Friday, February 12, 2010

DESSERT: Lean Gingerbread Men


Servings: 1.5 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup low-fat butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (or low-fat yogurt - try 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 regular)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger powder (or freshly ground ginger)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice (if you don't have it, use cinnamon instead)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Instructions:
  • Beat butter, brown sugar, applesauce, egg, and molasses together in a large bowl
  • Mix remaining ingredients
  • Pour into butter mixture and mix
  • Divide dough and let chill for 2 hours 
  • Roll out dough to 1/4" or 1/8" thickness
  • Use cookie cutter over rolled out dough and place gingerbread men on greased and floured cooking sheet or non-stick sheet
  • Continue to combine and roll out scraps until all dough is used
  • Bake 10-12 minutes @ 350 degrees
  • Decorate with Royal Frosting when cool

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