Reprinted with permission from Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz, copyright 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
|2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour||1 cup packed dark brown sugar|
|1 teaspoon baking soda||1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce|
|1/4 teaspoon salt||1/3 cup mild molasses|
|2 1/2 teaspoons plus a big pinch ground cinnamon||2 large egg whites, at room temperature|
|1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger||1/2 cup finely chopped candied ginger|
|1/4 teaspoon ground cloves||1/2 cup granulated sugar|
|1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper|
Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, 21/2 teaspoons cinnamon, the ginger, cloves, and pepper.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the brown sugar, applesauce, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the egg whites and beat 1 minute. With the mixer running on the lowest speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated, then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for 1 minute more. Stir in the candied ginger. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm, at least 1 hour.
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and big pinch of cinnamon.
Using two spoons or a small spring-loaded ice cream scoop, drop heaping tablespoons of dough (about the size of an unshelled walnut) a few at a time into the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Use your hands to form the dough into balls and coat them heavily with the cinnamon sugar. They’ll be sticky, which is normal, and don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round. Place the balls at least 3 inches (8 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake, rotating the baking sheets midway during baking, until the cookies feel just barely set in the centers, about 13 minutes. If they puff a lot during baking, flatten the tops very gently with a spatula, just enough so they’re no longer rounded.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to handle, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack.
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