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Molasses sandwich cookies with holiday decorations behind them

Molasses Sandwich Cookies

  • Author: Slightly Adapted from Everyday Food September 2006
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup light unsulfured molasses

For the Creamy Molasses Filling:

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light unsulfured molasses
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until combined. Beat in egg, then molasses, until smooth. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture until a dough forms.

  3. Drop rounded measuring teaspoonfuls of dough onto two ungreased (or parchment-lined) baking sheets.

  4. Bake until centers are dry to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes; rotate pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  5. For the filling, whisk 12 tablespoons softened unsalted butter with 3 tablespoons light unsulfured molasses until smooth. Gradually whisk in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable.
  6. To assemble, spread a rounded measuring teaspoonful of filling on the flat side of a cookie; place another cookie on top, and gently press. Repeat until all cookies are filled.


Notes

Forming Cookies: Use a round, not oval, measuring teaspoon for scooping dough. Before scooping, dip spoon in water to make sure dough doesn’t stick.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to l day, or refrigerate up to 3 days (cookies may soften during refrigeration).

Makes 30 individual (15 sandwich) cookies with about 1 1/2 cups of filling.

Keywords: holiday cookie, molasses cookie, sandwich cookie

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