Ginger Pumpkin Cookies

These Ginger Pumpkin Cookies are made with both ground ginger and candied ginger for extra gingery flavor. The sweet, spicy cookies are filled with whipped pumpkin ganache. You read that right, PUMPKIN ganache, OMG!

a stack of ginger sandwich cookies with pumpkin ganache filling

Why these are THE BEST Ginger Pumpkin Cookies!

This is a fairly straight-forward cookie recipe so not much to discuss there. But the bestest thing about this recipe is the pumpkin ganache filling.

Originally, I planned to make a ginger cookie with a white chocolate ganache filling.

Of course fall is the perfect time of year to make ginger cookies. As I was making the white chocolate ganache for the filling the idea just popped into my head to try mixing some pumpkin puree into the ganache.

I wasn’t sure if it would set up enough with the puree mixed in. But, happily, it did. And it is delicious. And it is light and airy. And the flavors work perfectly together. I hope you love these cookies as much as I do.

How to make Ginger Pumpkin Cookies

See the recipe card for detailed measurements and instructions.

minced ginger on a red cutting board.
  • Mince the candied ginger.
a bowl of sugar with cookie dough balls.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll them in granulated sugar.
a metal measuring cup, a tray with ginger cookie dough balls.
  • Flatten each cookie slightly.
a glass bowl filled with orange colored ganache.
  • Make the pumpkin ganache and set it aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Just before assembling the cookies, whip the ganache until it’s light and airy.
a piping bag piping ganache on cookies.
  • Pipe or spread the ganache onto the flat side of half of the cookies.
  • Sandwich the cookies.
a stack of Ginger Sandwich Cookies with pumpkin ganache
a hand holding a ginger sandwich cookie with pumpkin ganache filling

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a stack of Ginger Sandwich Cookies with pumpkin ganache
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Double Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Pumpkin Ganache filling

Crackly, crunchy, chewy double ginger cookies are sandwiched with whipped Pumpkin ganache.
Prep Time40 minutes
Bake Time13 minutes
Total Time53 minutes
18 sandwich cookies
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Ingredients

Ginger Cookies

  • 12 ½ ounces all-purpose flour (2 ½ cups, see note)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 4 oz light brown sugar (½ cup packed)
  • 4 oz granulated sugar (½ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz molasses (⅓ cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 oz candied ginger (½ cup chopped)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar for coating the cookies

Pumpkin Ganache

Instructions

Make the Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper. Sift together12 ½ ounces all-purpose flour, ¾ teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper and ½ teaspoon salt. Set aside
  • On medium high speed, cream together 8 oz unsalted butter, 4 oz light brown sugar and 4 oz granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 4 oz molasses and mix to combine. Add 1 large egg and mix to combine. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Add 3 oz candied ginger pieces.
  • Place 1 cup granulated sugar for coating the cookies into a wide shallow bowl or pie plate. Use a scooper or a tablespoon to portion the cookies into 1 ½" balls. Drop each cookie ball into the granulated sugar and roll to coat. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Gently press each cookie ball to flatten slightly.
  • Bake until the cookies are set but still look slightly under baked in the middle, about 12-15 minutes. The cookies will crack a bit while they bake. Cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes and then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the Filling/Assemble

  • Make 1 recipe White Chocolate Ganache according to the recipe, adding 1 teaspoon ground ginger and ½ teaspoon cinnamon to the cream when you heat it up.
  • Once you have the ganache completely smooth, with no bits of unmelted chocolate, whisk in 4 ½ oz canned pumpkin puree. Cool the ganache to room temperature. Whip the ganache until it becomes light and airy and has the texture of whipped cream.
  • Flip ½ the cookies so they are flat side up. Pipe or spread about a tablespoon of ganache onto each flipped cookie. Top with the other cookies.
  • Stored at room temperature in a cookie jar or covered container they will keep for 3-4 days.

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Notes

If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.
The recipe makes 36 individual cookies or 18 sandwich cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1432IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 Comments

    1. Hi Ann. We kept the cookies at room temp for about 3-4 days and they were fine. Ganache is safe at room temperature for a couple of days. If you want to work ahead I would recommend making the cookies and scooping them into balls. You can freeze the cookie balls or bake them off right away. You can make the ganache several days ahead and keep in the refrigerator. Assemble the cookies the day or day before you want to serve them. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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