Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Filling

By Coleen

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Having recently entered a gingerbread house competition (check out this coming Monday’s post for pictures and competition results!), I felt compelled to make something with gingerbread for this week’s Christmas treat. After all, along with peppermint, gingerbread is one of the most popular holiday flavors. 

But decorated gingerbread men felt too . . . obvious. Not to mention labor-intensive. After tackling an entire house, I wanted something a little easier. These cookies are a perfect balance. They are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a smear of sweet maple-flavored cream in the middle. They make a delicious addition to any holiday cookie plate. 


 

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Filling

Serves 64
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Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 Large egg

For the filling

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Directions

Step 1
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Step 2
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the brown sugar, butter and molasses on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat well.
Step 3
Add the flour mixture to the bowl, and stir on low speed just until fully incorporated. The dough should still be sticky.
Step 4
Lay two 10-inch long sheets of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Scrape half the dough onto each piece of plastic wrap. Using damp hands, shape each half of the dough into a log 8 inches long. Tightly wrap each roll with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for 90 minutes.
Step 5
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Working with one log while keep the other refrigerated, cut the dough into ⅛-inch thick slices. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and bake just until set and golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a minute, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 6
While cookies are cooling, make the filling. Cream the butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add the confectioners sugar and maple syrup, and beat until smooth.
Step 7
Use a small knife or offset spatula to spread about ½ tsp of the filling onto the underside of half the cookies. Top with a second cookie.


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Comments

  1. I love that we both featured gingerbread this week. :) One of my favorite things about Christmas! I love that you paired maple with the gingerbread. That sounds absolutely delicious.

  2. Yum – these cookies are making my mouth water!

  3. what a great combo of flavors!

  4. I love gingerbread and these look like such a fun way to turn up the notch on gingerbread cookies!

  5. Those sound wonderful! What a great idea, and the maple flavor with ginger sounds incredible.

  6. I love all things maple flavored. The cookies sound delicious. My family would love these.

  7. I love the gingerbread and maple filling combination you put together here. My dad’s favorite cookie is a gingersnap but I suspect these would be his new favorite!

  8. I love love love gingerbread! These look so delish!

  9. These sound wonderful. I love the flavor of maple! Thank you for linking up!

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