With all these skinny lattes picking up steam, we need skinny gingerbread men to dunk into them. It’s easier to cut back on the fat in crisp gingerbread cookies, which often contain far less butter to begin with than shortbread, sugar cookies and other holiday classics. With a crisp texture and spicy flavor, you’ll never miss it.
Of course during the holidays, everyone needs a recipe for gingerbread people. Of course the dough also makes great stars, trees, and snowmen, and is worth the effort just for the way they make your house smell.
This recipe contains only 1/4 cup butter for the entire batch, and with 3 1/2 cups of flour, it will make plenty of crisp, spiced, low-fat cookies. Skinny gingerbread men to go with your skinny latte.
Skinny Gingerbread Men
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup dark molasses
1/3 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or half all-purpose, half whole wheat
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, molasses and water with an electric mixer or by hand until smooth. In another large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, salt and cloves.
Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture, stirring by hand just until you have a soft dough. Divide the dough in half, shape each piece into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to a few days.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the countertop for 20 minutes or so to make it more pliable.
On a lightly floured surface or between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper, roll one piece of dough out about 1/8” thick. Cut out with cookie cutters and place about an inch apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake for 12–15 minutes, until set. Bake a few minutes longer for crispier cookies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps once to get as many cookies as possible. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Per Cookie: 85 calories, 1.4 g fat (0.8 g saturated fat, 0.4 g monounsaturated fat, 0.1 g polyunsaturated fat), 16.9 g carbohydrates, 3.5 mg cholesterol, 1.3 g protein, 0.4 g fiber. 15% calories from fat.