Have you tried these cookies?
If so, you know they are delicious. And if not, you’ll just have to trust me. Recently when my husband and I were
inhaling a box enjoying a few of these cookies, I decided I wanted to recreate a spicier homemade version, or attempt to at least. Well I did, and I’m so pleased with the result, I just had to share. My larger, chewier sandwiches with extra ginger and lemon cream cheese icing turned out just right. This recipe is super easy and perfect for fall. I will be making these on repeat throughout the season and once you try them, I bet you’ll be joining me.
So gather up the essentials below and get baking!
For the Cookies:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger*
*I would use 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon fresh if you prefer a more intense ginger flavor like I do
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Cream butter and sugar together with a hand mixer. Add molasses, egg, and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. The dough should not be too sticky or too dry, and easy to handle.
- Roll dough into one inch balls and then coat in white sugar.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a plate or rack to cool completely.
Now for the creamy filling…
Lemon Cream Cheese Icing:
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 4 oz (half a block) of cream cheese, softened
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- zest of one lemon
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Combine sugar and cream cheese well using an electric mixer. Add cream, vanilla, lemon zest and juice and continue mixing until well incorporated and glossy.
Once the cookies have cooled and the icing is ready, begin making the sandwiches. Using a rubber spatula, spread a layer of icing onto the cookies, one at a time. Top with a second cookie of similar size/shape. Pile them up and prepare to sink your teeth in. Yum!
I stored the assembled sandwiches in the refrigerator and brought them to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! And don’t dread the end of summer, celebrate the beginning of fall-you already have the perfect recipe!