Stop right there! I know what you're thinking... "I can substitute this for that, and then take this out or add that and it will be just as good." No it won't, so cut that out.
If you're anything like me, you have to make a recipe your own, and that's exactly where I failed here. I recently discovered using apple sauce in lieu of oil/butter, and it worked fantastically in a recent banana bread, but not so much here. I couldn't find any definitive info about using apple sauce in cookies, but I'm here to tell you DON'T DO IT, unless you want mini cookie shaped cakes, with less flavor. I used 1/4 c sauce + 1/2 c oil, and it's just not working out. Honestly, all I wanted was a vessel on which to eat nutella, and my ginger cake concoction does the trick, but it lacks the spicy snap that makes these cookies special.
Bottom line here...these cookies didn't get all those stars and raving reviews from cutting corners, but because they're fantastic as is. So suck it up, and follow the recipe as it's supposed to be. I promise you'll thank me for it.
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Stop right there! I know what you're thinking... "I can substitute this for that, and then...