Gingersnaps With Orange-Ginger Cream Filling
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 to 1/2 sticks)
- 1⁄2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 3⁄4 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
TO MAKE THE COOKIES:
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add molasses, egg, and vanilla, and beat at medium-high until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
- Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and mix until well combined.
- Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Place remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar to coat.
- Arrange about 2 inches apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets.
- Using the bottom of a glass that has been lightly greased, then dipped in sugar, flatten dough into 1/4-inch-thick disks.
- Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm.
- Remove from oven and immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients; mix until smooth, adding more powdered sugar as needed (filling should have consistency of very thick frosting).
- With a small spatula, frost bottoms of half the cookies (about 1teaspoon filling each); top with remaining cookies (so bottom sides are together) to make sandwich cookies.
- *The fresh ginger should be peeled unless otherwise noted. To grate fresh ginger, use a microplane grater or a triangular ginger grater, which will catch unwanted ginger fibers in its teeth, leaving behind a juicy, concentrated pulp.
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These are so delicious! I love the orange-ginger filling and the light and crispy gingersnaps. I expected these to come out hard but they were nice and thin and perfect! Next time I would use a little less sugar, a little less molasses, and a little MORE ginger. I used boxed ground ginger. This really does call for fresh ginger. And the filling was so yummy. Well done to my PAC (2008) baby!!! (-:
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