Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe

By Hot For Food

🔪Prep Time: 26 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

cookie batter

3 C all-purpose flour

3 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 C packed brown sugar

1/4 C coconut oil, melted

1/2 C nondairy milk

1/4 C unsulphured molasses

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 C granulated sugar, for rolling cookies

vanilla buttercream

3 C powdered sugar

3 tbsp coconut oil, softened but solid at room temperature

2 tbsp nondairy milk

1 vanilla bean

Instructions

1Preheat oven to 350°F.

2In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices, sea salt and set aside.

3In another large mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, coconut oil, nondairy milk, molasses, and vanilla until well combined. There should be no oil visibly separated.

4Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold until it comes together into a soft but stiff dough. You should be able to handle it with your hands and not have any sticking.

5If it feels a little too soft, place the bowl and dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. Do not add more flour!

6Take a small amount of dough and roll it into a small ball in your hands approximately 1″ to 1 1/4″ wide. Roll it in granulated sugar and then place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and slightly flatten it with your hands.

7Bake one baking sheet at a time on the middle rack for 12 minutes. This will ensure all the cookies are baked evenly.

8Remove the cookies from the baking sheet onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting and assembling the sandwiches.

9To make the vanilla buttercream, beat together with a hand mixture 1 cup of powdered sugar with the coconut oil and nondairy milk. Once combined, add in another cup of powdered sugar.

10Slice through one layer of the vanilla bean skin. Using the end of a spoon, scrape all the inside out and add to the icing bowl with the last cup of powdered sugar. Beat until combined.

11If the mixture seems crumbly at this point, add a very small amount of nondairy milk and beat with the mixer again until it smooths out. Just add a couple drops of liquid at a time until the right consistency is achieved. It should be a stiff but spreadable buttercream and it should not drip or ooze.

12Take a spoonful of buttercream and spread it on the bottom of one cookie. Press another cookie on top until the buttercream just peeks out the sides slightly. Store the cookies in an air tight container at room temperature. You might need to refrigerate the cookies if you live in a very warm climate where the coconut oil buttercream could melt too much. These can also be frozen between layers of parchment paper in a container for longer storage over the holidays. Thaw before serving!

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