I hate stereotypes. Especially when it comes to food. Why do cookies and brownies and cupcakes and all the delicious things in the world have to be bad for you? “Fat is flavor” is the cop-out you will hear most of the time. And I won’t deny that there is some truth to that, however fat doesn’t have to be the only method of making food taste good. As I have recently discovered, applesauce is the secret ingredient towards a healthier cookie. Remember my peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal cookies? Same deal. Applesauce is awesome!
Nonfat Ginger Cookies (from David Lebovitz)
– 1 cup brown sugar, packed
– 1/3 cup molasses
– 1/4 cup applesauce
– 2 egg whites
– 2 1/4 cup flour
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
– 1 1/2 tsp. ginger
– 1/4 tsp. cloves
– 1/2 tsp. finely cracked black pepper
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– about 1/2 cup of white sugar mixed with a generous amount of cinnamon (for rolling the dough in)
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment, a silpat, whatever you happen to have.
Combine the sugar, molasses and applesauce. Whip in a standmixer for about 5 minutes, until pale in color (well significantly lighter than when you started).
Add the egg whites and continue to beat for one minute.
Add the dry ingredients. Some would argue that you should sift them together in a separate bowl first but dumping them all into one bowl worked for me. Mix until combined. Then allow the dough to chill. I put mine in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Don’t be concerned if it seems overly sticky and hard to work with, it’s meant to be like that.
Here’s what my little assembly line looked like.
Now all you need to do is take spoonfuls of the dough and roll it in the sugar.
As I said before, they are not going to look perfect. It is impossible to roll this dough into symmetrical, round balls.
Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. They will start to crack on the top just like normal gingersnaps. Obviously the longer you bake them, the crispier they get. I prefer chewy cookies so I always underbake
them, no matter what the recipe.
See look! They are nearly perfect circles now!
My sister was curious so I did the calorie count on these. The total came to well under 100 calories per cookie. The math isn’t 100% exact but they are around 75 calories each. Now who said butter is better?
You can even leave some for Santa to help encourage him to get in shape 😉 Well at least keep it in mind for next year. And if you choose to eat them yourself instead, there’s virtually nothing to feel guilty about. Unless you eat the entire batch…
This post can also be found on http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweets-for-saturday-51.html. Check it out!