Recipe: Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

These soft, spicy cookies are a delicious twist to a favorite holiday treat.

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Makes: About 3 dozen
Make ahead: Needs to chill for 1 hour.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 pkgs. {3 1/2 oz.} cook-and-serve
     butterscotch pudding mix
2 tsp. ground ginger {or to taste}
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 recipe Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting {below}


1.  In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

2.  Beat in eggs.

3.  Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon and gradually add it to the creamed mixture and mix well.

4.  Put the dough on top of a large piece of plastic wrap and gently push into the shape of a disc.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

5.  On a lightly floured surface , roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.  Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.  Note: for a soft cookie, cook until middle is set but not completely firm.  Remove to wire racks to cool.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2-3 tsp. lemon juice {to taste}
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1.  In a bowl combine cream cheese, butter and lemon juice.  Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until light and fluffy. 

2.  Gradually add 1 cup of powdered sugar, beating well.  Gradually beat in 1 1/4 cups additional powdered sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency.  If needed, add more powdered sugar or milk in small amounts to get the correct consistency.  It should be a little thinner than what you would use to frost a cake.

3.  Decorate.  If you don't have the decorating bags and tips, you can use a freezer or storage bag.  After you put the frosting in the bag and close it, snip off one of the corners.

For more gingerbread inspired ideas, visit Cozy Home Scenes' Gingerbread Link Party


Walking on Sunshine... said...

These look beautiful! You did a great job decorating!

Vanessa said...

They are a lot of fun to make and a great way to get in the Crhistmas spirit! :)

Amy Cardenas said...

These sound amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!! :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

OMG I love that there is butterscotch in them! That is SO awesome. :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

Those look great, I like the face that there is different flavor than normal.

Vanessa said...

I'm not sure if I will ever go back to regular gingerbread cookies. The butterscotch pudding gives these cookies a little bit more sweetness than regular gingerbread cookies.

France@beyondthepeel said...

What a fun addition to add butterscotch to these cookies.They look delicious. The lemon cream cheese icing could be good on so many things.

Art By ASM said...

Sounds yummy with the butterscotch, I'm a new follower, please visit back if you like! Merry Christmas!


MrsFoxsSweets said...

These look so yummy, all of the flavors sound delicious! I would love for you to come and share at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

Anita Stafford said...

These sound so delicious and are pretty too!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Vanessa-

I've never heard of these cookies but they look and sound like they would be delicious. I love anything butterscotch. Cream cheese frosting makes anything taste good, so I bet they are wonderful.

Thank you for joining up on my gingerbread party. Please add the link back. Thanks!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The different shapes are a lot of fun, too! Sounds good! Happy holidays! ♥

Vanessa said...

I love this time of many fun things to bake! Thanks for visiting.