I give you these... they are spicy, chewy and yummy. And if you're an edge person, you'll love the edges. They are divine.
Spice Chewies (Dairy, Egg & Nut Free)
Yields 24 pieces
1/2 cup dairy free margarine
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch tray with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease with dairy free cooking spray. Set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer, beat margarine and sugar until smooth. Add applesauce and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Beat until mixture comes together and resembles cookie dough. It should be very thick and crumbly. Pour into prepared tray and spread with spatula. Press with your hands until the top is even and smooth. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting.
Note: I usually cut them into squares but they can easily be cut into any shape using cookie cutters. I used a heart shaped cutter to make neat little bite size hearts.