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Gingerbread cookies with heart cut out

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Ginger Cream Filling

  • Author: Gail Ng
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes + overnight chilling
  • Yield: 22 sandwiched cookies (44 single cookies) 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Two perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies sandwiching a creamy ginger cream cheese buttercream filling


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Ingredients

Gingerbread Cookies

  • 450g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 200g cooking molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ginger Cream Filling

  • 80g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g cream cheese, softened
  • 220g powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Gingerbread Cookies

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes very pale and creamy. 
  3. Beat in the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract until combined. Add in the dry ingredients you set aside earlier and mix on low speed until it comes together as a slightly crumbly dough.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press together to form a flattened disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Meanwhile, leave the dough out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to soften before rolling out to prevent the edges from cracking.
  6. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/8″ thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut out your cookies and transfer them to a baking sheet, leaving about 1/2″-1″ in between each cookie. Re-roll the scraps and repeat until you can’t get any more cookies out of the dough.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes. Let them cool on the baking tray for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

Ginger Cream Filling

  • In large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until it becomes aerated, light, and fluffy.
  • Beat in the ground ginger and vanilla extract until combined. Transfer the ginger cream to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip of your choice.
  • Match up two similarly sized and shaped cookies and pipe the filling onto one cookie. Gently sandwich the other cookie on top. Dust the tops with powdered sugar if you like before enjoying.

Notes

  • This is a cookie that tastes better after a few days (in my opinion), rather than freshly baked, because they get softer as the days go by. If you’ve used the ginger cream, then store the cookie sandwiches in the fridge and leave them at room temperature for 15 minutes before eating. If you’ve just made the plain cookies, they can keep in an airtight container at room temperature.

Keywords: gingerbread sandwich cookies, gingerbread cookies, ginger cream cookies

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