Whole Grain Gingersnaps

Dotted with dainty nonpareils, these molasses-spiked morsels are stealth health sweets - no one will guess they're secretly made with whole wheat flour.

Recipe courtesy Good Housekeeping, 2012
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Be Sweet to Your Waistline
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 15 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr 30 min
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: About 84 cookies
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup trans-fat free vegetable oil spread (60-percent to 70-percent oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • Nonpareils or round white sprinkles (optional)
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Directions

In medium bowl, whisk both flours, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until blended.

In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat sugar and oil spread until blended. On high speed, beat until light and creamy, scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in eggs and molasses. On low speed, blend in flour mixture. Cover dough and refrigerate until easier to handle (dough will be sticky), 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With greased hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip tops of balls in nonpareils; place, 2 1/2 inches apart, on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake cookies until tops are slightly cracked, 9 to 11 minutes. (Cookies will be very soft.)

Cool cookies on cookie sheets 1 minute. With metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or in freezer up to 1 month.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories 55; Total Fat 2g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 75mg; Total Carbohydrate 9g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Protein 1g

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