Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

I love ginger cookies and if you recall from a few months ago, I made some pretty awesome ginger snap cookies. I can blame my friend Beth for getting me hooked on these spicy little cookies last spring break. As she has done for the past 20 or so years (since we were about 7), Beth joined us for our Thanksgiving feast. This year she brought these cookies along with some awesome cranberry sauce. The second I took a bite into these amazing cookies I had to know where she got the recipe. I thought they are the perfect Christmas cookie! This is my first post to kick off my holiday baking recipes. I hope you follow me and find some new and old favorites. Even if you have a favorite ginger cookie recipe, give these a try…they are sure to become a holiday tradition. These two-bite sized cookies are perfect for holiday parties or baked goodie boxes. Make these the day before you want to share them with friends and family. The cookies will soften and the flavors will mingle, making them even more irresistable. 🙂

Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

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For the Cookies:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar; more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For Cinnamon Cream Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla and continue to beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Reduce the speed to low, slowly add flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated, about 1 minute. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Place 1/2 cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart. Butter the bottom of a drinking glass and then dip the bottom of the glass in the remaining sugar. Flatten the dough balls slightly with the bottom of the glass, dipping the glass in sugar as necessary to prevent sticking (after every 2 or 3 cookies).
  5. Bake in preheated oven 12 to 14 minutes until the cookies feel dry to the touch and are beginning to firm up (they’ll still feel soft inside). Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. To make the cinnamon cream filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  7. Spread about 1 rounded teaspoonful cinnamon cream filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with second cookie, forming a sandwich. Repeat with remaining filling and cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Source: Darby O’Shea, originally from Fine Cooking

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36 Responses to Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Filling

  1. amyjmcintosh says:

    Yum! I want one! 🙂

  2. mainstcuisine says:

    Hi Christina,
    Beautiful photos! I love ginger cookies (remind me of my childhood, actually). We’re just starting to get our recipes together for this year’s Christmas cookies and I see this one in the mix.
    Congrats on being featured on foodpress!
    Allison at
    http://mainstcuisine.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/10-small-things-im-looking-forward-to-this-christmas/

  3. These do sound like the perfect cookies! Letting the flavors marry overnight is a great idea too.

  4. briarrose says:

    Talk about taking a ginger cookie up over the top. 😉 Love the filling. I’m adding this to my must make pile….man that pile grows every day….ehehehe.

  5. These look and sound amazing! Your photos are awesome too. I’ll definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  6. beth says:

    oh man, just seeing these cookies again makes me want some more! i hope everyone at your work enjoys them, i know i do!

  7. jm says:

    These look soooooo declicious. I love things ginger spiced for the holidays and this cookie seems so ideal for this time of the year. great photography as well!

  8. Gorgeous looking cookies and I’ll bet they taste as great as they look!

    I LOVE ginger cookies!!!

  9. ezsrecipes says:

    Ginger really is great. Wonderful looking cookies, and perfect for the season!

  10. Kristen says:

    Christina – I blogged yesterday about some recipes I’ve tried this autumn and, of course, several of yours were included. =)

    http://prettysweet4815.blogspot.com/2010/11/autumnal-cheer-recipes.html

    I have a feeling that my cooking friends will be headed to your site!

  11. I love your blog, and man do these look good! I’m fifteen and looove baking, all of your pictures were so mouth watering! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    If you have time, stop by, http://www.livininthekitchen.wordpress.com
    Jess

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  13. I am looking for something unique to add to my annual Gluhwein party next weekend– I already have my favorite family recipe for gingersnaps, but the cinnamon cream looks TOTALLY awesome!!!

  14. KeepItSweet says:

    these look delicious, i am saving this recipe!

  15. crustabakes says:

    The spices in these make them so festive! THey look delicious!

  16. Coggie says:

    I made these for my son’s basketball team, for snacks after. One of the boys hates chocolate (I made them your homemade Oreos), so I picked this as an excellent substitute. My husband went mad for them, way over the Oreos (go figure). I still need to finetune the way the cookie wafers came out (they flattened out a lot more than the picture)…

  17. varla says:

    Yum. How many cookies does this make?

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  19. These look great! I’m not crazy about ginger cookies, but they’re one of my mom’s favorites. I’ll have to whip up a batch of these for her! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Jenn says:

    These look so delicious!!

  21. Kate says:

    These are yummy – love ginger cookies, too. Try putting some dark chocolate chunks in your gingersnaps next time…..

  22. Katrina says:

    Those look great!

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  24. emily says:

    Making these puppies for the second time in a week! they were a hit on Christmas day and now I’m having them for new years too – they are irresistible! only 1 comments: you only need about 1/2 the filling (or at least I did). I suggest doubling the cookie recipe (believe me, you’ll want more), but only making 1 batch of the filling.
    happy 2012!

  25. Jenna Watson says:

    I originally found your recipe during the holiday season when i was searching for the perfect ginger cookie recipe. These were, hands down, one of the best cookie recipes i’ve ever made. The only thing I did different was make them into larger, single cookies instead of smaller sandwiches. Absolutely brilliant! It definitely feels like Thanksgiving and Christmas when I pull these guys out of the oven 🙂

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