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For the gingerbread cookies:
For the ginger cream filling:
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and brown sugar in an electric mixer until it becomes pale and creamy. This may take a few minutes longer than you think so the trick is to be patient.
- Beat in the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract until combined. Add in the dry ingredients that you set aside earlier and mix on low speed until it comes together as a slightly crumbly dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a sheet of cling film and press to form a flattened disc. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas mark 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Meanwhile, leave the dough out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to soften before rolling. This will prevent the edges from cracking.
- On a well-floured surface, roll the dough to about ⅛ inches thick. Use a gingerbread cookie cutter to cut cookie shapes and transfer them to a baking tray, leaving about a half inch between each cookie. Re-roll the scraps and repeat until you can't get any more cookies out of the dough.
- Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes until golden. Let them cool on the baking tray for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool fully.
- To make the ginger cream, mix the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, ground ginger and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Transfer the ginger cream to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip of your choice.
- Match up two similarly sized and shaped cookies and pipe the filling onto one cookie. Gently sandwich the other cookie on top. Dust the tops with icing sugar before serving.
Test kitchen tips
- Try adding other spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to the cream filling for a richer taste.
- Always cream the butter and sugar for a little longer than you think is necessary – that’s the key to the perfect bake.
- These cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to five days.
Per serving: 251 kcals, 10g fat (6g saturated), 39g carbs (22g sugars), 3g protein, 1g fibre, 0.128g sodium.
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