Monday, December 14, 2020

Chewy Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling {GF option}

These gingerbread sandwich cookies are soft and chewy and filled with fluffy cream cheese frosting. Perfect Christmas cookie recipe and can be gluten free!

If Christmas were a cookie, this would be it. It is everything a Christmas cookie should be. Warm, cozy spices, soft chewy cookies, fluffy cream cheese frosting. What is not to love? The only thing I will say is that you should probably make a double batch. 
I made these while the kids un-decorated and re-decorated the tree for the millionth time. I highly recommend edible ornaments (like these I posted last week) if you have toddlers. 
I also have tons of glittery, plastic Dollar Tree bulbs. They are pretty difficult for kids to break, although my four-year-old cried to me in distress the other day, "Mom! This ornament lost some of its seasoning!" I looked at it and it had a few patches where the glitter was coming off. I guess I talk about cooking too much with them.

I actually threw these in the freezer right after I made them (well, after the kids and I all had a taste). I am probably going to pull them all out on Christmas Eve. At least what's left of them. They're actually pretty good straight out of the freezer, what can I say?

I'm curious to see what Samuel thinks of these because I froze them before he got home from work that day. With cookies, he is kind of a purist. I was in the mood for baking the other day and asked him what kind of Christmas cookies he would like me to bake. 

"Oh maybe just chocolate chip," he said. 

"What about peanut butter blossoms?" I asked. 
Naw. Fudge? Shrug. Gingersnaps? Nope. Sugar cookies
"Listen, I will eat and enjoy anything you make, but if you ask me, I'm always going to say chocolate chip cookies."

I can't complain. He's easy to please. If I made over easy eggs for breakfast, PB&J for lunch, these burritos for dinner, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert every day for the rest of his life, he would be happy.

So, I did make him his chocolate chip cookies, but the next day I decided I had to make something a little more Christmasy, and here it is.

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Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling
Yield: 17 Sandwiches
Author: Yammie's Noshery
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 23 Min
These gingerbread sandwich cookies are soft and chewy and filled with fluffy cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Christmas and can be gluten free!


Ingredients for the Cookies:
Ingredients for the Filling:


To Make the Cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine the butter, sugars, and molasses in a mixing bowl. Beat with hand mixer or stand mixer until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until combined. 
  3. Add the flour to the bowl and add the remaining ingredients on top of the flour. Gently stir to combine all the dry ingredients together. Then continue mixing with your mixer to combine all the ingredients until a dough forms. Continue to add additional flour 2 tablespoons at a time if the dough is too wet until it looks like the photo above of the dough.
  4. Scoop out the dough by tablespoons (I use a cookie scoop like this one). Roll each cookie in a little dish of sugar (this step can be skipped).
  5. Place 12 cookies at a time on a baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 8 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan and frosting.
To Make the Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Soften the butter and cream cheese (in the microwave or setting out on the counter until soft).
  2. Combine the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat with hand mixer or stand mixer until well combined.
  3. Add half of the powdered sugar and beat well. Add the heavy cream and continue beating. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat for a few more minutes until fluffy.
  4. Sandwich the cookies together with the frosting. You can either just spoon the frosting on or you can put all the frosting in a large ziploc bag and snip the corner so that you can pipe the frosting on.
  5. You can leave the cookies out at room temperature for about 8 hours, but after that they should be refrigerated. They are even better chilled. You can also put the finished and frosted cookies in the freezer and thaw before serving.
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