I just finished packing up cookies for a cookie swap tonight. I'm really excited because it's with people who are in a Supper Club that I'm going to join. We're going out to dinner and then exchanging cookies. So I decided to make these cookies, because they're one of the ones that I get requests for all the time. Dino's department even offered to pay me to make them more frequently for them! I use a small cookie scoop to make them all the same size, and I put the filling in a Ziploc, snip off the tip and pipe it onto the cookie halves to make is easier.

So here they are again - a definite "wow" cookie.

Molasses Sandwich Cookies
Everyday Food September 2006

Makes 30
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup light unsulfured molasses
Creamy Molasses Filling

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until combined. Beat in egg, then molasses, until smooth. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture until a dough forms.

3. Drop rounded measuring teaspoonfuls of dough onto two ungreased (or parchment-lined) baking sheets.

4. Bake until centers are dry to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes; rotate pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

5. Spread a rounded measuring teaspoonful of Creamy Molasses Filling on the flat side f a cookie; place another cookie on top, and gently press. Repeat until all cookies are filled. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to l day, or refrigerate up to 3 days (cookies may soften during refrigeration).

Forming Cookies: Use a round, not oval, measuring teaspoon for scooping dough. Before scooping, dip spoon in water to make sure dough doesn't stick.

Creamy Molasses Filling: Whisk 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) softened unsalted butter with 3 tablespoons light unsulfured molasses until smooth. Gradually whisk in 2 cups confectioners' sugar; whisk until smooth and spreadable. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

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