Ginger Molasses Maple Cream Filled Sandwich Cookies

November 14, 2018

 
Ingredients
FOR THE COOKIES:

 

  •  2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  •  1 teaspoon baking soda

  •  2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

  •  2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  •  1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

  •  1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

  •  1/4 teaspoons salt

  •  1 cup dark brown sugar

  •  1/4 cup coconut oil

  •  1/3 cup molasses

  •  1 egg 

  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

FOR THE MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  •  8 ounces cream cheese,  softened 

  •  2 tablespoons butter,  softened

  •  2 tablespoons maple syrup

  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  •  1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
FOR THE COOKIES:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt, then lightly stir to combine.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

  4. Use a spoon to scoop tablespoon-sized chunks of dough. With your hands, form dough into balls, then roll each cookie in granulated sugar. Slightly flatten while placing on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9 minutes until just set. (They will appear underdone but don't overbake). Cool on the baking sheets a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

FOR THE MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Continue beating until well combined and smooth.

  2. Spread a generous dollop onto the flat side of a single cooled cookie, then press against the flat side of another to form a cookie sandwich.  Sprinkle with a light dusting of powdered sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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