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Happy Sunday!  I love making christmas cookies. 🙂 I thought it might be nice to try to make the original versions a little bit healthier this year, starting with the classic gingerbread cookie. Most of us tend to overindulge over the holidays.  You can’t control what other people put in your food, but you can control what you cook at home. So this year I plan to cook as healthy as I can at home so I don’t feel guilty when I indulge a little when I am out and about. 😉 This is my first time making whole wheat gingerbread cookies without sugar, although they are not super sweet, they still have lots of flavour. I decided to use icing sugar for the frosting to sweeten them up a bit, but I did substitute my usual butter for healthier coconut oil. You can’t win them all right!? 😉 Today I’m taking my son to see the santa parade and he is so excited. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday with the people that matter most to you. Hopefully I can post another “healthified” christmas treat next weekend.

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Healthified Gingerbread Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup of real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • frosting:
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in another. Then gently mix them all together. Form the dough into 2 balls and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. Once the dough is chilled, roll it out on a floured counter with a rolling pin. The dough should be about ¼ inch thick, then cut out the cookie shapes you like.
  3. Bake in the oven on parchment paper covered baking sheets for 8-10 minutes. You may have to cook them in batches.
  4. Let the cookies cool, while you make the frosting,
  5. To make the frosting, beat together the ingredients with a hand held beater. Then put the icing in a piping bag or plastic bag with a small whole on the end and ice your cookies.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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