How about making Gingerbread cookies that are both very healthy and delicious, worthy of the New year spirit?
It will accompany a hot cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and even hot wine with its delicious ginger-cinnamon scent and the delicious taste it leaves in the mouth. Although these Gingerbread cookies are associated with the spirit of Christmas and New Year, they have the potential to envelop your homes with their wonderful scent throughout all four seasons.
Here’s a healthy version of your favorite classic gingerbread cookies!
The recipe yields around 32 cookies, depending on your cookie clutters size.
- 3 cups (310 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup unsulphured molasses
- ½ cup packed coconut sugar
- 1 large egg
- Powered Sugar, for dusting (Optional)
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, pepper, baking soda and baking powder. Whisk until blended.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and molasses and whisk until combined.
Add the coconut sugar and whisk until blended. (If the sugar is gloppy and won’t incorporate into the mixture, warm the mixture for about 20 seconds in the microwave or over low heat on the stove, just until you can whisk it all together.)
Add the egg and whisk until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry and mix just until combined.
Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a round disc about 1 inch thick and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place both discs in the refrigerator and chill until cold—about 1 hour, or up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour your working surface and roll out one of your discs until it’s ¼ inch thick.
If the dough is very hard or crumbly, just roll it as best you can and then let it rest for a few minutes to warm up. Repeat until you’ve successfully rolled the dough to ¼ inch thickness.
Use cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes and place each cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about ½ inch of space around each one (this dough just barely expands during baking).
Combine your dough scraps into a ball and roll them out again, repeating until you have used up all of your dough. Repeat with the remaining disc. (If you’d like to decorate the cookies with granulated sugar like turbinado or extra coconut sugar, sprinkle it onto the cookies now.)
Place baking sheets in the oven, one on the middle rack and one on the upper. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes; for softer cookies, pull them out around 8 minutes and for more crisp cookies, bake for up to 11 minutes. The cookies will further crisp as they cool. Place the baking sheets on cooling racks to cool.
If you’d like to ice the cookies and/or sprinkle them with powdered sugar, wait until they have completely cooled to do so. If you’d like to sift powdered sugar over the cookies, do it now. Wait until the icing has firmed up (about 1 hour) before carefully stacking the cookies in a storage container.
Cookies will keep for up to 1 week at room temperature.
MAKE IT VEGAN/EGG FREE: You could use 3 tablespoons of applesauce instead of the egg.