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These are intensely flavored, you have been warned! You get little bursts of ginger depending on how finely you chop the crystallized ginger. These cookies freeze well.
- 354.88 ml all-purpose flour
- 236.59 ml whole wheat flour
- 177.44 ml chopped crystallized ginger
- 4.92 ml baking powder
- 2.46 ml baking soda
- 2.46 ml salt
- 2.46 ml ground ginger
- 295.73 ml sugar, divided
- 118.29 ml applesauce
- 59.14 ml vegetable oil
- 4.92 ml grated fresh lemon rind
- 14.79 ml lemon juice
- 1.23 ml vanilla extract
- cooking spray
- Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
- Combine flours and next 5 ingredients (flours through ground ginger); stir well with a whisk.
- Make a well in center of mixture.
- Combine 1 cup sugar, applesauce, and next 4 ingredients (applesauce through vanilla).
- Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist; cover and chill dough at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly coat hands with flour.
- Shape dough into 24 balls (about 2 tablespoons each; dough will be sticky).
- Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar.
- Place balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool 1 minute on pan.
- Remove from pan; cool completely on wire racks.
These cookies are great - a nice crunch on the outside, chewy on the inside, not too sweet and the right amount of ginger. Low fat and vegan, too! I used a total of 1 cup sugar and they were fine. This recipe yielded 3 dozen good-sized cookies for me. You may wish to flatten them with a fork before baking, being low in fat they don't spread much.
These are surely some of the best low-fat cookies I have made! I made a couple subs- I used whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose and used sucanat in lieu of 1 cup of the flour, but turbanado sugar to roll the balls in. Very tasty ginger flavor! I think someone has been dipping into my bag of crystallized ginger, so I was a tad short, but it still turned out great! I found the whole wheat flavor to show through fairly strongly. I think next time I will up the quanity of ground ginger in these, or even add some minced fresh ginger to make Triple Ginger Cookies! I was suprised that these don't have a more lemony taste with all that zest, but it does add a nice subtle flavor. Crunchy and sweet on the outside and chewy and tender on the inside...all around just great cookies! I followed the advice of StoneOven and flattened these in a cross-pattern with a fork, peanut butter cookie-style, prior to baking. I am glad I did because I found that these did not spread at all, but rather, rose and got puffier! Very tasty cookies! I love ginger and these are an excellent healthier treat!