If you love ginger snaps, you'll love the flavor of this chewy cookie. It's a molasses cookie with a snickerdoodle texture. They are a Fall favorite at our house and at the many potluck events we attend this time of year. I altered the recipe to make them more healthy but I didn't have to give up any flavor or texture. No one will ever guess that these cookies have half the fat of their original counterparts!
Begin by creaming the butter, bean puree, molasses and brown sugar. In these photos, I am doubling the recipe. The dough freezes so well that I like to fill my mixer and have some waiting to bake another day.
Add the flour - I used hard white wheat to grind into the wheat flour. The mix of wheat and white flour adds whole grain without making the cookie too dry.
Add the remaining dry ingredients.
Drizzle the oil in a little at a time as the dough pulls together.
Roll into balls and then in granulated sugar.
Place on a greased baking sheet.
Smash down slightly with the base of a glass.
Bake at 350 for 9 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool on a wire rack. You can freeze the cookies once they are cooked.
You can also freeze the dough before you bake it. I just wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap and place in the freezer. It thaws pretty quickly the day I want to bake it.
Chewy (egg-free) Molasses Cookies
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup white bean puree
2 cups brown sugar, loose
1/2 cup molasses (mild flavored)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup oil
Cream together the butter, bean puree, brown sugar and molasses. Do not pack the brown sugar when you are measuring it - this is a change from most recipes. Add the dry ingredients. Begin to mix the dough with your mixer and drizzle the oil a little at a time until it pulls together into a soft dough. Roll into balls and then roll in granulated sugar. Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 5 dozen.