Soft Ginger Cookies {filled with cream cheese frosting}

by Suzanne on December 16, 2011

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I have to say ginger cookies are were not one of my favorite cookies in the past until… my friend Maria introduced me to her delicious recipe. These are flavorful, soft and chewy cookies rolled in large crystal sugar and then to kick them up a notch, cream cheese frosting smothered in between them. These are the perfect cookies for gift giving during the holidays because of the warm spices. The recipe for these cookies is versatile, whole wheat flour can be substituted for half the flour still giving a wonderful texture and flavor to them. I also like to use flax meal in my baked goods to cut down on cholesterol, add healthy omega fats and fiber, if your like me then this would be a great recipe to tweak to your liking. Enjoy making, eating and or giving these delicious cookies to your family and friends.

Soft Ginger Cookies {filled with cream cheese frosting}

1 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup molasses
6 cups flour
4 1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. ginger
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Step 1: Cream butter and shortening together with the sugar.
Step 2: Add eggs one at a time then add molasses and stir well.
Step 3: In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together.
Step 4: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until both are mixed together well.
Step 5: Cover the dough and refrigerate for about an hour.
Step 6: Roll dough into small 1 inch balls then roll in sugar. Place 12 balls on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When the timer goes off take out and let cool in pan for 5 min. then take off and cool completely.

Frosting Ingredients:
4 ounces of cream cheese softened
1 stick of room temperature butter
3 to 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons of milk

Step 1: With and electric mixer cream together the room temperature butter and cream cheese, then add vanilla.
Step 2: Add one cup of sugar at a time to the butter cream cheese mixture, when it get a little to dry to mix add the milk. Mix on high until the frosting is fluffy.
Step 3: Spread frosting on the bottom side of one cookie, now sandwich the frosting by adding another cookie.

Bakers Notes: The frosting recipe is for a half batch of cookies.

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1 Reeni December 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

oh these look delectable Suzanne! I am in love with ginger anything right now and the cream cheese frosting sets them apart! xoxo

2 Amy (Savory Moments) December 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Ginger is my favorite! These cookies look delicious and I bet the cream cheese is a wonderful contrast to the ginger cookies.

3 Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} December 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love ginger cookies, ginger cakes and pretty much anything with ginger except gingerbread LOL
Your cookies look great Suzanne!
Happy Holidays!

4 Sydney December 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

This sound delicious! How many cookies does this recipe make (with the proportions listed above)? Thanks!

5 Suzanne December 21, 2011 at 12:03 am

Good question I should have figured that out, it is a lot about 72 cookies. When I made them this last time I halved the recipe.

6 torviewtoronto December 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

happy holidays
delicious looking cookies

7 Lisa December 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

The cream cheese frosting in between takes these up like a million levels from the ‘great’ they already are. Great idea, Suz! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday! xoxo

8 Curt December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oh man, these sound so good! Ginger, molasses, ginger, all my favorites!

9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

I love filled cookies, these are so pretty!

10 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings December 8, 2012 at 1:24 am

Now I know for sure that it’s a bad, bad, ba-ad idea that I’m starting my weight-loss regimen during this holiday season! Just looking at people’s posted goodies (yours included) makes me feel like I’m going straight to my baking cupboard for some gingery, cream-cheesey treat! These cookies are YUM!

11 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Ginger cookies are among my favorites! The cream cheese filling is making my mouth water. What a perfect holiday cookie. Pinning now!! Happy, happy Saturday to you!

12 Lora @cakeduchess December 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Ginger cookies are so perfect this time of year. Yours are so sparkly and pretty. That frosting in middle is so lovely, Suzanne:)

13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

I like soft ginger cookies this time of year, and with the frosting? Perfectly decadent!

14 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Just saw this on Pinterest – have you ever halved this recipe? With 3 eggs that’s always a tricky situation but I don’t need 72 large cookies made with 6 c of flour just lingering but the recipe!!

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