Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Keep the spirit of the holidays alive while making traditional recipes a bit healthier!
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert, Sweet Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies Recipe, Dessert Recipe, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cookies recipe, Snack Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3  tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • cup dark molasses
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

Preparation:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, honey, and applesauce until smooth.
  • Add the egg and molasses, mixing well.
  • In another large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well.
  • Divide the dough into two flat balls; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keeping the other portion refrigerated. Roll out the dough to ¼- to ⅛-inch thickness; sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it’s sticky. Cut the gingerbread with cookie cutters of your choice.
  • Place the cookies 1 to 2 inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool.


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