Ginger Apple Cookies


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup molasses (unsulphured)
1 cup apple sauce
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 or 3 tablespoons lemon juice or milk


In large bowl, combine brown sugar, margarine, molasses, apple sauce and eggs; beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours for ease in handling. Heat oven to 375 F. Grease cookie sheets. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 375 F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Makes 5 to 6 dozen cookies.

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