Sunday, March 27, 2022

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies by Peggy Ehrhart #bookgiveaway


Today our kitchen welcomes Peggy Ehrhart, with a yummy recipe and a 3-book giveaway for DEATH OF A KNIT WIT. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!


Peggy Ehrhart: They are what they eat, and the characters in my Knit & Nibble mysteries do a lot of eating . . .  and cooking. Members of the Knit & Nibble knitting club take turns hosting the group, and each week’s host serves a dessert when the group breaks for refreshments. It’s fun to make the desserts  reflect the personalities of the people who serve them. 

Nell Bascomb is in her eighties. She’s the oldest member of the group and a devotee of simple, traditional desserts. She also disapproves of excessive sugar and is something of an anti-sugar crusader. In Death of a Knit Wit, Nell bakes gingerbread when the group meets at her house. 

Gingerbread recipes are not hard to find, so for my visit to Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen I thought I’d invent something inspired by gingerbread but a little more creative. My Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies complement the spicy but not too sweet effect of gingerbread with a delicious butter and cream cheese filling similar to the one I use when I make carrot cake.

The recipe makes about 20 sandwich cookies (40 single cookies).

You won’t need your electric mixer for the cookies but you will need it for the filling. 

Ingredients for the cookies:



1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup sugar

3 tbsp butter or margarine

1 tbsp milk or plain yogurt

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2  tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

Ingredients for the filling:



1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened

1-1/2 oz cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Sift flour, salt, and spices into a large bowl. 



Heat molasses in a small saucepan until it starts to boil. Add the butter or margarine, the sugar, and the milk or yogurt and stir to blend. 



Add the molasses mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon. The dough will be stiff.



Butter two large cookie sheets, at least 12” x 18”. (You can use three or four smaller ones instead, or bake the cookies in two batches.)

Carve off teaspoon-sized bits of dough.



With your hands, roll them into ovals. 



Pat them flat, not thicker than 1/8 of an inch. The dough is surprisingly un-sticky—working with it is rather like working with Play-Doh. Place the cookies on the cookie sheets, about twenty per sheet, not too close together—though they don’t spread out too much.

Bake them at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes. They cook very fast.



Let them cool on the cookie sheets and then carefully remove them with a spatula.

While they are cooling, make the filling.

Put the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl.



Using your electric mixer, blend them until they are smooth and then blend in the powdered sugar.



When the cookies are cool, assemble your sandwiches. Turn half the cookies on their backs and spread filling on their undersides.



Top each spread cookie with a plain cookie.



Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for one of 3 copies of Peggy's book!


Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who currently writes the Knit & Nibble mystery series for Kensington. The eighth book in the series, Death of a Knit Wit, has just been released. Her amateur sleuth, Pamela Paterson, is the founder of the Knit & Nibble knitting club, and Peggy herself is a devoted crafter. Visit her at www.PeggyEhrhart.com 

71 comments:

  1. This sounds like a series I need to read. Jean Peerenboom

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  2. I love the cover. I crochet, but when I tried to teach myself how to knit, it was a disaster. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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    1. To me, knitting is easier than crocheting,though I do both, and my crocheting is limited to granny squares. Luckily, they have a lot of uses.

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  3. Thanks for the recipe! Love gingerbread! I will have to start reading your books.

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    1. As I said in the intro to this recipe, gingerbread makes an appearance in DEATH OF A KNIT WIT, along with lots of other goodies.

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  4. LOVE gingerbread! It always makes me think of my Granny who would have a pan coming fresh out of the oven as I finished doing her yard work. Oh the smell which wasn't anything compared to the taste.

    Love the idea of making gingerbread filled cookies! Thank you for the Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies recipe. I will be trying this for sure.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read and review DEATH OF A KNIT WIT. Shared and hoping to be one of the very fortunate ones to win a copy. Thank you for the chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. The filling also makes great icing for Carrot Cake--another one of those recipes one associates with grannies and cozy long-ago times.

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  5. All I can say is YUM!!!!
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. They are quite YUM--definitely a case of "can't eat just one."

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  6. This is a fun series! Thanks for the recipe.
    bmedrano34 at yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like the series. #9 will be out in a year and I'm about to start #10.

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  7. I just won this series from the Kensington Ukraine Auction! I can't wait to start reading it. ❤️

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  8. I just won this series from the Kensington Ukraine Auction! I can't wait to start reading it. ❤️

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    1. Thanks for bidding in the auction--a very worthy cause. I'll be hearing from the organizers soon with details of the winners and I'll get the books right in the mail to you.

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  9. This looks like the perfect read to me. Thanks for this great chance.

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  10. Love gingerbread - thanks for the recipe!
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome! It's a particularly spicy and gingery dough that I hope gingerbread-lovers will appreciate.

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  11. Always looking for new series and this was just placed on my TBR List :D

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    1. The first was MURDER, SHE KNIT if you like to read mystery series in order. DEATH OF A KNIT WIT is #8. The mystery plots are self-contained, of course, but there's a romantic subplot ...

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  12. That looks so good, I love cookies. I knit and crochet so this would be a fun book to read.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You will meet lots of fellow knitters, and one crocheter, in the Knit and Nibble knitting club.

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  13. These cookies are delectable and the book lovely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! Delectable is a good word for them.

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  14. The recipe sound good and I love the book cover Cindynorman2(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Thank you! The same artist does all the covers and I love them too.

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  15. These sound delicious, I have never made a molasses cookie though I really enjoyed them from my Grandmother back in the day. Thanks for sharing the recipe and giveaway.

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    1. I did not know until I started working on the recipe that molasses could be a key ingredient in gingerbread.

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  16. Love the cover and the recipe sounds yummy!
    Luvs2read4fun (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you! The recipe is fun to make and is indeed quite yummy.

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  17. I like the rather free form shape of these cookies. They look "real".
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks! As I said in the recipe, the dough is very easy to handle. It can be molded into an oval (or circle or whatever) without having to use a cookie cutter.

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  18. Love the cover and love the cookie idea. I have a sorghum cookie recipe I love that this filling would be great in! This looks like a series I need to try out. I read about it on the Delicious Mysteries group on Facebook.

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    1. Yes, the filling would be great with a sorghum cookie. As I said in the recipe, I use it for Carrot Cake, which is another old-time cozy classic.

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  19. Recipe looks delicious and your book sounds like a great read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! The cookies are pretty hard to resist. I hope readers find the book equally compelling.

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  20. I love to bake! Thanks for the new recipe. I can't wait to read this book! I just bought A Fatal Yarn & Knit of the Living Dead at B&N yesterday!
    Thank you for the chance to win it.

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    1. Thank you! There's a #7, KNITTY GRITTY MURDER, between KNIT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the newest one. The mystery plots are self-contained, of course, but there's a ongoing romantic subplot that advances (or sometimes retreats!) in each book.

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  21. I love the cover and the title! Our family is pretty knitting-obsessed these days, and I'm trying to think up projects and color combinations involving cotton yarn, although I myself am not the household knitter.

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    1. Pot-holders? Cotton yarn might be good, or wool of course, because the synthetic fibers could melt when exposed to high heat.

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    2. I don't know what happened to the reply I just posted.

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