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August 7, 2018 8:04 PM   Subscribe

Is there a difference between a cookie sandwich and a sandwich cookie, and if so, how are they different?
posted by MrBobinski to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
A cookie sandwich could plausibly (and deliciously) involve ice cream, which you are unlikely to find in a sandwich cookie.
posted by telepanda at 8:17 PM on August 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


A cookie sandwich should be a sandwich with a filling of cookies. Just like a ham sandwich has a filling of ham.

A sandwich cookies has two cookies with, typically, a cream filling.
posted by maurreen at 8:22 PM on August 7, 2018 [6 favorites]


A sandwich cookie is a type of cookie that resembles a sandwich in terms of its construction.

A cookie sandwich is a type of sandwich that uses cookies in its construction.

Likewise: a house boat is a type of boat; a boat house is a type of house.
posted by SaltySalticid at 8:24 PM on August 7, 2018 [12 favorites]


Agree with maureen. Cookie sammy is with the cookies in the middle. A sandwich cookie is a sammy made with cookies in place of the traditional bread.
posted by AugustWest at 8:24 PM on August 7, 2018


Mister MrBobinski says I'm biasing the answers, but to clarify, how many cookies are in/constitute a cookie sandwich and how many are in/consitute a sandwich cookie?
posted by MrBobinski at 8:30 PM on August 7, 2018


2 cookies in a cookie sandwich (ex cookie-ice cream-cookie), 1 sandwich cookie (a cookie that is a sandwich)
posted by raccoon409 at 8:41 PM on August 7, 2018 [4 favorites]


A sandwich cookie is a single cookie that is made up of two dry cookies and a wet filling. These two cookies are not eaten separately (though you can do so, like an oreo.)

A cookie sandwich to me is two cookies that are intended to be eaten alone with something in between them, though I agree that cookie(s) sandwiched between something would count, this has never come up for me.

So I would say, a cookie sandwich is two cookies, a sandwich cookie is one.
posted by jeather at 8:55 PM on August 7, 2018 [9 favorites]


I posed this question to my husband who is even more pedantic than me.

He said that a "sandwich cookie" is a cookie that resembles a sandwich. A "cookie sandwich" is a sandwich that uses a cookie as a filling—in American grammar, we modify "sandwich" with whatever is in the middle.
posted by radioamy at 9:03 PM on August 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


A sandwich cookie is two cookie halves with frosting or filling connecting them. It is a cookie which resembles a sandwich. (Similar in construction to an ice cream sandwich, that has two cookie halves with ice cream instead of frosting in between.) I've never heard of a cookie sandwich, but I'd expect it to be some sort of logic like, "but you asked what kind of sandwich I wanted, Mom, and I'm even making it myself. You never said I couldn't use peanut butter cookies!"
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:15 PM on August 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


A sandwich cookie is a cookie featuring a top and bottom cookie around a filling, but which could be considered a single cookie. A cookie sandwich is a sandwich made with two (otherwise standalone) cookies, e.g. the delicious It's It.
posted by a moisturizing whip at 9:18 PM on August 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


On this note, I caution you to not tempt the fates by placing ice cream in between two sandwich cookies.
posted by Karaage at 9:35 PM on August 7, 2018 [4 favorites]


Sandwich cookie sandwich!
posted by Weeping_angel at 10:50 PM on August 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


In standard English usage, when we qualify a noun with an adjective, then that adjective goes first; thus: a green car, a large house, a short walk. Nouns can also be used adjectivally; thus: the garage door, a picture frame, a flower arrangement. Following this rule, a cookie sandwich is primarily a sandwich, and "cookie" is used adjectivally to describe what kind of sandwich it is, while a sandwich cookie is primarily a cookie, and the "sandwich" tells us what kind of cookie it is.
posted by aqsakal at 11:12 PM on August 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


A cookie sandwich is a sandwich consisting of two cookies between which there is a filling such as ice cream. The cookies used in this construction are of a type that could otherwise be eaten on their own. This is embodied in ItsIt’s ice cream+cookie sandwiches or in the good old reliable Chipwich.

A sandwich cookie is a cookie that only exists in a form involving two cookies/wafers and a filling. I’d place Oreos and Whoopie pies in this category. You don’t eat the constituent parts on their own ever.

Wtf you people who think cookies are a sandwich filling?
posted by olinerd at 2:48 AM on August 8, 2018 [7 favorites]


Until today, I had never heard of using cookies as a sandwich filling.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:12 AM on August 8, 2018 [6 favorites]


I don't buy that the construction "x sandwich" implies that x must be the filling. For example, if I were to say "I puttered around the kitchen, making myself a couple of rye bread sandwiches," that would be perfectly acceptable and also I don't think anyone would think you used rye bread as a filling.
posted by peacheater at 3:33 AM on August 8, 2018 [4 favorites]


Another way to look at it: when you break apart a sandwich cookie such as an oreo, you are left with two half-cookies, not two cookies. When you break apart a cookie sandwich, you are left with two cookies.
posted by drlith at 3:59 AM on August 8, 2018 [4 favorites]


Mister MrBobinski has come around to the idea that a cookie sandwich and a sandwich cookie are two distinct entities. Jeather sums up our consensus definition, with the proviso that a cookie between two slices of rye should also be called a cookie sandwich.
posted by MrBobinski at 5:19 AM on August 8, 2018


OK, I might be the weird one out, but my cookie sandwich is two pieces of bread and 4-5 sandwich cookies between the bread. Ideally double-stuff sandwich cookies. Perhaps that would more properly be a sandwich cookie sandwich.

I'd never say I made a sour dough sandwich. I'd made a ham on sourdough. Or a ham sandwich with sourdough. While good bread is important to the sandwich it's not the main descriptive point of the type of sandwich. Even when one's dealing with extremely simple sandwiches like mustard or butter. I suppose the only things that I'd consider a rye sandwich would be either two slices of rye (and nothing else) or a slice of rye between two other slices of bread. E.g. a rye on sourdough.
posted by nobeagle at 6:40 AM on August 8, 2018 [2 favorites]


A cookie sandwich is a sandwich consisting of two cookies between which there is a filling such as ice cream.

That is an ice cream sandwich. It could maybe be called a cookie ice cream sandwich to differentiate it from the more traditional ice cream sandwich.
I have never heard "cookie sandwich," but it only makes sense to me as a sandwich with a filling of cookies.
posted by FencingGal at 7:10 AM on August 8, 2018 [2 favorites]


Nthing that a "sandwich cookie" is a type of cookie consisting of two pieces enclosing a filling.

I also stand with those who disagree that the "something" in "something sandwich" necessarily describes the filling component and not the container component of a sandwich. The most obvious example of this is a "bagel sandwich," which implies two halves of bagel enclosing a filling rather than a bagel between two slices of bread. I would suggest that, in cases where the "something" in "something sandwich" describes an item that would ordinarily be employed as the container component of a sandwich, and especially if it would be strange or unexpected for it to be employed as the filling component, then that is the operative assumption. Similarly, a" plate of beans" is not a plate that has been manufactured out of beans, but rather any kind of plate (e.g, a "plate of porcelain") that happens to contain beans. Thus, a "cookie sandwich" is one in which two cookies enclose some kind of filling. It is distinguished from a "sandwich cookie" by the fact that the cookies in a "cookie sandwich" stand alone as individual cookies whereas the two cookie components of a "sandwich cookie" do not.
posted by slkinsey at 7:58 AM on August 8, 2018 [5 favorites]


Oreos call themselves 'sandwich cookies' don't they? Google it. It's two cookies with filling in the middle.
posted by The_Vegetables at 11:55 AM on August 8, 2018


There is no meaningful difference between a cookie sandwich and a sandwich cookie. They are the same thing.

An Oreo is two chocolate cookies with a cream filling.

An Its-It is two oatmeal cookies with an ice cream filling.

Same thing.
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:08 PM on August 8, 2018 [2 favorites]


Since no one makes a sandwich comprised of two pieces of bread stuffed with cookies, it seems obvious that cookie sandwich and sandwich cookie are both the same thing but with different emphases.
Sandwich cookie: Sandwich modifies cookie. It describes what kind of cookie this is: the kind of cookie that is shaped like a sandwich.
Cookie sandwich: It's still two wafers filled with cream, but that's because it's the kind of sandwich comprised of cookies. It doesn't mean that it has to have cookies in the middle. It's like a Cuban sandwich, which is not filled with Cubans, or a Reuben sandwich, which is not filled with Reubens, or a Subway sandwich which is not filled with Subways or a Hero sandwich which is not filled with Heros. A cookie sandwich is a kind of sandwich where there are two wafers functioning as containers for a sweet filling.
So they are the same object, with different emphases.
posted by nantucket at 8:54 PM on August 8, 2018 [2 favorites]


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