Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, a hypnotherapist and writer, started improving the nutritional profile of a friend's mother's ginger cookie recipe by substituting whole-wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour and canola oil for shortening. “Experiment with these cookies,” she advises, “as they taste great either slightly underdone or crispy.” She calls them “the quickest cookies you'll ever bake.”

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr
Servings:
1
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Mix oil and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl until combined. Beat in egg until combined. Stir in molasses until evenly incorporated. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

  • Put the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar before placing 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Do not flatten.

  • Bake the cookies until set, but still soft when gently touched, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Tip: Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It's coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. The coarse texture adds great crunch when used in baking. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Storage smarts: To extend the life of your baked goods, store them in an airtight container in a single layer or between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts

103 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 9.5g; fat 4.7g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 5.5mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 8.2IU; vitamin cmg; folate 0.7mcg; calcium 6.7mg 1% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 6.1mg 2% DV; potassium 37.8mg 1% DV; sodium 93.4mg 4% DV; thiaminmg; added sugar 9g.

Reviews (24)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2011
Great cookies but only sometimes The first time I made these cookies it was amazing. But the last few times have been inconsistent and the cookies came out chewy and not that flavorful instead of crunchy. I'm not sure whether its the recipe or my baking. Pros: doesn't contain butter Cons: inconsistent results Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So tasty...healthy ingredients! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The cookies are good but I thought they were a little bit too sweet for my taste. I guess I also did not roll the balls as small as I should because my cookies did not flatten completely like the ones in the picture. I'll try them again with a little bit less sugar or maybe not roll them in sugar before baking.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These cookies are delicious. They are perfect to serve with tea or coffee. They are moist inside with a crunch of turbinado sugar on the outside. These are a big hit with my family. This is a new favorite for us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These cookies are fabulous! I have been looking for THE ginger cookie for us and now I have it! Yes! Unbelievably good! Thanks! (I was out of Turbinado so used reg. sugar) Anonymous Tillamook Or Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This cookie is now a favorite for my picky family. Delicious & fairly healthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
mmm! I just made these and they're soo yummy! I followed the recipe exactly. Only difference was they didn't flatten out like the ones in the picture. But still delish _ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Easy to make. Used regular white whole wheat flour. I added fresh ground ginger into the "wet" ingredients... in addition to the powdered ginger. Very "snappy" and delicious. Jean Albany NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i agree these are delicious! but does everyone really get 34 cookies out of this??! i definitely don't and i don't even make huge cookies... Read More