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Secret Weapon Gingerbread

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Old-fashioned gingerbread cookies that won’t ruin your diet (and still taste great!)

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cups Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons White Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, Cut Into Pieces
  • ½ cups Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 whole Egg, Slightly Beaten
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1-¾ cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 F.

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, combine the brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and white pepper. Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat. Once it boils remove pot from heat and immediately add the baking soda and stir well. The mixture will foam up but just keep stirring!

Add the butter a couple of chunks at a time, stirring to combine between each addition. Once all of the better has been added and has melted, stir in the applesauce.

At this point, the mixture should still be warm but not hot. Add the egg and stir. Finally, add the salt, then the flours. Stir until the dough comes together. The dough should be very soft and still slightly warm.

Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters or use a large glass to make round cookies. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Re-roll the scraps of dough and make as many cookies as you can.

Adapted from Eat, Live, Run who also adapted it from Gourmet.

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