These ginger cookies have plenty of ginger flavor thanks to blackstrap molasses and both ground and crystallized ginger. They are sandwiched around a lemon cream that gets a triple dose of lemon from zest, juice, and extract. Make them for a fancy holiday cookie plate, a dinner party, or a host gift.
What to buy: Crystallized ginger makes these spicy cookies extra-gingery. Look for it at supermarkets or specialty stores. If you can’t find it in the baking section, check the Asian-products aisle.
Blackstrap is the darkest and most flavorful style of molasses, contributing a rich, deep flavor to these snaps. Lighter molasses can be substituted, but use blackstrap for the best color and flavor.
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