I love gingerbread. As I was making this recipe over the weekend, I started thinking about why, and could pinpoint a multitude of reasons. The Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Men I would snack on at my grandmother’s house as a kid. The boxed mix of gingerbread I would make with my mom. The gingerbread houses we’d make in school each year, from kindergarten to fifth grade. While I don’t know exactly when the love affair began, I do know that I’ve always loved the peppery, lightly sweet, delightful crunch of a good gingerbread cookie.
So, when I decided to participate in a cookie recipe swap with a bunch of other fab bloggers (more on that in a second!), gingerbread was the first thing that came to mind. But I wanted to give it a little twist — something beyond the basic and expected gingerbread man. I love the way ginger and orange tastes together, so I came up with a gingerbread sandwich cookie (think of it like a holiday Oreo). The filling? A fresh, citrusy homemade orange buttercream frosting. The nice thing about this recipe is if you don’t want to make sandwich cookies, the gingerbread is awesome on its own; you could also use the frosting to decorate the cookies along with other items, like sprinkles or candied orange zest.
Today, ten bloggers (me included!) are sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes, so if gingerbread isn’t your thing (um, what?), here are lots of other recipes you can bookmark. Happy baking!
Peppermint Bark Cookies from Lemon Stripes
Molasses Crinkle Cookies from The Average Girl’s Guide
Red Velvet Cookies from Savor Home
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Clara Persis
Chocolate Dipped Lemon Shortbread from House of Earnest
Dark Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti from Cupcakes for Breakfast
Almond Sugar Cookies from Lark & Linen
Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Spiced Whipped Mascarpone from Julip Made
Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies from Fleur de Sel
And here’s my recipe for Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies: Read more »