On the 11th Day of Fitmas, my coach gave to me…11 Mountain Climbers, 10 Leaping Lunges, 9 Calf Raises, 8 Crunches, 7 Tuck Jumps, 6 Squats, 5 Perfect Push Ups, 4 Tricep Dips, 3 Tricep Push Ups, a 2-Minute Plank, a 1-Minute Jog and healthy holiday cookies Santa will sure to love!
Make Santa Claus’s “nice” list with a batch of jolly holiday cookies like these Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies we found over at skinnytaste.com
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup dark molasses
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
For the Icing:
- 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 5 to 6 drops green food coloring
- colored sprinkles
For the cookies:
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, mix well.
- In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well with the mixer. Use your hands to form a large ball, the dough will be a little sticky.
- Wash and dry your hands. Place flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to you, then divide the dough into two flat balls; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- After the dough has chilled 2 hours, preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so.
- Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it’s a little sticky. Trim the uneven edges off to square the dough, then using a knife cut the dough into 3 1/2 inch strips. Then cut the strips into triangles.
- Place the cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
For the icing:
- Mix the egg whites with lemon juice. Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well then add a few drops of green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
- If the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, if it’s too thick add a drop of lemon juice or water. Transfer to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.
- To decorate, pipe the cookies with the frosting one at a time, quickly adding the sprinkles before it hardens.