Monday, June 13, 2011

Gingerbread for Summer !

 
We love our gingerbread cookies around here.  Poor, neglected gingerbread....it only gets trotted out in December, but it's so, so good.

How about a summery spin on gingerbread?  It's completely EASY and you won't have to wait for December for your gingerbread fix.

Lemon Cream Gingerbread Cookies

You Will Need:

 
Make the cookies and let cool.


Mix up some royal icing, flavor with 1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract and tint with AmeriColor Bright White (if desired).

Top half of the cookies with royal icing. Add yellow sprinkles if you have 'em.

{Or do like I did and spend 30 minutes picking through jars of multi-colored sprinkles for the yellows. THAT would be a good project for your kids when you hear the dreaded "I'm Bored" this summer.}

 
Stir together 1/2 cup lemon curd (jarred or homemade) with 1/3 cup marshmallow creme.  Adjust the amounts based on how lemon-y you like it.


Then...

Plop some filling on the plain cookies and sandwich together.



Don't want to make the filling?  Skip it!  Top the cookies with a squiggle of lemon royal icing and a bit of yellow sanding sugar.  Voila! Gingerbread cookies for summer!


Do you love gingerbread?

55 comments:

  1. Such an interesting combination! I'll definitely be giving these a try sometime...because I DO love gingerbread. :)

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  2. YOu make it look so effortless... and BEAUTIFUL! I just know I would have lemon curd on my ceiling and not have any fluff on hand. (cause its in my belly!)

    ;)

    Great job!

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  3. you are so creative!! whi would have ever thought to do this flavor combo? well, not me..but you bet that I wouldn't have any problem eating some of these!!!

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  4. I will take a dozen and I am not sharing!

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  5. Hi! I just discovered your blog. Every year my hubby begs for pretty sugar cookies and every year I say the same thing. I have never found a good recipe and I don't know how to decorate them. I've been drooling over your beautiful cookies and I made some butterflies yesterday. Not bad, not great either, but hopefully I'll get there. They are disappearing fast.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Erin

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  6. Oh this makes me so happy! I LOVE gingerbread (anything with ginger, really) and I wonder how long it would have taken me to pair it with lemon.
    There's something just so summery about lemon. I love this idea.

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  7. Yes, please! I actually have some gingerbread cookie dough in the freezer, waiting to be used. Never thought of pairing with lemon. Sounds yummy!

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  8. The cookies look delicious! Have you tried gingerbread(cake) with fresh peaches and whipped cream? It's wonderful.

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  9. I just used up Marshmallow cream in my pantry by mixing it with Nutella and baking it in Puff Pastry. Darn it all! It would have been much more fun if I had of waited for this post. I love gingerbread and adding this filling is the perfect way to make it a *Summer* cookie. Brilliant!

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  10. Those look absolutely gorgeous! I love gingerbread but it's always been a winter thing for me. Can't wait to give these a try at some point :D

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  11. Lemon and gingerbread sounds like a scrumptious combo! My mouth is watering!

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  12. Oh My!!! You have no idea how badly I want some of those. I'm stuck in training in New York until the 28th. I have strep throat and my entire family is in Kansas. I'm making those when I get home! If I survive!

    Mary

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  13. Yes, yes I do love gingerbread! I love anything ginger flavored and I don't wait until the holidays to indulge. Love these!

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  14. These are so pretty. I love ginger snaps and gingerbread but would never have thought of pairing it with lemon. That does sound delicious though!

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  15. while plain gingerbread isn't necessarily a favorite of mine, gingerbread w/LEMON CURD would be . . . and oh so pretty!!

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  16. How delicious! I was actually craving gingerbread the other day - I'll have to add some lemony freshness to it : )

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  17. Oh my, do I love gingerbread! These look absolutely delicious and perfect for summertime.

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  18. I love your summer take on gingerbread cookies!

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  19. Super idea! I thought of orange but never lemon! Good girl for making up the perfect reson to pull out my wintertime fave!

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  20. Oh Bridget!
    You do know how much I love GINGERBREAD...right!
    Love this summery gingerbread!
    Lemon curd...and marshmallow cream...omgoodness!
    Yummmmm~ola!
    xo
    Pinning this!
    Ah....haha!
    Discovered PINTEREST today!
    Obsessed!
    Greg ate chips for dinner!
    I'm obsessed!
    He's so patient~xo

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  21. Yes! Yes I do!

    Those look so good! Great photos Bridget!

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  22. I'll be making some ginger cookies for Father's Day. Are these cookies crisp and soft?

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  23. So funny!!! Just made soft ginger cookies yesterday!!

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  24. These look so yummy! They are beautiful, too.

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  25. Lemon and ginger. Good combo!

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  26. I looove gingerbread - I love the idea of lemon and gingerbread!

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  27. OMG, Bridget....these sound absolutely DELISH!!!!! Your creativity never ceases to astound me! You go, girl!!!

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  28. These look delish! I am adding this into my must try file. I am going to share on my FB page as well!

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  29. These sound wonderful, B!! And such a great idea.

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  30. Oh, we love ginger cookies! The lemon cream must really brighten them up for summer. Printing this recipe out...now! Thanks.

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  31. I adore gingerbread! Very clever of you to turn it into a new summer classic! I love it!!!

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  32. Lets see...Love gingerbread, lemon AND sandwich cookies:) Can't wait to try these!
    Just the other day I made pumpkin cupcakes:) It's a shame to try and cram all the pumpkin (and gingerbread) goodies into just a couple of months.

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  33. ummm I think I need some of these with my morning cup of tea- if you need someone to take them off your hands-Im your gal! (and I know where you live :-) )

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  34. wowie ths was sure smart! I agree, I will have those with my nice cup of tea from my fancy pancy teacup and la tea da!

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  35. Yum!! Nice spin on Gingerbread. :)

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  36. Danielle Llewellyn ShankJune 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    How did you get the marshmallow filling to not run out over the cookies? These cookies taste delicious, just having problems getting the filling to not run everywhere. Help!

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  37. Danielle....
    The filling should be pretty thick. Try using a little less filling and don't press down very hard. :) If you let them set for a few hours, they won't be as runny when you bite down. :) Hope that helps!

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  38. I made the cookies and lemon curd last night. I can't wait to get the cookies put together this morning. I am taking some to my neighbors so I don't eat the whole batch myself! Also. Your gingerbread recipe is wonderful. The cookies actually stay soft. They are nothing like the hard gingerbread I grew up with. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  39. Bridget, I am with you girl - there is ALWAYS a season for gingerbread. LOVE these :)

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  40. Bridget, these are so lovely! I really love gingerbread, of any kind, and these are really a fresh take on it (and marshmallow cream is one of my favourite ingredients on the planet!). Beautiful job, and really unique recipe! xo

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  41. Bridget, these are so lovely! I really love gingerbread, of any kind, and these are really a fresh take on it (and marshmallow cream is one of my favourite ingredients on the planet!). Beautiful job, and really unique recipe! xo

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  42. Bridget, these are so lovely! I really love gingerbread, of any kind, and these are really a fresh take on it (and marshmallow cream is one of my favourite ingredients on the planet!). Beautiful job, and really unique recipe! xo

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  43. you always make baking looks so pretty and glamorous Bridget!!
    These look and sound "out of this world" good!

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  44. These are so beautiful and tempting! My oldest daughter is a big gingerbread fan, and she loves her lemon bars. I'm printing this off for a summer baking project with her - thank you, Bridget!

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  45. How gorgeous the cookies look! Love the click, very tempting indeed. Glad to have followed a tweet and come to this beautiful space.

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  46. Those look so good. Where do you find the time to bake all these wonderful things?

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  47. send some to vancouver, the watkins man needs asugar boost.

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  48. Danielle Llewellyn ShankJune 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks for the tip on the filling .... followed your advice and now my cookies are tasty and pretty! I will be making these again for sure!

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  49. These are brilliant! Gingerbread is one of my favorites, and I am always sad when gingerbread season is over. love the idea of pairing it with lemon. Yum!

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  50. I have a huge gigantic list of things to make and these are officially on it! I love the play on gingerbread and they are so gorgeous!

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  51. I am trying this cookie for a bicycle adventure this weekend in my town. One question, do they need to be refrigerated? (because of the lemon curd)

    The cookies are done and are very yummy! I just need to put them together now.

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  52. I know i'm behind a bit, but just received a note from my daughter's bible camp saying to bring a dessert to family night. I then remembered these and knew what i'll be making. I love an excuse to eat gingerbread cookies.

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  53. Okay, I have a few questions!
    Are the gingerbread cookies soft or crispy?
    Also, for the filling and icing, did you use a piping bag to apply them?
    Lastly, if made the day before, will these still look fresh considering the filling/icing?
    Thanks so much! I'm looking into desserts to make for a holiday party and the help is appreciated :)

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