Yo-Yo Cookies Reshaped for Halloween

Maureen Haddock


This tried and true recipe for jam-filled Yo-Yo Cookies has been loved in my family since the 1950s. I have learned that dressing up a family favourite recipe is better than creating a seasonal masterpiece that contains too much artificial colour and flavour. In other words, kids like simple treats. To see the caterpillar I made from Yo-yo Cookies, go to From the Cookie Jar Blog at www.getabiggerwagon.com. Honestly, my grandchildren preferred the spiders.

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★★★★★ 2 votes
makes about 3 dozen sandwich-style cookies
15 Min
30 Min

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These cookies are wonderful! A very simple sugar cookie with a hint of honey. This is a great project for kids. They can participate from making the cookies on to decorating them. Maureen recommends putting your favorite preserves in the center which was delicious. But you can get creative and use the family likes - frosting, peanut butter, hazelnut spread... the list is endless.


1 cup
softened butter
1 cup
brown sugar, (packed)
1/3 cup
liquid honey
1 teaspoon
3 1/2 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon
baking soda


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1In a mixer, blend butter, sugar, and eggs, together, thoroughly.

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2Add honey and vanilla

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3Add flour and soda and mix. Chill the dough for several hours or overnight.

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4Roll into balls the size of walnuts. I use a one tablespoon scoop to assure uniformity.

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5Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Touching the top of a cookie should leave almost no imprint when they are cooked. These cookies bake well on a Silpat.

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6When slightly cooled, sandwich together with the jam of your choice.

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To make the spiders, just add shoestring liquorice pieces between the layers. Stick eyes on with honey, or icing. To see my blog about Yo-Yo cookies go to getabiggerwagon.com/...e_season.html

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Canadian
Collection: Halloween Treats
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom