Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling

Lemon cream cheese filling is sandwiched between soft and chewy grain-free and gluten-free ginger cookies! Don’t like lemons? Check out the dairy-free chocolate version!

Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling – grain-free with a dairy-free chocolate alternative! From

I hope that you’re enjoying my week of giveaways because after Sunday, there won’t be any more giveaways for a good long while. :) And I’ll go back to my normal schedule of posting about twice a week, just in case you’re overwhelmed with all the new posts! Today I have a $500 Amazon gift certificate to give away just in time for Christmas.

And now for the cookies! I think these are my favorite grain-free cookies to date and my favorite ginger cookies, gluten-filled or not! I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but it was adapted from Sylvie’s chewy ginger molasses cookies. Instead of using oil or butter, the recipe uses almond butter. It’s pretty genius. I reduced the spices, molasses and sugar a little, but the rest is all Sylvie.

Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling – grain-free, gluten-free and has a dairy-free chocolate alternative! From

I’ve made these cookies as “just” ginger cookies, but I think the lemon cream cheese filling makes them a little more special. And more festive! :D If you can’t or don’t want to eat powdered sugar, I suggest turning these into ginger chocolate cookies! Add 2/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to the batter. I’ve made them that way and even my ginger- and molasses-hating husband loved them. If you use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, you’ve got yourself a dairy-free version!

These ginger sandwich cookies really do have the best texture. They’re so perfectly chewy, which I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished without a load of fat and sugar. If you don’t like almond butter, don’t worry! I don’t like it or the taste of almonds, but I love these. There’s so much wintry goodness in there that it covers up any almond flavor.

My mind is running wild with variations of these almond butter based cookies! Do you have any favorite cookies recipes using almond butter? I’d love to hear about them if so! Feel free to leave links in the comments. :)

Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling – grain-free with a dairy-free chocolate alternative! From

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Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling

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Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling
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  • Yield: 22 sandwich cookies


    For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (256 grams) roasted and unsalted almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons (44 grams) unsulphured molasses (I used blackstrap)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (94 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • For the filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (84 grams)


  1. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand mixer, beat together the almond butter, molasses, eggs, and coconut sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the remaining cookie ingredients.
  4. Slowly add this dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix on low just until combined.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until the dough is firm enough to roll into balls, about 30 – 45 minutes, or wrap the dough in some plastic wrap, press flat, and freeze for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper.
  7. Remove the cookie dough from the freezer and roll into small balls (mine were 3/4").
  8. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. The cookies will have started to crack a little and will look puffy.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven. The cookies will continue to crackle just a little more and then "deflate."
  10. Let the cookies cool for about 3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare the lemon cream cheese filling.
  12. Mix all the filling ingredients together, except for the powdered sugar, with an electric hand mixer until well combined.
  13. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar.
  14. Place the filling in the refrigerator until the cookies have completely cooled.
  15. To assemble the cookie sandwiches, place 1 teaspoon of lemon cream filling in the middle of each cookie and place another cookie on top. There should be just enough filling for a thin layer of icing.
  16. Place the cookie sandwiches in an airtight container and refrigerate for up for 1 week. Do not stack the cookies as they might stick together! If you need to stack them, separate each layer with a piece of plastic wrap, wax paper, etc.

Adapted from Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen

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35 comments on “Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling” — Add one!

  • Dee says
    December 9, 2019 @ 6:46 pm

    Hi, would sunflower seed butter work instead of almond butter?

    • Erin replies to Dee
      December 15, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your question! I haven’t tried it but think it might. However, sometimes I find that I need to add a little extra flour when using sunflower seed butter instead of almond. I’d bake a test cookie and if it spreads too much, add a bit more flour.

  • Angie says
    June 14, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    Followed the recipe and they came out half-raw. I would up the baking time to 12 minutes in the recipe. Secondly, a little Pam spray on the silicone is advisable.

    • Erin replies to Angie
      June 17, 2015 @ 9:46 am

      Did they get puffy and crackle after 6 minutes? For me, once they puffed and crackled, they still appeared soft and gooey, but once cooled, they were perfect! I hope you still enjoyed them. :)

  • Mallory @ Total Noms
    December 29, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I LOVE the combo of ginger cookies and lemon frosting. I once had a whoopie pie very similar to this at a bakery named Sift in San Francisco, and everyone thought I was crazy for ordering it- but I was in heaven :) Hope you’re having a great holiday, Erin!

    • Erin replies to Mallory @ Total Noms
      December 29, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

      Crazy for ordering it?! Why? It sounds amazing. Hopefully that whoopie pie was better than the ones in Austin. ;) I’m enjoying my time off – thanks! I hope you are, too. :)

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
    December 12, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I’m so glad you liked the cookies, I love the idea of the lemon filling with them!

  • Terry
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I just can’t wait for test of yummy cookies. Lets do for my lovely family in next holiday :)

    • Erin replies to Terry
      December 15, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

      I hope your family will like them! :)

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says
    December 10, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    These look delicious and it is nice to be able to have a soy-free chocolate chips.

    • Erin replies to Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon
      December 15, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

      Thanks! What do you mean by soy-free chocolate chips? Are they not normally soy-free?

  • Dina says
    December 8, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    they look yummy!

    • Erin replies to Dina
      December 9, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Dina! :)

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
    December 8, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Ginger and lemon- the perfect combination!

  • Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven
    December 8, 2013 @ 1:41 am

    I love these! The combo of ginger and lemon sounds so good together. The ginger cookies look incredibly soft and chewy, and the lemon filling looks so luscious!

  • Rusty H says
    December 7, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    These look fabulous..!!

    • Erin replies to Rusty H
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks! Happy you think so. :)

  • Suan says
    December 7, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Love, Love, Love your site!

    • Erin replies to Suan
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks a bunch! So happy you found it. :)

  • LaCinda Brooks
    December 7, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to make these, hands down the best recipe I’ve seen in a while. I’m so glad the ingredients are healthy too, thank you so very much for sharing this!!

    • Erin replies to LaCinda Brooks
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

      And thank you for the kind comments, LaCinda! I LOVE your enthusiasm for this recipe. It’s exactly how I feel about it! I can’t believe that these ingredients created something so yummy. I would much rather take these over any all-purpose cookie. So good! I hope you’ll love them. :)

  • Melinda @ cooking ala mel says
    December 7, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    These photos.. oh my goodness. These look to die for! Chewy ginger cookies are definitely one of my weaknesses. I’m not sure if I would like the lemon, but that could easily be left out! This is definitely going onto my Christmas baking list.

    • Erin replies to Melinda @ cooking ala mel
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

      Thank you, Mel! :) And yeah… you could totally make these as just ginger or even ginger orange! But ginger orange isn’t nearly as nice as ginger lemon. ;) I hope you’ll love them as much as I did!

  • Jena says
    December 7, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    These cookies look so great! My mother used to make similar ones for me when I was younger and they bring back the great holiday memories every time I smell them baking.

    • Erin replies to Jena
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Jena! And don’t you love the memories baked goods bring back? :) I know I do!

  • Min says
    December 6, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Yum!! These look so adorable! I like my cookies chewy so this sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing ;). And your photos are gorgeous, Erin! Totally inspired.

    • Erin replies to Min
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

      Thank you! Honestly… I’m so perplexed as to how these pictures worked out. It was SO insanely dark outside. I think I need to learn some more about photography. ;) Thanks for the nice comment!

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
    December 6, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Yes please! These are so amazing Erin. I love that you’ve included several alternatives for different diatary needs. All of which would make me happy! Pinning! Thanks so much for joining in on this giveaway.

    • Erin replies to Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
      December 7, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

      And thank you for having me, Katie! :) I’m happy you appreciate the dietary alternatives. I think you’re actually one of the first people to say that so thank YOU! :) (and thanks for pinning!)

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    December 6, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Words can’t describe how amazing these look. I love that you used almond butter. You’re right, it’s pretty genius. The ginger/lemon combo is perfection. I so want to reach through the screen. Nom! Pinned.

    • Erin replies to Jennie @themessybakerblog
      December 6, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      Aww, thank you for saying that, Jennie! I had to take these pictures in almost complete darkness. I couldn’t believe that they actually came out! Maybe I should stop taking pictures when there’s actually sunshine. ;) Thanks for pinning!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    December 6, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Lemon + Ginger are total flavor BFF, and I love how thick and chewy these look! You’re rockin’ it girl (also, so sad that your hubs doesn’t like molasses! he’s missing out)

    • Erin replies to Erin | The Law Student’s Wife
      December 6, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

      Haha. Agreed! And he doesn’t like any fall / winter spices except for cinnamon! Crazy, isn’t it?! And kind of annoying. ;) Thanks for the nice comment! :)


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