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Less Fat Gingersnaps Recipe

Less Fat Gingersnaps

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"Delicious cookies that can be made like a crisp gingersnap cookie, or a soft, chewy cookie."

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Original recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies Change Servings


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Sift together the flour, ginger, allspice and baking soda, set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir in the applesauce and molasses. Add dry ingredients to the molasses mixture and mix until just blended.
  3. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and roll the balls in the remaining sugar. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheet, flatten slightly. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven for chewy cookies, 12 to 15 for crisp cookies. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 25, 2003

The recipe has one error, I believe...since the sugar is divided in the ingredients list, I think the first addition of sugar is supposed to be 1 1/2 cups, with the extra 1/4 cup to be added in later for rolling the balls in. Mine worked out fine this way. I also had my doubts about the accuracy of the recipe when it called to cream only a tbsp of butter with all that sugar, but it turned out fine. The dough was quite sticky for rolling balls...I found that refrigerating it between batches and spraying nonstick spray on my hands ( ! ) worked best to keep it from sticking to me. My yield was 64 cookies, made from approx 1 inch balls. Parchment paper also was great for these...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 10, 2011

These cookies are a pretty good alternative to the full fat version, but they did not turn out thin & crispy like we prefer our gingersnaps. If you like soft, puffy, & chewy gingersnaps, then this is the recipe for you. :) We did like the flavor, however (I added much more ground ginger & cinnamon to the mix). I agree with others that they are a little on the sweet side even with unsweetened applesauce, so the sugar can definitely be reduced. Thanks for sharing the recipe! My hips & thighs thank you! :)


30 Ratings

Aug 12, 2004

These weren't that bad for a nearly non-fat recipe, with some given modifications. I used about 1/2 cup less white sugar>, and added about 2 teaspoons vanilla. They weren't spicy enough for me--I'd definitely add a few dashes more of each spice, maybe even doubling it (especially with that lack of fat). I wanted to make these crisp (or rather, crunchy) instead of soft and chewy, but I think unless the gingersnaps were 1.5" in diameter (which isn't a bad idea at all), they won't be too crisp, especially in the center, with the directed baking time. I don't see how you can make chewy cookies. I didn't try it, but judging from the soft center of my crunchy cookies, the texture would be more like a tough bread than a soft, chewy cookie with such a low fat content. All in all, a hopefully flavorful recipe for those who are looking for low-fat (It'd be ** or *** stars otherwise).

Jun 10, 2009

these are delicious, but even more so considering how much healthier they are than 95% of desserts! i took some of the suggestions to increase the spices, and also tossed in a little vanilla. the cooking spray on the fingers tip definitely helped stop the sticking. with these minor changes, this recipe is worthy of all 5 stars. i will DEFINITELY be making these again!

May 17, 2011

I thought the dough was too sticky to roll into the sugar, so I just put a heaping teaspoons onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. They came out beautiful. They are very good for a low fat cookie.

Aug 26, 2008

Really amazing, especially for a low fat recipe! I used light butter and extra spices and molasses. Cooked them for 7 minutes, perfectly soft and chewy. Excellent with lemon curd spread on top!

Jul 06, 2006

This cookie is way to sweet. I used only 1 1/4 cups of sugar as one review suggested and it was still to sweet. I would reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup. this is soft cookie. The dough was sticky but I was warned from other reviews. I took out all my cookie sheets and balled all the cookie dough at the same time. Then I baked the cookies. I think if you reduce the sugar this would be a 4 or 5 star recipe.

Apr 06, 2004

I love spice cookies and cakes, and I decided that I just had to try this recipe. Not a dissapointment! Delicious, spicy, sweet cookies. They were gone by the day after I made them, so apparently they are pretty popular with the rest of my family as well. We like cookies chewy, and they were just perfect at six minutes. Very rarely has it happened that the given time in a recipe is actually how long I cooked it (our oven tends to run a little hot). I did find the dough to be a bit on the sticky side. It was pretty simple to deal with though. After every four or five cookies, I rinsed my hands off in cold water and dried them. Piece of cake, and worked like a charm. This recipe will be fun to play around with. I might try using honey instead of molasses, and substituting spices, just to see what I come up with.


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  • Calories
  • 63 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 29 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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