Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Thanksgiving has come and gone, so now it’s time to switch my baking gears from all things pumpkin to all things cookies. However, judging from the post title, I can’t quite give up my pumpkin obsession, so I figured I’d combine the best of both worlds with Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies.

Not only am I kind of obsessed with pumpkin, I may need a 12-step program for my addiction to Target. And I’m sure like many of you, I find myself making excuses to visit. Trips that start out focused on essentials like soap, dog food, and paper towels quickly transcend into me redecorating the bathroom. It’s a sickness, I tell ya.

While on a recent trip, I was meandering through the aisles and came across Pumpkin Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies. Hello! Two of my most favorite things in the world combined into a holiday cookie? Sold. Sort of. Instead of chucking the preservative-filled box into my cart, I exercised what little restraint I have while in Target and decided to make them myself. Ya know, because the $2.59 I saved really made a HUGE difference in my overall bill.

The result? Soft and chewy Pumpkin Molasses Cookies sandwiched together with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Messy? A little, but so worth a little cream cheese on your fingers.

Who says Pumpkin is just for Thanksgiving? Let’s take back the gourd and make it an all-Fall treat!

Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 24 sandwich cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus chill time

Cook Time: 7-9 minutes


For the Cookies

2 1/3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

For the Filling

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the Cookies

1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

2. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin puree and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and beat for 1 minute more.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing until the flour and spices disappear. If flour remains in the bottom of the bowl, mix the last of the dry ingredients by hand to avoid over beating. You will have a very soft dough.

4. Divide the dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate for at least 1 hour. The dough is sticky, so the longer time it can chill the easier it is to work with.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Put the sugar in a small bowl. Working with one packet of dough at a time, divide it into 24 pieces (or use a small cookie scoop), and roll each piece into a ball. Roll the balls in the sugar, then place dough balls on prepared cookie sheets and use a the bottom of a glass to ever-so-gently press down on the cookies. Do not over crowd.

7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 7-9 minutes, or until the top feels set to the touch. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Let cookies cool 5 minutes on the sheets before transferring them to a cooling rack.

8. Repeat with second batch of dough.

For the Filling

1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, increase speed to medium-high and mix for about one minute. Add in vanilla and continue mixing on low speed until vanilla in fully incorporated.

2. To assemble the cookies, pipe or spread the filling on the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie and press together gently to create a sandwich cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.


- Cookies will keep in an airtight within the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


This post is part of an ongoing relationship between My Baking Addiction and Gold Medal Flour. In June of 2012, My Baking Addiction attended a Farm to Table event in Kansas City to learn why Gold Medal has been America’s flour of choice for 125 years. Although this is a sponsored post, the views and opinions expressed are our own and based upon our personal experiences with Gold Medal Flour.

25 Responses to “Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies”

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    These are the most perfect cookies sandwiches ever – I completely love the combination of molasses and pumpkin together in cookies. I made them once, years ago, but I’m thinking I’m going to have to go with your recipe next! I will never tire of pumpkin (or Target for that matter!) Pinning these – they look wonderful. :)


  2. luv what you do — December 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    These look fantastic! So fancy and beautiful! I am a huge fan of pumpkin and mollasses and can’t wait to give these a try!


  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I love any cookie that lets me eat 2 for 1 :)


  4. Live a Sweet Life — December 4, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I totally get how you feel about pumpkin and Target! I swear I thought I was the only one with those sick addictions haha. These sandwich cookies look super yummy. I don’t care if it’s December, I need to make these!


  5. katie — December 4, 2012 at 1:23 am

    They look delicious and beautifully presented. Bet they taste better than shop bought ones :)


  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love these! The cookie itself sounds delightful, but with cream I bet it sends these over the moon!


  7. Ashley — December 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Love this combination of pumpkin and molasses! I have one can left of pumpkin from the season and I think I need to give these a try : ) I feel the same way about Target – I go in with a list and come out with way more than I was planning on buying.. lol. It’s so bad!


  8. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Two things that never belong in the same sentence: Target and restraint! It’s not humanly possible. But oooh these look perfect!


  9. Bernadette — December 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    My girlfriends and I have the same problem and we have figured out the cost of Target per hour. It is surprising accurate at predicting what we will spend. One hour = $200. If we keep that in mind and race through the store it keeps our bills way lower! (Although my bathroom could use redecorating now that you mention it…)


  10. Carla @ Carlas Confections — December 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I cant quite give up pumpkin either. It is way too good! I really love these sandwich cookies too! They might have to be a part of my pumpkin obsession :)


  11. Janet — December 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So I really messed up by getting the Target Redcard credit card. Now I just have to shop since I always save 5%. Thanks for your beautiful and yummy blog!


  12. I am still on a pumpkin kick myself!! Yes, Target! I can’t get enough of that store!! I must go there 2 times a week, at least!! Your pumpkin molasses cookies look delish and gorgeous!!


  13. Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t know about Target, but I’ve had a serious shopping addiction period this holiday season! These cookies are lovely!


  14. Susan @ Online Travel Portal — December 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Wow!! Cookies one of my favorite stuff dear from my childhood. thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I’d love to make it for my partner and for my entire family to make this Christmas more memorable.


  15. TidyMom — December 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    oh these have GOT to be amazing!!


  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    You had me at cream cheese filling! I can’t wait to make these as holiday gifts for the neighbors – they’ll be so thrilled!


  17. Jenny D — December 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I have been eyeing those cookies from Target ever since I seen them but have yet been able to justify buying cookies during the months I make so many! I keep hoping they will have them during free sample day. Also have you ever read the blog Crappy Pictures? If you haven’t you should its hilarious and Amber has a post about the hypnotising affect the Target bulls eye has on us. I don’t know Amber or anything, I just love her blog!


  18. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — December 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    YESS!!! sounds and looks delectable!


  19. Darla | Bakingdom — December 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    These sound so wonderful! I can’t get enough of pumpkin treats this year. Can’t wait to try these!


  20. Karen Simon — December 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Nice cookie recipe! I will bake that for Christmas, since we do not have Thanksgiving here in Germany : (
    Here is also a good food/food art app for you:



  21. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — December 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I just made these over the weekend. These.Are.HEAVEN!!! I had to take one and quickly wrap up the rest and put them in the Mr’s car for his co-workers as I could NOT be trusted. YUM!!!


  22. Erin — December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What kind of molasses do you use? I saw two different kinds at whole foods, but I wasn’t sure if you used a specific kind.


  23. The Baking Ballerina — December 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Wow! These are beautiful… so simple, yet elegant. I will be sure to add these to my pumpkin repertoire. It reminds me of a version I made myself. Please check them out along with other pumpkin treats! Please enjoy!
    Pumpkin Cream Softies
    Pumpkin Patch fudge brownies
    Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats


  24. marla — December 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)


  25. linda — November 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    try these cookies


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