Here is the recipe that my SO and I have used for the past 3+ years.
 We have made it at least 10-15 times with good, consistent results.
 It makes a fairly dense, chewy style of cookie - just what we like.
 
 Gingerbread cookies
 
 1/4 cup        applesauce
 1/2 cup        brown sugar
 1 1/2 cups     dark molasses (blackstrap gives a tart taste & is FULL of
 			      IRON - if you use it, dont use more than
 			      1/3 cup of blackstrap)
 1/2 cup        cold water
 3 cups         white flour
 3 cups         whole wheat flour
 2 t            allspice
 2 t            ginger
 2 t            cloves
 2 t            cinnamon
 2 t            vanilla
 2 t            baking soda
 1/2 t          salt
 1 T            cold water
 
 Mix the applesauce, brown sugar and molasses together thoroughly.  Stir in 1/2
 cup cold water and vanilla.
 
 Mix together dry ingredients.  Add to the dough.  Add 1 T cold water.  Mix
 well.
 
 Cover bowl and chill dough (for at least one hour.)
 
 Preheat oven to 350.  Roll out dough thick (1/2 inch).  Cuts with small glass
 (1-2 inch diameter).  Place on lightly oiled (sprayed) cookie sheet.
 
 Bake about 10 minutes (until no imprint remains when touched lightly with
 finger).
 
 Notes:
    This recipe is from Sonja and William Conner’s The New American Diet (pp.
    365).