Ginger Molasses Cookies

In honor of Christmas, I wanted to make some ginger cookies.  One helpful trick, if you don't have brown sugar on hand, you can easily make some by mixing 1 tablespoon of molasses per white sugar.

¾ cup Earth Balance, softened
1 cup brown sugar (make sure is organic or clearly says "vegan", or else could contain parts of bones)
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup applesauce
2 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend
1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
white, organic sugar, to sprinkle on cookie

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream Earth Balance and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Add molasses and applesauce.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Scoop out tablespoonfuls of cookie dough and roll out into a ball. Press into disks and sprinkle some sugar on top.

Bake for oven for 8-10 minutes. The cookies are done when they are starting to split.  Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool.  The cookies with be crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. Throw back with a nice cold cup of calcium-rich almond milk!