In the winter months, gingerbread treats are a comforting snack to have on hand, but it can be nearly impossible to find a recipe that’s not loaded with refined sugar. But here’s one sweet treat you don’t have to feel guilty about: our gingerbread sparkles cookie recipe uses unsweetened applesauce to cut back on refined sugar and also has whole wheat flour for added fiber. And each cookie still packs plenty of flavor, thanks to ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, allspice and molasses. The result? Delicious gingerbread-flavored cookies without all the empty calories (each one comes in at just 51 calories!).
To make these crowd-pleasing gingerbread sparkles, start by mixing cinnamon, ginger, and allspice in a bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients (except for the brown sugar). Next, make a separate brown sugar and egg mixture, adding in applesauce and molasses and continuing to beat. Add in the dry mixture into the wet mixture and beat until everything is completely combined. Roll the dough into balls and bake. When they come out of the oven, sprinkle with crystallized sugar sparkles.