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Double-Ginger Cookies

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley

Yield 2 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)
These simple cookies give just the right amount of sweet to satisfy your craving. Make a few batches, and freeze some to enjoy throughout the season.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 123
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 24.2 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 98 mg
  • calcium 24 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. 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° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire racks.

  4. Note: These freeze well. Place cooled cookies in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; store in freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature.