Friday, March 11, 2011

Recipe: Ginger Gems

These cookies were SO delicious! Especially if you are a fan of ginger! They are good plain, but the icing just gives them that little extra 'oomph' that puts them over the top. I used Splenda instead of sugar and less oil than what is called for and they turned out fine while saving us some calories!
(Recipe courtesy of Vegetarian Times)

-3/4 cup sugar (or substitute Splenda)
-1/4 cup vegan margarine, softened
-1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used less)
-1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
-1 Tablespoon blackstrap molasses
-1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
-2 cups whole-wheat flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup finely chopped walnuts
-4 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice
-3 cups confectioners sugar (you can always use less..)

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
-Coat baking sheets with cooking spray
-Whisk together sugar/splenda, margarine, oil, ginger, molasses, vanilla and 1/4 cup warm water
-Combine flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl
-Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture
-Fold in walnuts
-Drop spoonfuls of dough 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheets
-Bake 10-12 minutes
-Cool 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
-Whisk lime juice and sugar until smooth
-Dip cookies in glaze (I poured the glaze over each cookie using a spoon)
-Let glaze harden, then store in airtight container

Nutritional Information:
-Calories: 134
-Protein: 1g
-Total fat: 5g
-Sat fat: 1g
-Carbs: 22g
-Sodium: 78 mg
-Fiber: 1g
-Sugars: 15g (unless you used Splenda!)

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