prepare the filling, whisk yolks until smooth. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add coconut milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken.

Pour 1/3 coconut milk mixture into yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, for 4 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.

Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl and chill until cold (at least a couple of hours.)

For the ganache, you should heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat.  Sir in corn syrup until thoroughly heated.  Pour mixture into medium bowl and add chocolate chips; stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Cool slightly.To assemble, scoop chilled cream on the flat side of a cookie and match with a similar-sized cookie to top.  Pour ganache over the top and allow to set… or don’t.


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Kathryn August 23, 2011 at 4:26 am

What a great guest post! These cookies look so good (who can resist chocolate and cream and butter?) and I’m excited to check out Jess’ blog!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 23, 2011 at 4:26 am

This is the best Boston Cream introduction I’ve ever received, Jess. Nice to meet you!


Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl August 23, 2011 at 4:58 am

You could not have said it better! Holy Smokes! I feel like I can smell its goodness through my computer screen!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 23, 2011 at 4:28 am

Fantastic guest post, love these cookies!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 23, 2011 at 4:32 am

Wow you outdid yourself!

That middle layer…the Coconut Cream Filling

seriously….I could just eat that and be super happy for the rest of my life :)


Christine @ The Pantry Drawer August 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

O.M.G. you had me at “Boston Cream”!! I absolutely love Boston Cream Pies and these look so much more practical than making an entire cake! great recipe – i canNOT wait to try it!


Molly @ RDexposed August 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

BAM!! YES!!! I want to skip work to stay home and make these!!

Irony of the dietitian skipping work to bake cookies??


Cait August 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

this look fabulous :) i def want to make these sometime! xo


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

Amazing guest post! Everything about it is great…the pics and the recIpe rock :)


Baking N Books August 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

Wow – I have most of these ingredients…that is troubling because these are too tempting to make. I picked up a Boston Creme donut for the first time in years at a coffee shop the other day – and it was dry and stale – blech. These look quite the opposite!

Did you know Adam in Austin? Small world if you both have cooking blogs too!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

YUm! Yum! Yum!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 23, 2011 at 4:45 am

these sound AH-mazing! and even though i live in colorado right now, i gotta say – Texas is where it’s at! there’s just no place like home :)


Jenn from Much to My Delight August 23, 2011 at 4:47 am

You should sell these out of one of those food trucks on South Congress! I’d take this over a cupcake any day!!


Annie August 23, 2011 at 4:50 am

Three cheers for Boston cream pie cookies and another three for Jersey just outside NYC!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

Wow… this is the stuff my dreams are made of!! :) Great recipe Jess!


Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy August 23, 2011 at 4:58 am

Can’t wait to check out your blog! These recipes look AMAZING! :)


Khushboo August 23, 2011 at 5:08 am

Adam’s got the hook-up haha- I want to eat my screen! These look unreal!


Lisa August 23, 2011 at 5:18 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an amazing idea. I shall make them the next time I need to make other people jealous of my baking skills.


Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy August 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

My boyfriend just looked over at the pictures and basically declared there was nothing better then boston cream pie and that we must make these cookies!


Cait's Plate August 23, 2011 at 5:52 am

Oh my golly – those are just too beautiful. I’m not sure I would feel right about eating it it’s such a work of art!


Em August 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

Those cookies look delicious! And great photos, too!
I wish I wasn’t so intimidated by baked goods!


vanessa August 23, 2011 at 5:56 am

I’m rarely tempted by sweets, but I could really get down with these.

I’m so happy to have found your blog, Jess! Having lived in both NorCal (SF) and Austin, I can say they are very much tied as my favorite US cities (minus Boston, of course!) The people in Austin are crazy nice, active and involved in their community, and (compared to NorCal and the East coast) it’s incredibly affordable. Enjoy your time there, and Jenna – you SHOULD move there!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 5:56 am

Who could not love these!? Boston creme pie is my favorite donut, hands down. I bet these cookies are amazing.


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather August 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

OMG these better than amazing!! Wow, melt in your mouth good.


Jessie August 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

These look amazing. Looks like I will be baking this weekend!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray August 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

These are so darling and I bet they are amazingly delicious!


Erin August 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

Wow those look great! And they are mini = cuteness.


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

What a wonderful guest post!! Thanks for sharing, Jess. :) These cookies look like little pillows of wonderful sweetness…I can’t wait to give them a try.


Pippa @ Sunday Suppers with Pippa August 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

Beautiful, great job!


kalli August 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

wow these look just to die for. love the coconut cream idea!


Priyanka August 23, 2011 at 7:11 am

The pics are so stunning…..
Can’t take my eyes off them


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

I love Boston cream pie as is, but with coconut cream?? It sounds even better! Thanks for sharing!


Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

These look awesome Jess! :)


Elle August 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

No way!! Boston Creme Pie is my absolute favorite dessert in the world, and this just takes it to another level! Genius genius genius


Estela @ Weekly Bite August 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

These look amazing!!! Great guest post!


Julie August 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

These look insanely delicious. I was just saying yesterday how I can’t say no to boston cream pie donuts, and now I don’t think I’ll be able to say no to the cookies either. Definitely on my “to make” list! Yum.


Moni'sMeals August 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

good lord! Really? it is like 8 in the morning and I find myself seeing if I have everythign to make these after work! Haha! These look amazing how could they not taste even better! Thanks Jess. 😉


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

Oh wow–these look amazing!!!! I’m having some people over for dinner on Friday and these are definitely being made! Great recipe, Jess!!


Jesse August 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

wow, amazing combination of ingredients.


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

ooooh goodness! how yummy!


Jen of My Tiny Oven August 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

These cookies look AH-MAZING!! Gorgeous!


Kate August 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

those look incredible


candace August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

Oh. My.

I will be trying these oh yes I will.


Mary Beth August 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the amazing guest post Jess :).


Sara P August 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

I can’t believe that there is someone in Austin who has made these and I am not your real-life friend yet. :(

They look scrumptious!!!


Jess August 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hah! Let’s make it happen, then Sara! :)


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life August 23, 2011 at 9:17 am


Question: Do you use coconut milk from a can (from the ethnic food section) or from a carton (from the refrigerated section)?


Jess August 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hi Lizz! I used coconut milk from a can–the full-fat version, of course! 😉


Amy August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

These look so amazing! I love Boston Cream Pie but have not had it recently. I think I must make these! Thanks for sharing!


Katrina August 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

These look heavenly!


Lara Matos August 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

These look absolutely amazing. That ganache topping is calling my name!


kristina@beancakes August 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

these look super amazing!! thank you for sharing such a great looking recipe!!
xx ~ kristina


Kate@Diethood August 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

Wow this sounds incredible! Gotta save this one!


Nicole @ Giraffelegs August 23, 2011 at 11:38 am



Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove August 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

These look AMAZING.


Maria August 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

What a fun cookie!


Tracy @ Commit To Fit August 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

These look absolutely divine!


Ranjani August 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

What beautiful pictures! These cookies – I’d call them whoopie pies myself – look delicious


Kris August 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Those look amazing! Are you sure it only makes 7 cookies? That doesn’t seem right.


jenna August 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

14 cookies—7 sandwiches


amy walters, aDESIGNdock August 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Yum yum yum. Just saying’.


The Cilantropist August 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Oh lordy. Yes, one of these and I would definitely be in dessert heaven. Or really any heaven for that matter. 😀


Kristina LaRue August 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

beautiful photos! what a great idea.


Jessica August 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

One word–mouthwatering.


Aleyta August 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

whoa. incredible.


Kelsey @ aslolife August 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

dying, these look sooo good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


Jayne @ Married to a Meat-eating Military Man August 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Yes, please. That is all. :)


Liz August 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Delicious looking recipe – and now I’ve found another blog to follow! You make Texas sound like THE place to live, which I just so happen to be considering a move to within the next couple years. :)


Melissa August 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Those are beautiful. Yes, the cookies are beautiful!!!


best salad recipes August 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

Your pictures are gorgeous and the recipe looks fantastic!


asian recipes August 25, 2011 at 12:15 am

That look DELICIOUS!! And it looks super easy too.


jenjenk August 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

mmm…i love boston cream pies!! this is just the perfect bite sized pieces!


Katie September 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

These look absolutely amazing, I’m so going to have to try them, but I was wondering if something could be substituted for the coconut milk. I have tried but I just don’t have a taste for coconut. The consistency of the cream in the center of the cookies looks perfect. Any ideas on how to achieve that sans coconut? Thanks!


Angie @ Bigbearswife September 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

Your photos have me wishing I could reach through my computer screen and grab one of those cookies


Tara September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I also was wondering what you could use in place of the coconut milk. These look great! My doctor loves Boston Creme pie and I want to make these this week for his birthday. But I don’t know if he likes coconut. What else could you use?


Pasha October 6, 2011 at 12:51 am

Just tried to make them! Mostly a success… My coconut cream turned into more of a custard. I used refrigerated coconut milk, which perhaps had something to do with it? No idea, but minus some consistency issues, they’re still quite tasty! LOVE the ganache and the cakey cookie!


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