Spice Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

cookie recipe loosely adapted from King Arthur Flour


1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
½ c. regular molasses
2 ¼ t. baking soda
1 t. Kosher Salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 ½ t. cloves
1 t. ground ginger
½ t. freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
3 ½ c. all-purpose flour

Sanding sugar or granulated sugar for rolling

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 c. confectioners sugar
1 t. vanilla extract

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar for 3 minutes, or until pale and fluffy.
3. Then, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the baking soda, salt, molasses, spices and pepper. Mix well until everything is completely combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
4. Sift the flour into the batter, mixing only until the flour is not visible anymore. Do not overbeat.
5. Roll the dough into 1 ½″ round balls with your hands and roll in the sanding sugar. Place on a cookie sheet 2″ apart and bake for 11-13 minutes, or until cookies are slightly puffy and slightly darker in color. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

For the Frosting:
1. Mix butter and cream cheese until completely combined. Then, sift in the confectioners sugar and lemon zest. Pour in the vanilla and mix until frosting is completely combined and totally smooth.

To make the cookies: Once the cookies have completely cooled add a little bit of frosting to the underside of one and sandwich a second one on top!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

If you don’t want a lemon frosting you can always leave the cream cheese frosting plain, or add the zest of an orange or a tiny drop of flavoring extract like vanilla or almond.

Naptime Stopwatch

Making the cookies does not take long, maybe 30 minutes. Allow time for the cookies to cool – at least an hour – before frosting them. Or, store the cookies in an airtight container and frost them the following day right before they are served.

Naptime Reviews

These cookies have slightly more adult flavors, but a lot of kids like them, too. They are great to serve as nibbles on a dessert platter, or just to have around the house!

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