Sunday, January 18, 2009

Orange Ginger Cookie Sandwiches with Orange Cream Cheese filling

I found these cookies on and decided to make them for Christmas goodies this year. They are sooooo yummy! My kids were so mad that we didn't keep more for ourselves! If you don't want to make them into sandwiches, you can just spread the frosting over the top and enjoy one at a time!!!

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp salt
12 Tbs (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 large egg
½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup (4 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 Tbs unsalted butter at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp orange juice
½ tsp ground ginger
1¾ cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed

To make cookies: In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses, egg and vanilla, and beat at medium- high until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and mix until well combined. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.

Ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place remaining ½ cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar to coat. Arrange about 2 inches apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets. Using the bottom of a glass that has been lightly greased, then dipped in sugar, flatten dough into ¼-inch-thick disks. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm. Remove from oven and immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Make filling: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients; mix until smooth, adding more powdered sugar as needed (filling should have consistency of very thick frosting). With a small spatula, frost bottoms of half the cookies (about 1 tsp. filling each); top with remaining cookies (so bottom sides are together) to make sandwich cookies.

Yield: 2 dozen sandwich cookies

Probably my new favorite cookie!!!

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