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Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla or Citrus Cream

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon we like “Ceylon” in this recipe
  • 1/4 tsp tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • .25 c icing sugar for dusting

Sandwich Cream

  • 4 tbs butter AND
  • 4 tbs shortening vegan, non-hydrogenated, a-okay
  • OR
  • 6 tbs butter AND
  • 1-2 tbs milk or cream if required
  • WITH
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla AND
  • green food colouring optional
  • OR
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbs lime, lemon or orange juice
  • 2 tsp zest optional
  • green, yellow or orange food colouring optional

Instructions

COOKIES

  • With a whisk, combine flour, spices, soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Beat the butter and sugars in a mixer until fluffy.
  • Slowly incorporate the molasses into the fluff.
  • Add the egg and the vanilla until just combined.
  • Add the bowl of dry ingredients slowly.
  • When the dough appears combined, use a spatula to form it into a ball.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
  • Dough may also be rolled into a long wax or parchment paper log and refrigerated for at least 4-6 hours.
  • Heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls with your hands
  • Flatten onto a parchment lined pan. (Leave a lot of space! Don’t exceed a dozen per pan! These cookies spread!)
  • Or, slice the log of dough into 1/8 in slices and place on parchment with liberal spacing.
  • Bake for just about 10 minutes.
  • IMMEDIATELY after removing cookies from pan, use (frog) cookie cutter to make a print in the cookie without completely slicing through.
  • Cool cookies on racks and make the icing.

FILLING

  • Mix butter and shortening until soft.
  • Add icing sugar.
  • Add optional vanilla or citrus.
  • Add optional food colouring.
  • If icing hasn’t formed, add milk or cream 1 tsp at a time to mixer.

ASSEMBLY

  • Place some icing sugar in a tea strainer or in a spoon.
  • For HALF of the cookies: Place the cookie cutter back on the top of the indentation you made wtih the it previously.
  • Tap the sides of the tea strainer or gently shake your spoon to spread the icing sugar over top of the cookie.
  • Use a butter knife or an icing spreader to spread a dollop of icing on the bottom/flat portion of the other HALF of the cookies.
  • Place the sugar-dusted cookies on top of the iced ones to create the sandwiches.