Christmas is my favorite time of year! The music, the food, the decorations – everything just makes me so happy! Christmastime at Walt Disney World is high on my wish list but until I make that happen, I look at Instagram pictures to see what I’m missing out on. Last month, I saw a picture of a Gingerbread Salted Caramel Buttercream Sandwich Cookie and I knew I had to create something similar to spoil my family and friends with! If cookies aren’t for you, try my Gingerbread Popcorn recipe.
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Gingerbread Salted Caramel Buttercream Sandwich Cookie
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar (plus a few tablespoons to roll the dough in prior to baking)
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Optional: Caramel sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 TBSP milk
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and milk.
- Continuously stir over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Increase the heat to medium and cook (do not stir) for about 5 minutes or until bubbles form in the center of the pan.
- Remove from heat and pour the caramel into a mixing bowl.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Slowly mix in powdered sugar until creamy and everything is combined.
- Cream together the shortening, sugar, egg and molasses in a stand mixer for about 2 minutes.
- At the same time, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients in with the wet mixture and mix until combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Roll the scoop between your hands to form them into a better ball.
- Put your extra sugar in a small bowl and roll each cookie ball in the sugar so they are coated on all sides.
- Place the cookie balls on a silpat-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool.
- Using a small cookie scoop, add a scoop of buttercream to the center of the cookie.
- Gently press a second cookie down on top.
- Optional: Add a drizzle of caramel over the buttercream before adding the second cookie!
- Serve and enjoy!
Y’all. This Gingerbread Salted Caramel Buttercream Sandwich Cookie is IRRESISTABLE! It’s a lot of cookie because it’s so rich but it’s worth every calorie. Packed with sweet & spicy, this soft & chewy cookie is a holiday must-have.