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Ginger S’mores

I’ve spent a few years now perfecting this recipe to get a soft, flavorful cookie while balancing the marshmallow and chocolate so they don’t overpower the cookie. I think I finally got it! Recently I added orange zest—it really complements the other flavors. —Lynsay Benson, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2/3 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 tablespoon 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, pudding mix, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, allspice and pepper; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half and shape each portion into a disk; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 1 3/4-in. square-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread 1 teaspoon melted chocolate on the bottoms of half the cookies. Let stand until set.
  • Meanwhile, beat filling ingredients until blended. Spread 1 tablespoon over chocolate; cover with remaining cookies. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 294 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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