a box filled with ginger spice sandwich cookies

Ginger Spice Sandwich Cookies

Capture the classic flavors of winter in these low carb, grain-free Ginger Spice Sandwich cookies. Orange buttercream nestles between two cookies to provide a pop of citrus in the middle.

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Best Ginger Spice Sandwich Cookies – Low Carb, Keto, LCHF, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free

three stacks of ginger spice sandwich cookies

It’s Christmas cookie season. I both relish and dread this time of year. For one, I find myself constantly baking for this, that, or the other thing. Not that I don’t love time in the kitchen, but all that baking also means that I’m constantly snacking. The cookie jar is never full for very long.

One of the most challenging things about eating low carb is that some of the recipes associated with Christmas nostalgia don’t always translate well. I have very fond memories of certain cookies that I just cannot recreate in a low carb version. Almond and coconut flours don’t often produce a crisp cookie, so a traditional gingerbread cut-out continues to elude me. However, these Ginger Spice Sandwich cookies take those classic flavors into a new direction with the introduction of cardamom, cloves, and citrus. Winter is citrus season, and orange ginger is a delicious combination.

I chose to make these sandwich cookies on the small end, so that I can control my voracious snacking habits, but you have some freedom here. Whether you make them large or small, these cookies will look pretty on a cookie plate, and will travel well for a cookie exchange. Ginger Spice Cookies will easily become a new holiday family favorite.

How to make Ginger Cream Cookies

frosting ginger spice cookies

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Erythritol
  • Ginger root
  • Sugar-free maple syrup (or molasses)
  • Egg
  • Coconut flour
  • Blanched, ground almond flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Xanthan gum
  • Orange zest
  • Heavy cream
  • Pure orange extract

Some tips, tricks, and take-aways about the Low Carb Ginger Cookie recipe and process:

Chill your dough before slicing. After the dough is mixed, divide in half and shape into two logs. Wrap each log individually in either parchment or waxed paper. Chill for one hour. Remove and slice into ¼ inch rounds before placing on a parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies will spread just a tad, so do leave about 1 inch between. If you do not chill the dough, it will be too soft to slice and the baked product will be too soft to hold the buttercream without crumbling. 

Little bites or whoopie pie size, it’s up to you! I normally roll my dough logs into about 1 ½ inches in diameter, because I like a medium sized cookie, but you can easily go smaller or larger based on your needs. Just keep in mind that you will likely have to adjust your baking time.

Keep filling on the thick side. The buttercream recipe is designed to create a fairly thick filling; think Oreo cookie middle. In my trials of working with erythritol, I’ve found that frostings can be tricky, sometimes separating if you incorporate too much liquid. A dollop of this thick buttercream can be easily squashed between two cookies with a little care, but it won’t ooze out or split on you as the cookie sits. This frosting is a little more challenging to pipe, but the trade-off will be worth it in the end.

two rows of ginger spice cookies

Other Low Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes

Ginger Spice Sandwich Cookies
Yield: 30

Ginger Spice Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Capture the classic flavors of winter in these low carb, grain-free Ginger Spice Sandwich cookies. Orange buttercream nestles between two cookies to provide a pop of citrus in the middle.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granular erythritol
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup or molasses (if not sugar-free)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups blanched ground almond flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Orange Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered erythritol
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp pure orange extract

Instructions

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and erythritol together on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg, sugar-free maple syrup, and ginger.
  2. Combine flours, baking soda, salt, spices, and xanthan gum. Whisk together to blend. Gradually add flour mixture into wet ingredients until incorporated. Dough will be soft. Divide dough in half. Shape into a 1.5 inch in diameter log on a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Wrap to cover. Repeat with other half of dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Remove one dough log from the refrigerator. Unwrap and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Lay each slice on the parchment, leaving about 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake cookies until puffed and set, about 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Slide paper with cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Make Orange Buttercream. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on medium until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add orange zest and mix to combine. Add powdered erythritol, heavy cream, and orange extract. Beat until incorporated and fluffy. Frosting will be stiff.
  6. Spread about 1 tsp of frosting on the center of a cookie, press second cookie on top creating a sandwich. Repeat until all cookies are filled.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and calculated to the best of my ability using online databases. It is suggested that you perform your own check to ensure that a recipe fits within the scope of your dietary needs.

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