Rating: 4.64 stars
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

These spiced molasses cookies have added applesauce to help keep the cookies moist, and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.

Shyla Huber
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
40
Servings:
40
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Ingredients

Rolling Sugar
Cookie Dough

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

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  • To prepare the rolling sugar: Pulse 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest in a food processor until well combined. Place in a shallow dish and set aside.

  • To prepare cookie dough: Grind oats in a blender until they look like a fine powder, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides as needed.

  • Beat butter and 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons orange zest and beat another 2 minutes. Add molasses, applesauce, egg yolk, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, pepper and salt; beat on medium-high until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beaters as needed.

  • Turn the mixer to medium and slowly add the ground oats. Scrape down the bowl; with the mixer on medium, slowly add whole-wheat flour. (The dough will be moderately sticky.)

  • Using a slightly rounded tablespoon of dough, roll into balls, then roll in the rolling sugar to coat. (If necessary, wet your fingers to help roll without sticking.) The zest will make the mixture slightly wet and it will clump; lightly brush off the excess so that just a thin coat is on the cookie. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake the cookies in batches until the edges are set and the tops are cracked, but the centers are still soft and puffy, about 10 minutes.

  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 8 minutes. Serve warm or cool on a wire rack.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 15.9g; dietary fiber 1.1g; sugars 8.7g; fat 1.9g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 8.4mg; vitamin a iu 53.4IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; folate 2.4mcg; calcium 12.9mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 18.5mg; potassium 77.5mg; sodium 48.6mg; added sugar 8g.
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Reviews (6)

25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Just tried these and they are delicious-hard to believe theyare so healthy.The orange sugar idea will be something to adapt for other recipes.loretta Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I would add a bit more spice to them next time but otherwise they cooked well and the texture is amazing when baked. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2012
A Holiday Mainstay Made exactly as written. Wore disposable gloves to roll into balls and then into orange-zest sugar. Made it super easy. Placed onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Cleanup was a breeze. My husband liked the subtle fresh hint of orange and the light fluffiness of the cookie (I.e. not a heavy cookie). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2012
Needs a little less cloves and I only used about 1 tbs of zest. I also used Stevia instead of granulated sugar and did not roll the cookies in anything. Wonderful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2012
Beautiful delicious and not bad for you can you beat it? These cookies are soft and sweet (though not too sweet) and a little spicy (but not hot spicy) -- I totally love them. I am a very reluctant baker but am also very sensitive and aware of the guilt that I get from my kids and husband about not being into baking. I mean there's the time and the mess and the effort and then I can't even really enjoy the product usually because I am ever vigilant about eating well. Needless to say I am willing to make (and eat) these cookies though usually only around Christmas time which is the only time that I bake anything. Take it from a lazy baker and obsessively healthy eater these cookies are winners. Pros: See title Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/14/2012
Not the Best Molasses Cookie out there... I've had much better tasting molasses cookies. Maybe its all the pulverized oatmeal diluting the flavor or not enough spice flavor but to me these were kind of bland. Even with the orange zest in the dough and in the rolling sugar. They were extremely hard to roll I put the bowl in the fridge overnight and once hardened they were a little easier to roll. But all in all I won't make these again. There are much better tasting and easier-to-make recipes. Pros: slightly healthier look pretty Cons: dough is too hard to work with too time consuming Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made two batches of these heavenly delights and am now going to make batch three. These are the most delicious cookies I have ever had in my 73 years! If I were the judge I would have given these cookies the Grand Prize. I made all the winners and my family and friends voted Orange Spice Molasses cookies #1. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These cookies are awesome! They will be a new family favorite. I can't believe they're made with whole wheat flour. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very flavorful Wow these are almost too flavorful! I think I could have definitely used less cloves and allspice.....but they are still tasty and it's nice that they are moderately healthy. I did leave the black pepper out already.....just seemed like a scary cookie ingredient for me. Read More