I once knew an old ornery man who called himself a "son of a bishop". Everytime he said that I cracked up. The daring-do of getting close to the fire without jumping in fascinates me. One of my favoirte songs while still a young lady went like this:
"There was a miss who went to piiiiick some flowers,
she stepped in grass, up to her aaaaaaaankles fair.
She saw a bird let out a turrrrrrrkey feather,
she had a start, and let a farrrrrrrmer take her home.
Well todays recipie is similar. We get close to danger but at the last minute come up with a heroic change for the good. Christmas goes hand in hand with cookies. I love cookies (of course), and yet do not want to jump into the full fat fire. Here is a great Molasses cookie that is soft, chewey and has only 3 grams of fat per serving (sorry, I don't know what the serving is, I hope not just one). Using half whole wheat flour ups the complex carbs which are the good carbs. They are a great alternative to my favorite the lovely spritz that uses full butter or other favorites that use Crisco.
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Mix oil, sugar, egg, and molasses until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Chill dough. Shape into walnut-size balls. Dip tops in sugar. Place sugar-side up, 3 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet.
Sprinkle the top of each cookie with 3 drops of water to get a crackled effect. Bake in a 350 degree oven 10 to 12 minutes, just until set but not hard. Makes 48 cookies.