Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Apple-Ginger Cookies!

Autumn is the perfect time for healthy baking because apples are in bounty.  Apples are a great source of fiber and a great snack.  I turned some of my apples into cookies for something new.  These tasty drop cookies are filled with grated apples, candied ginger, and fall spices for the perfect little dessert.  They are soft with a cake-like texture and just sweet enough to satisfy a sugar craving, without leading you to a sugar crash.

Ginger is known for its ability to settle an upset stomach, but that is only one of its many health benefits.  It may help boost your immune system as well as having antioxidant properties.  There are multiple studies showing that it may have anti-inflammatory benefits as well.  In fact, many individuals with arthritis have found an improvement in their pain and swelling when they consume ginger.  I use it in stir-fries, sauces, and just about whenever I can put it in my baking for its wonderful flavor!

I made this recipe with macintosh apples for a nice tart flavor (they are my fav).  I made a few variations of the basic batter, just in case people weren't ginger lovers.  It was an awesome batter for apple-raisin cookies, and just plain apple spice cookies!

Apple-Ginger Cookies
Makes 30 cookies

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup smart balance light
1/4 cup skim milk
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups grated apple (~ 2 peeled apples)
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl cream together the butter, smart balance and brown sugar.  Add the egg and milk and mix well. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt).  Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Combine the apple and ginger to the batter and mix.  Drop Tbsps of the batter on non-stick cooking sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie
130 calories, 19 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 8 g protein, 1 g fiber, 150 mg sodium

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