Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

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Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Please don’t be mad at me.

Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

It’s just that I’ve had this recipe for weeks and have been holding it in the backlog so that I didn’t completely overload you with cookies.  Meanwhile, almost every person who has eaten one of these has asked me for the recipe.*  Biting into one of the gingersnap sandwich cookies is one of those moments when you stop and say, “oh, so this is what Christmas tastes like.”**  Spicy and crunchy gingersnaps balanced by a light and creamy cream cheese frosting.

*why yes I am able to share my cookies from time to time

**Disclaimer: I don’t even celebrate Christmas

Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

This is the kind of cookie that you will enjoy so much that a few dozen cookies bites later you’ll have momentarily forgotten your infatuation with chocolate and peanut butter.  Yes, I’m pretty sure that you will forgive me for the delay as soon as you make them.

Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Gingersnap Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
Makes 4 dozen cookie sandwiches

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup molasses

Whisk dry ingredients (flour through white pepper) in a medium bowl; set aside
In a large bowl beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until
light and fluffy
Beat in egg and then molasses on medium speed until well combined
Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients just
until combined
Place prepared dough on a large piece of saran wrap and wrap tightly;
chill dough in refrigerator for 2 hours (up to 24 hours is fine) or
until dough is firm
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
Scoop 2 teaspoons of cookie dough per cookie and roll into balls
Place dough balls on cookie sheets 1-2 inches apart
Bake for 12 minutes or until cooked all the way through
Set cookies aside to cool and prepare filling

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling:
½ of an 8-ounce block of light cream cheese softened at room temperature
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners’ sugar*
Use the whisk attachment of an electric mixer to beat butter and cream
cheese on high speed until light and creamy
Mix in lemon juice and salt
Add in sugar ½ a cup at a time or until at desired consistency (*2
cups was the perfect amount for me but if you want a thicker texture
you may want to add up to another ½ cup)
Once cookies have cooled and filling is ready, prepare cookie sandwiches
Spread 1/2-1 teaspoon of filling on the bottom of a cookie
Top filling with another cookie and press lightly to stick together
(frosting may ooze out of cookie a little bit, that is ok)
Serve cookies immediately or store in the freezer up to 4 weeks

Cookie recipe slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Cream Cheese filling adapted from Cooking Light

Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

The original reason for this recipe was to share it with some bloggers at the New York City Annual Holiday Cookie Swap.  I went to the cookie swap with Joanne and got the chance to meet some other lovely local bloggers.  The event was a part of Bloggers with Borders and proceeds went towards Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.   I can’t think of a better reason to bake, eat and share cookies.  There were an unbelievable amount to choose from and I “limited” myself to this package.

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Have you discovered a new favorite cookie this year?


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28 Responses to “Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing”

  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh cream cheese filling grrr lol. I love these in every other way though! I can totally imagine biting into a delicious gingersnap sandwich cookie yum!

  2. Krissy's Creations December 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I have been wanting to make homemade gingersnaps for SOOO long. I had a recipe saved but it’s getting replaced by yours now :)

  3. Julie @ Table for Two December 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    very nice! i like the lemon cream cheese filling — i’ve never thought to modify the cream cheese fillings for other dishes, so kudos to you on that cause i’m sure the lemon cream cheese tastes great! it SOUNDS great! :)

  4. Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Yum! Ginger and lemon are sooooo good together. I’m watching Home Alone instead of cleaning my house right now…. and I wish I had a plate of those next to me.

  5. Kathryn December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Oh the combination of lemon and gingersnap sounds just perfect! These look and sound wonderful, I can’t wait to make them!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Cream cheese filling with a gingersnap cookie?! Why yes, I will have a whole plate!

  7. Lauren December 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Nothing is better than soft ginger cookies!! Or cream cheese frosting…I’d eat every last one of these if I made a batch.

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles December 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Yummm! I love gingersnaps already but that lemon filling has me totally intrigued. I need to remember that for when I make gingersnaps next time :D

  9. Alida December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Gingerbread and lemon are such a great combo, why not try the combo with gingersnaps instead? And why not make it even better by add cream cheese. You are a smart one!!

  10. Emily @ Life on Food December 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Oh those look so good. I am a big fan of soft gingersnap cookies. I cannot imagine the extra goodness with the cream cheese filling. I hope you were able to raise lots and lots of money.

  11. amy @ fearless homemaker December 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    ooh, these look + sound just delicious. will definitely have to give ’em a try. =)

  12. Monet December 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Wow! I wish I had added such a delicious frosting to my own gingerbread. This looks and sounds too good!

  13. Nava Krishnan December 21, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    Simply inviting cookies, what more with the lemon cream cheese filling, very nice.

  14. BBQ Bill December 21, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Love a good cream cheese icing– am digging into the rest from Cooking Light… thanks for the recipe!

  15. joanne December 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I can absolutely attest to the deliciousness of these cookies. And if you hadn’t already told me that they were SK’s recipe, I would have been banging on your door for the recipe. Literally, since I know where you live :P

  16. Kelly December 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I think many of us bloggers do the same thing. We have a good recipe, but there never seems to be an appropriate time to share it. I know I’ve held onto some for a few months.

  17. Brooke (Baking with Basil) December 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    What a delicious looking cookie-wich!!!

  18. DessertForTwo December 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    My two favorite flavors: lemon + ginger!! Gotta have these!

  19. Monica @ The Yummy Life December 22, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies. I didn’t think they could be improved upon, but it looks like your lemon filling has done just that. Yummy!

  20. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 22, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I LOVE gingersnaps!! (obviously haha!) And oh my word that lemon cream cheese filling, I’m in love. These look soooo insanely good. :)

  21. marla December 25, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Love the sound of these cookies! Merry Christmas :)

  22. Kiri W. December 25, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    I lvoe ginger snaps! The icing sounds wonderful with them. Great cookies!

  23. Carolyn December 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    I adore ginger and lemon together. These look fabulous, Lauren!


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