Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

This post is sponsored by ALDI USA. My chocolate gingerbread sandwich cookies combine gingerbread cookies with thick & creamy chocolate ganache. These linzer-shaped Christmas cookies are extra flavorful, extra special and beyond festive for the holiday season!

chocolate gingerbread linzer style cookies

Happy National Cookie Day and day 3 in Sally’s Cookie Palooza!!! Yes, today December 4th is National Cookie Day and that’s a holiday we take VERY seriously around here. To celebrate this joyous occasion, I made a recipe where you literally eat two cookies at once. Is there really a better way to celebrate this day?

These Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies Are:

  • Adorably shaped & extra festive
  • Flavored with robust molasses
  • Spiced with plenty of ginger, cinnamon, allspice & cloves
  • Crunchy on the edges, soft in the centers
  • Filled with 2 ingredient chocolate ganache

And they combine linzer cookies, chocolate ganache and my most popular Christmas cookie recipe: gingerbread cookies. Have you ever had the pleasure of chocolate and gingerbread in one? Forget peanut butter this season (Wait. Am I really saying that?) because gingerbread is chocolate’s new best bud.

stack of chocolate gingerbread cookie sandwiches

Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies & ALDI!

The other week, I stocked up on all my baking products from my local ALDI. Many of you have been raving about their affordable prices in my Facebook group (thanks everyone!), so I was extra excited to check it out. They recently remodeled the store by us, so it was really easy to find everything I need for today’s recipe and all of my Christmas cookie baking. Butter, molasses, chocolate chips, spices, confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, sugar and so much more. If you haven’t shopped at ALDI before, I urge you to find a store near you not only to shop for your holiday baking products, but for fun snacks, affordable organic produce and everyday essentials.

Some Items You Need:

  • Baker’s Corner Molasses
  • Baker’s Corner Confectioners’ Sugar
  • Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Morsels

pouring molasses

gingerbread cookie sandwich cookie dough in a mixer and wrapped into discs

How to Make Linzer-Style Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Make the cookie dough: This gingerbread cookie dough uses kitchen staples like butter, egg, flour, spices and brown sugar. You need a lot of flour to offset the sticky molasses and don’t be afraid to use more when you’re rolling out the cookie dough.
  2. Chill the cookie dough: This cookie dough needs to chill for 3 hours. Give yourself enough time or make the cookie dough ahead and chill it overnight. You want your cookie dough firm so it’s easy to work with and so the cookies hold their shape. Best way to chill it: divide it in half, flatten into 2 discs, wrap each up and place in the refrigerator. Smaller sections chill quicker and make rolling out easier.
  3. Roll it out: The cookie dough is firm coming out of the refrigerator, so take your time rolling it out. Use extra flour on your work surface, too. I use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat– that’s how I roll out my sugar cookies, too.
  4. Cut into shapes: Remember my raspberry pistachio linzer cookies? We’re cutting this gingerbread cookie dough the same way. Half will be whole cookies and half will have a festive shape in the center like a star or a Christmas tree.
  5. Bake: Bake the whole cookies and “donut” cookies on separate baking sheets. (I call the cookies with the hole in the center donut cookies!) The donut cookies take a minute less because of their smaller surface area.
  6. Dust half with confectioners sugar: Dust those donut cookies with a little snowfall in the form of confectioners’ sugar. 🙂
  7. Fill with chocolate ganache: Spread your chocolate ganache on the underside of the whole cookies, then sandwich with a dusted donut cookie.

These are almost too pretty to eat. (I said almost.)

gingerbread cookie dough rolled out

linzer cookie shaped gingerbread cookies on baking sheet and cooling rack

gingerbread cookies with powdered sugar on top

Chocolate Ganache Filling

Remember when I told you that chocolate ganache is best with pure chocolate bars? Turns out that Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Morsels make an unbelievable ganache and you don’t need to chop them up beforehand. Pour 1/2 cup of warm heavy cream over 2/3 cup semi-sweet morsels. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then stir until thick and smooth.

Foolproof and only 2 ingredients.

chocolate ganache made with chocolate chips

spreading chocolate ganache onto gingerbread linzer cookies

gingerbread sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache

More Festive Cookies

The National Cookie Day celebration doesn’t end here! If you need more recipe inspiration after you stock up at ALDI, here are plenty of recipes to try next:

See all cookie palooza recipes.

gingerbread sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache on a white plate

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gingerbread sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache

Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes (includes chilling & cooling)
  • Yield: 30 cookie sandwiches
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

My chocolate gingerbread sandwich cookies combine gingerbread cookies with creamy, thick chocolate ganache. The cookie dough must chill, so you can get started the day before if desired!


Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups (437g) all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger (yes, 1 full Tablespoon!)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 10 Tablespoons (2/3 cup; 145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (200g) Baker’s Corner Molasses 
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping & Filling

  • 3 Tablespoons (23g) Baker’s Corner Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup (120g) Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Morsels

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses and beat on medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed for 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. The butter may separate– that’s ok.
  3. On low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick and slightly sticky. Divide dough in half and place each onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Flatten into a 1-inch disc and wrap each up tightly. Chill discs for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight. If chilling for longer than 3 hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before rolling because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Remove 1 disc of chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator. Generously flour a work surface, as well as your hands and the rolling pin. The dough may become sticky as you work, so keep extra flour nearby to use as needed. Alternatively, the dough may crack when rolling out. Wait a few minutes for it to soften back up. The more you work with it, the softer (and easier to work with) it will become. Roll out the disc until 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2.5-inch round or fluted cookie cutter, cut dough into circles. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat with the second disc of dough. You should have about 60 circles.
  6. Using a smaller cookie cutter or 1-inch fluted cookie cutter, cut a hole into the center of half of the circles. Let’s call these the “donut cookies” because of that center hole.
  7. Arrange the whole circles and the donut cookies 2 inches apart and on separate baking sheets (because the donut cookies take 1 less minute to bake).
  8. Bake the whole circles for about 12-14 minutes, or until set around the edges, and bake the donut cookies for about 11 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through the bake time. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer all of the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before assembling.
  9. Once cool, dust the “donut cookies” with confectioners’ sugar.
  10. Make chocolate ganache: Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to gently simmer. (Do not let it come to a rapid boil– that’s too hot!) Pour over chocolate chips, then let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate. Very slowly stir until completely combined and chocolate has melted. If it’s not melting, do not microwave it. Just continue to stir until smooth. Cool ganache for 10 minutes before using on the cookies. Ganache thickens as it cools and sets after a few hours.
  11. Spoon 1 teaspoon of ganache on the underside of each whole cookie. Carefully top each with a donut cookie and press down gently to create a cookie sandwich.
  12. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Baked cookies, before or after sandwiching, freeze well up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough discs (just the dough prepared through step 3) freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then continue with step 4. To make the ganache ahead of time, cover tightly and store ganache in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It will be thick after refrigerating, so warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave to make it spreadable again. Once ganache cools completely, you can cover it tightly and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Keywords: gingerbread, Christmas cookies, ganache

49 Comments

  1. Gingerbread Linzer Cookies, what a great idea, Sally!
    How much does the chocolate ganache set when cooled completely? I’m unsure about that und was wondering how to store them without making a medium-sized mess, if the ganache stays rather soft and rubs off onto other cookies, making them somewhat chocolate-sticky…
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Sina! It sets after several hours. I stack them after it sets with no problem. 🙂

  2. Never thought to combine those two flavors, but I think it will work for my palate!

    1. Such a delicious combination! I hope you’ll try these 🙂

  3. Hi Sally- how or where do I find the small tree shape on top cookie ? Is there a link for that shape ? I’d love to have for these and your other Linzer cookies !

    1. Yes! See the recipe instructions, I link to exactly what I use. Love them!

  4. Hi Sally, these look scrumptious and I love Linzer cookies! Would you have any recommendations for substituting the chocolate ganache if someone cannot eat chocolate? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jessica, You can use any type of jam that you would enjoy the flavor with gingerbread cookies (apricot and orange come to mind first) – or lemon curd would be delicious too!
      These are my pistachio raspberry linzer cookies and here is my homemade lemon curd.

  5. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    These look beautiful! You did an amazing job on this!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    1. Thank you so much, Paige!

  6. Am I dreaming? These cookies look AMAZING! If I hadn’t already stocked up on candy canes for the thumbprint cookies I planned to make today, the kitchen and would be whisking in the molasses by now 🙂
    Definitely making these beauties as soon as possible though! (I’m super glad that gingerbread is chocolates new best friend, because my brother has a severe peanut allergy!)

    Thanks again, Sally, for another fantastic recipe! 😀

    1. Oops. Kitchen aid! Sorry 🙂

    2. Thank you so much, Sarah!

      1. Hi Sally! I’m planning to make these for my Youth Group’s Christmas Party coming up this Friday, since everyone is supposed to bring a treat, and I love how the star and tree cut-out shape looks on these cookies! It’s very Christmas-y, and I was wondering if I could recreate this look if I carefully measured the cookies and cut out the shapes from paper and pressed it too half of the unbaked cookie rounds and used a very sharp knife to cut them out? I did this two years ago to create gingerbread men without a cookie cutter and just wanted to check if it would work here. Thanks!

      2. Hi Sarah, It’s a pretty small shape to cut out with a knife but you certainly can! I hope your group loves them!

  7. Can you substitute another brand of semi-sweet chips for the Aldi brand?

    1. Hi Melodie, I recommend a pure chocolate baking bar. Pure chocolate is sold in 4 ounce bars in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. For more information, here’s my chocolate ganache tutorial. 🙂

  8. These cookies look amazing, Sally! I’ve been wanting to try the combination of gingerbread and chocolate for a while now, and now that we’ve entered the Christmas season I think it’s finally time to give it a try 🙂 I’m excited to try your chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies from yesterday for our connect group meeting tonight, as well as these adorable candy cane cookies from Life, Love, and Sugar.
    https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/candy-cane-cookies/
    I bought a Christmas-y red platter (that has little gingerbread men and trees and Christmas bauble designs on it) way back in September and have been itching to use it, so tonight’s the night! 😀

    1. Thanks, Erin! Your platter sounds so cute!!

  9. I am loving the aqua measuring cup! Do you recall where you found it? 🙂

  10. Hi Sally! Silly question – do you find that the confectioner’s sugar sets in/gets absorbed by the cookie at all or does it stay on top? I’m looking to make these a couple of days ahead of time so I’d love for them have that dusted sugar look when I bring them to the party.

    1. Actually, no! These cookies aren’t moist like, say, muffins or cake, so the confectioners’ sugar does not seep into the tops or become absorbed. I made these a few days before serving them too. No one knew!

  11. Hi. Do you think I can use Nutella for the filling? Thanks

    1. Absolutely!

  12. These look so good, Sally!!!! I’ve never tried (or even thought of!) gingerbread and chocolate together, so I’m definitely trying these – great way to celebrate National Cookie Day!

    1. Thank you so much, Gemma! Hope you love these 🙂

  13. Omg Sally! These Look So Good! I Love That You Have Unique Flavor Combos On Your Blog Like The Gingerbread Lemon Muffins! Apparently Gingerbread Goes With A LOT lol. Thanks For Another Great Recipe And I’m Excited To See What Other Recipes Cookie Palooza Has In Store!

    1. Thank you so much, Kayla!

  14. Hey Sally! I Already Commented But I Started The Cookies Now And Was Wondering Do These Chocolate Chips Come In The White Chocolate Variety? If So, Do You Think Those Could Be Used To Make A White Chocolate Ganache? Thank You!

    1. Hi Kayla! I do not recommend using white chocolate chips for this ganache– stick with regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. White chocolate chips are a different texture and will create a very thin ganache. You’ll have to adjust the heavy cream amount.

  15. Adding these to my christmas cookie baking list!! Such a unique idea and I love the mini christmas cutters!

    1. YAY! I hope you love these, Lauren 🙂

  16. If the ganache is made with a chocolate bar vs. these chocolate chips, will it also dry and set so the cookies can be stacked? I know chocolate chips contain stabilizers and the chocolate bar doesn’t.

    1. Yes! The ganache will thicken & set after a few hours if using pure chocolate or the recommended chocolate chips.

  17. Hi Sally, is there a suitable alternative to liquid molasses? It’s hard to find in the UK
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Alice! None that will produce the same exact flavor and texture, unfortunately. Sorry!

  18. Very excited to make these cookies

    1. I hope you love these! Happy baking 🙂

  19. I pre made a batch of your soft ginger snap molasses cookies last week and it’s currently in my freezer. I just saw this recipe and would like to make it. Will it work if I substitute it with the dough for soft ginger’s molasses cookies?

    1. Hi Sara! Unfortunately that cookie dough will not roll out to cut into shapes. I recommend sticking to the baking instructions for those– they’re best as drop cookies.

  20. Austria Azaceta says:

    I made these cookies yesterday & they are absolutely lovely!!! I wasn’t sure about the gingerbread with chocolate combo but its so yummy. The cookies pack such great spice flavor that I even get a little kick of heat at the end from the ginger. And bonus they are so so pretty. Another winner!! Thanks Sally!!

    1. Thrilled you loved these! Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  21. Hi Sally, I have been following your blog for years and I can always rely on your recipes for a perfect result. I made two batches of these cookies for today’s cookie exchange at the office. I had a few people taste them and absolutely everybody loved it! My dough was quite soft although I had it in the fridge overnight (could be the high humidity here in Florida) but working with some flour to roll it out, they came out perfectly moist and tender. I am sure I will forward your site to many colleagues after today’s cookie exchange And thank you for recommending Aldi; I am a huge fan (since I come originally from Austria) and it is the best place to get your basic ingredients at a good price (with a fast check out as a bonus). Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Christine! I’m so glad you made these cookies AND that they were loved! They’re one of my favorites from this holiday season. Thank you in advance for sharing my site with others too. I appreciate that so much! Thank you for the kind comment. 🙂

  22. Thank you so much for this recipe. I made them yesterday for a neighbourhood get together and they got eaten so quickly I didn’t get time to take a pic! The cookies got rave reviews and everyone loved them. The flavours were delish – chocolate and gingerbread – who knew they would taste so good together. I also appreciated your clear instructions as it made the process so much easier. One small tip for your fans – I baked up the cutouts left over from the “donut”, and put them in a small bowl in the center of the tray. A sweet tidbit! Thank you from Salt Spring Island, BC!!!

  23. My new favorite holiday cookie! Thank you for a great recipe and easy to follow instructions.

  24. Hi Sally, I made these a couple of days ago and my daughter came over so we could decorate them together…we’ve always done standard cutout gingerbread cookies but these were a new take and THEY ARE DELICIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! thanks for another full-proof recipe. I used your Royal Icing recipe for decorating the cutouts we made. I used the tiny cutouts for mini cookies for my grandson, he loved them!!
    Merry Christmas

  25. I have been staying in to keep my elderly Mother safe. Every day I let a family member pick a recipe from your website. Yesterday it was hohos for my Brother. Today is your cranberry scones for my Grandson. Tomorrow it’s Thin Mints for my Sister. You have been like a fairy that has helped me bring joy to my family. THANK YOU!

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