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Spice Cookies


Plan ahead! Dough needs to chill!
I LOVE these cookies! Plan ahead! Impossible to eat just one!


1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 large egg
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon ground cardamom
Cooking spray

Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2 inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl using a rubber spatula.
Combine applesauce, 1 cup sugar, and butter; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add molasses and egg; beat well.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 5 ingredients (flours through cardamom), stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until blended. Cover and freeze dough 30 minutes or until firm.
Preheat oven to 375.
With moist hands, shape dough into 32 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 3 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.