The shape of these cookies, created using a walnut mold, gives a hint at what's sandwiched within.
- Yield: Makes 25 sandwich cookies
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon walnut liqueur
- Confectioners' sugar, for mold
- Chocolate-Walnut Filling
Whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl. Beat butter, cream cheese, and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in yolk and walnut liqueur, then add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Form dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Using a dry pastry brush, generously dust a walnut springerle mold with confectioners' sugar. Cut a piece of dough about the size of the mold. Press dough into mold with fingers, working from center. Gently coax dough out of mold with fingertips and onto a baking sheet, and trim edges with a knife. Repeat, spacing cookies 1 inch apart on sheets and cleaning mold often. Freeze for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake cookies until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Pipe or spread 1 teaspoon chocolate-walnut filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Press flat side of another cookie onto filling to sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.