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Alaska Molasses Cookies

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 32 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
If you can't find whole wheat pastry flour, increase the all-purpose flour to 1 3/4 cups and use 1/4 cup whole wheat flour. Martina Webb, Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 88
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 2.4 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 141 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

  2. Combine applesauce, 1 cup sugar, and butter; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add molasses and egg; beat well.

  3. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 5 ingredients (flours through cloves), stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until blended. Cover and freeze dough 30 minutes or until firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°.

  5. With moist hands, shape dough into 32 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 3 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.