Spicy Ginger Whoopees

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time12 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup coconut shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder
A few drops water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the cookies: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, dry spices, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat with a hand mixer, the vegetable shortening and the coconut shortening together until creamy. Add molasses and brown sugar and beat until smooth. Add the eggs 1 at a time, the pumpkin puree and ginger. Mix until well blended. Slowly stir in the flour with a rubber spatula scraping the sides until all ingredients are well incorporated. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, flatten slightly with the back of a spoon and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool.
To make the icing: In a medium bowl, combine with a hand mixer, the sugar, meringue powder and just enough water to make a smooth, glossy icing. Transfer to a plastic baggie. Snip the corner of the bag with scissors and drizzle onto cookies.

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