It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around here, and I’m loving it!  I am kicking off the holiday cookie season with a bang!  These Gingersnap Mocha Cookies are some of THE BEST cookies I have ever tasted and will now be a yearly addition to my cookie platter.

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Last year a few weeks from this time, I was in New York City presenting Matt Lauer with a ginger molasses cookie on The Today Show.  The recipe that I shared on the show is one that has been in my family for four generations and that I will continue to make without fail each Christmas, but it will just have to share the ginger spot in my holiday cookie repertoire with it’s new friend, the Gingersnap Mocha Cookie.

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You know I love a sandwich cookie because everything is better with a frosting or filling and I love that you get to sneak two cookies into one.  Caribou Coffee contacted me about creating a new recipe inspired by their new holiday drink, the Gingersnap Cookie Mocha.  I was thrilled to be included in this challenge and immediately had a vision for these cookies in my mind.

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These Gingersnap Mocha Cookies stay so soft and chewy for days which is precisely the way I always want my cookies to be.  The combination of ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg make your entire home smell like the holidays instantly and that mocha filling sends these cookies over the edge into pure cookie bliss.  The mocha filling is simply chocolate buttercream with coffee used to thin the buttercream rather than vanilla or cream.  I used a combination of semisweet and milk chocolate because I love the balance of rich and sweet.

Gingersnap Mocha Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

The spicy flavor from the ginger together with the chocolate with just a hint of coffee flavor is pure perfection as far as flavor balance.  One person who tried these Gingersnap Mocha Cookies told me that the cookie made him “weak in the knees” because it is so delicious.  I promise once you make your first batch of Gingersnap Mocha Cookies, you’ll be coming back to them year after year and they will be a new holiday favorite of yours too.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 cookie sandwiches

Gingersnap Mocha Cookies: Soft. chewy, perfectly spiced and filled with decadent mocha buttercream, these cookies are sure to be an instant holiday favorite

Ingredients

    For the cookies!
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies into
  • For the filling!
  • 3 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp milk chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp hot brewed coffee (I used Caribou Reindeer Blend)

Instructions

    For the cookies!
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add molasses and mix to combine.
  3. Add hot water and baking soda and mix.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix until well blended and no streaks of flour remain.
  5. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and form the dough into a ball at the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Place the granulated sugar into a shallow bowl.
  9. Use a small cookie scoop (or spoon) to scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough. Roll balls of dough in your hands and drop the balls into the sugar rolling the ball around in the sugar to coat evenly. Place sugared dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets leaving 2 inches in between cookies. The dough is easiest to work with when it is chilled, so if necessary, in between baking the sheets of dough, return the dough to the refrigerator to keep dough chilled.
  10. Bake 10-11 minutes or until tops of the cookies are cracked and edges feel set.
  11. Cool cookies completely.
  12. For the filling!
  13. Place both types of chocolate chips into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 1-minute increments until the chips are melted and smooth. Stir and then set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  14. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the melted chocolate into a clean medium bowl. Add butter and use an electric mixer to beat the butter and chocolate together until smooth.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.
  16. Add the hot coffee and mix until well blended, smooth and creamy.
  17. (Note: If the filling is too runny, add more powdered sugar 1 Tbsp at a time; if too stiff, add 1 tsp of coffee at a time until desired consistency is reached.)
  18. Lay out half of the cookies upside down on a clean counter or baking sheet. I like to scoop my filling into a small ziptop bag, cut one of the corners of the bag off and use it as a piping bag to pipe about 1 Tbsp of filling onto the cookies. You could also simply use a spoon to spread the filling onto the cookies.
  19. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches and enjoy.
  20. These cookies would be particularly delicious served with coffee.

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Need creative ideas for packaging your holiday cookies? Check out my board on Learnist for 7 great ideas!

Be sure to check out the new Gingersnap Cookie Mocha at Caribou Coffee this holiday season and also follow Caribou Coffee on Pinterest and Instagram to keep up on all of their seasonal specialties and news.

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I was out of the country the first 3 weeks in September and the past 3 weekends, I have been in Atlanta, Sedona and Bismarck.  All of that traveling has meant no time for baking and blogging, waaaaaah!  Especially  this time of year, with the holidays right around the corner, I am itching to be in the kitchen.  This Pumpkin Chip Cream Sandwich Cookies are a great way to make my reappearance.

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In my opinion, oatmeal is the perfect partner for pumpkin and the pumpkin spice chips that I found were just screaming at me to mix them into soft, chewy oatmeal cookies.  The pumpkin spice chips have just the right amount of traditional pumpkin pie spice flavor and added the perfect amount of sweetness to the cookies, but I couldn’t resist taking over the top by sandwiching creamy, dreamy pumpkin cream cheese filling in between them.

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Sandwich cookies are always my favorite because you get to eat two cookies in one dessert!  Pumpkin Chip Cream Sandwich Cookies are a mouthful to say and a mouthful of comforting, nostalgic fall flavors.

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Pumpkin Chip Cream Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 11-12 sandwich cookies

Pumpkin Chip Cream Sandwich Cookies: Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies flecked with pumpkin spice chips and filled with creamy pumpkin cream cheese filling

Ingredients

    For the cookies
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin spice chips (I used Tollhouse Pumpkin Spice Morsels)
  • For the filling
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each allspice, cloves, nutmeg

Instructions

    For the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugars and mix until well blended. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix well. Mix in oats and pumpkin spice chips.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop 1/4 cup-sized balls of dough and place onto cookie sheets leaving 2 inches in between cookies.
  4. Bake 10 minutes.
  5. Cool cookies completely.
  6. For the filling
  7. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and pumpkin until mixed. Mis in remaining ingredients until smooth and combined.
  8. Use a spoon or small spatula to spread 1 Tbsp of filling on half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.

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Oh boy sweet teeth, have I got a treat for you today!!  There are certain things that I make that when I taste them, I am just overwhelmed with excitement about sharing them with you and these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are exactly the type of treat I am talking about!

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Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, how I love you, let me count the ways:

  1. First, you know that I love miniature things, and each of the peanut butter M&M cookies that are the “bread” in this sandwich begin with just a tablespoon of dough, so the cookies end up being just a few bites each.
  2. Second, I love peanut butter anything and the peanut butter flavor is so prominent in these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.
  3. Third, I love soft cookies and because these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe, the cookie sandwiches are soft enough to eat straight out of the freezer.  No need to wait until the sandwiches thaw for a few minutes.  Instant gratification people, it’s a beautiful thing.

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The peanut butter M&M cookies that sandwich the ice cream only require 6 ingredients that you will undoubtedly have on hand.  As I mentioned, the cookies are flourless which is not only great for those individuals who are gluten intolerant, but it also equates to the cookies being some of the softest cookies I have ever had.

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I bought a small tube of the Mini M&M’s because I like how colorful and fun they make the cookies but you could make just as delicious a cookie using mini chocolate chips if you don’t want to run out and grab some Mini M&M’s.  And since I made these cookies “bite-sized”, you will only have to wait about 8 minutes per tray for them to bake, which means you will be able to have these perfect soft and oh so peanut buttery cookies on their way to becoming ice cream sandwiches in no time.

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I sandwiched Light Monster Cookie Ice Cream in between my perfect peanut butter M&M cookies (hence the name Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches), but I can’t think of a flavor of ice cream that wouldn’t be fantastic in these sandwiches.  Cookies n’ Cream would be phenomenal, strawberry ice cream would give you a lovely peanut butter and jelly taste and just straight up vanilla or chocolate would be just dreamy.  The possibilities are endless.  Let’s try them all, shall we?

Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Yield: 15 ice cream sandwiches

The softest and most peanut buttery cookies filled with miniature M&M's and sandwiched around monster cookie ice cream, it doesn't get any better than this

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (not natural peanut butter, it will make the cookies gritty)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup mini M&Ms
  • a pint of ice cream (I used Light Monster Cookie flavored ice cream, but use whatever flavor you like)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the peanut butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and baking soda and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the mini M&Ms using a spatula.
  5. Place 1 Tbsp sized balls of dough on to a cookie sheet leaving at least 1 inch in between cookies.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes and cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  7. Place the cooled cookies into the freezer for a couple of minutes so that they are chilled when you sandwich the ice cream in between them.
  8. Remove cookies from freezer and flip half of them over. Top half of the cookies with 1 Tbsp of ice cream and then use the other cookies to top the ice cream to make the sandwiches.
  9. Place ice cream sandwiches into the freezer in a covered container or zip top bag for at least an hour before serving.
  10. Store the ice cream sandwiches in the freezer in a covered container or zip top bag.
  11. Cookie recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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I hesitate to say that I have “mastered the art of French macarons”, but I have certainly found a method that works well for me.  I have enough confidence in my basic recipe and technique for making the shells that I felt brave enought to mix it up a little.  Generally, I use all almond flour for my shells, but for these Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream, I used half almond flour and half peanut flour.

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The peanut flour did not make any difference in the form or texture of the macaron shells but just lended a subtle peanut flavor.  This peanut flavor paired delightfully well with the honey cinnamon buttercream that was sandwiched between the shells.  The flavor is reminiscent of a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

When making these Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream, or any macaron shells for that matter, I have a few tips that should help you learn how to make macarons easily.

  • Plan ahead.  Aged egg whites whip into stiff peaks more reliably for me.  All that means is that you should separate your egg whites at least 2 days before you plan to make the macaron shells.  Store the egg whites in a covered container in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.  This step seems to dry out the egg whites slightly which makes them perform better upon whipping.  I love to use my OXO egg separator to make sure I don’t get any yolks in my whites.
  • DO NOT use egg whites from a carton.  They don’t seem to hold stiff peaks as well.
  • Be organized.  Before you begin whipping your egg whites, have all of your other ingredients measured out in bowls and ready to go.  Then when you are ready to incorporate them into the egg whites, they are all ready.
  • Parchment paper is a must when making macarons.  Your macarons will be very easy to peel off the paper if cooked properly.

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 54 minutes

Yield: about 20 filled macarons

Macarons with a subtle peanut flavor that are sandwiched around sweet honey cinnamon buttercream

Ingredients

    For the macarons:
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (or finely ground almonds)
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites, aged and at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • For the buttercream:
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp honey

Instructions

    For the macarons:
  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Measure and sift almond and peanut flour and powdered sugar into a clean, dry bowl. Set aside.
  3. Prepare a disposable pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip.
  4. Place egg whites in a clean, dry medium bowl and using an electric mixer (use the whisk attachment if using a stand mixer), beat eggs on medium speed for a few minutes until they get bubbly and frothy and you can begin to see the tracks from the mixer in the whites.
  5. Keep the mixer on medium speed and slowly incorporate the granulated sugar into the egg whites in several increments.
  6. Increase speed to high and beat egg mixture until stiff peaks form (when you lift the beater out of the egg whites, the mixture does not droop when inverted; alternatively when you can tip the bowl upside down and the egg whites do not move).
  7. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and fold into the egg whites using a spatula. Do not worry about "deflating the meringue". Continue with 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture and finally with the last of the flour mixture. Mix until no dry, flour streaks remain.
  8. Use spatula to load mixture into prepared pastry bag.
  9. Pipe 2-inch circles onto parchment paper leaving at least 1-inch in between each circle.
  10. Firmly tap the baking sheet against the counter a few times to help flatten the batter.
  11. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. The batter will dry slightly while the oven preheats.
  12. Bake shells 1 baking sheet at a time for 14-16 minutes. Shells are done when they can easily be lifted off of the parchment paper cleanly.
  13. Cool completely before filling.
  14. For the buttercream:
  15. Combine all ingredients using a mixer until smooth and creamy.
  16. Pipe about 1 tsp of buttercream onto half of the shells and top with remaining shells.
  17. Store in airtight container. Macarons taste even better the day after they are made. 🙂

mix egg whites on medium speed until frothy and mixer begins to leave marks, then slowly add granulated sugar

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

increase mixer speed to high and mix until stiff peaks form (you can turn the bowl upside down and the mixture does not move)

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

fold in dry ingredients in three increments

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix until no flour streaks remain

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

pipe onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth} Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

bake

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Peanut Macarons with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

DID YOU KNOW?  Peanuts are a great snack because they can help keep you full and feeling satisfied.  Protein and fiber provide you with a feeling of being full longer and they also provide long-lasting energy because they have a low glycemic index which helps to maintain a stable blood sugar.

I hope you have enjoyed the peanut recipes that I have brought to you this week and that you have learned something new about how peanuts and peanut butter can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.

*The Peanut Institute sponsored my trip to California, but all opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

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Move over Nutella, Cookie Butter is taking the food world by storm it would seem!   Who doesn’t love the Biscoff cookies that you receive when you fly on certain airlines?  Even if I am drifting off for a nap, or really into a book, I will drop everything when the flight attendant comes by to ask if I “would like cookies, pretzels or peanuts?”  It’s a no brainer every time for me.  Biscoff cookies have flavors that remind me of gingerbread, but they are more buttery and so perfectly crunchy that I wish I could turn on my call light and ask the flight attendant for a refill on my cookies!  Now imagine the warm, comforting flavor of those popular cookies ground up into the creamy consistency of peanut butter and you have Cookie Butter.  Better yet, creamy cookie butter with tiny pieces of actual crushed up cookies for some added crunch!  Believe me this popular spread is so addictive you will be spreading it on everything you eat.  Let me introduce you to the homemade version with this Speculoos Cookies recipe.

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Biscoff cookies are a brand of Speculoos Cookies and these spiced biscuit-like cookies are very popular in Europe.  Speculoos Cookies are flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar and honey and are only subtly sweet, but oh so comforting.

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

You can purchase the cookie butter that I mentioned above as Biscoff Spread at many grocery stores or it is called Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe’s stores.  I couldn’t resist sandwiching these Speculoos Cookies around some of the crunchy Speculoos Cookie Butter, but you could also eat the cookies on their own.

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Speculoos Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: ~18 sandwich cookies (depending on size of cutter used)

Speculoos Cookies Recipe

Speculoos cookies infused with honey and cinnamon sandwiched around smooth and creamy cookie butter

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp cake flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 13 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff Spread or Speculoos Cookie Butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together butter, sugars and honey until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the dry ingredients in three increments until well incorporated.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thick using a rolling pin. Cut out dough using ~ 2-inch diameter cookie cutters and place cookies onto prepared baking sheets.
  7. Refrigerate sheets of cut out dough for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  9. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown and cookies feel set.
  10. Cool cookies completely.
  11. Place about 1/2 tsp of cookie butter on each of half of the cookies and top with the other cookies to make sandwiches.
  12. Recipe adapted from Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel

prepare dough

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

roll out and cut into desired shapes, refrigerate cut dough, then bake

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

cool cookies, then spread half with cookie butter and top with other cookies

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Speculoos Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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