Reduced Sugar, Reduced Fat Gingerbread Cookies

Laura Hinkeldey


Do you like Gingerbread cookies around the holidays? I do! So I wanted to find a way to reduce the fat and sugar in the recipe to make it Weight Watchers friendly. These cookies are so good you wouldn't know some ingredients have been substituted! I will say these cookies come out a bit softer but I'm ok with that. Of course adding icing and candy decorations will raise the point value but plain 1 big cookie or 2 small cookies is only 2 smartpoints with Weight Watchers! The recipe yields approximately 52 cookies. Enjoy!


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  • 1/4 c
    country crock baking stick
  • 1/3 c
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 Tbsp
    truvia brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 c
    sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 3 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves or allspice
  • 1 large
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 1/2 c
    all purpose flour

How to Make Reduced Sugar, Reduced Fat Gingerbread Cookies


  1. Melt country crock with applesauce in microwave. Make sure "butter" is completely melted and mixed with the applesauce.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, molasses, salt, and spices. Mix well.
  3. Let cool til just warm and then beat in the egg.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, and flour.
  5. Stir flour mixture into the wet mixture until well incorporated.
  6. Split the dough in half and wrap each tightly in plastic and refrigerate for AT LEAST an hour. The longer it refrigerated the easier it will be to work with.
  7. When you're ready; preheat the oven to 350 and take out one half of the dough.
  8. Put the dough on lightly floured parchment paper and lay plastic wrap on top. Roll out til about 1/8" thick.
  9. Use floured cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8-12 minutes. The thickness of your cut outs will effect cook time.
  10. Cool on pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack or paper towels.
  11. Once completely cooled you can decorate with sprinkles, icing, etc
    ***The decorations will raise the WW point value***

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About Reduced Sugar, Reduced Fat Gingerbread Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy

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