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Soft Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

Soft Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies filled with Vanilla Buttercream are my favorite way to enjoy gingerbread. The spice from the gingerbread pairs so well with the sweet buttercream, it’s such a fabulous combination! Great for the holidays to give as homemade gifts.

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream from What The Fork Food Blog

Lets just start out by saying these soft gingerbread sandwich cookies were not what I intended to make when I made my gingerbread cookie dough. I had every intention of turning my dough into a gingerbread house and gingerbread men to decorate with Kelsey.

Then I discovered that my gingerbread men cookie cutters were nowhere to be found and the pieces that I had already cut for the sides of the house were too soft and I just did not feel like baking them for an extra few minutes. I know, so lazy but whatever. I just couldn’t even.

 

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream from What The Fork Food Blog

Maybe it was the tough week I had. Kelsey fell and broke her collar bone last Monday and it’s just been a long, rough week for the both of us. I thought making a gingerbread house would be a fun activity for her to do (with one hand) but it was just going to be too much work and neither one of us had the patience for anything with a difficulty level other than ‘wicked easy’.

We were also already planning on decorating a gingerbread house with my family anyways so she wasn’t really going to be missing out on anything.

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream from What The Fork Food Blog

Since I had already made the gingerbread dough, and it was fabulous as a soft baked gingerbread cookie, I decided to turn it into these gingerbread sandwich cookies. SO good! It’s such a fun and delicious twist on the crunchy gingerbread cookies. Those are ok but soft gingerbread is the way to go. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream from What The Fork Food Blog

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Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream from What The Fork Food Blog

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

Yield: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Soft Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies filled with Vanilla Buttercream are my favorite way to enjoy gingerbread. The spice from the gingerbread pairs so well with the sweet buttercream, it's such a fabulous combination! Great for the holidays to give as homemade gifts.

Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C molasses
  • 1/2 C solid shortening

For the Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a small pan, combine the molasses and shortening and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool about 15-20 minutes. Do not let it cool to the point that the molasses starts to form a skin.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Stir in the cooled molasses. Mix until completely combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  5. Scoop 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough* onto the prepared baking pans, about 8 cookies per pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool cookies on the pans for 10 minutes before cooling completely on wire racks.
  6. While cookies are cooling, prepare buttercream. Beat butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and heavy cream. Beat for an additional minute.
  7. Scoop buttercream onto half of the cooled cookies and top with the other half of the cookies.

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Nancy

Saturday 9th of January 2021

I'm not sure what I did wrong but my cookies spread out so much and aren't at all soft. Also it seemed odd that there was no sugar in the recipe. I followed the recipe to a T.

Amy

Saturday 24th of November 2018

I was looking for a way to liven up some plain gingerbread cookies I made yesterday, and came across your post for sandwich cookies. I just used the vanilla buttercream part of your recipe, but wow is it yummy! I did add a touch more vanilla because I really like vanilla. I may try your gingerbread recipe next time too because it looks amazing! Thanks for some great recipes!!

Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

Friday 2nd of January 2015

Thanks so much for sharing these at Your Turn To Shine! Your recipes always look amazing, Sharon! Our next link up party is Jan 8th :) Happy New Year!! :)

Miz Helen

Sunday 21st of December 2014

I would just love to have one of these awesome cookies right now! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special Christmas week! Miz Helen

Karly

Sunday 21st of December 2014

These cookies are totally irresistible for the holidays! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Sharon

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Thanks Karly!

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