Boxing Day (or Stephen’s Day, as Beardy Boyfriend would insist I call it) is not a holiday in America, and so there’s not the same level of traditions for it. Personally, I use it as a relaxing day. No work allowed, sleep late, laze around in my pajamas (for the second day in a row), do some baking, call Beardy Boyfriend to find out how he is getting on in Ireland…
So I thought these cookies would be a perfect fit for a lazy day after Christmas. A perfect use for any gingerbread Oreos that you haven’t eaten (or that you’ve managed to rescue – my family has really been enjoying munching on them!) They’re inspired by Picky Palate’s chocolate chip Oreo stuffed cookies. I loved the idea of making stuffed cookies with the gingerbread, but I thought that the chocolate chip wouldn’t be so perfect a match – as a result, I thought long and hard as to what cookie would go well with gingerbread. I decided on snickerdoodles, since although they are quite similar to a sugar cookie, they are also flavoured with cinnamon sugar.
I pulled out the Magnolia Bakery cookbook my mother gave me for my birthday (in addition to the great cookie recipes, it also includes a variety of amazing frostings, so I would definitely recommend checking it out) and, if I do say so myself, I came up with something pretty good!
Gingerbread Oreo Snickerdoodles (adapted from More from Magnolia)
2 1/2 cups (312.5g) plain flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cups (338g) caster sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(6 tablespoons sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon for sprinkling on top)
A package of gingerbread Oreos
Combine cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and flour in a small bowl.
Cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, vanilla and milk. Slowly combine the dry ingredients.
Take the dough and form a small, tight circle of dough surrounding the gingerbread oreo (I know I particularly like to keep it small) and place far apart on the cookie sheet to allow these cookies to spread – or as I do, on a whoopie pie pan.
And so enjoy these variations – are you making anything nice for Boxing Day?