Healthier Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

3 cups flour (I used spelt flour, check organic Red Mill products)
1/3 cup + 1 T maple syrup
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2-1 T ginger (depending on how much kick you like)
1 egg
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 T applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet in another. Add dry to wet and mix only until combined. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into two equal parts. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350. After two hours, remove the dough from the fridge. Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Please use additional flour if necessary. Cut dough into desired shapes and place them onto a lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes and then let them cool a bit before removing.
Set them aside to completely cool before decorating with cream cheese frosting.

Simple Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
Place cream cheese, vanilla extract, and honey in a stand mixer, and beat until well blended.

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