Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies

August 15, 2013Teresa

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are rich, rich RICH! But I love these delicious cookies and have ever since my first mouthful. They are filled with yummy spices like cloves, cinnamon and ginger and when you add molasses, and both white and brown sugar to the mix they are quite awesome.

On top of that, when you add a vanilla icing to sandwich the cookies you end up with sensory overload! Truly, these Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are some of our most requested Christmas cookies. I suppose you could call them whoopie pies but we always called them sandwich cookies.

The cookie actually can be made without the vanilla filling but it tastes so much better with it and, since the first time I ate the cookie was as a sandwich cookie, I’ve always made them that way. Back in the early 1990s we were at a picnic in a park in Hopedale, Massachusetts, with our church family and the pastor’s wife brought a bucket of these delicious jewels.

Debbie was (and is) an amazing cook. She is the only person I know that can make pie crusts on the level of my mom. She could whip one out in 5 to 10 minutes easily and have a pie ready to bake in no time. Debbie used to make these pie crust treats with jelly inside that were sensational. I’ve made several of those with strawberry, red raspberry, peach, apricot and even a pumpkin.

Debbie was a fabulous cook especially with desserts or Tex-Mex (since she was originally from Texas), but she was also an incredible artist. She drew and painted incredibly well. Debbie lived what she believed and she was an inspiration to every one. In spite of eating so much of her excellent cooking, though, I think this is the only recipe I ever collected from her, and it has been one I’ve really treasured over the years.

Every time I make these cookies I remember Debbie and her delicious pies, cookies, cakes, and Tex-Mex food! In fact, I think Debbie was probably the one who finally got me to try spicy Mexican foods and jalapeno peppers. Oh, yeah! Anyway, whenever I’ve served Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies everyone has loved them and wanted more. I think you will too.

If you’re looking for a rich, decadent sandwich cookie (without chocolate) to try out for a party, picnic, or even holiday baking, then put Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies on your list. I’ve fiddled around with the recipe a little bit to get it the way I like it, so it’s a little different from Debbie’s original recipe, but still most of the recipe is intact. This cookie is also very economical to make if you normally keep spices like cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves on hand as well as molasses.

Except for buying a can of ready-made vanilla frosting I usually have everything on hand already. I will tell you that you probably won’t be able to eat more than a half of a sandwich cookie in one sitting because they are so sweet! On the other hand–maybe you can eat the whole one! These cookies freeze well so you can dole them out as you desire!

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are some of the richest, most decadent cookies you will ever eat! These luscious cookies are filled with spices like ground cloves, ginger, and cinnamon which add a really deep flavor to the cookie when coupled with the molasses and brown sugar.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

This is one of our most requested Christmas cookie recipes. Everyone always loves these tasty treats. 

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Oops! Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are such a treat. These economical cookies are great for holiday baking if you’re running short on money but want to give away some really delightful cookies to a special friend.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Each sandwich cookie is filled with vanilla frosting. You can always make your own homemade frosting if you wish. I have a great Vanilla Buttercream Frosting which would add even MORE richness to this already spectacular recipe!

Here’s what I did.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Place shortening in a large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar and shortening.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Add sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Add molasses, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cloves, ginger, and cinnamon.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Add buttermilk or soured milk. I didn’t have any buttermilk so I made my own by adding white vinegar to the milk.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Cream with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods).

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Spray cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray. Roll dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until done.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Allow cookies to cool completely then remove from cookie sheets.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Spread vanilla buttercream frosting on the bottom of a cookie. (I just used ready-made vanilla frosting from a can). This was how much frosting I put on each cookie. (You can pipe the frosting if you likebut I prefer smoothing it on the cookies with a knife.)

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Place another cookie on top of the frosting. These cookies are so delicious you will have a hard time not eating several–even if they are incredibly rich!

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are great to take along to office parties, bridal or baby showers, or visiting family and friends.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

The deep flavors of the cloves and molasses really add flavor to these tasty spicy-type cookies. Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are such a delightful cookie.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Treat your family to a batch of these jewels sometime soon. Don’t wait for the holidays!

Here’s the recipe.

SOFT MOLASSES SANDWICH COOKIES

(Recipe adapted from Debbie Reno-Pero, when we attended Christ Baptist Church, Upton, MA)

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Luscious tasting molasses cookie with easy, ready-to-spread vanilla icing in the middle.
Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, egg, molasses, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves and soured milk.
  2. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon.
  3. Roll cookie dough into balls and place onto greased baking sheets or baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. FOR SANDWICH COOKIES: Spread a few tablespoonfuls of vanilla ready-to-spread frosting on the bottom of a cookie.
  7. Press another cookie of similar size and shape on top of the icing to form a sandwich.
Recipe Notes
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Debbie Reno-Pero when we attended Christ Baptist Church, Upton, MA
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 36
Luscious tasting molasses cookie with easy, ready-to-spread vanilla icing in the middle.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Grandma’s Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 ½ cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 2/3 cup sour milk (add 1 ½ tbsp. white vinegar to 2/3 cup milk and let stand for 5-10 minutes)
  • 1 container vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, egg, molasses, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves and soured milk.
  2. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon.
  3. Roll cookie dough into balls and place onto greased baking sheets or baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. [b]FOR SANDWICH COOKIES:[/b] Spread a few tablespoonfuls of vanilla ready-to-spread frosting on the bottom of a cookie.
  7. Press another cookie of similar size and shape on top of the icing to form a sandwich.
 
Notes
[b]SANDWICH COOKIES: [/b]These cookies are exceptional when you spread vanilla ready-to-spread frosting over the back of one cookie and press another one of similar shape to it.
Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Are you ready for a bite of these sensational cookies? While these cookies are good without the filling, we’ve always preferred to serve them as sandwich cookies rather than plain. Perhaps you can see why they are so highly requested. I get this comment: “Teresa, Are you going to make those Molasses Cookies again this year?”   🙂

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Spreading frosting on cookies is a little more work then baking cookies straight up, but the results are worth it. I try to match cookies of the same shape when putting them together as sandwiches. Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies are great treats any time of the year, but especially during the holidays. They are great cookies to share with friends you have over.

Soft Molasses Sandwich Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are always one of our most requested #cookies at #Christmas. Everybody loves them! #molasses #dessert #whoopiepie

Even though these cookies are so sweet, you will find yourself going back for more and more and more!

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