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Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies Recipe | Chewy and Crispy Delights

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially when it’s a delightful combination of chewy and crispy. Enter the Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies—a new twist on an old classic. These cookies boast a tender texture, vibrant flavor, and added goodness that make them a treat worth savoring. Perfect for any occasion, they promise to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping things a bit more wholesome.

The Best Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

These Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies are a standout in the world of desserts. With the zing of fresh lemon zest and the warm spice of ground ginger, they offer a unique flavor profile that’s both refreshing and comforting. Plus, they’re made with whole wheat flour and canola oil, giving them a nutritious edge without compromising on taste.

Notes on Ingredients

  • White Sugar: Provides the essential sweetness that balances the tart lemon and spicy ginger.
  • Canola Oil: A heart-healthy fat that keeps the cookies moist.
  • Molasses: Adds depth and a rich, caramel-like flavor.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: A healthier alternative to all-purpose flour, adding fiber and nutrients.
  • Ground Ginger: The star spice, offering warmth and a slight kick.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: Essential for the perfect rise and texture.
  • Lemon Zest: Infuses the dough with bright, citrusy notes.
  • Icing Sugar, Margarine, Lemon Juice, Low-Fat Milk: Components of the lemon glaze that add a sweet, tangy finish to the cookies.

How to Make Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine the sugar and canola oil in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the molasses and egg; beat until fluffy.
  4. Stir in the whole wheat flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
  5. Scoop teaspoonfuls of dough using a small cookie scoop; place them 2 inches apart on an insulated baking sheet and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges just start to brown. Do not overbake.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, about 8 to 10 minutes more.
  8. Prepare the glaze by mixing icing sugar, margarine, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Adjust the consistency with more milk if needed.
  9. Drizzle the glaze onto the cooled cookies.

How to Serve Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Serve these cookies as a delightful snack with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re perfect for dessert platters at parties or as a wholesome treat in lunchboxes. The vibrant lemon glaze not only adds flavor but also makes for a beautiful presentation.

How to Store Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw them at room temperature and, if desired, refresh them in a warm oven for a few minutes.

Nutrition Information

NutrientAmount per serving% Daily Value*
Calories141.46 kcal7%
Total Fat5.4 g8%
Carbs23.26 g9%
Sugars16.11 g18%
Protein1.18 g2%
Sodium62.9 mg3%
Fiber1.26 g5%
Saturated Fat0.54 g3%
Trans Fat0.11 g
Monounsaturated Fat3.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.57 g
Cholesterol6.92 mg2%
Calcium24.52 mg3%
Magnesium19.85 mg5%
Potassium93.9 mg3%
Iron0.6 mg4%
Zinc0.32 mg3%
Phosphorus40.5 mg6%
Vitamin A10.58 mcg1%
Vitamin C0.52 mg1%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.03 mg3%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.03 mg2%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)0.55 mg3%
Vitamin B60.05 mg3%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)3.67 mcg2%
Vitamin B120.02 mcg1%
Vitamin D0.05 mcg1%
Vitamin E0.92 mg8%
Vitamin K3.96 mcg5%
Nutrition Information for Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

FAQs About Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour?

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour, but the nutritional profile will change slightly.

Can I use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger?

Fresh ginger has a different moisture content and intensity, so it’s best to stick with ground ginger for this recipe.

What can I use instead of canola oil?

You can use any neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, or even melted coconut oil for a different flavor profile.

How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much?

Ensure your dough is properly chilled and avoid overbaking. Using an insulated baking sheet also helps control the spread.

Freshly baked healthier lemon-ginger cookies drizzled with lemon glaze

The Best Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Discover the perfect balance of chewy and crispy with our Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies recipe. Packed with flavor and wholesome ingredients, these cookies are a delicious twist on a classic treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Cookie Plate
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 141.46 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cookies:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk or more as needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Combine sugar and canola oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add molasses and egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest; mix until well combined. Use a small cookie scoop to measure out teaspoonfuls of dough; place 2 inches apart on an insulated baking sheet and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges just start to brown, 12 to 15 minutes; do not overbake.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, mix together icing sugar, margarine, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons milk for the glaze. Mix thoroughly until desired consistency, adding more milk if needed. Drizzle glaze onto cooled cookies.

Notes

I bake these on an insulated cookie sheet. If using a regular cookie/baking sheet, you will likely need to reduce the baking time by 3 to 5 minutes.
Keyword chewy cookies, Crispy Cookies, Lemon-Ginger
Healthier Lemon Ginger Cookies

Enjoy baking and savoring these Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies, a perfect balance of wholesome ingredients and delightful flavors!

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