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Healthier Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe

These Healthier Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies are simple, quick, delicious and healthy. You will love them.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Ginger cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 43kcal


  • 2 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, applesauce and coconut sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg, then stir in water and molasses.
  • Gradually stir in flour mixture until just combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar (if desired) and place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.


For the cookies in the picture, I rolled them in a mix of coconut sugar and Truvia. I have only made this recipe as is, so I am not sure how it would work substituting other ingredients. I have not made with recipe without molasses, but I don't recommend it because that is what will give these cookies their "ginger cookie" taste! I know that coconut sugar is still sugar and regular white sugar can be used in it's place for this recipe.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg