These holiday gingerbread cookies have less than half of the fat than most gingerbread cookies but the same great flavor and are super easy to make!
Yield: 24 servings
3.5 from 4 votes

Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These holiday gingerbread cookies have less than half of the fat than most gingerbread cookies but the same great flavor and are super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar

Instructions

For the cookies:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth.
  • Add the egg and molasses, mix well.
  • In another large bowl, combine flour, 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, keep the other refrigerated while you do so.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it's a little sticky.
  • Cut the gingerbread with a cookie cutter shape of your choice.
  • Place cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes.

For the icing:

  • Mix the egg whites with lemon juice.
  • Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well. If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add a drop of lemon juice.
  • Add to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.

Notes

Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, makes about 48 cookies.
Adapted from Low Fat Cooking.com

Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.8g, Protein: 1.9g, Fat: 1.7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11.6mg, Sodium: 61.8mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 15.3g
Freestyle Points: 6
Points +: 4