Healthy Christmas Recipe
By Fitness and Freebies
The only difference in these Gingerbread Cookies is that it is adapted to reduce fat. These are so good with ginger, cinnamon, allspice and molasses.
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup reduced calorie margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup light molasses
Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, and salt and set aside. Combine margarine and brown sugar and cream by hand or using an electric mixer. Add egg substitute and molasses and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture a little at a time, mixing until well blended. Divide dough into four portions. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. On a floured surface, roll out 1 portion of dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to use.
Dip a cookie cutter in flour and cut into individual shapes. Place cookies about an inch apart on baking sheet. Re-roll remaining dough as needed. Bake 7 to 8 minutes until edges feel firm to the touch. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet then on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining portions of dough.
Note: Recipe yield may vary depending on dough thickness and the cookie cutter used. The nutritional analysis was calculated by combining all of the ingredients and dividing by 30 servings.
Nutrition information per cookie:
Recipe makes approximately 30 Cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 81; Total fat: 2g; Saturated fat: trace; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 103mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Protein: 1g; Dietary fiber: trace
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Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.