Orange & Spice Sandwich Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided - 1/4 teaspoon cookie; 1/8 teaspoon filling
1/2 cup canola oil or similar light colored oil
1/2 cup agave syrup or similar light colored syrup
1/3 cup apple syrup or molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided - 1/2 teaspoon cookie; 1/2 teaspoon filling
1 - 2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup reduced calorie vegan margarine
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/8 cup cold water
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 300-F degrees (150-C). Mix the dry ingredients – set aside. Mix the wet ingredients separately. Blend everything together. The batter will be a little thinner than classic cookie dough. Spoon out teaspoons of dough, about 2 inches apart onto silicone baking sheets. The dough will spread so give it room to move. Bake 15-18 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare filling.
Filling: Mix margarine, water, vanilla, cocoa, and half of the powdered sugar with a mixer for 5-10 minutes. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and beat just enough to mix in.
When you remove the cookies from the oven, they will be a bit flimsy so cool completely. When cooled, spoon a small amount of filling onto the bottom side of a cookie and sandwich together with another cookie.