These cookies are delicious. I made these for Christmas and a bake sale and they were sold out by the end! So thin and chewy! They're a MUST HAVE!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
3 mins
total:
28 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
dozen cookies
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat butter and 1/2 cup white sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy; beat in applesauce, brown sugar, and egg until smooth.

  • Mix flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, into butter mixture until dough is sandy but shapeable. Roll dough into balls. Pour 3 tablespoons white sugar into a bowl and roll dough balls in the sugar until coated. Flatten dough balls onto a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are crisp and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies immediately to a cooling rack and cool for 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To make butter soft, put sticks in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 9.2g 3% DV; fat 2.5g 4% DV; cholesterol 12.3mg 4% DV; sodium 80.5mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2013
Yummy Yummmy Yuuuummmmmy!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/03/2013
Followed the directions exactly, the "dough" turned out more like batter, runny and sticky and in no way possible to roll into balls... I ended up adding more flour and dropping by spoonful onto the cookie sheet and just sprinkling with sugar. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 1
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  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 1 stars
12/03/2013
Followed the directions exactly, the "dough" turned out more like batter, runny and sticky and in no way possible to roll into balls... I ended up adding more flour and dropping by spoonful onto the cookie sheet and just sprinkling with sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2013
Yummy Yummmy Yuuuummmmmy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2014
These cookies are delicious but the batter is too runny to roll into balls. I just dropped by the spoonful onto the cookie sheet and didn't put sugar. I made a glaze of powdered sugar water ginger cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Then drizzled the glaze over the cookies. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/23/2020
Wish I would have read the reviews first! Ginger applesauce cake cookies is what this should be called!! This batter is to soft to make balls let alone roll them in sugar lol I added 1/4 cup flour and dropped by spoonful before flattening and sprinkling sugar on top. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2016
I read some reviews saying that the recipe was too runny so I left out the applesauce. Other then that I followed the recipe as directed (although I think I baked them for a few minutes longer). They turned out great! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2015
way too runny. added some more flour but got nervous. ended up like muffin tops but couldn't taste the ginger. Instead served like muffins/cakes with applesauce - but not a gingersnap. Think i'll just buy the molasses next time! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2014
To salvage the recipe I had to add 1 cup of flour 1/3 cup of sugar and a dash more cinnamon nutmeg and ginger to ensure the flavor still came out right. The dough was still too soft and sticky to roll in sugar so I divided it out onto the pan using a small cookie scoop sprinkled the blobs with sugar and pressed down lightly with a fork. The cookies came out soft and cake-like. They're fine but not what I was going for. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2014
My daughter loved making these. But instead of flattening them like it said she left them like balls. They still turned out fine and delicious!:) Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/07/2018
Not good. I made the batter according to the recipe and it was a sticky mess. Not able to shape at all. Looked like muffin or cake mix. I added another cup of flour and it still wasn't able to shape. I spooned onto the cookie sheet and sprinkled with sugar. They came out like a cake/bread type cookie. My kids don't like cake so they tried and wont eat. Bummer. Read More