ONLY 50 CALORIES PER COOKIE!!! Need I say more??? Actually, yes….
If you want something quick, healthy, and easy that will satisfy your sweet craving without giving you a crap-load of sugar and a fat ass, then this cookie is for you! The only thing is, since these cookies have only 50 calories each (yes its true I promise), you end up eating the whole batch…They haven’t lasted longer than 10 minutes at my house…
2 tablespoons of fresh ginger (or 1 ½ teaspoon ginger powder)
3 tablespoons of black strap molasses
4 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons natural applesauce (I used home-made, no sugar added)
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons soy or almond milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Add fresh ginger to a food processor or blender and process until it is very fine (if using ginger powder, just add with the rest of the spices). Next, add molasses, brown sugar, applesauce, ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt (and ginger powder if not using fresh ginger) to the food processor and mix until well blended.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient and stir together by hand to make a batter (Should be a thick, sticky consistency).
On a baking sheet, place tablespoon sized drops of batter. With a ‘greased’ spatula, shape and flatten the drops into 3 inch diameter by 1/4 inch thick, rounds (there should be enough batter for 16 total). The batter will be quite sticky, but just work with it ;-). Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding the icing.
In a small bowl, mix together the icing ingredients. Drizzle the icing atop each cookie, the icing takes about 10 minutes to harden. To make the drizzling easier, you can put the icing in a zip-lock sandwich bag, cut the very tip of one of the corners off of the bag (making a hole about the size of the tip of a pen) and squeeze the icing out through the hole.
Note: Don’t skip out on the icing. Since these cookies aren’t made with much sugar, the icing really helps to bring out the flavor. When calculating the calories for these cookies, I don’t include all of the icing. When I drizzle the icing on the cookie, I tend to make a mess and about 1/2 of it actually ends up on the cookie sheet rather than the cookies.
makes 16 cookies
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!!