Plate of Ginger Cookie Sandwiches filled with Orange Buttercream frosting
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Ginger Cookie Sandwiches with Orange Buttercream

Delicious Ginger Cookie Sandwiches with Orange Buttercream frosting. Super simple! Requires 1 bowl and ~30 minutes. Vegan/dairy-free options in the notes.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 14 (sandwiches)
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan (optional), Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (cookies only)
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 1/2 cup butter (softened* // 1 stick equals 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 medium egg*
  • 1/4 scant cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 scant cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp each ground cinnamon and ginger


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened* // 1 stick equals 1/2 cup)
  • 2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 large orange (zested)
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). In a bowl, cream butter. Then add sugar and egg and mix again. Add molasses and mix until well combined.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking soda and spices to a sifter and gradually sift over wet ingredients while mixing. Beat until well combined, scraping sides as needed.

  3. Chill dough for 10-15 minutes while oven continues to preheat.
  4. Scoop rounded 1 Tablespoon balls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet – press down slightly with your finger to flatten. (Rolling in sugar is optional, but not necessary.)
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Cook completely on a cooling rack and then prepare buttercream by creaming butter and zest, then adding in powdered sugar in 1/2 cup measurements. Thin out to desired consistency with orange juice. Mix until well combined and fluffy, scraping down sides as needed.
  6. Once cookies are cooled, place a generous amount of buttercream on the bottom of half the cookies and top with the other half (you will have leftover frosting). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. However, they’re best when served fresh.


*Make this recipe vegan and dairy-free by subbing the butter for non-dairy butter and the egg for a flax egg.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 14 sandwiches)