Almost non-fat fresh ginger cookies

Zzz is going on a David Lebovitz dessert spree.
Ever since we bought his “Ready for Desserts” book.
And I love everything inside!
Especially these. Almost non-fat, what a dream!

These cookies remind me of days in China, where I’ll lug packets of M&S cookies back whenever I was home for the holidays.
Ahhh. Those were the days where I indulged in sweets (and other foods).

These days, with metabolism rate (and exercise) drastically slowing down, I can only afford one.at.a.day.

Ok. Maybe 2?

fresh ginger cookies

fresh ginger cookies

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Recipe
(adapted from David Lebovitz’s Ready for Desserts)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 five spice powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup raw sugar
75 g homemade applesauce
50 g grated fresh young ginger
50 g finely chopped fresh young ginger
1/4 cup molasses (unsulphured)
1 egg
1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger (optional)
1/2 cup white sugar plus 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder for coating cookies before baking

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Beat applesauce, molasses, raw sugar and all the ginger in a stand mixer for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and dry spices.
Add egg to the batter and beat for another minute.
Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and add the flour mixture. Mix till totally incorporated.
Cover and chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Prepare the cinnamon sugar for coating cookies in a large plate. Using a small spring loaded ice cream scoop, form small balls of dough and drop them into the cinnamon sugar for coating. Bake for 13 minutes, rotating halfway.E

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