Oatmeal Ginger Cream Cookies

Oatmeal Ginger Cream Cookies

Oatmeal Ginger Cream Cookies

These large sandwich cookies made their way onto my cookies-to-give list.  The moist filling and the soft oatmeal cookie are both delicious separately, but when you put them together they become sublime.  I chose to include them in my cookie collection this year because they are BIG, not some little dainty cookie that’s gone in two bites.  (Although I love those, too!)  I think guys will really like them because they’re “manly”.

These are generously sized cookies, with a cream cheese filling that has bits of crystalized ginger in it.  (Did you notice what happened there?  I found another way to sneak in some ginger. :P)  The cookie part is a nice soft, oatmeal that’s got lots of spices in it.  The oats are toasted in the oven before incorporating them into the batter, making them crispier and toasting the oats also brings out their nutty flavor.  When two oatmeal cookies are sandwiched together with the ginger cream filling the flavors fuse and compliment each other so well.  Mr. D. described them as YUMMO!!IMG_5676

The recipe expects you to get 12 cookies, but I must have made mine a little smaller, because I got 15 sandwich cookies, and they were plenty big for my taste.  They are not low in calories, but I tried to reduce the fat and calories somewhat by using low-fat cream cheese.  These are definitely cookies that guys will like.

Without the filling these are still very good oatmeal cookies, and I think the addition of raisins in that case would really enhance them.


Yield:  Makes 12-15 sandwich cookies


  • 1  1/2 cups rolled oats

    These cookies are nicely spiced.

    These cookies are nicely spiced.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Ginger Cream  (recipe follows)


1.  Preheat oven to 350*F.  Position racks in the top and bottom levels of the oven.  On a baking sheet, bake oats on the top rack, shaking the pan intermittently to prevent burning, until lightly browned, 10 minutes.  Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool, leaving oven on.

Begin by toasting the oats on a baking sheet.

Begin by toasting the oats on a baking sheet.

2.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy….

Cream butter, sugars and egg.

Cream butter, sugars and egg.

Beat in the egg.  Add the flour mixture, beating until just combined.  Stir in the toasted oats.

This is a thick dough.

This is a thick dough.

3.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll dough ( about 2 tablespoons/cookie), into balls, or use a #30 (1-ounce) ice cream scoop.  For each baking sheet, drop 12 balls 2 inches apart.  With dampened hands, flatten each ball to 1/2-inch thickness.

Flatten dough balls prior to baking.

Flatten dough balls prior to baking.

Using the bottom and top racks, bake until cookies are lightly browned around the edges and set, 12 minutes, switching the baking sheets from top to bottom and rotating them from front to back halfway through baking.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

After baking, browned but not crispy.

After baking, browned but not crispy.

4.  Frost the bottoms of 12 cookies with Ginger Cream, then top with the remaining 12 cookies.


For Ginger Cream:IMG_5670

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (low-fat cream cheese is OK)
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the ginger.



SOURCE:  The Beekman Boys via Country Living Magazine


Sandwiches, Sweet and Pink!

Now what kind of sandwich is sweet and pink?  I’ll give you some hints:  Valentine’s Day,  hearts, sugar cookies.  You got it!  A heart-shaped sugar cookie sandwich tinted pink and filled with butter cream.  WOW!  Does that sound fabulous or what?  Here’s a first look at how they turned out.

Pink heart sandwich cookies with cream filling.

Pink heart sandwich cookies with cream filling.

This recipe is from the current issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, and it met my needs exactly because I am baking cookies for the Chocolate Festival that I mentioned last week in the post on Funfetti Truffles.  These cookies are so cute I just had to make them..  Since I have a set of heart cookie cutters I made them in two sizes;  the small ones are the cookies sandwiched together with cream filling, as the recipe describes, the larger ones I made with a heart cutout “window” in the top cookie with a layer of raspberry jam over the cream.  Then I sifted powdered sugar over all of them.

Jammy heart cookies.

Jammy heart cookies.

I love Valentine’s Day with all the lacy trims, sentiments, and especially vintage valentines.  I have a sizable collection of all things vintage related to V-tines Day and I get them out each year to celebrate and enjoy all month.  I thought you might like to see a few things from the collection.

A small part of my collection of vintage valentine memorabilia.

A small part of my collection of vintage valentine memorabilia.

This display is on a console table in our foyer.  Hanging on the wall is a valentine quilt that I made.

Vintage valentines and an old vase.

Vintage valentines and an old vase.

The heart-shaped vase is just the right size for a bouquet of roses.

Candy box and a February angel.

Candy box and a February angel.

The heart box opens at the top where it is tied, to reveal a pocket for some candy or a handkerchief.  The little angel has such a sweet face, and even though the paint on her heart is half gone, she is no less dear. Her base is printed with the words, “February Angel”.  I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of my valentine treasures from the past.


YIELD:  depends on size of cookies.  I got  44  1 1/2 -inch cookies, and  6   2  1/2-inch cookies.

  • 2  cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out cookiesIMG_2862 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1  stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • red and pink food coloring
  • cream filling—recipe follows

1.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  In mixer bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture beating until just incorporated.

2.  Divide dough into as many pieces as you will color, depending on how many shades of pink you would like your cookies to be. Working with one piece of dough at a time, add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, mixing and kneading to combine until desired shade is reached.  Flatten each piece of dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to over night.  Bring back to room temperature, about 10 minutes, before rolling.

3.  Preheat oven to 325*.    Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment.  Roll out each disc of dough on a lightly floured surface to just under 1/4-inch thick.  Cut out cookies using various sizes of heart cutters ( if you have them), making sure you have an even number of each color and size.   Place cookies 1 – inch apart on prepared baking sheets and freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes.

4.  Bake until barely golden brown around edges, about 8 minutes for 1  1/2- inch cookies, 10-minutes for 2  1/2 inch cookies.  Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets set on wire racks.

Cooling on the baking sheet.

Cooling on the baking sheet.

5.  Spread or pipe filling onto bottom side of half the cookies, and sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently.  Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Making the sandwiches with cream filling.

Making the sandwiches with cream filling.


YIELD:  about 1 1/4 cups,  enough to fill one recipe of the above cookies.

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons milk, if needed

1.  Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low, and gradually add the sugars, beating until thoroughly combined.  Beat in vanilla.  Add milk as needed to make mixture a spreading consistency.



So pretty and festive,  just  right for a sweet gift.


SOURCE:   Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Feb. 2013

Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter Cream Filling

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Cream Filling.

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Cream Filling.

The thought of making these cookies has been circulating around in my head now for some time.  Another blogger  ( Joy the Baker ), who I follow, first wrote about them, and I was intrigued  enough to make note of the recipe.  The reason I didn’t rush into making them immediately was because they are basically oatmeal cookies, which I find kind of boring on their own.  But every once in a while I would hear a little voice saying “oatmeal with peanut butter filling”.

"oatmeal with peanut butter filling".

“oatmeal with peanut butter filling”.

I don’t normally hear voices, but cookies do occasionally speak to me, and when they do I’ve learned to listen because if I make them they usually turn out to be something special.  And so it is with these cookies.

They contain all sorts of good things, beginning with the oatmeal.  Everyone knows how good that is for us; add some brown sugar, butter, and spices.

Oats, brown sugar and spices. so proud of themselves.

Oats, brown sugar and spices. so proud of themselves.

Oh yeah, gotta have some spices.  You see where this is going?  If you like nuts, add some chopped nuts to the batter, it can only get better.  It is the kind of batter you will want to eat by the spoonful, but don’t.  This is only the beginning, it gets even better.

Here's all that good looking, good tasting batter.

Here’s all that good looking, good tasting batter.

Once the dough is all mixed, you will form it into small balls.

Form dough into small balls.

Form dough into small balls.

These are not big cookies because two of them get sandwiched together with more butter, sugar and peanut butter as a filling.  You should get a total of about 2 dozen sandwich cookies.

After baking.

After baking.  Note how they spread.

It will be difficult to keep from eating one of these cookies fresh and warm out of the oven, but remember we are making sandwiches and that requires and even number.  I know you’re thinking well, I could eat two,  but that line of reasoning will soon get you out of control.  Who knows where it will end?  So hang on a bit longer, you’ll be so glad you did.

Hello, peanut butter!

Hello, peanut butter!

Measure out the peanut butter, and combine it with butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and some milk.  OOOOH, so creamy and good.  Now start putting the cookies together.  Spread some filling on the bottom of one cookie and top it with another cookie.  Now that’s something to swoon over!

Match up cookies in pairs.  Spread filling on the bottom of one and top with the other.

Match up cookies in pairs. Spread filling on the bottom of one and top with the other.


YIELD:    about 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat well till creamy,  3-4 minutes.  Add egg and beat on medium for about 1 minute.  Add the vanilla extract and beat in.

In a medium bowl whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixture slowly on low speed just until incorporated.  Stir in the nuts last.

Portion about 1 heaping teaspoon of dough into your hand.  Roll into a ball an;d place on the prepared cookie sheet.  Leave adequate space between the cookies to allow for spreading.  If cookie dough begins to stick to your hands as you’re making the balls, rinse your hands and portion the dough with just slightly damp hands.

Bake for 10 – 13 minutes or until they reach your desired doneness.  A little underdone is good as they will firm up as they cool.  Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

To prepare the filling, place butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat on medium speed adding in the vanilla.  Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you have your desired consistency.  The filling should be creamy and spreadable.

Pair up the cookies and flip half of them over.  Spread the cookie bottoms with peanut butter filling.  Top with a similar size cookie.

These cookies will keep for about 5 days if kept covered and cool or chilled ( i.e., in the refrigerator ).

Sandwiches made.  Aren't they pretty?

Sandwiches made. Aren’t they pretty?

SOURCE:   http://joythebaker.com

Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies with Strawberry Jam

Blue  Cheese does not sit very high on my list of favorite foods;  in fact, honestly, its not on my list at all.  One day, however, I was browsing thru a magazine ( don’t remember which one), when I came across this recipe for Blue Cheese Cookies with Strawberry Jam.  The idea of a strong-flavored “savory” combined with a “sweet” intrigued me, and so I cut out the recipe thinking it would be good for a reception or cocktail party.  It has been simmering on the back burner of my mind for some time, waiting for the right opportunity.  Since this has been a week devoted to berry recipes, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try it out.

If you are entertaining and looking for something different to serve your guests, this just may be it.  The cookies are pretty, and with the addition of jam quite tasty, but I must admit I have not become a convert to blue cheese because of them.  However for folks who really like blue cheese, this is a unique way to enjoy it.

I will also tell you in advance that this recipe is not one you can whip up quickly, as there are several steps involved.  I got a total of 48 single cookies,  which when sandwiched together with the jam will make 24 cookies.  The recipe recommends a 2-inch cookie cutter  and that is what I used.


  •  2 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 1/2 sticks  ( 3/4 cup ) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves (at room temperature).


  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine blue cheese and butter;  process until creamy.  Add flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt;  pulse until dough comes together.  Form dough into a ball;  flatten into a disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out shapes using a 2-inch flower-shaped cutter.  Cut out centers of half of the cookies with a small fluted cutter.  Place on prepared baking sheets, and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool on pans for 5 minutes.  Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.  Spread about 1 teaspoon preserves over flat side of each whole cookie.  Top each with flat side of cutout cookie.  Store in airtight containers.  Note:  I found that the cookies will stay crispier if you wait to fill them until shortly before serving.


A final note about these cookies:  They are not sweet as you would expect a “cookie” to be, so in that sense the name is deceiving.  Also the fancy shape leads you to expect a cookie.  If I make these again, I would cut them in a plain round shape or a square so they resemble a cracker, and then the flavor of blue cheese would not be a surprise.  Those who have tried them agree with me that they would be very nice on a buffet table with other finger foods, and where cocktails are being served.  Thanks to my primary “taste-tester” for that in-put.