One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is to make gingerbread cutouts. This recipe is healthier than most and uses unsweetened applesauce. I use gluten free flour, as well. Every time I make them, whether people want a healthy cookie or not, they always are a big hit.
This year, my husband joined me in this tradition, and it was his first time making cutouts. He thought it was such a fun time cutting out and arranging, but mostly he loved taking photos and documenting our date time at home together.
One thing we have learned being married and now having a daughter is to take advantage of quality time together, have fun, and pretend you are on a date even if you are still at home.
We had a joyous time doing this, and even had Jordanna inspecting them!
¼ cup butter, softened
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup dark molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and applesauce until smooth. Add egg and molasses, and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide dough in two; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting, glaze, or more decorations when cool. Makes 30 cookies.
Enjoy the photos!