My mom likes ginger snaps and my granddad really likes ginger snaps (my mom’s dad) so when I saw ginger cookies in my Weight Watchers cookbook I just had to try the recipe. I carefully followed the instructions and evenly measured each dough ball to get exactly 16 cookies. Despite my efforts, when the timer went off, my mom pulled a tray of partially black rock hard burnt cookies from the oven. Even more disappointing was the fact that I had used the last of our ground ginger on that batch. Eager to clear the “black mark” from my baking record, I decided to try the recipe again. We have a large container of ground cinnamon so batch 2 became cinnamon cookies. This time I did everything the same except I watched the cookies like a hawk while in the oven. The recipe had called for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, which seems like overkill considering most cookies bake for about 10 min in a 350 degree oven. This time I pulled the cookies at 10 minutes and they were crisp on the bottom but not burnt! 🙂 yay. They’re actually really tasty and only 69 calories a piece. Next time, I’d like to try baking them at 350 and see if I can get a more even browning. Here’s the recipe, it’s quick and only makes sixteen 69 calorie cookies so its not as damaging to your diet if you can’t help nibbling on them.
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger (or cinnamon)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; place over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until margarine melts.
2. Combine flour, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl; add margarine mixture, stirring well.
3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Yield: 16 cookies (1 per serving)
NUTRITION FACTS: 69 calories, 10.1 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, .2 g fiber, .7 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 4 mg calcium