Marinated Rum Raisins

Place all ingredients, except vanilla in a small pot.  Turn to medium heat and cook until thick and volume has been reduced by 50 percent.  When mixture reaches desired consistency, remove from heat and add the vanilla extract.  Transfer the marinated rum raisins to an air tight container and store in the cooler for a least a day to let flavors mature.

 

Mile-High Ginger Almond Cookies

Prepare 3 baking  sheets with parchment paper.  Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt.  Add the ground almonds. Cream together the butter and both sugars.  Once well incorporated, add the eggs one at a time.  Add the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and almond extract.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients little by little.  Let the batter rest in the refrigerator for an hour.  While the batter is resting make the rum raisin  filling.*

Make one inch rounds of cookie batter, roll each round in crushed almonds and place on baking pan.  Bake cookies at 350ºF for 8 to 10 minutes.  Transfer to rack and let cool.  Once the cookies have cooled, spread rum raisin filling* onto halves and then top them with second cookie to make a sandwich.

*Rum Raisin Filling

Sift confectioner’s sugar and add to cream cheese.  Cream these two ingredients well.  Once smooth and creamy, add marinated Rum Raisins, drained.  Blend well by hand and let set in air tight container in cooler.

 

Ingredients

Marinated Rum Raisins

  • 2 Cups California raisins
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup dark rum
  • 1 Tablespoon Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

Procedure

Almond Ginger Sandwich Cookies

  • 2 Cups cake flour
  • 11/2 Teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup almonds, finely ground

Rum Raisin Filling

  • 8 Ounces package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 Cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Tablespoons marinated rum raisins, drained

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

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