soft & chewy gingerbread sandwich cookies.

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So I was in the middle of getting all my ingredients together to make chocolate chip cookies.. then I was like “well maybe I can add cinnamon and spices to these”.. then it just became a gingerbread cookie that was SUPER soft.. and I’m not mad about it.  I cut out little stars and sandwiched them together with cream cheese frosting.  YES.

Recipe: (makes about 3 dozen cookies)

for the cookies:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature OR 1 & 1/2 stick butter + 1/4 cup Wild Friends Gingerbread Peanut Butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 & 1/2 cup flour OR Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix (adds more protein)
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar together until fluffy – about 3 minutes.
  • Add vanilla extract, egg and molasses and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt and whisk together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in about 3 increments, mixing after each addition.
  • Grease a baking sheet and place about 1 tablespoon of batter for each cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until browned (I always take my cookies out a little bit before they’re done – so I go for the 8 minute mark depending on the size of the cookie)
  • Let cool slightly, then transfer to cooling rack.

Recipe:

for the icing: 

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Place butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a bowl.
  • With an electric mixer, beat until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar, about 1/3 cup at a time (so you don’t make a huge mess) and beat until combined after each addition.
  • Once cookies are cool, make sandwich cookies!  (about 1-2 tablespoons in the middle of two cookies)
  • Enjoy!

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