- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- M&M's miniature baking bits
- 3/4 cup vanilla frosting
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- Green food coloring, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness.
- Cut with a floured 3-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press baking bits into half of the cookies.
- Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, combine frosting and confectioners' sugar until smooth; tint green if desired. Spread over the bottoms of plain cookies; top with decorated cookies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Reviews forGingerbread Sandwich Trees
"I started my Christmas baking and completely forgot about these awesome cookies. Made a couple of years ago and everyone loved them. So I was thrilled to find this recipe. Will make again this year. I like the fact that there is little decorating. Look great; tastes even better and so easy to make. Thank you for a great recipe. Happy Holidays to all."
"I made the recipe last year for a party - and everyone raved about them! The dough is easy to work with and very tasty. I have been asked to make them again this year."
"I've never made these as sandwiches, I just love the Gingerbread cookies! I've made them for Christmas the last 4 years."
"These cookies taste great, and were fun for my 4 year old who loved putting on the M&M's. Instead of vanilla, I made a buttercream icing and added some peppermint extract, the mint with the chocolate of the M&M's added a nice flavor!"
"These are cute and very easy to make!"
"My grand-kids and I make cutouts every year. Then as the family gathers for Christmas, we spend an afternoon decorating. Some are fast and furious and others are very detailed. These cookies make it easy for even the littlest fingers to decorate. And they became everyone's favorite this year. The flavor is excellent and the texture was perfect. We also used a cream cheese frosting"
"I'm not crazy about gingerbread, but these were good. My kids who LOVE gingerbread loved these. There was a lot for the kids to do baking them, so it was also a nice project for us to do."
"I love this recipe. I'm not that big a gingerbread fan and these are great. My husband does like gingerbread cookies and he loves them too. I used a cream cheese-butter icing and chilled it first. They are so cute and easy. I think I'll make them for my kids classes this year."