Molasses Spice Cookies

Molasses Spice Cookies

INGREDIENTS

Cookie recipe

  • 2 cups four

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter at room temperature, 6 ounces

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • Holiday sprinkles

Cream Cheese Cookie Icing

  • 1 can whipped cream cheese frosting 12 ounces

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • Food coloring paste

White Royal Icing

  • 1/2 box powdered sugar (8 ounces)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder

  • 1/8 cup water plus more if needed to reach proper consistency

INSTRUCTIONS

Cream Cheese Cookie Icing (filler)

  1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together frosting and powdered sugar until fluffy. Divide icing among bowls, then tint with food coloring paste.

White Royal Icing (decoration)

  1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, combine sugar and meringue powder. Add water and beat on low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until soft glossy peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, during beating, so the icing stays moist and will flow. The icing should hold its shape for a moment, but ooze slowly back to a smooth surface. Cover icing until ready to use.

Cookie recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together four, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and orange zest until well incorporated.

  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and smooth. Beat in egg and molasses. Stir in four mixture until a dough forms.

  4. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and set 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Let cool a few minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

  5. Spread cream cheese cookie icing on bottoms of half of the cookies and sandwich together with another cookie. Let set for about 1 hour. Decorate with white cookie icing and holiday sprinkles, as desired

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