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Molasses Sandwich Cookies

I just finished packing up cookies for a cookie swap tonight. I’m really excited because it’s with people who are in a Supper Club that I’m going to join. We’re going out to dinner and then exchanging cookies. So I decided to make these cookies, because they’re one of the ones that I get requests for all the time. Dino’s department even offered to pay me to make them more frequently for them! I use a small cookie scoop to make them all the same size, and I put the filling in a Ziploc, snip off the tip and pipe it onto the cookie halves to make is easier.

So here they are again – a definite “wow” cookie.

Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Sandwich Cookies
Everyday Food September 2006

Makes 30
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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
Creamy Molasses Filling

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. Spread a rounded measuring teaspoonful of Creamy Molasses Filling on the flat side f a cookie; place another cookie on top, and gently press. Repeat until all cookies are filled. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to l day, or refrigerate up to 3 days (cookies may soften during refrigeration).

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.

Creamy Molasses Filling: Whisk 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) softened unsalted butter with 3 tablespoons light unsulfured molasses until smooth. Gradually whisk in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar; whisk until smooth and spreadable. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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