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Chewy Spice Cookies

Author/Submitted by: "The Cookie Jar"
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts / Low-Fat/Low-Cal


1  cup  Sugar
1  cup  Molasses
1/4  cup  Applesauce
1/4  cup  Skim milk
2  tablespoons  Vegetable oil
1  teaspoon  Rum extract
3 1/2  cups  All-purpose flour
1 1/2  teaspoons  Ground ginger
1  teaspoon  Baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  Ground cloves
1/2  teaspoon  Ground nutmeg
1/4  teaspoon  Ground allspice
1/8  teaspoon  Salt
    Vegetable cooking spray

4  cups  Confectioner's sugar, sifted
4  tablespoons  Skim milk
1  teaspoon  Skim milk
2  tablespoons  Lemon juice
2  tablespoons  Lemon zest, grated

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For cookies, beat sugar, molasses, applesauce, milk, oil and rum flavoring in a large bowl until will-blended. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Add dry ingredients, on third at a time, to sugar mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Spray hands with cooking spray. Shape teaspoonsful of dough into balls and flatten slightly with fingers. place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack with waxed paper underneath to cool.

2. For icing, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. ice cookies. Allow icing to harden. Store in an airtight container.

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