Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Easy Ginger Sandwich Cookies


    My mother had my siblings and me assembling these cookies from the time we could hold a butter knife!  The orange cookie box sitting on my mom’s kitchen counter (waiting to be frosted) was always a sure sign of Fall! Here in Maryland, we buy Ivin’s Famous Spiced Wafers at ACME, so when I went away to college in Utah, my mom mailed me boxes of these cookies in care packages. After a couple years in Utah, I discovered that Albertson’s owns ACME, and carries Ivin’s wafers. Also, you can pay $16 on Amazon for 3 boxes, but that seems a little steep!
     During graduate school in Alabama, I wasn’t able to find the right cookies, so I used store-brand gingersnaps. They were not nearly as good!! My mother-in-law (ironically named Ginger) checked the gingersnap situation at Macey's in Utah today and reported that all available gingersnaps are smaller cookies than Ivin's (that's okay--more little sandwiches, right?) Ginger bought "Murray" brand gingersnaps. A taste test revealed they contain less molasses than Ivin's. Different isn’t always bad J I've looked Ivin's wafers up on the internet and apparently they are a Philadelphia tradition?  Anyway, here’s what to do…

Ingredients:
16 oz. box Ivin’s Famous Spiced Wafers (48 cookies)


Directions:

1. Spread 1 tablespoon frosting between 2 cookies.

2. Seal in Tupperware-type container overnight.
Moisture from the frosting will soften the cookies.

The next generation

If you live in a dry area (this means you, Intermountain West) or are experiencing dry weather, you may want to slip a piece of bread into the cookie container to enhance the softening process.

Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
16 oz. box Ivin’s spiced wafers
2080
80
8
16
64
1960
20
0
0
0
Total (24 sandwiches)
4040 kcal
100 %
8 g
16 g
64 %
1 sandwich
168 kcal
4 %
0 g
0.5 g
2.5 %


*Calculated from food packaging:

4 comments:

  1. These look like a fun treat to make. Yummy!

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  2. Delicious! I love gingersnaps this time of year. Great memories make food so much more special. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

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  3. ooo these look amazing!! Perfect fall cookie.

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  4. Ginger baked goods??? You are after my heart. YUMM!

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