Gingerbread Cookies

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I love using applesauce in place of butter, but with cookies I just can’t get alway with swapping out all the butter. These Gingerbread cookies have all the flavor with half the guilt.

Ingredients:
4 TBSP butter at room temp
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/3 c dark molasses
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide dough in two; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter.

Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool.

Makes 40 cookies
2 WW PP per cookie

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