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Ginger Molasses Cookies with Cherry Cream Filling - A Family Feast

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Cherry Cream Filling

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

For the cookie

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 8 tablespoons butter, 1 stick, softened
  • 2 whole eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, minced fine
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Filling

  • ½ cup dry cherries chopped
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, minced fine
  • 2½ cups confectioner’s sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line four sheet trays with parchment.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add both sugars, shortening and butter and cream on medium for two minutes.
  4. With mixer running on low, add one egg at a time then increase speed to mix eggs into batter.
  5. Scrape bowl and add the molasses and the crystallized ginger. Mix to combine.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon and slowly add to the mixture a little at a time with speed on medium.
  7. Beat batter just long enough to mix out any lumps.
  8. Place 12 on each of four pans using a small one ounce scoop 3X4 and bake two pans at a time, rotating racks halfway through. Bake for about 10 minutes total. They will puff up and be darker than the raw batter and will deflate as they cool.
  9. Let each pan set for five minutes then remove each cookie to a cooling rack with a spatula. Cool completely.
  10. While cookies are cooling, make filling.
  11. Place cherries in a small bowl and cover with a half cup of boiling water. Set aside.
  12. In the stand mixer with paddle attachment, place mascarpone, butter, vanilla and ginger. Mix to combine fully.
  13. Drain ¼ cup of water and discard. Take the remaining water and cherries and add to mascarpone mixture and beat to combine.
  14. Slowly add powdered sugar with mixer on low until it is all in and beat to mix. If it is a bit loose, add a little more powdered sugar to thicken.
  15. Once cookies are cool, lay out 24 top down. Divide the filling between the 24 then top each with another cookie.
  16. Wrap and refrigerate one hour until the filling is firm. Serve chilled.