These are so chewy and really spicy! You can cut back on the ginger if you want, but it really gives these cookies a punch. Thanks to John for tweaking this recipe to up the protein and lower the fat!
Based on Ina Garten’s recipe
- 1 cup AP flour
- 3/4 cup
- 1/2 cup whey protein powder*
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
- 1-1/4 cups crystallized ginger chopped really fine (6 ounces – use less if you’re scared!)
- Granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets withor silicone mats.
In a large bowl, sift together the flours, protein powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. * (If you don’t use protein powder, replace it with an equal amount of all-purpose flour, and use 2 egg whites in place of the water later in the recipe. Also use egg whites if you use brown rice protein instead of whey.)
In an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, applesauce, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer to low and add the water, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 more minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined. The mixture will be wet.
Scoop up the dough with 2 spoons . Roll each piece of dough into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten lightly with your fingers. Roll both sides of each dough ball in granulated sugar and place them on the cookie sheets. Leave lots of room because they spread out a lot while baking.
Bake for 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Cool the cookies for 1 to 2 minutes before transfering to wire racks to cool completely.
Store in a covered container in a single layer or between parchment sheets, as they are so moist they will stick together.