Canary Creams are an invention of Fred and George’s for their wizard joke shop. Make your own at home with a shortbread cookie and filling.Jump to Recipe
Fred and George Weasley had many snacks and treats to offer with a wide variety of pranks included in each one. When they first started, they were passing them out in the Gryffindor Common Room. One such treat was the Canary Creams, which would turn the person who ate it into a canary and then back again after they molt their feathers.
Of course, I couldn’t make something that would actually turn the eater into a canary, but I used the idea of a custard cream, which the snacks are based on, and made it canary yellow.
“It’s all right,” he [Fred] said. “I haven’t done anything to them. It’s the custard creams you’ve got to watch-“
Just then, Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.
“Oh – sorry, Neville!” Fred should over all the laughter. “I forgot – it was the custard creams we hexed-“
Within a minute, however, Neville had molted, and once his feathers had fallen off, he reappeared looking entirely normal. He even joined in the laughing.
“Canary Cream!” Fred shouted to the excitable crowd. “George and I invented them…”
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Of course, in April, when our Harry Potter Club was watching Goblet of Fire, I wanted to make any food associated with that book. I found a recipe here for Canary Creams. But it called for custard powder which I was never able to find in the store. I wanted to order online but forgot until it was too close to the club night, so I had to find a substitute.
If you can use custard powder, that would be preferable to make these more authentic. But if you can’t find it, you can substitute cornstarch in equal amounts and add a bit of vanilla extract to give it flavor.
Canary creams are a type of custard cream. Not being from the UK, I wasn’t sure what that was. So I had to look it up online. It’s a biscuit (which we call a cookie in the US) with cream in the center. The cookie is similar to a shortbread cookie. It can be rolled out in the same way as sugar cookies. Bake the cookies. Then put them together with the cream filling in between.
Step by Step
Start by preheating the oven to 350F. Use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to cream the butter completely. Then add the sugar. Mix it again until it’s combined. This takes about 3 minutes on medium-high speed. Add the vanilla and stir.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, custard powder (or cornstarch if you don’t have custard powder) and the baking soda.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture while stirring on low speed until it forms a dough. The dough may be crumbly. Knead a few times to bring it together.
Lightly flour a clean working surface and roll out the dough to be about 1/2″ thick. Use a round biscuit cutter or other cookie cutters to make shapes and place those on a baking sheet. Continue to cut shapes and re-roll the dough until you use up all of the dough.
Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, until they just start to brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
While the cookies are cooling, make the filling by creaming the butter as before, then adding in the sugar. Stir in the vanilla and a few drops of yellow food coloring (to give them the canary color). If the filling is too thick, add a splash of milk as needed.
To make the canary creams, put the icing in a piping bag or tool and pipe the filling onto half of the cookies.
Use the other half to place on top of the filling, making them cookie sandwiches.
Originally Published On: July 3, 2018
Last Updated On: March 30, 2020
- 12 tbsp butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup custard powder (substitute cornstarch if needed)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 drops yellow food coloring
- 1/2 tsp milk
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer
- Add the powdered sugar and cream for about 3 minutes
- Mix in the vanilla extract
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, custard powder (or cornstarch), and baking soda
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture until a dough forms
- Lightly flour a clean working surface and roll the dough out to 1/2″ thickness
- Use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutters to make cookies
- Continue to make shapes by rolling the dough out multiple times as needed until all of the dough is used
- Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, until they start to get brown
- Transfer to a cooling rack
- While cookies cool, cream the butter with a mixer
- Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and yellow food coloring
- Add the milk, as needed, if the filling is too thick
- Put the filling in a piping bag and pipe onto half of the cookies
- Top the cream with the remaining half of the cookies to form sandwiches
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
36 thoughts on “Canary Creams from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes”
These sound delicious – will have to make some for my daughter as she loves Harry Potter!
Awesome, I hope she enjoys! My husband and boys are both asking me to make them again.
Anything butter, flour, sugar and CUSTARD – I am so so so game for, if I could eat it, haha! And you might find this crazy but I have never read or seen the HP movies/books!
Oh my gosh, girl, you have got to get reading! They are so good!!!
It would be amazing to taste all the goodies in the HP universe! These look delicious. And thank you for not making it magic, I really don’t want to be a canary lol.
I know, there are so many things I wish could truly be brought to life from the wizarding world!
These are awesome! I am a big Harry Potter fan and I’m sure I would be a big fan of these! Your Harry Potter club sounds great!
These are a delicious dessert for anyone, but so much better if you know the story 🙂
I love Harry Potter and what a creative idea! These look great and can’t wait to try these one day.
They are so yummy! I hope you get a chance to make the cookies.
Wow I’ve never known that this incredible creams exist. I’m gonna make the cream for my little brother tomorrow. Thanks!
They are delicious, I hope you enjoy!
These look delicious. I would definitely make some Harry Potter themed cookies…especially for a Harry Potter themed party!!
We’ve made them a few times, both for a HP party and just because they are such a great dessert!
What a yummy snack! These would have been perfect to take on a 4th of July picnic yesterday.
Oh, these would be great for that, too!
I remember when I was in the UK and heard about biscuits and tea. What I got was so much different than I imagined. It looks like you did a good job here. I know my daughter would have loved this at her Harry Potter Party.
I’ve definitely had to do a bit of research into typical British food for all my Harry Potter recipes. Like you, quite a few things surprised me as to what they actually are!!
I love the little story behind these & i bet they taste amazing!
They are such a delicious cookie! We had fun making so many Harry Potter-themed recipes.
We are huge HP fans in this house. My kids would love these while we watch all the potter movies.
We are about to start making some of the recipes again and watching the movies with the kids. A movie marathon is just what we need right now!
I have never seen these but we LOVE Harry Potter! What a fun idea. When Liam is old enough to watch it would be fun to make these!
They never are seen in the movies, just mentioned in the books. We’ve been slowly reading the books to the boys and letting them watch the movies as we finish a book.
Wow, these look super delicious! I can admit that I never heard of these before (but I kind of read the books and watch the movies). But I would love to try to make these.
They aren’t mentioned in the movies, only in the books. It’s a small part, but my friends and I have fun picking out small mentions of food to make for our movie and book club meetings 🙂
These look so good!! I love Harry Potter so now I want to make these to eat when I watch a movie next.
They are a delicious cookie recipe, perfect for a movie night.
I love this Canary Creams perfect for snacks I’m starting to cook since the quarantine starts and I would love to try this at home I hope it works 🙂
This is a perfect time to try out some home cooking and baking while we don’t have much else to do!
What a cute idea! We have been doing a lot of baking lately. My son loves Harry Potter, so we will give these a try!
They are so fun, especially for those who love the books. But even if you don’t, they are delicious!
I love shortbread cookies! The addition of the cream makes this a recipe I definitely want to try. I have a lot of time for baking now.
The cream makes them even better! If you can get the ingredients, it’s a great time for baking 🙂
When I saw those cookies I knew that they must taste divine. They look so good and I’d like to try the recipe.
they look so tasty!! During the lock down, I am trying all possible recipes that my son can enjoy. I think more than my son, I can enjoy.