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December 17, 2016

Bourbon Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Bourbon Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Cookies

 

Cookies:

2 cups Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour (9 oz)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

2 tablespoons bourbon

Extra granulated sugar for rolling

 

Meringue Buttercream Filling:

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1/3 cup water

3 egg whites

1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), REALLY soft

3 tablespoons bourbon

 

For the cookies, mix all flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl; set aside. In a stand mixer, combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, molasses, egg and bourbon. Mix in the dry ingredients and be careful not to over mix. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough and roll into 40 balls (about 1/2 ounce each). Roll in your granulated sugar and place onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes or until set in the center. Cool on wire racks.

For the buttercream:  In a small pot over low heat, whisk 3/4 cup sugar and water until well dissolved. Turn up the heat to boil. Heat until 235 degrees F (use food or candy thermometer), about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, put egg whites and 2 tablespoons sugar in a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk on high until it gets frothy. Reduce to medium speed, then slowly and carefully add your hot sugar mixture. Once all in, return the mixer to high speed and wait for big stiff peaks to form, about 3 minutes. Add REALLY soft (room temperature) butter, bourbon and cream of tartar (filling will soften). Whip on high 4-5 more minutes, or until filling thickens slightly. Refrigerate 10 minutes or more for a thicker filling. Generously spoon filling onto bottom side of half the cookies and top with the remaining cookies.

-Recipe (adapted slightly) by Gigi D’Amore of Burbank, 1st Place, 2016 Los Angeles County Fair (CA), Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest